"Computer vision is the technology that will cause the biggest disruption in logistics" |  INTERVIEWS

“Computer vision is the technology that will cause the biggest disruption in logistics” | INTERVIEWS

A cargo truck is going to the port of Barcelona. On arrival, a camera captures its license plate and another code or symbol that identifies it and classifies it, for example, as dangerous cargo. Portals open and let pass. It has already registered the port entrance, without traffic jams, without delays and without inspectors.

Agile logistics is exactly what it offers All Reading, start Catalan computer vision for the port industry, It uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology in security cameras to detect and read codes and text from trucks, trains and/or containers.

Created three years ago from the Computer Vision Center of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) with the support of Mobile World Capital’s technology transfer program The Collider, AllRead’s machine vision technology works as a machine vision technology. software connecting to existing cameras to extract information from texts, codes and symbols. CEO and co-founder startMiguel Silva-Constenlatells Computer World “The technology worked very well in certain environments, but it had to be made into a product, and that’s when we decided to launch it for logistics, airport cargo.”

“There is no technology more important for a port than OCR, knowing what goes in and out of that terminal”

any camera will do

Silva-Constenla has traditionally said that implementing this type of technology requires a large investment by companies because equipment and different software for each type of text or code. With AllRead, you don’t need a big investment, no need to install a new camera, existing security cameras are usedso the technology is very easy to implement,” he says. software it adapts to new code through simple updates so it “never expires”. With this, the CEO approves You can save up to 80% on costs.

The implementation of OCR is also a Up to 60% reduction in time, because it digitizes cumbersome processes such as entering and exiting a terminal or port. A concrete example is the seals of containers that have passed through customs (checking that the structure has not been opened). “Until now, there was a person who had to go by machine when the container stopped at the port entrance. collection, similar to those in the supermarket to verify the barcode of that seal. Now, With our system (containers) do not have to stop, the security camera identifies and approves this seal, thus avoiding traffic jams and greatly reducing emissions”.

“We are talking about multiplying the optimization of processes quite a lot. There is no technology more important to a port than OCR, which knows what goes in and out of that terminal,” he continues.

“It does not require a large investment, existing security cameras are used, so the technology is very easy to implement”

Strategy? hiring

in early November, AllRead completes a 2.5m euro investment roundTech Transfer Agrifood fund (TTAF), Decelera Ventures, Puertos del Estado 4.0 public fund, Industrial Technological Development Center (CDTI) and other private investors.

This capital will mostly go to staff recruitment. “Ours software It is artificial intelligence and programmed by humans. basically 80% of our investment is for recruitment.” assures Silva-Constenla. A portion of the budget will also be devoted to developing your solution. “products software they are in constant development, you have a new update every week on Microsoft or Zoom. Same thing happens here there are updates of new reading models every weekhe learns much better with millions of photos and videos from other ports and this makes the model better, he learns by experience”.

AllRead currently operates in 30 ports and terminals in 10 countries in Europe and Latin America. In the coming years they will place their chips in this last region, so A part of this 2.5 million Euros will go towards developing the business in these countries..

Innovation in the logistics industry

“The logistics industry is in utter ruin,” says Silva-Constenla. However, it confirms that there are still no major technological innovations in the cargo part. “The biggest disruption we think is coming is computer vision. Cameras are everywhere, any logistics center, any terminal is full of cameras, which makes the implementation of computer vision very easy. Therefore, computer vision is the technology that will cause the greatest disruption and massive digitization in all logistics at the global level.”

“Logistics industry is in complete destruction”

There is a rising trend in the port industry. smart ports or smart portsincluding any technology that improves the efficiency, safety and sustainability of freight transport. One of the biggest success stories in this space is one of AllRead’s biggest clients: Port of Barcelona.

“Barcelona is at the pinnacle of digitalization and sustainability. It is a worldwide example Silva-Constenla states that in its strategic plan, it seeks to increase the capacity to handle, unload and transport containers, which does not result in an increase in polluting processes. With innovation at one of its highest points in Spain, the country’s port logistics industry can be expected to continue to progress to become an international benchmark.

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