Infracontrol and Nedap deploy truck parking system at Port of Gothenberg

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The Port of Gothenburg in Sweden has created a new common entrance for truck traffic called Port Entry, with the aim of providing a better reception and more efficient flow of traffic through the harbor facilities. A combination of Swedish and Dutch technologies are being used in its new truck parking system.

The new port entry site will serve ID checks and clearance for all Port of Gothenburg terminals. The entry is for all trucks that are not pre-registered, and each terminal will have its own reception desk. After notification, the trucks go directly to the port terminal where all goods that they transport will be delivered or picked up. A parking management system from the Swedish systems integrator, Infracontrol, has been implemented to create a smooth traffic flow and make it easier for drivers to park their trucks.

Parking occupancy sensors from the SENSIT range of products produced by the Netherlands-based vehicle identification and access systems developer, Nedap, have been installed in the parking bays, and are used in combination with dynamic message signs to guide drivers to an available parking bay.

Trucks are only allowed to park for a short time while the verification of their documents takes place. If a truck is parked for more than 30 minutes, the port staff are informed via an app, which shows the parking bay concerned, making enforcement of the available spaces more efficient. The system also provides detailed data on the usage of individual parking spaces to optimize logistics within the port.

Used in many Swedish cities, Infracontrol’s parking management system is connected to the company’s Online service for controlling, monitoring and logging. One of the biggest advantages of the Online system is that it can be easily adapted to varying needs. Its simple setup features make it easy to move or add more signs and more parking sites when needed, including the wireless in-ground detection sensors in individual parking spaces. All user functions, including parameter settings and operational monitoring, can be accessed via the internet or smartphones.

“Our Parking Management system helps both accessibility and the environment, even if it is in a small scale here,” said Johan Höglund, Infracontrol’s CEO. “It is smart to connect this type of small-scale ITS solutions to our Online service, as it makes the system installation simpler and cheaper, while ensuring high reliability, availability, and has a good future security.”

Magnus Nordfeldt, project manager at the Port of Gothenburg, noted, “This is a real boost for truck traffic to the port. A common ID control of all freight terminals easier for the drivers. In addition, traffic will be directed to the new outer harbor junction. There will be a better reception of the drivers with these modern facilities.”

Top pic: Copyright Rasmus Höglund / Infracontrol

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