Ports, Warehouses and Terminals Automation with Boomi - Navigating the Future

Navigating the Future: Automating Ports, Terminals, and Warehouses with Boomi Integrations

NeosAlpha helped TBA Group to engineer Port and Container Terminal Automation for a leading Israeli port who leveraged the benefits of maritime systems integrations

TBA's Business Goals

Port And Container Terminal Automation is the core offering of our client, TBA Group who are a leading service provider specializing in port logistics. TBA Group consists of UK Centres in Doncaster & Leicester with local representatives in North, South America and Oceania. TBA Group is part of Konecranes Group. With a strong focus on the global port, terminal, and warehousing markets, their comprehensive software solutions and services are designed to optimize and automate port operations through simplified maritime integrations. They have deployed their software globally to over 120 customer sites and delivered in excess of 1500 projects. Steeped in heritage, dating back to 1976, their vision is to offer a world-class, end-to-end, integrated software for the entire lifecycle of ports, terminals and warehouses.

While the adoption of automation in the port industry has been relatively slower compared to similar sectors like mining and warehousing, there is now a noticeable acceleration in this trend. Automated ports are demonstrating enhanced safety when compared to their conventional counterparts. They experience a decrease in disruptions caused by human factors, resulting in more consistent performance. However, there are challenges like shortage of necessary capabilities, issues with data quality, isolated operational systems, and difficulties in managing exceptions.

Our client, TBA Group’s software solution Autostore TOS is the cutting-edge container management system & terminal operating system that efficiently manages every component of a terminal. But in order to get the maximum benefits it needs to be integrated with a number of other maritime systems and leverage the data available through Port Community Systems.

As noted by McKinsey in their report on ‘The future of automated ports’, breaking down silos between functions is always a challenge, but it is especially difficult for ports: the basic principle of automation is process orientation, which requires integration across the end-to-end terminal process chain and important interfaces.

Technology Challenge

Autostore TOS interacts with data in JSON format. On the other hand, other major port systems like TASK-Yam, TASK-Yam Community Data share data received from various sources in different formats like XML, Flat File (FF), or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Following are some of those important types of data invloved,

Siloed data and unhandled exceptions are 2 key areas of concern for process automation. Digital integration aims to simplify the processes before automating them. Vast of volume of data shared across all these port and container terminal systems in different formats must be transformed and transferred in a seamless manner without any data loss, without inaccuracies in a timely manner to get the best results of automation.

To transform a port to a ‘Smart Port’, defining the right digital integration strategy and selection of an appropriate integration platform is crucial. Facilitating connectivity between the following components of maritime ecosystem is the challenge,

How NeosAlpha Helped

Upon commencing the program, our integration consultants worked with TBA Group to understand their softwares and solutions and what data it needs from the port systems to function effectively. Having identified and understood the key port systems and the type of data shared by them, a detailed solution designing phase was started.

A key finding during the solution design phase was a need for message broker platform to enable asynchronous communication between various de-coupled components. It was also helpful in achieving load leveling and scalability. ActiveMQ was implemented as the JMS supported message broker platform.

Now, integration capabilities identified were,

n addition, integration platform must be able to connect to systems on-cloud and on-premise and scale to future demands. Unanimously, Boomi iPaaS was selected as the integration platform to support Autostore TOS platform

Out-of-the-box connectors helped in enabling Boomi JMS messaging with ActiveMQ. Also, disk connectors were employed to read various files from the port’s TASK-Yam application. Http client connections helped in making API calls to TASK-Yam community systems and port’s billing systems. Boomi’s native support EDI document processing made reading and transformation of EDIFACT EDI files faster. Our Boomi experts, developed custom scripts to handle the complex time zone specific business rules to provide accuracy to the n’th level.

As part of our Neos integration governance practices, custom document tracking capabilities were built to empower the support and business stakeholders to monitor the execution of processes with detailed information. This ability to comprehensive tracking and traceability reduced errors and potential data loss.

Following are some of the use cases designed and implemented,

Ports and Container Terminal Automation Using Boomi Integrations
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With the seamless and automated flow of operations, the port realised the following benefits,




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Key Integrations

Terminal Operating Systems, Port Community Systems, Apache ActiveMQ

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