Around 150 trucks come and go each day at logistics company ODTH, transporting more than 3,000 tons of goods. Streamlining these transport operations is not an easy task. Aptus relies on smart cameras from Nedap that use automated number plate recognition or ANPR, fully integrated within the existing SAP system. The result is a smooth logistics process and happy customers. Bart Weymans, project and innovation manager at ODTH: “Waiting times for truck drivers at the entrance and exit of our site were often quite long. Not only was this annoying for the drivers, these queues also put additional pressure on our staff. We really needed to do something.”
As a Nedap partner, we use their advanced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera's who automatically scans the trucks licence plate. After parking the truck on the new driver-friendly and fully secured parking lot, the driver will have access to a kiosk where a simple straight forward app allows him to complete load registration. In case of successful registration and after an individual check by our guards, the truck can enter the ODTH premises. In case of unsuccessful registration our guards office is available to assist.
The new system is simple yet a game changer. When a truck arrives, the number plate is scanned for the first time by an ANPR camera. The driver then progresses to the booth behind the boom barriers, where he or she can easily submit all cargo details via the user-friendly app. After the driver’s identity card is also scanned, the truck can go through to the brand-new parking lot.
The info recorded via the camera and the app is then sent in real time to a security guard, who will check the driver’s identity from a tablet. “Site security is very important to us: we know exactly who is at our site at any given time,” Bart explains. After everything is checked off, the guard can add the truck driver to the ‘white list’ with a single press of a button on the tablet. The white list includes all trucks that are permitted inside the loading and unloading areas. While the driver continues to this area, another ANPR camera will scan the truck’s number plate a second time. The gates will only open when the number plate appears in the white list.
Aptus did the integration of the hardware – screens, gates, cameras – with their SAP system
“By putting together creative minds and technology experts, we were able to develop an innovative solution that works.” Bart Weymans, Project Manager at ODTH
“The first big difference we saw was at the booth where drivers register their details, as language barriers are now a thing of the past,” Bart continues. “Although our guards do speak some French, English and German, it was a real challenge for them to communicate with Bulgarian or Croatian drivers, for instance. The app used at the booth is available in 14 different languages. There are also three terminals available, which saves a lot of time in comparison to when there was just one guard.”
The innovative solution has a positive impact on job allocation strategies at the site as well. Bart: “Everyone used to complete a variety of tasks in addition to their own duties and responsibilities. Planners would assist with processing bills of lading, guards had to help out with the registration of driver details, etc. By introducing a more automated process, all our staff can now fully concentrate on their core tasks.”