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BoxCatcher: Full crane OCR solution.

Catching every box. Every time.

BoxCatcher camera for full crane OCR

Camco’s patented BoxCatcher camera system accurately identifies containers during loading and discharge, without interrupting or slowing down crane operations. Seamless TOS integration ensures that the data is instantly sent to the TOS, ultimately improving vessel turnaround time. This advanced crane OCR solution provides full crane OCR, covering container ID, ISO code, seal presence, IMDG label and door direction.


When installed as a moving camera unit on a dynamic rail, the BoxCatcher can follow the container’s flight path in real time, while the container is loaded or discharged. It will autonomously travel vertically or horizontally to the optimal position to capture the door/front of the passing container. To do this, the BoxCatcher uses two 12MP global shutter cameras designed for capturing fast moving objects traveling at 4 m/s: one camera is focused on a 20 foot container door, while the other is focused on a 40/45 foot variant. Two SideViewer 4MP cameras are placed on both sides to provide detailed pictures of the container’s long sides.

Lighting conditions

Built-in LED light projectors ensure appropriate (on demand) lighting conditions. The BoxCatcher automatically compensates for the container swing during operations.

Operator application

Operators can use the Crane Operator application for further exception handling in case the OCR data confidence levels are low. They can correct specific fields before committing the data to the TOS.


  • No constrained spreader path. The quay crane driver is free to operate the crane in the most optimal way, taking into account container weight and balance, container position, tide, wind, safety rules, lashing sequence, etc.
  • Sharp images in any condition and at any container traveling speed.
  • Full crane OCR: container ID, ISO code, seal presence, IMDG label presence/classification, container door direction.
  • Easily accessible home position allows for safe and easy maintenance.
  • One-fit-all solution with support for various container configurations: single, tandem, 20′, 30′, 40′, 45′.
  • Safe and accurate registration of physical container data. Alternative to physical checker.
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