IDENTEC Presents New Reefer Monitoring Solution

first_imgzoom Port and container terminal process automation specialist IDENTEC SOLUTIONS has announced the release of CTAS 7.0 Reefer, its latest generation real-time wireless monitoring and control system for refrigerated containers. The new system will be officially unveiled at this year’s TOC Europe trade show in London, 24-26 June.The first customers for CTAS 7.0 Reefer will include Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT), which has selected IDENTEC SOLUTIONS to provide reefer monitoring at its new automated terminal on the US West Coast. Users of IDENTEC SOLUTIONS’ current reefer monitoring solution will also upgrade to the new version, including Port of Cartagena, Colombia; SSA Mexico; and Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), Pakistan.CTAS 7.0 Reefer includes a brand new Windows-based user interface and middleware platform, providing enhanced “dashboard style” alarms, alerts, reports and business intelligence to help container ports automate reefer management and deal with out of spec reefers only by exception.Use of the open architecture Windows.net platform also facilitates easy integration and support for other business applications. This includes real-time synchronization with terminal operating systems (TOS) such as Navis N4 to execute and complete reefer jobs.Suitable for use in genset, stack and rack operations, the IDENTEC SOLUTIONS system allows terminal operators to remotely monitor reefer temperatures in real time, as well as to adjust set points, perform pre trip inspections (PTIs) and download data logs. Data is captured by purpose-developed “plug and play” long-range active RFID tags, which connect to the reefer machine’s serial port.Tags can be fitted as reefers are placed in yard stacks or racks, or can be plugged in as equipment enters the terminal via land or sea gates, prior to being stored in the yard. This latter option provides near-total visibility of reefer units as they transit the terminal, says IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, helping operators to avoid problem such as reefer boxes accidentally going unplugged.CTAS 7.0 Reefer also allows operators to proactively identify “at risk” reefer boxes even before they arrive at the terminal, using BAPLIE data to perform automated checks by commodity versus planned temperature. The system will then alert users to possible non-conforming units that can be targeted immediately on arrival, rather than being checked manually over the course of a full shift with no upfront knowledge of the reefer statusThe new system will be familiar in look and feel to any Windows user, with large, simple RAG (red amber green) dashboards giving operators easy, at-a-glance information on the status of all the reefer boxes in their terminal. The client software runs both on regular desktop PCs and on other Windows-supported mobile devices such as touchscreen tablets, allowing information to be accessed in multiple ways and places. A reefer mechanic touchscreen handheld app has also been developed.“Based on significant research and feedback from experienced terminal operators with large reefer operations, we have created a solution that for the first time can offer true automation of the whole reefer visit,” said Peter Cosgrove, Senior VP Sales & Services for IDENTEC SOLUTIONS. “Rather than having to rely on monitoring technology provided by shipping lines, this solution hands direct control to the terminal operator, with the data, alarms, audit trail, billing and claims handling reports needed to eliminate the risks traditionally associated with reefer box management.”June 12, 2014last_img read more

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Civilian needs mount in Yemen as medical supplies dwindle – UN health

“In Taiz, the ongoing crisis has led to the closure of many health facilities and access to health facilities for the injured civilians and doctors is almost becoming impossible; shortages of basic and lifesaving medicines, medical supplies, laboratory reagents in the health facilities are fast dwindling with limited access for replenishing,” said Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Yemen.In response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Tiaz and Hodeida governorates and the rising number of civilian injuries in the southern governorates of Yemen, WHO is coordinating a rapid response to provide emergency health access to the injured, internally displaced persons and host communities.But to date, the response to the escalating needs to support life-saving health interventions has been inadequate. WHO requires $105 to cover the health needs of 10.3 million people, however the agency has only received $19 million (18 per cent) leaving a funding gap of 82 per cent. In a press release issued in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, WHO said thousands of people have been injured in Taiz since the start of March 2015 with over 350 casualties recorded in the last one week alone. “The escalating crisis in the governorate has seen a breakdown in the health system; health facilities have been damaged, close to half of the health facilities have closed down and medical supplies are quickly being depleted,” the health agency said.Over the weekend, WHO donated 2 trauma kits sufficient to conduct 1,000 surgeries, one surgical supply kit, 15 dressing kits, 40 first aid bags and anaesthesia to treat the increasing numbers of injured patients in Tiaz.And in Hodeida governorate and Tehama region, where the crisis has equally escalated, WHO has donated emergency trauma kits and other medical supplies sufficient to treat over 4,500 patients at a hospital and a renal dialysis centre to address immediate health needs. Shortly after the delivery of the supplies to the hospital, 25 major surgeries were carried out as a lifesaving intervention.“WHO is committed to ensuring that all Yemenis continue to have access to health services, including those in the hardest to access areas through the provision of emergency lifesaving medicines, trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease kits and blood bank supplies which currently are urgently needed,” the WHO representative said.But in the coming month, the health situation is expected to deteriorate further among the displaced people and host communities due to the continued crisis and escalating needs. read more

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