DIGITIZATION AND GREEN APPROACH AT INTERPORTO PADOVA

Panasonic rugged technology supports Interporto Padova in its digitization process, towards higher productivity, efficiency and logistics sustainability

Bracknell UK, 27th May 2020 – A property of 1,100,000 sqm (out of a total of 2 million), 310,000 containers and more than 6,000 trains moved every year: these are just some of the numbers of Interporto Padova, a national leader in infrastructure, provision, development and management of logistic and intermodal platforms for goods transport.

Established in 1973, the Interporto is located on key road, rail and port communication routes for the North-East of Italy and Europe: from here, about twenty complete freight trains depart and arrive every day, regularly connecting the main Italian and European ports.

  

The main mission of the Interporto is to develop intermodal traffic by encouraging the use of rail for long distances, as an alternative to all-road transport - which instead remains fundamental in the last mile (50-100 km). This model was borrowed from the great ports of northern Europe such as Rotterdam or Hamburg, where freight traffic is mainly handled by rail or river, and allows Interporto Padova to be among the leading players in the green movement, by placing investments in innovation, infrastructure, technology and services at the center of its business strategy.

“Introducing innovative IT tools is crucial for us to streamline operations within the Interporto,” says Cristiano Ruffini, IT Manager of Interporto Padova. “By its nature, intermodal transport involves multiple subjects, which must be coordinated seamlessly and effectively. This is where technology comes into play: without it we would face a paradox, having to face major bureaucratic complications and jeopardizing any effort to make transport efficient”.

During recent years, the Interporto has equipped itself with cutting-edge solutions, starting from the automated gates, that instantaneously regulate the entry and exit of vehicles responsible for the last mile, allowing them to get rapid access and significantly reducing costs and the discharge of polluting gases .

On their arrival, drivers pass through a camera-equipped portal detecting the license plate of tractor and trailer, the number of the unit on board and the presence of dangerous goods; thanks to this information, the Interporto staff can verify the operations that the vehicle must carry out. Once some simple practices have been executed at self-service kiosks, the road vehicles head towards the terminal area where they will be served by handling machinery, and then exit from the automatic gates again.

To extend the possibility of viewing and managing operations in real time also to the staff working on the ground and on handling machinery, Interporto Padova has also chosen to implement professional rugged mobile devices; for the past two years, the terminal equipment has included the fully rugged TOUGHBOOK G1 tablets which, in combination with a dedicated software, allow to manage work operations seamlessly.

The Panasonic TOUGHBOOK G1 is a 10.1” tablet fully rugged with Windows 10 operating system, boasting high performances and long battery life (up to 11 hours). It’s the ideal device for outdoor workers: thanks to its 10-point multi-touch capacitive display, IP55 certified waterproof digitizer pen and flexible port, it can be used to view HD documents and images directly on field, ensuring efficient communication thanks to its connectivity options. The flexible port configuration allows business users to employ the legacy port option they need, in combination with a resistant, fully rugged and lightweight device.

The TOUGHBOOK G1 is designed and tested to withstand extreme conditions thanks to MIL-STD 810G and IP65 certifications; its accessories ecosystem makes it perfect to be used in any environment, whether carried by hand or mounted on vehicles via dock. This is precisely what happens at Interporto Padova, because tablets are used day and night by field workers, who carry out the delicate check operations for the carriage-unit combination in rain, snow or sun along the rails. Operators continuously receive and send information from the G1, ensuring flow continuity thanks to LTE connection, even through tall metal structures like cranes and container walls. The tablet is also used in the cockpit of the container-handling vehicles: in this way, the operation-related information also gets transmitted in real time to their drivers, with no fear of strong vibrations or extreme temperatures.

“Introducing these professional devices has allowed us to digitize a number of operations so far managed with pen and paper: a significant step forward in terms of productivity, reliability and data transmission, as well as saving of consumable materials”, continues Ruffini.

“In a reality like the Interporto Padova, our commitment to promote productivity and efficiency is fully applied, offering professional tools equipped with all the resistance characteristics necessary for field work,” concludes Federico Alessandro Padovani, Italian Regional Marketing Manager of Panasonic Mobile Solutions. “We are delighted to take part in the digitization process of such a relevant infrastructure as Interporto Padova, devoted to making the transport and logistics industry greener and therefore more sustainable”.