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16.08.2011 – International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has stepped up terminal automation at its flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) in the Philippines and Suape Container Terminal (SCT) in Recife, Brazil with the recent implementation of technology projects from IDENTEC SOLUTIONS and APS Technology Group.

ICTSI tapped IDENTEC SOLUTIONS for the rollout of a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based truck tracking system for the MICT, while ICTSI subsidiary Tecon Suape S.A (TSSA) partnered with APS to implement systems on gate automation, quay crane optical character recognition (OCR) and yard tractor identification for the SCT.

“The RFID-based gate and yard automation project represents ICTSI’s commitment to innovation and service to our clients,” commented Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI vice president and MICT general manager about IDENTEC SOLUTIONS’s project.  “The truck tracking project will provide real-time visibility to trucking operations, decrease truck gate and yard cycle times, and improve RTG productivity.  This automation project is a first of its kind in Manila, and ICTSI is looking at this project as a model for other terminal operations.”

When completed, over 5,000 trucks will use RFID tags and sensors for gate automation, locating within the terminal and automating truck-RTG handoffs and job promotion.  The RFID system will be integrated with Identec’s container terminal automation system, a tracking software for real-time monitoring.

In Brazil, APS Technology brings its OCR solution and process automation technology to SCT.  TSSA is implementing key APS Technology systems to support volume growth, reduce operational costs and to meet customs requirement to install OCR at its gates.  TSSA took in APS Technology after the latter successfully completed a similar project in Guayaquil Container and Multipurpose Terminals, ICTSI’s terminal in Ecuador.

“Recife is considered one of the biggest logistics centers in Brazil, and at TSSA, we are updating our information technology infrastructure to meet continued volume growth at the terminal,” said Sergio Kano, TSSA Chief Executive Officer.

“We chose APS Technology as our partner because we have the most faith in their approach, and they proved to have the most experience in the region,” added Roberta Siqueira, TSSA information technology manager.

For more information, please contact:

Narlene Soriano, Public Relations, ICTSI

Tel:  + 63 2 241 9661

www.ictsi.com

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