PACECO

Fast image file transfer over unreliable wireless

Leading manufacturer of container handling equipment implements breakthrough tracking system with image capture and fast transmission via Aspera software

 

PACECO Corp. is one of the leading manufacturers of container handling equipment for ports around the globe. With close to 40% of worldwide container quay cranes built by PACECO, the company’s products are well known for quality, reliability and durability. The world’s largest ports count on PACECO to track the thousands of cargo containers moving through their facilities each day, so real-time tracking of container and chassis cargo is critical to ensure smooth on time delivery of cargo.

In the past, PACECO used standard messaging technology as the embedded solution to transmit camera images to the port’s server, but speed and reliability were problematic. The messaging technology was not only slow, but images often failed to transmit due to the limitations of the technology, resulting in a missed opportunity to capture the location of the container and chassis. This meant delays in tracking as the image was re-transmitted, and in some cases wasted time and resources to manually track down the containers’ parked location.

With the Aspera Client and Enterprise Server, PACECO has cut image transmission times in half. According to Bernie Yip, PACECO Engineer, “Aspera has been invaluable because we can now transmit an image in 1-2 seconds versus 3-4 seconds.”While two seconds may not seem like a lot of time, Yip emphasizes that it delivers significant overall cost and time savings for PACECO. “When you multiply those seconds by the number of containers that must be tracked, you see that the time savings are truly significant.”

Yip also touts the reliability of the Aspera solution. “Transmissions often failed, and images had to be resent,” he says. With Aspera, that is no longer an issue, as the underlying fasp™ protocol is extremely fast, robust and reliable. And, because of the never-ending increase in the numbers of containers to track, the ability of Aspera to scale effectively was paramount. “We are confident in Aspera for fast, reliable image transmission – they are a critical part of our solution,” Yip says.

 

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"Aspera has been invaluable because we can now transmit an image in 1-2 seconds versus 3-4 seconds... When you multiply those seconds by the number of containers that must be tracked, you see that the time savings are truly significant.” Bernie Yip, Engineer