Koper Port digitalises its rail traffic

rail OCR technology
Photo: Koper Port/Kristjan Stojaković

Camco Technologies and Port of Koper signed an agreement to deliver rail OCR technology to for the automated registration of port’s increasing container and rail wagon traffic. Camco Technologies will design, install and support the new technology.

The rail OCR portal will allow the automatic inventory and registration of all containers and rail wagons entering or leaving the Port of Koper. The Camco Technologies rail portal is equipped with AI embedded cameras, capable of registering container, trailer and rail wagon ID, ISO code, weight info and door direction. Dedicated engines based on convolutional neural networks and rail OCR technology immediately start processing after image acquisition. The data is sent to the Terminal Operating System increasing overall terminal efficiency. Camco Technologies Rail OCR has been implemented in more than 100 intermodal terminals.

“With the investments under our Strategic Business Plan 2020-2025 strongly focused on adoption of new technologies, Port of Koper will increase capacity and provide efficient, reliable and high-quality services to our partners. We are convinced Camco Technologies will help us in achieving this goal on the road of digital transformation,” Rok Grdina, CIO & CQO of Port of Koper said.

The project is supported by the Interreg Central Europe programme, started 1st April 2019, and Port of Koper is part of the Comodalce pilot for automated container and rail wagon registration. The Comodalce project seeks to increase cooperation and coordination among multimodal freight transport stakeholders in Central Europe, using innovative ICT systems. As part of one of the Comodalce pilot activities, the port of Koper will provide of a tool to streamline and speed-up data exchange. The equipment to be provided by Luka Koper will be intended for reading of containers and wagons during the railway transport from and to the port. Interreg Central Europe co-funds 85% of project’s activities through the Comodalce project.

Port of Koper, operated by Luka Koper, is Slovenia’s primary port, located in the northern Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The port’s ambition is to become the leading provider of global logistics solutions for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It’s investment plan foresees to reach capacity more than 2 million TEUs by 2030 and will pursue the goal of transporting at least 60% and up to 70% of the cargo from and to Port of Koper by rail. The construction of a second railway track between the inland Divača intermodal terminal and Port of Koper will be operational by 2026.  The existing rail track will be renovated, and the company will increase its capacity through organisational as well as information-technology measures.

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