The new Meridian Port Services Terminal has been designed to run automated and semi-automated processes, which is achieved by the latest generation of technologies at the various stages of our terminal operations.
To facilitate and save valuable time from our customers a secure online portal will be made available, after initial registration the customers can use this online portal to make an appointment through our “Truck Appointment System” (TAS) for their visit to the MPS Terminal at their convenience. Each customer will have access to a dashboard containing their personal information and available containers.
The Truck Appointment System and online portal will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will avoid waiting times compared to a manual process. The TAS will communicate in real-time with our centralized and high-available Terminal Operating System (TOS) to retrieve and validate all data.
Once your appointment is confirmed your registered truck driver is welcomed at our MPS Terminal and allowed to enter based upon biometric fingerprint validation. Using this advanced technology in the early stage of your visit allows MPS Terminal and Tema Port to grant access only to those truck drivers who are registered and authorized.
This ensure that our visitors, staff, facility and your cargo is kept safe and is fully compliant with The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.
Besides checking the identity this biometric validation will be used in parallel to confirm the validity of your appointment throughout the Truck Appointment System. This will avoid traffic congestion and waiting times.
Soon as the truck enters the MPS Terminal and Tema Port premises an automated workflow is initiated in the background. Upon arrival at our automated access portals the truck license plate is read by usage of automated License Plate Recognition (LPR). In addition to the LPR each truck will be identified through a unique and tamper proof identification sticker based upon RFID technology.
In parallel upon identifying the truck through the RFID the Terminal Operating System will retrieve all visit information (container number, IMO classification,…). The automated portals are equipped with state of the art Optical Recognition Cameras to recognize:
- Container Number
- IMO Hazard Codes
- Number of Containers loaded
- Presence of seals
- IMDG Classification
All data is captured and verified in real time when the truck drives through the automated portals, without stopping, towards the Terminal gates. By the time the truck reaches the Terminal gates all captured data is processed and the weight is taken through automated weighbridges. The truck is automatically identified through RFID and is allowed to proceed to its final destination at the container yard.
Soon as the truck driver is on its way to his final destination in the yard our eRTG operator will be automatically informed through the Terminal Operating System, upon arrival the visiting truck will be served by our operator. Once the cargo is (off) loaded the visiting truck can proceed to our exit lane and proceed its onward journey.