The problem which the facility was encountering was being able to combine in a safe way the movement of heavy vehicles and pedestrians within the plant, especially in the central yard, where several access routes to production and services buildings (offices, locker rooms, etc.) converged.
Also, there was no parking area for trucks, and therefore it was typical for them to park near the factory producing problems of circulation and road safety.
Faced with this situation, Azucarera undertook a project for adapting an area adjoining the plant as a truck parking area and commissioned TSK T.I. with the design of a system which allows the management of access to the new parking area as well as ensuring the safety of pedestrians in the plant without compromising the productivity and accessibility of the heavy vehicles.
The solution developed by TSK T.I. consisted in the installation of various systems for their combined integration.
For the management of the truck parking area the following was implemented:
- A CCTV system to allow the plant's traffic operators to remotely view the waiting trucks.
- A digital video-intercom system, based on SIP protocol , to allow the truck drivers to communicate with the control centre from the parking area access point and from the waiting area.
- A number plate recognition system to identity the vehicles which access the parking area and permit their automatic access.
- A system of information panels using audio and video to inform the truck drivers which should be the next truck to enter the plant.
In addition, within the plant, a series of vehicular and pedestrian barriers were installed through a programmable logic controller or PLC, which depending on the requests for passage made by the pedestrians and vehicles, regulate traffic within the plant to avoid risks to pedestrians.
The design is provided with a central control point in the main access door.
All the equipment and devices which are part of this deisgn solution are interconnected in a specifically deployed TCP/IP network and supported by industrial type commutation or switching devices, which employ the most common physical means of TCP/IP transportation: Optical fibre, Category 6 copper cabling and a WiFi point to point wireless link.