Port Automation


Knowledge base



Learn all about us, our products and completed projects with these easy-to-read virtual brochures.

Smart Ports

An overview of us, our products and services.

Starting with individual components and building to full system suites, PORT AUTOMATION systems deliver new possibilities for port and terminal operators of any size.

Case Studies

A selection of container terminal case studies.

Port Otago Limited, New Zealand – PortSpective operational visibility, GPS Tracking and Access Control.

Tuxpan Port Terminal, Mexico – Automatic truck identification with TRUCK-ID, Tideworks Terminal Operating System connectivity.

Peel Ports, Liverpool – GPS tracking (Position Determination System), Navis N4 integration, Job Step automation and Access Control.

Isle of Man International Airport – Automated passenger identification.

PSA Panama International Terminal – Automatic truck identification with TRUCK-ID.

Insider Insights

A series of 2 minutes reads on how ports have benefited from PORT AUTOMATION solutions.

Straddle Carriers – Equipment Safety

PORT AUTOMATION Mobile Systems installed at Port Chalmers, New Zealand, have been instrumental in improving operational safety.

Dry Port GPS – Equipment Tracking

Tracking of empty Container Handling Equipment and Reach Stackers to keep up with
live operations and inventory management has always been of interest to managers of
empty container depots.

However, given that the high stacks of empty containers can block satellite signals, can
GPS equipment tracking and automatic container position reporting still offer value in
these types of operations?

Working with a major empty container depot in Italy, the PORT AUTOMATION team
explore the benefits and issues around using GPS in challenging areas.

Published articles

Articles published in the industry press.

Improving Straddle Carrier safety through operational visibility and transparency

In a typical Straddle Carrier operation, what procedures/methods can be put in place to move towards a zero accident policy?

It goes without saying that the operator should be properly trained. But how do you make sure that it is the trained operator that is driving, and what mechanisms can you put in place to monitor and review the safe operation of the equipment?

Waiting for the next accident is not an option.

Cost Effective Container Terminal Automation

Port and terminal automation is sometimes seen as a holy grail that can only be achieved by the largest operators, with the deepest pockets. But for most operators, the need to automate some of their operational practices is driven ever harder by increasing customer expectation on cost and productivity.

Tuxpan Port Terminal – Automatic Truck Identification

Innovative deployment of very low-cost passive RFID tags to provide a seamless process flow. Our TRUCK-ID system ensures the external trucks are integrated into the terminal’s automated process flow, to eliminate manual interventions and to ensure the gains from investing in automated handling equipment is maximised for Tuxpan Port Terminal.

Automated Data Capture Systems

Allan Jones, Head of Business Development, reviews the use of automated data capture to provide accurate, real-time information to enable the Terminal Operating System to better manage the terminals operations, by making more timely and effective decisions.

Port Radio Data Networks – Back to the Future

Can middleware designed for terminal operations provide a wider technology choice?

Container terminals and port facilities are generally busy areas with the movement of cargo on and off the facility, and using heavy plant and equipment to handle the cargo.

It is therefore not really a surprise that the use of Radio Frequency (RF) communications in this environment is quite widespread in order to aid the efficient management and monitoring of the cargo movements and status of the equipment and plant.

Automatic Truck Identification

A review of the changing dynamics offered by very low-cost passive tags for identifying, tracking and automating job handovers for both internal prime movers and external trucks visiting container terminals.

White papers

Articles to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.

Ship Side Operational Efficiency

One of the largest areas of improvement any terminal operator can make is the efficient utilisation of equipment and labour assets, and this is no more self-evident than in the ship-to-shore operation.

With ever increasing vessel sizes, productivity in moves over the quay is of greater concern for terminal operators, which is driving a growing need to make ship-side operations more effective.

Tuxpan Port Terminal

Innovative deployment of very low-cost passive RFID tags to provide a seamless process flow.

A review of the changing dynamics offered by very low cost passive tags for identifying, tracking and automating job handovers for both internal prime movers and a large community of external trucks visiting the semi-automated Tuxpan Port Terminal.