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Press release: Symeo at TOC Europe 2016 - Robust, high-precision positioning solutions for all types of cranes and vehicles

Seamless position tracking in the entire terminal area


Neubiberg (Germany), May 20, 2016 –
Symeo GmbH, leading expert for radar localization, distance measurement, anti-collision and data management, will be presenting components and solutions for continuous vehicle and crane position detection, absolute crane trolley positioning and seamless container tracking at TOC Europe 2016 in Hamburg (June 14-16). Symeo´s new passive radar solution for contactless height measurement of the spreader will also be introduced. The radio- and satellite-based systems from Symeo, which are especially designed for the use in harsh terminal environments, operate reliably and maintenance-free even under adverse weather conditions such as direct sunlight, fog or snow. More than 700 transport devices around the world are equipped with the robust indoor and outdoor sensor solutions for optimized container handling, automation and logistics processes, including at several terminals that handle volumes of more than 500,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).

At this year´s TOC Container Supply Chain Europe trade fair (booth E34), Symeo will be showcasing industry-proven solutions for precise positioning and data collection in all ambient conditions in order to enable efficient and reliable logistics processes in the entire terminal area. Regardless of the application – whether for optimizing loading and unloading processes, facilitating exact movement to target positions or avoiding approaches in unauthorized areas: the patented, radio-based Symeo LPR® technology detects the current crane and vehicle position accurately and in real-time. Even the height of the spreader, such as under cranes, can be determined by contactless measurement with the new Symeo passive radar application. The pick-up and drop-off position of the containers can thus be identified with a high degree of accuracy. Optionally, additional crane and vehicle data such as load status, speed and direction can be detected and transmitted with the Symeo solutions.

Unique flexibility: combination with GNSS

Thanks to Symeo´s powerful fusion software SensorFusion, the LPR® radar technology can be combined with GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems GPS, Galileo and Glonass) to continuously track crane, vehicle and container movements across the entire terminal - both indoors and outdoors - regardless of the weather. GNSS allows vehicle movements to be tracked across open spaces to within several metres. At the start and end points and in areas without a usable GNSS signal – in buildings or locations near metal, such as under cranes or near ships – the LPR® sensor technology assumes responsibility for reliably transmitting the exact position.

Full-coverage position detection for higher reliability and efficiency

This unique combination of technologies offers highly-reliable and centimeter-precise full-coverage positioning even in critical areas of the terminal. Thanks to the seamless material and device tracking, terminal operators can increase the efficiency, reliability and output of their container handling processes. As part of a long-term joint project with one of the world´s leading terminal automation specialists, Symeo has, for instance, delivered its positioning solutions to 20 container terminals in North America, South America and Africa to optimize their automation processes.

Symeo solutions are compatible with a wide range of container handling equipment such as ship-to-shore cranes, automated stacking cranes, rail-mounted and rubber-tired gantry cranes, empty handlers, reach stackers and straddle carriers.



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About Symeo GmbH

Symeo GmbH develops and markets products and solutions for precise, contact-free and maintenance-free position detection, distance measurement and collision avoidance of road/rail vehicles and cranes. Furthermore, the company develops certified, customer-specific telemetry solutions. Products from Symeo are designed to be especially robust for applications in rough environments.

With its LPR® products, Symeo offers a wireless-based, real-time-capable measurement system that is ideally suited for industrial applications. Symeo has several years of experience in the development of cost-effective, customer-specific industrial solutions on the basis of LPR® and GNSS positioning technology (GNSS = Global Navigation Satellite Systems GPS, Glonass and Galileo).

The company delivers standardized products and complete solutions to system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end customers worldwide.




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More than 700 container handling equipment devices are meanwhile worldwide equipped with Symeo positioning systems for the seamless tracking of crane, vehicle and container movements.


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Using the new Symeo passive radar solution, even the height of the spreader, such as under cranes, can be precisely determined with contactless measurements.

Press contact
Sabrina Kaspar
T: +49 89 6607796-206