20th May 2010: Rail Cargo Austria (RCA) has fitted their Wels container terminal with a complete sensor equipment solution from Symeo. The solution includes all components for D-GPS based position detection of reach stackers and gantry cranes as well as for load detection on the units' spreaders. Now RCA is planning to roll out Symeo sensor equipment step by step in all terminals that they have in operation.
|Picture: Containers handled using reach stackers and gantry cranes at the Rail Cargo Austria's Wels intermodal terminal – a junction for intermodal road and rail transport in Upper Austria. (Click to enlarge)|
After the successful completion of the Wels terminal project, Rail Cargo Austria (RCA) now plans to fit all RCA's terminals with Symeo's positioning systems. A technology provider specialising in radio based solutions for distance measurement, position detection and anti collision, Symeo will be providing an integrated solution composed of radio based D-GPS positioning for vehicles and cranes and load recording sensors used for container detection on the spreaders and connected by ZigBee close range wireless links.
|Picture: Along with the vehicle's D-GPD position data, additional sensor data indicating load changes and container sizes are recorded with the help of the Symeo base station and transmittel to the operation terminal in the driver's cab using ZigBee wireless. (Click to enlarge)|
A particular advantage of the elaborated solution lies in its scalability and extendibility. It can be deployed on sites of any size and independently of vehicle and crane type and, when upgraded with Symeo LPR®, can also be used in areas that cannot be reached by GPS signals. "The Symeo positioning system is working very reliably at the Wels terminal", Erich Possegger from Rail Cargo Austria states. "Apart from the systems' ruggedness, Symeo's expertise in elaborating a new solution exactly to meet our requirements was very convincing for us. Furthermore, by combining the GPS solution with LPR, Symeo succeeds in ensuring reliable position detection even in areas where no GPS signals can be received."
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