Docker Vision: An AI-powered gate OCR for terminal gate automation

Prajith Nair Docker Vision
Prajith Nair, CEO & Athira M, CTO, Docker Vision

How was Docker Vision designed?

In 2021, the Indian government published the Maritime Vision Document 2030, which outlines a blueprint for the development of the sector over the next decade. One of the key priorities identified was the need for digitally-led smart ports and systems-driven port performance monitoring to simplify business operations and improve operational efficiencies.

The Green Port Policy also requires ports to reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo handled by 30% by 2030. Therefore, it is crucial for the Indian port sector to adopt sustainable practices and become a safe, sustainable and green sector.

With this in mind, and given that currently only 4% of container terminals are automated, we could see the enormous potential in the development of container terminal automation solutions.

And thus, Docker vision was founded in 2021.

Through stakeholder interviews and brainstorming sessions, we have found that automating shore-based operations is a viable solution. This prompted us to develop dOCR, an AI-powered gate OCR for terminal gate automation and Rail OCR for wagon number identification. By identifying containers in real-time, dOCR reduces long truck queues at the terminal gate, thereby reducing its carbon footprint. This makes the plant safer, more environmentally friendly and more productive.

How is Docker Vision unique compared to other terminal gate automation products on the market?

Docker Vision is truly unique in the terminal gate automation market due to our revolutionary approach to hardware and software. Our product excels in eliminating the dependency on expensive line scan cameras or specific hardware requirements by developing the technology that works with regular CCTV cameras. This means our customers can reap the benefits of automation without significant upfront investment.

But this is just the beginning. Our AI-powered OCR technology, dOCR, further differentiates us from the competition. We’ve trained our system to identify container trucks even at top speed, making our solution perfect for container trains. And with an accuracy rate of 95% even in different climatic conditions, you can count on our software to deliver reliable results in any weather.

But perhaps the most impressive aspect of our product is that we create the panoramic image of the truck. All of our products are manufactured entirely in-house, which gives us the ability to customize our solution to the unique needs of each client. This means our product is highly scalable and customizable, allowing it to grow and adapt with your business over time.

Overall, Docker Vision’s product is a game changer in the terminal gate automation market. Our innovative approach to hardware and software, combined with our industry-leading OCR technology and in-house expertise, make us the ideal partner for any business looking to streamline their terminal operations and improve efficiency.

What are the main features/benefits of Docker Vision?

Benefits of dOCR, Docker Vision’s AI-powered OCR:

  • Reduced emissions, a greener facility
  • Increased terminal throughput/productivity
  • Applicable for road and rail transport
  • Real-time identification and reduced operational costs
  • Improved safety by moving personnel away from lanes
  • Faster gate operation reduces congestion and improves traffic flow
  • Automatic data collection of containers and trucks entering and leaving the terminal

Competitive advantages:

  • We deliver real-time results with 95% accuracy
  • It only takes 45 minutes to remotely install the solution and go live
  • dOCR is developed entirely in-house without using any third-party software
  • Our solution works with any normal IP camera, which costs only 1% of a line scan camera
  • Our exclusive feature is the panoramic image of the truck from a regular damage detection camera

In which ports/terminals across India is the software used?

As a startup with less than 2 years of experience in the industry, we understand that building trust with our customers is vital. We initially focused on the development of our product. However, as soon as we started marketing it, we received inquiries from all over the world. While we do not disclose specific customer information, we are proud to announce that we are in the final stages of onboarding two major port operators.

To ensure that our solution is suitable for our customers’ businesses, we offer a trial period in which they can test our technology without obligation. Our ultimate goal is to make it as easy as possible for businesses to see the value of our solution and help them make informed decisions before they’re accepted as a paying customer. This approach has proven very successful in demonstrating the effectiveness of our technology and we have received positive feedback from our test users. Once a terminal has completed the free trial and is happy with the results, Docker Vision offers a range of flexible pricing options and support packages to ensure our customers receive the level of service and support they need to be successful. We believe this approach will help us build lasting relationships with our customers and ensure we meet their unique needs as they evolve over time.

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