New technological solutions are needed to safeguard the infrastructure, and guarantee the safe transit of cargo containers in ports that not only contribute to the commercial development of imports and exports, but also in the creation of a safe and risk-free environment for workers. also contribute.
Ports are one of the pillars supporting trade relations between Latin American countries with the rest of the world. During 2020 alone, container movement between the region and the Caribbean exceeded 54.2 million 20-foot containers, according to data from the Inter-American Commission on Ports (CIP).
Among the ports that stand out is Colón in Panama, which ranks first on the list as it is the main maritime connection between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, transporting approximately 4 million 325 thousand containers across its three terminals. The second place in this area is occupied by the 7.7 million square meter Santos terminal in So Paulo, Brazil, which transported about 3 million 864 thousand containers in the same period. Finally, in third place is the port of Manzanillo in Colima, Mexico; With the European Union, Australia, South Africa and Russia being the major points for trade in the region, moving about 3 million 79 thousand containers.
With such a high volume of movement, it is necessary to protect the necessary infrastructure that maintains the efficiency of the processes as well as guarantees the safe transit of merchant containers from ships to warehouses, in addition to enforcing a safe and secure – Free environment for workers on campus.
“Currently, video surveillance solutions that integrate IP audio elements go beyond their task of providing security and at the same time favor optimum performance of work equipment to enhance security in their environments, more and more encourage companies to choose solutions that help them meet the challenges of today and tomorrow”, explains Carlos Rojas, Business Development Manager for Latin America at Axis Communications.
With technological solutions offered by companies such as Axis, it is possible to achieve these objectives with a single solution that, with the use of integrated tools, is able to analyze context, to assess what is happening. Is able to collect useful data, activate security measures. Take over the management and maintenance of ports’ plants and work terminals in a timely manner.
This is the first ring of defense in an infrastructure, so the combined use of optical and thermal cameras with embedded video analytics and networked loudspeakers will facilitate the nexus between video surveillance, intrusion detection and prevention of potential external risks. does. This control panel allows operators to see what is happening in an area and activate safety protocols in a timely manner.
Monitoring of areas within facilities
The use of multi-sensor cameras and the wide PTZ enables panoramic shots with exceptional detail and minimal distortion without interruption for observation even in low light or dark environments.
At the same time, the use of intelligent video surveillance equipment equipped with video analytics makes it possible to monitor employees’ access and prevent exposure to hazardous areas of work areas and facilities whether they have appropriate personal equipment. All this with the same network infrastructure. In addition, the system offers the possibility to automate access filter procedures for drivers, visitors and users in specific areas and port warehouses based on the reading of license plates, QR codes and facial recognition.
Through smart cameras, it is possible to increase the operational efficiency of port terminals by monitoring each process from control centers manned by qualified personnel for each zone, thus reducing the response time as well as, the number of personnel required. proper handling.
For its part, the use of thermal imaging cameras and artificial intelligence software in conjunction with deep learning tools allows operators to generate alarms if a crane or a specific object radically changes its position within a predetermined range. , thus prevents accidents and avoids accidents. In the process of loading and unloading shipments or during their transfer to warehouses.
These benefits help in keeping the total operating cost at a very low level and taking advantage of the investment made in the required infrastructure, apart from compliance with the necessary regulations and requirements enforced by the Maritime and Customs authorities.
Safe, adequate and efficient management of the activities carried out in these infrastructures is important so as not to reduce operational efficiencies, but on the contrary, contribute to the commercial development of imports and exports.