PEMA report on OCR technologies in ports

Belgium's Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has published a new report on the use and impact of optical character recognition (OCR) technology in container ports and terminals to try to get an idea of how they are improving efficiency and safety.

The latest paper from PEMA, OCR in Ports and Terminals, follows on from its paper on new recommended safety features for container yard equipment, which was published in December 2012.

Allen Thomas, chairman, PEMA’s Technology Committee, said: “The purpose of this paper – and the previous documents it complements – is to provide a reliable source of information about the role of advanced technologies in supporting improved efficiency, safety, security and sustainability at the world’s ports and terminals.”

PEMA’s report looks at past, current and future use of OCR around the world and adoption trends relating to statistical data. It also discusses the various OCR technologies in use today, how they function and reviews the benefits and ROI scenarios.

OCR systems have become one of the fastest growing automated identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies in the sector since it was first introduced in the late 1980s. Ports and terminals worldwide use the technology to automate terminal gate operations and to help automate business processes, equipment and container identification in yard, at the quay and in intermodal rail operations.

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