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Kalmar SmartPort Process Automation

Kalmar SmartPort - Boosting container terminal efficiency with process automation for ports and terminals.

Remove manual roadblocks.

Kalmar SmartPort solutions help automate operational processes already in place for the movement of containers around your container yard or terminal and offer your business tremendous benefits by collecting and managing real time data more effectively. The handling of containers can become smoother and more efficient, improving the overall flow of continers between your landside and quayside. Kalmar SmartPort automation can be the first step for many towards a fully automated container handling terminal.

Take your operations to the next level.

When it comes to taking your container terminal operations to the next level, gathering more and better quality data is the key: unless you know where your containers, terminal equipment and road trucks are, you’re working with one hand tied behind your back. Your terminals operation and management can benefit from the digitalisation and process automation in many ways.


Kalmar SmartPort provides greater control and visibility enabling you to:


  • Review lift equipment utilisation rates
  • Automate existing manual processes
  • Remove bottlenecks and congestion
  • Improve the flow of containers around your terminal or yard
  • Know where your equipment and road trucks are in your terminal or yard at all times
  • Reduce errors, increase speed, productivity and safety.


Automate your processes.

Kalmar SmartPort offering consist of several different process automation solutions that boost the efficiency of your container operations at your port or terminal:


  • SmartMap for real-time and historical visualisation of equipment location and container routing in the yard. SmartMap is the main visualisation tool for operations.
  • SmartScreen automatically displays a job list to the lift operator and confirms when the container has been lifted or placed. This information is presented to the driver through a user-friendly interface showing both the stack and map view to aid operator decision making.
  • SmartTrucks for automatically identifying road trucks and tracking their movement around the terminal by using either RFID technology or an app that can be downloaded by road truck drivers.
  • SmartStack for creating an automatically updated real-time stack container inventory.
  • SmartLift for automating the job-selection process for lifting equipment like Reach Stackers, Top Loaders, RTGs and RMGs. 
  • SmartRail is a stand alone module that provides a virtual rail for gantry cranes that run on rubber tyres, to keep the crane in alignment with the stack at all times.
  • SmartTrack is designed for rail operations. A smart track license provides greater functionality to SmartMap and Smart Screen enabling you to model any train down to the individual railcar or container in your yard.

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Taking advantage of the latest technology in rail operations.

Our SmartMap and SmartScreen modules have been extended specifically to address the needs of rail operators and with all enhancements available through SmartTrack. With SmartTrack we can model a train in the rail yard in the same way that we can already model a container stack in a marine terminal to provide complete visibility over operations – from a high-level view of the yard right down to the level of an individual railcar or container.


Kalmar SmartTrucks app

The Kalmar SmartTrucks App provides real time external truck visibility with the help of a smartphone. The app enables two way communication between the truck driver and the terminal and helps customers improve crane operator productivity and reduce truck turn times. The app connects via the Kalmar Cloud to the existing Kalmar SmartPort process automation solutions: SmartMap, SmartTrucks, SmartLift and SmartScreen. Get started with the app here >>


Laying the foundation for equipment automation.

Kalmar SmartPort complements Kalmar One, our open and scalable automation system for automating the movement of containers in ports and terminals. Process automation can be the first step towards semi or fully automated operations and is a great place to start before you begin to automate your equipment. Find out more about Kalmar One here >>


Make your operations safer and more secure.

Process automation isn’t just about streamlining container flows around your terminal to make them as efficient as possible – it’s also about protecting people from risk and improving security. 


Here are a few examples of how we can help make your operations safer:


  • SmartLift allows the equipment operator to focus on moving containers as opposed to spending valuable time identifying trucks and scrolling through a job list to determine which container to deliver. 
  • SmartTrucks provides the same visibility to external road trucks as to internal yard trucks, meaning the TOS has real-time visibility to when a road truck arrives at its point of work and can better optimise turn times without the driver having to leave the cab.

Keeping rail cargo on track with Kalmar SmartPort process automation

With the introduction of a number of new features specifically designed for rail operations, there’s never been a better time for railroad companies and container terminals that count rail as part of their transport mix to take advantage of process automation. In this article we look at how our SmartPort offering can improve visibility and efficiency for operations teams and equipment operators alike.

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The trick to tracking and communicating with street trucks - Kalmar SmartTrucks App

Keeping track of all the road trucks moving into, out of and around a busy terminal is a tricky business. Kalmar’s RFID based SmartTrucks solution is the gold standard deployed on tens of thousands of trucks and required at most US Ports – And now we’ve extended its capabilities with a user-friendly Kalmar SmartTrucks mobile app that benefits terminal operators and truck drivers alike to provide two way communication.

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Boxing clever – boosting terminal efficiency with smart process automation

A typical modern container terminal might be home to a huge variety of complex technologies and equipment, but its ultimate goal is simple: get boxes off a ship or railroad car, through the yard and send them on their way as quickly as possible. Process automation offers tremendous benefits in terms of gathering the right data to make this process run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.  

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Frequently asked questions

Can I use Kalmar SmartPort with manually operated container handling equipment?

Kalmar SmartPort is ideal for working with manual equipment, you may need to install additional hardware and or software depending on the module you are interested in.

Does Kalmar SmartPort work with any brand of equipment?

Kalmar SmartPort has been designed to work with container handling equipment produced by any manufacturer with the addition of necessary hardware or software.

How to get started with Kalmar SmartPort - do I need to install hardware or software?

Depending on which modules you require, you may need additional software or hardware to be installed. We will advise and guide you through any upgrades that you may need.

Can I add functionalities over time?

Yes, you can add more functionalities over time by adding software licenses. It will also require configuration updates.

Can Kalmar SmartPort integrate with my in-house TOS?

Kalmar SmartPort is easily interfaced with your TOS via a standard set of API’s. Many customers have been able to extend the life of their existing TOS by adding critical new functionality with the addition of SmartPort applications like SmartScreen, SmartStack and SmartMap.