One of the symbols of continually increasing international trade is the container. In order to cope with the increased traffic at container terminals, it is necessary to increase the automatation of container handling. Automated systems require each and every container to be unambiguously identifiable. Metaphorically speaking, every container needs a number plate. This is the purpose of the labeling, as specified in ISO 6346.
Industrial cameras record these labels at four strategic points in the container terminal: the ship-to-shore gantry cranes, the stockyard, the train entrance and the truck entrance. This approach allows the handling of containers to be highly automated throughout the duration of their transit through the container terminal. Consequently, the terminal's capacity can be increased and costly expansions can be avoided.
Security is another key aspect: Containers may contain "undesirable" goods. The complete registration of containers makes it almost impossible to avoid customs and security checks. On the other hand, containers that are members of the C-TPAT program (Container Trade Partnership Treaty) can avoid the time-consuming security checks.
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