APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals, announced Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) of Saudi Arabia will implement the APS OCR Portal and driver kiosks to automate container identification, remote damage inspection and truck processing at its Jeddah and Jubail terminals. APS is partnering with Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES), a division of Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ:ZBRA) , to integrate the APS solutions with ZES' SPARCS N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and Autogate System. The ZES TOS uses OCR technology to automatically identify marine containers as they enter and exit the facility, increasing velocity at the gate and security within the terminal. GSCCO is operating three of the largest ports in Saudi Arabia and is in the process of developing the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah Islamic Port, which is the country's busiest port. The company will implement APS Technology OCR Portals and driver kiosks over ten lanes in Jeddah and five lanes in Jubail Container Terminal to eliminate gate congestion, increase throughput and reduce the chance of container theft. The ability to more fully automate gate operations will support the anticipated doubling of terminal volumes.
"We decided to add gate automation to provide a more systematic process to decrease truck dwell time and improve the quality of the gate process for our customers," said Saud Al Onani, Terminal's Manager for GSCCO. "We pride ourselves in using the latest methods of management and the most state of the art technology in all aspects of our operations. Our gate automation with APS and Zebra Enterprise Solutions will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."
"We are very pleased to work with Zebra Enterprise Solutions on the GSCCO project. The close integration between our systems provides a seamless flow of data for customers and enhanced visibility into operations," said Allen Thomas, APS Technology COO.
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