The ultimate AVC evolution

Demand for detection and automatic vehicle classification on toll lanes has always had a positive growth, which has required an evolution of the traditional AVC (Automatic Vehicle Classification) system, an evolution encompassing several aspects: devices, information reliability, installation and maintenance.

AVC is usually used for purposes of audit, revenue collection management, statistics generation and in shadow tolls.

The basic AVC system is a set of sensors that detects the different vehicle categories, based on various criteria, mainly: number of axles, detection of dual wheels, volume, height and profile. Obtaining this information depends on the add-ons installed on the AVC device. Initially these devices were electro-mechanical, composed of treadles and ground fixing elements. Later, they were replaced by photoelectric elements, which is what Tecsidel offers as AVC-Optical system. This evolution allowed to avoid long-term traffic cuts in toll lanes due to breakdowns in the traditional treadles or ground fixing elements.

Tecsidel offers an AVC-Optical system based on a non-intrusive optical technology, with redundant sensors to continue classifying, in spite of detecting any impact on its components. This AVC device works as a peripheral of toll lane management system and through Ethernet protocol may send alarms which are received at the station and control center. MTTR does not exceed 20 minutes. Whereupon, this system dramatically reduces maintenance requirements.

However, Tecsidel, in their constant search for leading-edge solutions, believed in a further evolution of the AVC system and continued to investigate until they found AVC Laser system. One of the Tecsidel AVC Laser system is composed of two laser scanners located at different heights, allowing classifying the vehicle and getting all the above information, with no need to increase the installed add-ons on the solution.

AVC Laser has a reliability of >99% in its classification results. Many more adjustments can be made in real time, without direct intervention costs. This state-of-the-art solution is a faster and more efficient self-learning system.

The main functionalities of this qualified integrated software solution are:

  • Establish communication with the detector to capture the vehicle shape and interpret what category it belongs to.

  • Laser scanners do not require frequent cleaning

• Filter objects that are not vehicles and those that blur the height.

• Correct wrong values caused by beam reflection on windshields and infinite heights caused by dark surfaces.

An AVC Laser system solution can be installed every two lanes offering a significant number of advantages:

• Non intrusive installation.

• High reliability and accuracy for all measurements, especially in trailer detection.

• Robust device that only requires a quick and easy maintenance.

• Not sensitive to aggressive environmental conditions.

• No wear because of vehicles movement.

• Suitable for high and low speed situations and complex queue situations.

The AVC Laser system that Tecsidel installs in stop and go toll lanes reliably detects the flow direction and items carried on top of the vehicle. These operations are validated in Pre-AVC and Post-AVC. The Pre-AVC mode detects and classifies the vehicle before the payment is made in the entry area of the lane, so the system can automatically set the fee additionally to post-AVC functions. The Post-AVC mode makes the classification after the payment is made in the exit area of the lane, for operators and statistics systems.

All these advantages explain why this technology has become so demanded by concessionaires. Tecsidel AVC Laser is the ultimate evolution of the traditional AVC system.

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Tecsidel starts the Yard Management for Kimberly-Clark

The project, which is being implemented at the Kimberly-Clark Distribution Center in Santiago de Chile, incorporates technology for the control of access and stay of vehicles and people, and for the management and control of loading and unloading processes.

The management system that performs these functions is SEGA LTM, which incorporates numerous field elements to the processes, having the goal to facilitate and improve fluidity in the access to the enclosure, and obtain detailed information for reporting and traceability. These field elements are:

O Barriers to access

O Automatic Vehicle License Plate Recognition (OCR)

O Tourniquets for people access

O Communication with truck drivers through beepers

O Mobile terminals for the gate or control points

O Messaging panels on loading and unloading docks (inside the CD)

SEGA LTM ??is a tool for effective planning as it manages and controls time, capacity and productivity, as well as presenting online information to encourage KPIs achievement.

The process visualization is about the enclosure map, through which the activity is monitored intuitively and effectively, and alarms are triggered when something is not in the expected values range.

The set of tools provided by SEGA LTM allows staff to focus on the management of exceptions, while much of the flow is done automatically.

Tecsidel and Kimberly-Clark have planned to complete the implementation of the Yard Management in the upcoming months of 2017.

Tecsidel and Topsystem offer the best SEGA PTV version

Tecsidel Logistics Systems and Topsystem, a German leading manufacturer of voice directed solutions, sign a collaboration agreement to offer their customers the most complete and efficient version of SEGA PTV system (Pick / Put - To - Voice).

This union is focused on the warehouse operations optimization. Tecsidel SEGA PTV is the most productive system in voice guided operations for order preparation: the operator listens to instructions and confirms each step verbally.

Topsystem complements SEGA PTV with its most innovative and flexible voice solutions that aim to increase the work quality and efficiency, providing the employee with comfort and total freedom of movement. In addition, free view and verbal validation greatly reduce the level of error.

SEGA PTV integrates seamlessly with ERP / WMS systems and is a fast installation that does not require infrastructures.

The need for an optimal Yard Management

Industrial companies, manufacturers, large distribution and port facilities are increasingly dependent on the excellence of their logistics to succeed in a market as competitive as the current one. Although the first thing usually solved are production and stock management needs, in large logistics centers it is also important to take care of the activities of the cargo vehicles that enter and leave the premises. Let's name this need as Yard Management.

Our vision in Tecsidel suggests addressing all aspects of Yard Management through a single system, rather than treating it as a set of independent incidents. The solution is built on the following basic pillars:

• Planning of the enclosure activities

• Access control of vehicles and people

• Security of the enclosure

• Management of internal transits, waiting points and location

• Management of the operating areas of the enclosure (loading / unloading areas, scales...)

• Control of activity (loads, discharges, weighing...)

• Documentary control

The nature of each project will require greater emphasis on some points than others, which is represented by the configuration and flexibility offered by our SEGA LTM ??system, an innovative product with all the capabilities that can be expected from an advanced Yard Management System. SEGA LTM is designed and implemented by Tecsidel, a company with more than 35 years of experience in integrated systems for traffic and logistics management.

A convenient management of the room's agenda, taking into account the productivity of loading / unloading points and managing hourly capacities, is key to achieving an appropriate flow of movement. The agenda should be coordinated with the actors involved (external and internal), so that the possibilities of collaboration offered by the system will make possible a realistic planning. Thanks to the web technologies and smartphones available today in a massive way, Tecsidel SEGA LTM ??establishes a very practical workflow for the negotiation and acceptance of appointments by the different parties.

In yards with high traffic it is also important that the entry operations are fast and at the same time capture complete and accurate information on the activities to be performed. SEGA LTM ??takes advantage of the technologies most appropriate to each case to offer automatic access roads for vehicles that have contributed their data during the scheduling process. The unattended and safe operation of access is achieved with the help of license plate and container OCR cameras, vehicle TAG readers and proximity cards, scales or vehicle classification systems, apart from the vehicle video recording in case it needs to be checked later. To give instructions to the driver, panels are used and tickets are issued. An intercom system can be used to deal with incidents.

Inside the yard our goal will be that vehicles follow a route with the activities that must be done according to their planning. These flows are configured in SEGA LTM ??which will be permanently monitoring their compliance and notifying the site administrator of any deviations that occur through a visual alerts system.

Flows usually include activities such as inspection, weighing, unloading, washing, loading or documentation. The regulation of capacities is usually solved with waiting and queuing parkings. The control by SEGA LTM ??of the vehicle evolution in the yard can be supported in technology again. To mention some possibilities, the TAGs and OCR license plates allow automatic control of entrance and exit zones, proximity cards combined with self-service stations serve to manually confirm the arrival by the driver. The driver's guidance inside the enclosure is often done with variable led panels that show the destinations where the vehicle is waiting. The "beepers" delivered at the entrance and collected at the exit are an effective alternative to send instructions to the driver all the time.

The management at the points of activity can be totally transferred to the control system of the area with a simple interface between systems (a warehouse management system, for example can handle the load). In the case of Tecsidel SEGA LTM, operations can also be fully managed at points with no intelligent systems.

In order to complete the circuit, the exit procedures of the yard can also be automated with vehicle inspections by weight deviation or random to preserve the quality, before proceeding the exit. Thanks to SEGA LTM ??the vehicle control may not be finished here, since it is a multi-enclosure system, so that trucks between two LTM plants can be controlled in transit through the SEGA DMS module. This combination provides maximum precision in estimating arrival times at the destination yard and allows SEGA LTM ??to further streamline shuttle services between plants.

At Tecsidel we will be delighted to advise you on the design of an optimal system for your enclosures, and to implement turnkey solutions with just the right automation that maximizes your profitability, always under the control of our SEGA LTM ??software.

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