Visy Crane OCR

Container OCR camera system for crane operations

Visy Crane OCR for ship-to-shore (STS) cranes automatically images all container sides and recognizes container IDs, ISO codes, dangerous goods labels (IMDG, ADR), and other targets of interest such as seal presence and door direction, while containers are being handled by cranes.

Robust system environment with exceptional performance

Due to harsh operating environment and multiple parallel functions, the Visy Crane OCR system setup and equipment environment utilizes PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras mounted on the portal beams and crane legs without moving parts to enhance system reliability and durability. The PTZ cameras are easily controlled to provide an optimal view for all lifting cases and interface with PLC accurately calculate flight paths to optimize the imaging moment. Visy container OCR software digitizes the required attributes of captured high-quality images and brings the data available in real-time in Visy Crane Gate application and TOS.

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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. Container OCR features and other recognitions (for example terminal tractors / license plates) are set and customized according to the customer requirements to support and cover the entire container handling process.

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 conditions. Visy TopView prevents time-consuming false moves and incorrect stacking locations thus verifying that loading and unloading processes proceed as planned.



Visy TTView recognizes terminal tractors’ ID numbers and other roof markings to automatically link the vehicle with the lifting task. High-resolution cameras with strong infrared pulse are installed on the crane trolleys to capture images of the roofs of terminal tractors. Matching the vehicles with the on-going lifting tasks enables better tracking of cargo and improves visibility for overall operations. In addition to TTView cameras, RFID and license plate recognition cameras can also be combined in the solution.

See also: Visy TopView, Visy RTG, Visy RMG, Visy Automatic Container Damage Detection System

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


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

High-quality images from all container side for condition inspection. See also Visy ADDS

Robust & high-quality equipment: PTZ-cameras, recognition PC, and electrical cabinets (all system design by Visy – equipment off-the-shelf)

Works in harsh weather – Installations from -40°C to +50°C

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

Extensive data exchange and smooth interface with TOS and third-party systems (integrations done with brands such as Navis N4)

Available for any crane type and brand

Customizable Visy Crane Gate user interface

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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