Complete position tracking in the entire terminal area

Symeo at TOC Europe 2008: Robust, high-precision positioning solutions for internal logistics
TOC (Terminal Operations Conference and Exhibition) in Amsterdam (PresseBox) (Neubiberg (Germany), ) Symeo GmbH will be presenting components and system solutions for continuous vehicle positioning and container tracking at TOC (Terminal Operations Conference and Exhibition) in Amsterdam between 17 and 19 June 2008. The radio-based Symeo technology is specially designed for use in harsh terminal environments and large open-air sites. It operates reliably and maintenance-free even under adverse environmental conditions, such as rain, salt water, fog or snow.

At Stand H14 of TOC Europe 2008, Symeo will be showcasing efficient and reliable internal logistics solutions for the terminal environment. Symeo's industry-proven positioning systems feature precise data collection in all ambient conditions. No matter what the application - whether to assist drivers in optimising the loading and unloading processes, to facilitate exact travel to target positions or to avoid approaches in non-permitted areas - the Symeo LPR (Local Positioning Radar) base stations attached to the vehicles transmit their current position accurately to within a few centimetres. "The real-time positioning of handling equipment, such as straddle carriers, reach stackers, fork lifts, cranes or gantry cranes, further enables the continuous tracking of pick-up and unloading positions and hence complete material tracking of all container movements," explains Dirk Brunnengräber, CEO of Symeo GmbH.

Maximum flexibility: Combination with other sensor technology possible

The robust, vibration-resistant Symeo LPR base stations measure their position up to 30 times per second through the time-of-flight measurement of the radio signal to the LPR transponders, which are attached to the existing infrastructure, for example lamp posts or buildings. Any number of vehicles equipped with LPR technology can analyse the individual LPR transponder signals within a radius of up to 300 m. "The system concept of easily attachable LPR transponders and the open software platform SymeoEngine allow efficient coverage of any sized area and the combined analysis with further application-specific sensor technologies," explains Symeo managing director Christoph Rommel. This also enables operation in combination with the satellite positioning system GPS. In this way, travel across open spaces, for example, can be tracked to within several metres, using GPS. At the start and end points and in areas without a usable GPS signal - in buildings or in locations near metal, such as under cranes or near ships - the LPR sensor technology takes on the responsibility of reliably transmitting the exact position. "The SymeoEngine processes the sensor data to find an absolute position and transfers this to the evaluation logic via standard interfaces. Symeo technology is thus the cornerstone of economic and consistently reliable system solutions," sums up Christoph Rommel.

Further information is available at Stand H14 of TOC Europe 2008 or at www.symeo.com.

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