Surveillance cameras target cargo containers
Virginia International Terminals, Inc. uses Axis network cameras for remote container inspection
“Axis network cameras give us the productivity boost to handle our growing cargo volumes.“ Tony Simkus, Director of Engineering and Maintenance for Virginal International Terminals, Inc.
With economic indicators predicting a tripling of rail cargo container volume to its marine terminals in the coming decades, Virginia Port Authority needed a creative solution for managing the expected growth in commerce. Virginia International Terminals, Inc. (VIT), the organization chartered to operate all the marine terminals owned by the Authority, sought a cost-efficient system that could expedite the log-in and inspection of containers as they moved to and from the rail yard.
Virginia International Terminals turned to Axis partner, Port Solution Integrators of North Carolina for help in devising a system that would streamline port operations. Port Solution Integrators deployed an array of Axis network cameras mounted on light poles and container handling equipment to transmit container identification numbers, slot locations, rail car numbers and other data to inspectors monitoring a video wall in the administrative control center.
Network cameras take snap shots of each container from multiple sides as they travel through the rail yard, allowing inspectors to remotely track shipments and examine every cargo box for damage without leaving the safety and comfort of their office. The process is much faster than having inspectors walk up and down the container tracks.