Oosto enables Israeli seaport to improve logistical throughput during supply chain crisis with facial recognition

Oosto’s Visual AI solution helps increase security and cargo-handling speed for leading logistics company

As supply chain disruptions continue to wreak havoc on global economies, Oosto is helping to ease port security and landside operations burdened with increased security challenges, operational risks, and tightening regulations through the use of the company’s leading visual AI-driven access control solution.

Logistics providers are increasingly exploring new approaches to unlock efficiencies in port operations to help combat customs clearance delays and traffic bottlenecks; docking and unloading delays of cargo containers; protect goods from cargo pilferage; and meet security clearances. Efficient, rapid door-to-door cargo transport is critical as the volume of goods transported by global container fleets has nearly doubled in recent years and cargo pileups at ports have reached crisis levels during the pandemic.

Group 207, a leading-edge maritime logistics operator in the Port of Ashdod, Israel, recently implemented Oosto’s facial recognition technology for video surveillance of all cargo-handling activities. The company’s cutting-edge, 70,000 square-meter facility saw almost immediate results upon implementation of OnAccess for security-screening authentication of ground-handling personnel. Oosto’s solution instantly recognizes authorized individuals which has led to a substantial amount of manpower saved, increased operational transparency, and a rapid return on investment. In fact, the waiting time was reduced by 33-50% per driver, which translates into significant throughput improvements – and much happier drivers.

Prior to implementing Oosto’s OnAccess access control solution, Group 207 was challenged with a manual check-in, credentialing, and identification authorization process of its cargo handlers, resulting in long lines, inefficiencies, and frustration among contracted drivers.

“Before we implemented Oosto’s facial recognition solution, we had a problem with identification which required a truck driver to provide his paperwork to a receptionist who would then work to identify the driver and certify that the paperwork was correct,” said Ofer Margulis, COO of Group 207. “Now, we don’t need the paperwork, we don’t need the receptionist. The truck driver just goes to a kiosk, the system recognizes the driver and he can access the cargo he came for. Today, if you ask any driver at this port where the most convenient place to get logistics services in terminals is, they will definitely tell you it’s Group 207.”

“We are thrilled that Group 207 has chosen to partner with Oosto on this top-priority initiative,” said Ofer Schmidt, Oosto’s sales director for central Europe and Israel. “This demonstrates the value that real-time facial recognition can offer logistics service providers in today’s capacity-constrained supply chain environment. We can accurately measure the man-hours saved, both on the part of the drivers and in terms of Group 207’s own manpower, and deliver almost immediate payback.”

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 90% of the world’s goods are currently shipped by sea, with maritime shipping volumes projected to triple by 2050. This growth brings both opportunities and challenges to logistics providers and transportation companies in the near future, and associated operational burdens on port security measures and procedures to safeguard people, ports and cargo will only intensify the necessity and adoption of biometric technologies as a result.

To learn more about Oosto’s visual AI solutions for the transportation, maritime, and logistics sectors, please visit Oosto.com.

About Group 207

Group 207 brings together under one roof six companies that offer a wide range of logistics solutions that include transportation, storage, and handling of cargo and containers. The group operates from one of the most advanced logistics centers in the country, located in the Israel Ports Park in Ashdod. The logistics center combines technology and advanced working methods, is a one-stop-shop so that the group’s customers enjoy comprehensive logistics services tailored to the needs of each and every customer.

About Oosto

Leading organizations in the financial services, buildings, retail, health, sports, gaming, and other Fortune 500 companies are using Oosto’s leading visual AI platform to positively impact safety, productivity, and customer experience. Oosto enables enterprises to better protect their customers, guests, and employees by identifying security and safety threats in real-time without compromising on fair and ethical use. Founded in 2015, Oosto operates globally through a network of offices and distributors and is backed by leading investors including Softbank Vision Fund, Eldridge, Qualcomm Ventures, and DFJ Growth. To learn more about how Oosto incorporates ethical AI and data privacy into its solutions and processes, please see: Why Trust Oosto.

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