Digitisation at the Container Terminal Linz with NUMBERCheck -Rail Gate

Linz Service GmbH operates the connecting railway at the port of Linz. Until now, the registration of trains was carried out purely manually. The entire train had to be walked through by one employee in a time-consuming process and all relevant vehicle numbers and characteristics had to be recorded individually. In order to automate this process, the "installation of a photogate" at the access track to the port area was put out to tender and realised by ASE GmbH.

What the Port of Linz calls the "Digital Rail Gate", was set up for operation on one track in two directions. All trains passing over this track to the preliminary station “Stadthafen Linz” to the connecting track of the Port of Linz - or leaving it again - are detected and recorded with highly efficient sensor components.


Each train is recorded with an identification number. In addition, the operator receives information about the train's direction, date & time, number and sequence of wagons as well as the UIC wagon numbers, cargo units (BIC/ILU code) and dangerous goods codes. In addition, an image-based documentation of damage to wagons and containers is available.


"Due to the resulting high recognition accuracy, the Linz container terminal can now extremely accelerate its logistical disposition. The rapid exchange of data ensures shorter handling times as well as higher handling capacities and, overall, makes a significant contribution to the further modernisation and digitisation of the Linz Container Terminal at Linz AG Port." Source: Linz AG, press review (https://www.ase-gmbh.com/downloads-videos)


Our OCR system NUMBERCheck - Rail Gate achieves its high reliability through a quasi 3-dimensional recording of the loads by area scan cameras in contrast to line scan cameras, which only work 2-dimensionally.


While a line scan system only captures the passing object line by line, the ASE NUMBERCheck system captures several complete images from different positions when a load passes through. So if a label on the wagon or container is difficult to read from one position, it is often easier to recognise from another position. These images are then superimposed by means of special software and the NUMBERCheck system thus identifies lettering much better and more reliably than line scan systems. Thus, passing vehicles are captured in their full length image-wise.


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