The Harbour of Gdańsk

From 4 minutes to 4 seconds – the effects of a new access control system for the Harbor of Gdańsk.

Challenge

The Harbour of Gdańsk was tackling issues such as heavy traffic in high season, limited and unautomated control over vehicle flow, lack of data on vehicle status, and disrupted access control. Participating in the startup accelerator Parkanizer was challenged with only 3 months to present a working solution for the previously identified problems.

Solution

The Port of Gdańsk was tackling issues such as heavy traffic in high season, limited and unautomated control over vehicle flow, lack of data on vehicle status, and disrupted access control. Participating in the startup accelerator Parkanizer was challenged with only 3 months to present a working solution for the previously identified problems.

Categories

Polish client

Transportation and logistics

Automated control

Vehicle flow management

ALPR software

 

vehicles were served in the chosen zone during the demo days

seconds became the average port entrance time

Key characteristics

Basic flow useable version in just 3 months

User friendly interfaces

Dynamic data about traffic and vehicle status

360° software service

Instant vehicle identification

Combining software and hardware solutions provided all involved sides (such as the security center, security guards, port operators and logistics companies) full online data about vehicle statuses and warnings in case of delays or overstaying the limited time of their visit. This alone allowed the instant identification of issues and fast reaction to them with use of the system.

What is more, the architecture of the processes in the system makes it bulletproof to the violation of the procedures. That was all boosted by adding easy access contact data to responsible users to allow for fast communication and problem solving.

Additionally, the usage of SMS to communicate with drivers, automated barriers and traffic lights connected to license plate recognition cameras allowed for a smooth and direct incoming flow and keeping history logs of information.

Entry and exit process

New visit in a system

Forwarder or transport coordinator creates in a system visit in provided by port operator service window. Fills vehicle and driver data. Additionaly he is able to reserve a buffer parking space.

SMS with visit details

Driver receives SMS with visit details such as time, place, vehicle and his data. System updates him in case of any changes.

Truck arrival

Truck arrives port entrance or parking at given time and date.

License plate recognition

With use of cameras and license plate recognition system confirms if vehicle arrived in valid service window and verify if plate number is correct. More than one control points can be setup of the road with various access point barriers.

Confirmation for truck leave

After serving vehicle port operator changes vehicle status and confirmes that truck can leave facility.

Exit validation

Vehicle is once again validated at the exit and system has implemented algorithms to improve security and prevent users from violating setup rules.

Effective integration with a wide range of technologies and devices

license plate recognition (LPR) cameras and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) software recognizing car registration numbers

Traffic lights and automated barriers

SMS gates to communicate with vehicle drivers

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