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Pilot Project Videoportal Straße in Cologne-Eifeltor Completed Successfully


Dear Companists,

The digital terminal will become reality soon – To secure future competitiveness, the market leader Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene - Straße (DUSS) actively designed this process and initiated the pilot project "Videoportal Straße" together with ASE GmbH in Cologne-Eifeltor, which has now been completed. After many challenges, the final approval took place a few days ago. 


Various reasons for introducing video portals

The DUSS had both external and internal reasons:

  • On the one hand, digitalization in combined transport (CT) takes place at a comparatively high speed and requires a high degree of standardization. Upstream and downstream value-added stages (ports, forwarders, operators, hinterland terminals) benefit from the higher degree of digitalization.
  • On the other hand, the "low margin" business of the overall CT market requires a significant reduction in process costs. In addition, capacity for site expansion is limited and requires intelligent planning of existing space.


In future, automated booking and check-in will take place with the help of the video portals

In future, trucks and loading units can be routed through the terminal automatically with advance booking. An average of around 1,400 trucks passes through the terminal every day at Cologne-Eifeltor. Identification takes place when entering the terminal via our video gate. Loading units are checked for possible damage using the video documentation; the data detected are integrated into the DUSS operations control system via an interface.

The video system detects vehicle registration numbers, container codes (ILU and BIC codes), and hazardous goods and waste labels. A careful selection of state-of-the-art sensors is used for this purpose. A big challenge was the separation of vehicles and loading units, which we were able to master with special 3D cameras and a continuous adaptation of our Numberfinder software.


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Separation of loading units


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Camera for number plate recognition


Advantages are evident to the DUSS

Aside from the capacity expansion, demand is increasing and thus ensures higher sales. Reduced throughput times, a lower error rate, and fewer cases of damage improve quality and reduce internal costs.


About the DUSS

Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene - Straße (DUSS) was founded in 1982 and is majority-owned by Deutsche Bahn. DUSS operates, plans, and builds transshipment terminals and loading facilities at the crossroads of the various modes of transport. DUSS handles an average of around 2.2 million intermodal loading units per year at its 24 terminals throughout Germany, making it one of the largest terminal operators in Germany. DUSS is also one of the leading providers in the combined transport terminal business in Europe.


Best greetings from Bruchsal,

Your ASE team


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