Port and container terminal process automation specialist Identec Solutions has signed a contract to supply its CTAS 7.0 Reefer wireless monitoring system for 2,000 refrigerated container slots at King Abdullah Port (KAP), Saudi Arabia’s flagship port project.
This system will go live later in 2014 at KAP, which is operated by National Container Terminals. The port is undergoing its second stage of development, which will see capacity increased to 2.7 million TEU per annum by the end of 2014.
Officially launched in June at the TOC Europe event in London, CTAS 7.0 Reefer system is Identec’s latest generation real-time wireless monitoring and control system for refrigerated containers. Ports and container terminal operators can use the system to remotely monitor reefer temperatures, adjust set points, perform pre-trip inspections (PTIs), and download data logs.
“We are very pleased KAP has become the latest customer to seek the benefits delivered by CTAS Reefer, which gives port and terminal operators the ability to automate monitoring across the end-to-end reefer container visit,” said Peter Cosgrove, senior vice-president–sales and services for Identec.
KAP is one of a growing list of customers for the new system. Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has selected CTAS 7.0 Reefer to provide reefer monitoring at its new automated terminal on the US West Coast, and users of Identec’s previous reefer monitoring system are upgrading to the new CTAS 7.0 Reefer version. These include the Port of Cartagena, Colombia; SSA Mexico; and Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), Pakistan.
CTAS Reefer captures data through a network of plug-and-play long-range active RFID tags fitted to the reefer machine’s serial point when units are placed in yard stacks or racks. The system is suitable for use on reefers in racks, as well as in stacks and gensets.
Tags can also be plugged in as reefer boxes enter the terminal by sea or land, providing total visibility of reefer units as they transit the terminal and helping to prevent boxes accidentally going unplugged.
Out-of-spec or at-risk reefer boxes can also be identified by the system using BAPLIE data to perform automated checks by commodity versus planned temperature. Users are alerted to possible non-conforming units, which can be targeted immediately as they arrive at the terminal.
For more information, go to www.identecsolutions.com.