One industry trend during the past few years has definitely been light infrastructure OCR applications that are said to be able to utilize any CCTV camera or other commercial off-the-shelf equipment with agile recognition of container attributes. But what are the thoughts of the market leading companies about it? Can container terminals take advantage of cheaper technology to read container numbers to lower the cost of gate systems and gate automation?
Visy’s Sales & Marketing Director (Global), John Lund emphasised that “OCR alone is not the same thing as process automation. Visy’s core competency is software and it makes use of multiple data collection tools, including vision technology, OCR, RFID, weigh-in-motion scales, radiation detection portals and others to collect data on assets, digitise that information and share it with third-party systems, such as the TOS.