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Port operators need to demand standardisation in container terminal automation (Kalmar)

At Kalmar, we firmly believe that in the future, all container ports will be automated, either fully or partially. Automation is the only foreseeable way by which terminals can respond to today’s global megatrends, and continue to improve the efficiency, safety and sustainability of their operations.

To support this progress and to enable terminals to reap the benefits of automation quicker, we have been eager to spark a discussion about the importance of openness and standardisation in our industry. Today, terminal automation projects are still mostly unique and heavily customised bespoke solutions. To speed deployment, radically shorten start-up times, and simplify the maintenance of highly complex automated systems, we need to be able to copy and paste standardised solutions from one execution to another, instead of reinventing the wheel over and over again for each terminal.

Certainly, we have made some great progress. Last year, we launched Kalmar Key, the first open automation platform, and as we expand its capabilities, we are inviting customers, competitors and other third-party players to collaborate with us to develop the ecosystem further. The Navis TOS has solidified its position as a de facto industry standard solution, and we will continue to boost its development to the next level. OneTerminal is our standardised, pre-integrated automation solution that combines Navis N4 with Kalmar TLS software. Another good example of improving efficiency through openness is XVELA, our cloud-based collaboration platform for stowage planning, for which we signed the first commercial orders last year.

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Source: Kalmar

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