Israeli firm installs readers at U.S. ports

Israeli firm installs readers at U.S. ports

Hi-Tech Solutions of Israel said it has sold its Optical Character Recognition (OCR) system to 10 more port terminals on the U.S. West Coast, for an estimated $10-15 million.

The systems were sold to seven Marine Terminal Corp. Holding terminals and three APM terminals, a unit of Maersk Sealand in Oakland and Seattle.

The system can read the container, license and chassis number of all trucks entering and leaving port terminals as well as container numbers. The information is then fed into a database operating system which fully automates the flow and data of the terminal. Previously, these numbers were written down manually by a clerk. The readers are part of the introduction of new technology called for in the new contract between the Pacific Maritime Association representing waterfront employers, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

The company said that the readers have now been implemented at terminals at all major West Coast ports.