Rishon LeZion, Israel, June 6th, 2012 – HTS, a leader in the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and computer vision systems market, today announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent for its SeeUTR system that provides a method for identifying a container and a transporting vehicle under a crane and reporting both the container ID and vehicle ID to a centralized data system. The patent relates to situations when a container is in motion, such as being loaded or unloaded to/from a truck using a crane such as a quay crane and associates the information from the container on the crane and the specific UTR onto which it has been transferred, creating one event.
"There has been increasing demand from HTS customers to provide such a system for increased yard efficiency to more fully automate all activities in the yard" said Phil Elovic, President and CEO of HTS.
HTS has also been awarded an additional patent for its Character Recognition Systems. The patents cover HTS' core applications, a method and system for character recognition for shipping containers on trucks, cranes and trains as well as character recognition of license plates.
HTS current patents include OCR applications such as chassis recognition and access control via OCR, mobile and GSM. Included among these features are operations that enable the capturing and deciphering of alphanumeric information and passing it to a management system such as a TOS (Terminal Operating System), billing, or command and control system.
HTS was a first mover in the marketplace with the first large scale gate commercial OCR system at Pier 400 in the port of Los Angeles - Long Beach over ten years ago. As a pioneer in the development and manufacture of commercial OCR systems, HTS has achieved worldwide recognition as an authority in developing OCR and computer vision technology. Today, HTS provides advanced OCR solutions at sea ports in over 40 countries around the globe for container content Inspection, border crossings, port automation, and special tailor-made solutions.
HTS has developed and installed hundreds of truck, crane and train OCR systems worldwide, constantly upgrading its capabilities and maintaining its place as an industry leader.
HTS is a leading developer and supplier of proprietary optical character recognition (OCR) and computer vision systems for a wide range of applications in the security, automation and management fields for the ports, transportation, safe city and parking markets.
HTS has successfully implemented commercial Container Code Recognition (CCR), License Plate Recognition (LPR) systems and other computer vision systems in ports, traffic and security sectors in over 40 countries worldwide, and has established partnerships with top-tier global companies. HTS has branches in Europe, the United States and Brazil.
In the marine terminal market, HTS has an installed base of more than 1,000 OCR systems in over 50 facilities and 17 countries.