Success Story with Hamburger Hafen and Logistik AG (HHLA)

LPR® at Burchardkai - Seamless Localization of Container Handling Equipment and Container Tracking

Seamless position detection with LPR®
Localization of Straddle Carriers
LPR® transponder

"The acceptance tests showed that the Symeo system meets the requirements in terms of accuracy and availability. We are delighted with the competent approach and professional implementation by Symeo." (Container Terminal Burchardkai)

The challenge:
At the Burchardkai container terminal (CTB) of the Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), the laser and GPS-based systems previously used to determine the position of the straddle carriers were at their limits: availability was restricted to a single type of vehicle and with limited availability in the yard. The need to further increase productivity and the change in requirements caused by the new automatic storage area required a change of system. The new system had to reliably determine the position of all container handling equipment (CHE) in use, everywhere in the yard: also for the first time in highly critical areas under ship unloading cranes, and in the transfer zones to the automatic storage area.

The solution: The CHE were equipped with Symeo LPR® receivers. Stationary LPR® transponders required to determine the position were mounted on existing lighting poles. The position is determined directly on the vehicle. All positioning data is now available to the terminal operating system of HHLA for further processing.

The project´s success: The new LPR® system detects the position of the CHE of differing heights up to an accuracy of 0.2 m and allows therefore the detection of each single container: reliable whatever the weather, throughout the facility, even under the ship unloading cranes and in the back-reach area. Even areas poorly served to date are securely covered by the new LPR® system, with verifiable availability and reliability clearly exceeding 99 percent. All this has helped HHLA significantly boost its capacity and efficiency in the container harbor.

Please read here the complete Success Story about the seamless localization of Container Handling Equipment and container tracking with LPR® at Burchardkai

Facts & Figures
  • Precision for 16,000 container slots
  • Uniform coverage without any white spots (even in the edge area of the terminal or when foggy)
  • Over 99 percent availability, up to 20 measurements per second per vehicle
  • Clearly enhanced efficiency and increased volume of cargo
  • Reduced maintenance and repair requirements