Terminal Simulation Software, the Innovation in Tracking Containers and Equipment

By | 19/08/2014

Things are not always what they appear to be.

Humans will believe what is seen through eyes only. So, wherever they are, visibility is an important issue. The same is true of the first designer of a container terminal, since CCTVs installed in every key location of a terminal monitor and control its operation, as if to prove that humans will believe what is seen through eyes only. Closed-circuit television cameras use video cameras to transmit signal to a specific monitor placed in a specific location. To make a long story short, they are intended to watch a pre-defined space where cameras are installed, thus making it very difficult to track trucks or (equipment) in a large area of a terminal with CCTVs alone.

    
With the development of virtual reality technology, a number of areas now apply it in such activities as education and remote control. For example, it has found wide applications in diverse areas such as medicine for surgery and anatomy practice and aviation & military for flight training. Like this, virtual reality presents an environment that is hardly accessible in everyday life and thereby makes sure that people manipulate it as if they were in it even though they are not. For a container terminal, a terminal simulation software called Virtual Terminal now enables people to figure out where a specific container or a specific piece of equipment is located, without requiring a real picture for the operation.
 
Tracking and recognizing where containers and equipment are located and where they are going is a critical component in terminal operation. Information of their location would make it possible to carry out optimized location planning and efficient equipment operation. As we have said earlier, tracking containers and equipment only with CCTVs not only should slow the process and take a lot of time for the search, but also may force us to give up such efforts in bad weather or in darkness.
screen of CCTV tracking containers at container terminal

Screen of CCTV tracking containers and equipment

With this Virtual Terminal, the container terminal simulation software, however, we could use UX to have easier container and equipment tracking and ensure prompt response to exceptional situations. In a virtual reality environment, a terminal operator, who wants to access his or her necessary information, could come up with detailed information with a mouse movement and one single click, as shown below.
 
Screenshot of Virtual Terminal, the container terminal simulation software

Screenshot of Virtual Terminal in an automated container terminal

Screenshot of Virtual Terminal, the container terminal simulation software

Screenshot of Virtual Terminal in an automated container terminal

 
Posted by In-Chon Park, a Business Analyst who has investigated container terminal market for several years and conducted TOS projects recently.

 

     
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