Visy Crane OCR

Versatile container OCR options

Visy Crane OCR for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes automatically images all sides of containers and recognizes container IDs, ISO codes, dangerous goods labels (IMDG, ADR), and other targets of interest while containers are being lifted by cranes. The Visy Crane OCR system setup and equipment are designed to operate in harsh environments, and so the solution utilizes PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras mounted on the portal beams and crane legs without moving parts to enhance system reliability and durability.

Features according to your operations

All Visy Crane OCR applications are designed according to the operational needs of each customer. The system setup is chosen case by case to support all container handling cases, lifting types (twin, single, tandem, quad, tank), and spreader flying paths, as well as backreach and platform operations. The system can be scaled to also include recognition of terminal tractor numbers, so that the entire container handling process will be effectively covered and streamlined. 

Visy LaneView images containers on lanes or platforms under STS cranes with high-resolution PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) and fixed OCR cameras installed on the crane frame. The solution recognizes container markings and seal presence, and captures images for damage inspection purposes. The PTZ cameras are easily controlled to provide the best view for all lift cases, and Visy automation applications accurately calculate the container flight path to optimize the imaging moment.’

Visy TopView identifies container IDs from the roofs of containers. The solution consists of robust cameras installed in the middle and both ends of spreaders with efficient illuminators to capture high-quality images regardless of the time of day or environmental condition. Visy TopView prevents time-consuming false moves and incorrect stacking locations by recognizing every container and verifying that loading and unloading processes proceed exactly as planned.

Visy TTView recognizes ID numbers and other roof markings of terminal tractors to automatically link the container handling equipment to the lifting tasks. High-resolution cameras with strong infrared pulse are installed on the crane trolleys to capture images of the CHE roofs. Matching the terminal tractors instantly with the on-going lifting tasks enables effortless tracking of cargo. In addition to OCR cameras, RFID (radio-frequency identification) devices can be combined to the TTView solution.



Visy LaneView is equipped with high-resolution PTZ cameras installed on the crane frame


Event pictures taken by the Visy LaneView & TopView Systems

Increases berth productivity
Improves safety and security
Clears liabilities for damaged containers


Automatic recognition of container IDs, ISO codes, IMO labels, door direction, seal presence, gross weight, number and position of containers in twin and tandem lifts, operation type (discharge/load)

Terminal tractor identification features with both OCR and RFID

High-quality images from all sides enable retrospective inspection of containers’ condition

Interface with PLC allows recognition and imaging regardless of lifting position or flying path 

Extensive data exchange and smooth interface with third-party systems (TOS, POS, ERP)

Available for any crane type / CHE  

Customizable user applications

QQCTN’s intended single crane handling efficiency was 40 boxes per hour. With the help of Visy Crane OCR, in April 2020 the terminal created a new world record by handling 44.6 containers with a single crane.

Victor Zhang, Eagle Vision

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