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Tech firms to run automation project for Montreal container terminals

Identec Solutions, a global company about wireless sensor and localisation technologies, partners with Visy Oy and Remprex on an innovative project, Project Mercury.

The Project Mercury initiative has a CA$11 million (US$8.3 million) budget, CA$4.8 million (US$3.6 million) of which is sponsored by a grant from the Quebec Ministry of Transportation and Sustainable Mobility.

More specifically, Project Mercury aims to transform the way container data collecting and tracking are managed at Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership's (MGTP's) two largest terminals, Cast and Racine

According to Identec Solutions, the project is going to use a combination of technology, in order to track and identify containers throughout the port, replacing human operations, increasing operating efficiency, and considerably lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Terminal Tracker solution from Identec Solutions was chosen for the container position sensing system on Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (RTGs) and top handlers.

Identec Solutions said, "the system's real-time tracking capabilities improved the port's container handling efficiency, minimizing idle time and maximizing throughput. Terminal Tracker's implementation was a vital factor in the GPA's quest to enhance operational efficiency without sacrificing accuracy or safety."

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