Dr. Yehuda Heimlich, Manager of Business Development and Environment at the Ashdod Port Company, participated in a combined transport convention (Sea freight, Rail and truck transport), Intermodal Africa 2008, that took place in Ghana. Africa. Dr. Heimlich spoke during the plenum session of the conference and presented a model that was developed at the Port of Ashdod, for the dynamic management of operational risks and regulatory requirements in ports and container terminals.
The proposed model is based on RFID transmitters and detectors and others, "rules engine" and a control system that continuously monitors operations activity in the port – controls, warns and produces built-in reactions according to rules whenever irregularities in the normal operation of the port are detected. The connection between the risk evaluation world and the running of the port activities, before an incident and after it, in an environment in which the risk centers (the containers) are mobile and everything is subject to regulatory limitations – is new in the industry.
International shipping and logistics companies such as Schenker in Germany, Zebra in the US and others assimilate RFID transmitters and detectors in transportation systems for on-line control and monitoring of the logistic processes. NAVIS Company showed during the convention a new module for the integration of RFID transmitters and detectors in the TOS system of sea ports and exhibited a pilot installed in one of the US ports.