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Automatic registration of rail containers and railcars to improve operational efficiency

Rail OCR Portal

As the number of containers shipped via rail continues to grow, so does the need for automated inspection, identification and inventory of rail containers. Camco’s Rail OCR Portal provides a solution for remote visual inspection and automatic identification of containers and railcars. It comes with a Train Gate Operator application for further processing and exception handling.


The rail OCR portal is equipped with Camco’s renowned camera systems and OCR engines, and further extended with various sensors. When a train drives through the camera portal, the line scans generate images of each container’s left, right and top side, to ensure basic OCR. Optionally, images of the container’s front and back can be provided. OCR support is provided for container numbers, ISO codes, non-ISO container numbers, railcar and chassis numbers, IMDG and seal presence, and door direction.

Including a sophisticated railcar detection and identification system, the rail OCR system is able to return the exact position of every container on an identified railcar. Besides railcar number reading, the system supports AEI tags reading (present on US and Australian railcars).

Camco’s rail OCR solution supports running trains, stops and shunting without delaying or hindering the operational processes in any way. It furthermore supports double-stack containers and double-track trains.

Post processing with Train Gate Operator

Before the OCR data is sent to the TOS, operators can use the Train Gate Operator application to perform post-processing tasks. This application allows the operator to visually inspect the condition of each container and railcar, and verify, correct and validate the OCR-processed data. When the collected information is complete and correct, the processed data is sent to the TOS for further processing. The validation process takes only a few minutes, and can be easily performed by a gate clerk, locally or remote, for one or multiple sites.

Train Gate Operator application

Market reference

Camco’s Rail OCR solution is renowned for its unparalleled image quality and excellent OCR accuracy rates. In Europe it’s the number one by number of installations.

Key Features
  • No limitation in the length of trains.
  • Supports OCR of Intermodal, non-ISO containers and trailers.
  • Supports multi-national train types and configurations: single and doubled stacked.
  • Supports shunting.
  • Supports tracking of railcars over multiple rail tracks.
  • Returns load type, position and direction per railcar.
  • Supports European railcar numbers and American & Australian railcar AEI tags.
  • Line scan technology for optimal OCR accuracy.
  • Seamless interaction and integration with the local TOS or other host system.


Camco’s Rail OCR solution allows terminal and rail operators to automatically perform train inventories, associating container data with railcar and train positioning. This results in faster train loading and discharging, increasing productivity while reducing operating costs. The post processing of several rail portals can be performed on one centralized location.

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