Typically the delivery of TOS systems requires considerable effort both by the provider and the client to establish the infrastructure, train the users, test the functionality and integrate the software with other local systems. However this is not always easy or practicable, especially where local IT skills are limited or travel to a particular region is risky or difficult.
Nectar Group recently signed a 10 year agreement with the Government of Sierra Leone to manage and run the Bulk Terminal located at Queen Elizabeth II Quay, Freetown. To operate the terminal, which is known as Nectar Sierra Leone Bulk Terminal (NSBT), Nectar needed to implement a TOS system and weighbridges. To do so they consulted with DBIS (Software and Automation) Ltd and in a sharing of ideas produced a blueprint for a self-contained TOS solution, which could be delivered to the terminal and once connected to the main electricity supply operate the terminal “out of the box”.
Standard shipping container with secure window for interaction with drivers on the weighbridge
The terminal required two weighbridges one on the in gate and one on the out gate so the decision was made to use standard 20’ shipping containers as weighbridge offices and use the same containers as the administrative office and the server room. The two containers are fitted with internal linings to create an office environment with power and networks installed to the requirements of the users. The two containers have a network connection using Wi-Fi with the server in the main office container.
The weighbridges were manufactured in the UK and the weighbridge controllers were integrated with the IT environment for testing and training prior to the containers being shipped.
Once the solution was built the operators travelled to the UK for training both on how to assemble and connect the weighbridges and how to use the software in their application. Training certificates were issued and on sign off of the software functionality the server and workstations were packaged for transport and the containers shipped to the site for deployment. DBIS is able to connect to the server via the web to handle any support issues in the future.
The solution has created a solution which meets all the requirements of the terminal without requiring any construction or local IT preparation. Deployment and training costs have been minimised and the system will be operational within a week of delivery to the terminal.