Receiving, sorting, routing, delivering—managing freight in the marine container environment effectively can mean the difference between growing the profit margin or losing ground on lost shipments, or, an unexpected bottleneck that slows down the entire process. The business that succeeds in this situation is the one that not only plans ahead but can also react quickly and all along the line, to changing port conditions in real time. The port operation that never handles a shipment more times than is necessary, that fills a rush order without missing a beat, or that locates a mislaid container in minutes is one step ahead of the competition.

Thousands of ports around the United States already put logistics solutions at their operator’s fingertips in the form of Glacier rugged computers. Industrial forklift and crane installed computers provide a user-friendly, touchscreen interface with a large, color display; and come equipped with bar code scanners to identify and track freight as it moves. Rugged computers, rugged laptops, and rugged tablets are mounted on the wall, onboard Reach Stackers, RTG, and STS Cranes. As the concept of a Smart Port takes shape, Glacier hardware plays an integral role in promoting smart port productivity.

The marine container terminal operating environment is a challenging one. Glacier’s rugged computers are built to protect your data and improve productivity. Our Kodiak all-in-one computer is a durable, touchscreen PC running Windows in the most challenging places. Equipped with a solid-state drive, integrated wireless, and an array of I/O; port operators interface with the Kodiak continually entering and retrieving vital data. Container location, and loading or unloading status, is updated in real time. Worker productivity and accuracy is measured and accountability is maintained and measured. Customer service can update a client of their product location faster and at more granular level than ever before. The Kodiak brings computing power, and consequently standard applications to the far reaches of the dock.

Where portability is required for dock computing operations, rugged, weatherproof, sunlight readable tablet computers answer the call. With display sizes ranging from 7” to 13”, durable tablet computers capable of either Windows or Android operating systems bring networked computing to any needed location. Port managers, supervisors, and anyone else in need of seeing loading status, entering damage information, or changing a task at the last minute, has a durable computing platform at their side.

Options including docks, spare batteries and carry cases mean the computers are ready 24/7 year after year, regardless of the elements they face.