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CONTROLS: Advanced Terminal Emulation for TOS testing

The Terminal Operating System (TOS) of a container terminal forms the heart of the terminal operation. It keeps track of all container positions in the stack and it handles large quantities of information. It decides, using a number of control strategies, on container grounding locations and equipment deployment and dispatching. Implementing a new TOS is a high impact activity for any terminal and, as the system change happens while the terminal is in operation and needs to continue performing, it is essential that problems are kept to an absolute minimum.

CONTROLS Emulation Tool
By acting as a ‘virtual terminal’ to which the TOS is connected, CONTROLS enables a TOS to be tested before go-live to prevent start-up problems, and to be tuned to specific characteristics of the terminal’s operation to deliver its full potential. Furthermore, the TOS operators can be trained in isolation from the real operation to facilitate key learning experiences without hindering to terminal operations.

– Faster than real-time testing

– Detailed on-line visualization

– Operation replay mode

– On-line and off-line statistics

– Advanced scenario definition capabilities

– Reloading data from past operations

CONTROLS aims to achieve three different objectives

Testing and validating the TOS functionality, thus ensuring error free operations by extensively assessing the complex conditions before going live.

Tuning the TOS parameter settings (yard and equipment control settings) in order to get the highest possible performance.

Training the human TOS operators without hindering live operations, and allow the operators to prepare for all kinds of irregular operations.

Training TOS operators

CONTROLS provide TOS operators with training and preparation for both complicated and rare situations. This is carried out to minimise the risk of mistakes which may result in a negative impact on the real operation. The training that CONTROLS provides also comes with visual feedback, demonstrating the effect it has on the achieved productivity level.

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