Gate automation

Gate automation is based on automatic processing of trucks arriving at cargo facilities like container terminals, cargo depots and airport depots. It is based on the principle of making it possible to process the truck without having the drivers to come out of their truck and enabling “Driver-Self-Service”  facilities.

How it works

Within Gate automation, truck data will be captured automatically and trucks are guided through a specific process, passing pedestals and screens. A unique key is required to know which truck is in which Gate lane and to be able to match captured data with (pre) registered data. This key is entitled the “truck-visit-identifier” and can either be an RFID tag, an access control badge, the truck license plate or better; the combination of all as every has its own benefit. 

An example of an automated Gate process at a container terminal:

  • Before arrival, all container data is pre-advised to the terminal via either a web application, port community system or electronic messaging.
  • Truck arrives at a first security check point where the driver is identified using biometrics and verified against a blacklist. The license plate is captured and after granting access, a truck visit record is stored.
  • Truck drives through an OCR portal, where truck and container details are captured and stored in the truck visit record.
  • Arriving at the Gate lane, the driver is presented a “driver-self-service” screen after swiping its driver ID card. This screen is to register what the driver is coming to do at the terminal. Container transactions can be identified either by entering pin codes, appointment codes, reading bar codes or simply by typing in the container number. 
  • After confirming, the Gate System is able to match the OCR data against the registered information. In case of a match and no additional inspection items apply, truck receives interchange ticket and may proceed to the yard. In case of a mismatch, the central trouble clerk receives an exception to be solved using VOIP intercom and OCR data remotely available.

Typically, Gate Out scenarios are often more simplified as no registration applies and inspection tasks are limited.

Multiple scenarios are possible where the process flow may differ, in this example, OCR was done before driver-self-service. It may just as well be executed after. Any final solution depends on lay-out, infrastructure, objectives and specific inspection checks.  

Solution benefits

The proposed solution are intended to provide far-reaching benefits to cargo facilities, terminals, port authorities and parkings.

Primary benefits include:

  • Increased capacity by using land as efficient as possible. Parking trucks requires large pieces of land and tends to be a pricy hobby. By keeping trucks on the move in the Gate process, capacity increases. 
  • Improve productivity through the elimination of data input and/or task confirmations thereby increasing the accuracy and velocity of the transactions resulting in higher throughput and improved container inventory accuracy. Operators can introduce error and are potentially prone to data entry errors.
  • Centralized control over exceptions that occur from the automatic processing of trucks. Trouble desks can be combined and are equipped with all necessary tools to solve any irregularities in the process.

Secondary benefits include:

  • Improved “truck-turn-around-times” for trucks thereby loosing as little as possible time when being at the terminal.
  • Safer operations since no clerks are required in Gate lanes or below heavy equipment to check transactions because all data capture of transactions is automatic.

Please also refer to our references section for a better impression on earlier deployed Gate automation solutions.

Products part of this solution

The solution compromises of the following. More information on the products part of this integrated solution can be found in the products section.

  • Driver Pedestals
  • Gate OCR 
  • Truck visit identifiers
  • Traffic Control equipment
  • Global Control System (GCS)