Baltic Container Terminal Gdynia chooses JLT for rugged mobile computers
Baltic Container Terminal Gdynia (BCT), one of the largest container terminals in the Baltic region, is upgrading its wireless communication system. As part of the EU-funded project, JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers, has supplied over 70 of its systems.
BCT has put into operation 12 of JLT’s VERSO rugged mobile computers with the company’s contractor and business partner, Autepra.The project was required to replace an outdated narrow-band technology. Although bidding for the project was open, strict configuration and performance requirements from the EU, resulted in a small number of applications from providers. This was due to an environment inhospitable for electronic equipment and wireless networks.
Shipping ports maintain business based on a consistent efficiency in moving containers from ship to shore and on to a final destination. The communications infrastructure is critical. This is the first time JLT has supplied rugged mobile computing systems for a total EU-funded project, but has had involvement in industries including mining, and other commercial ports.
“A shipping port presents many challenges for information technology,” says Peter Lundgren, sales director for Europe at JLT. “The equipment was required to form a critical part of a reliable infrastructure using dual 3G connectivity, supporting seamless crossover between the networks.”
Tomas Girdzevičius, managing director of Autepra, says that the VERSO’s compact form-factor, processing performance and a highly readable display were the main factors for its selection by BCT. “The main challenge in a project like this is in providing equipment that works reliably in such a tough environments and delivers the performance – including wireless coverage – throughout the port.”