Over the years working with Honeywell, how was the hardware improved/ adapted to the nature of the Ports business?
Driver visual impairment is one of the biggest risks on our straddles. There is a number of impaired areas already so having a device that fits neatly in the corner but is still able to be used comfortably has become a top priority. Over the year the devices have become smaller and less obstructive. This has improved driver safety while still allowing them to do their job.
What is the biggest priority for the Ports of Auckland looking forward?
Drive safety and comfort.
Who’s affected the most by the changes you’ve made to your technology?
How important is efficiency to the Ports business?
Hugely, if the straddle carriers are not moving then containers are not moving. If the equipment is not working in harmony, then the whole machine can become affected.
What are the biggest challenges to the Ports business in terms of efficiency, what has held you up in the past?
Are there any statistics that demonstrate how the Ports efficiency has improved?
As a business what are you striving to achieve? What do you want to do better?
When did you start working with Honeywell and what was the first product they brought in?
I started working at the Ports 9 ½ years ago. I have been dealing with the MDTs for approx. 7 of these. We first started using the LXE VX1
How many people work across the Ports of Auckland?
There is approx. 500 people employed by POA plus many more thir parties and contractors (Will need to confirm)
How many people drive straddles?
We have 40 Straddles in total on a busy day all of them can be used. Plus, we also have 7 hoists that have MDTs on board.
Could we get a simple breakdown of where the Honeywell equipment is used? (i.e Straddles, Gantry, K Crane etc)
Straddles and Hoists at the moments. We are looking at options as to how we can use them in our Cranes.
How did was the software developed with Interlogic, and how long did it take to implement?
We use a system called FreeFloat to allow us to maintain a connection to our dispatch system, the need for this came around when we were getting constant disconnections due to the way the wireless connections work. We were able to work with Freefloat and Interlogic to get a customized solution that when a wireless drop out occurred the initial Telnet connection is maintained locally on the MDT then a UDP connection is established and once the wireless link comes back traffic flows over UDP. Once the company was identified and after testing with their off the shelf product then we were looking at approx. 3 months for deployment.
How long have the Ports been working with Interlogic for?
Will need to confirm.
What system was used before Interlogic came on board?
Will need to confirm. Im guessing manual voice radio dispatching.
The very first system the Port used was from LXE, using some of the original kit LXE made. The MDT model was 1140, a character based terminal with 4 lines of display of 80 characters each line, and based on the old 8Mhz Z80 processor – I still have one of these in my office as a museum piece. This was a narrow band system and lasted for 14 years.
Then in about 2005 the port upgraded to WiFi and replaced the terminals with 1280’s, then came the VX1’s you mentioned.
We’ve been a supplier to the port, originally as Sanderson Computers in 1991, then following the Management in 2002 as Interlogic.
The Honeywell video will be more about the gear and reliability at the Ports of Auckland. I’m thinking that our cut should be about Ports in New Zealand using Interlogic’s services, but all footage is from the Ports of Auckland being the largest port in NZ. This is a change from my original thoughts that we should just focus on Auckland, but when I look at what we do at other ports it is more indicative of the total services we provide.
For Example, Ports of Auckland only take terminals from us and use our services to repair and there is a good story in that alone. Ports of Auckland have been a customer of ours since 1993 and they’ve been with us through four generations of equipment. We shouldn’t under estimate the value in reliability and a strong partner that can repair and support them. If the gear fails to work it’s a $2M straddle that is out of action and this impacts loading and unloading of containers and turn-around time of ships. The Port needs to have confidence in their support partner that gear is fixed to the highest standard and in a timely manner.
At other ports, of which there are 9 of them in NZ, of these 7 are Interlogic customers. Most of these also use our WiFi infrastructure to provide high reliability coverage. Now this equipment is the real key to our success at ports, not the Honeywell kit. Yes Honeywell is good, but what really makes the difference is our Wifi base stations that have beam forming so they spatially adapt to their surroundings. For example, as container stacks change, they are is able to change its coverage pattern to suit so there are no blind spots.
Will be about how great their equipment is at Ports. “Look at me I work in port environments”. Reliability is key for ports as outlined about. That’s about as far as they can go. The support is provided by Interlogic.
Support of equipment to meet Ports of Auckland’s operational requirements.
Interlogic has been a partner to the Ports since 1993. We are now on the forth iteration of equipment.
Looking at wider Port installations Interlogic’s solution for Ports WiFi and mobile devices and support of these.
You’ll be interviewing Jess from the Ports of Auckland for Honeywell and he can also be cover off Interlogic’s for our cut. One of the key points that will come out is the total reliance a port has on equipment. Also the environment that the equipment must work in is one of the harshest possible. Salt-laden sea air combined with humidity is a killer on electronics