The cargo handling industry is under pressure to perform and to run its operations in an efficient way. In the last decade, development and innovation regarding cargo handling equipment has responded to local requirements and specifications set by port operators.
Efficiency of cargo handling operations is largely dependent on business intelligence, analytics and data related to operations.
At present, interfacing various equipment and systems is complex, costly and risky due to the absence of a common data language. The few automated container terminals operating today are closed systems that have been custom-designed with high costs.
Rapid advances in information technology and in particular digitization, have created new possibilities for the cargo handling industry, that could improve processes by connecting all equipment and systems in real time, thus enabling seamless data exchanges.