Kalmar introduces Kalmar Key - the industry's first automation platform with open interfaces
15 September 2017
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, introduces Kalmar Key, an initiative driving the terminal industry's first automation platform with open interfaces. Kalmar Key provides a common system architecture for building an end-to end, customised automation platform using Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS) as a basis. The aim of the initiative is to facilitate a joint ecosystem for continuous business development within the industry.
"We want to speed up the industry transformation of container shipping by offering our customers an automation platform they can utilise in their development. One of the most important factors holding back our industry today is the lack of global commercial standards for terminal automation. Until now, most terminal automation systems have been based on extensive integration of various subsystems and solutions, and each deployment has been more or less unique. Now we have a common open platform to build on, allowing us to adopt a systemic approach in designing terminal automation," says Antti Kaunonen, President, Kalmar.
By opening the application interfaces to the Kalmar TLS, Kalmar Key initiative enables terminal operators to customise their automation deployments and use third-party developers to provide offerings that are interoperable with the automation platform. As a result, customers are able to integrate any new system and brand of equipment in an agile way into their automation system. Additionally the solution provides a holistic view of the operations by aggregating data from multiple sources into a single interface. Utilising one platform enables customers to make faster, more informed decisions that will have a positive impact on their operations.
"Now our customers can start building complete automation solutions that are exactly right for their business. Today, separate systems are needed for managing different brands of equipment. As our solution can be used with all brands, Kalmar Key enables customers to develop their automation system in an agile way. With open interfaces, the automation system can be customised and augmented with the required functionalities and a broader range of capabilities will be available for continuous development. We believe that this will pave the way for robust and diverse business ecosystems around terminal automation that will provide new opportunities for terminal operators, independent developers and automation system providers," says Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar.