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APS Technology and Zebra Enterprise Solutions Partner to Increase Gate Velocity and Security for Gulf Stevedoring

July 15, 2010

SAN DIEGO, July 15 /PRNewswire/ — APS Technology Group, Inc., a leading provider of optical character recognition (OCR) and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals, announced Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company (GSCCO) of Saudi Arabia will implement the APS OCR Portal and driver kiosks to automate container identification, remote damage inspection and truck processing at its Jeddah and Jubail terminals. APS is partnering with Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES), a division of Zebra Technologies (Nasdaq: ZBRA), to integrate the APS solutions with ZES’ SPARCS N4 terminal operating system (TOS) and Autogate System. The ZES TOS uses OCR technology to automatically identify marine containers as they enter and exit the facility, increasing velocity at the gate and security within the terminal.

GSCCO is operating three of the largest ports in Saudi Arabia and is in the process of developing the Northern Container Terminal (NCT) in Jeddah Islamic Port, which is the country’s busiest port. The company will implement APS Technology OCR Portals and driver kiosks over ten lanes in Jeddah and five lanes in Jubail Container Terminal to eliminate gate congestion, increase throughput and reduce the chance of container theft. The ability to more fully automate gate operations will support the anticipated doubling of terminal volumes.

“We decided to add gate automation to provide a more systematic process to decrease truck dwell time and improve the quality of the gate process for our customers,” said Saud Al Onani, Terminal’s Manager for GSCCO. “We pride ourselves in using the latest methods of management and the most state of the art technology in all aspects of our operations. Our gate automation with APS and Zebra Enterprise Solutions will be the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“We are very pleased to work with Zebra Enterprise Solutions on the GSCCO project. The close integration between our systems provides a seamless flow of data for customers and enhanced visibility into operations,” said Allen Thomas, APS Technology COO.

About Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Company

Founded in 1985, GSCCO has won a succession of prestigious port projects throughout Saudi Arabia against opposition from larger and longer established rivals demonstrating its competitiveness and efficiency. The company handles over 1.8 million TEU’s annually. After the completion of the new expansion of NCT in 2010 and the Jubail Container Terminal, GSCCO became the biggest container terminal operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For more information, visit www.gscco-sa.com.

About Zebra Enterprise Solutions

Zebra Enterprise Solutions, a division of Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), extends Zebra’s reach beyond passive RFID by employing state-of-the-art software and hardware solutions to locate, track, manage, and optimize high-value assets, equipment and people across the world’s largest supply chains. Whether tracking containers through a port, optimizing parts for manufacturing, or managing ground support equipment at an airport, the real-time asset management solutions from the combination of Navis, WhereNet, proveo, and Multispectral Solutions provide improved visibility and velocity to gain measurable business improvements. Utilizing products that are based on ISO/IEC 24730-2, Cisco CCX Wi-Fi, precision GPS, and UWB technologies, Zebra Enterprise Solutions offers a wide range of location solutions that are “application matched,” enabling its customers to put the right asset in the right place at the right time. For more information about Zebra Enterprise Solutions visit http://www.zebra.com/zes.

About APS Technology Group

APS Technology Group is a leading provider of OCR and automation technology solutions for marine and intermodal terminals. The solutions improve the productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness of container operations by increasing the visibility, velocity, and volume of cargo moving through a terminal’s gate, rail, vessel and yard operations.

APS leads the industry with over 700 OCR and automation systems installed at 35 marine and intermodal container terminals in ten countries around the world, including APM Terminals, CSX Railroad, and HHLA. The company is located in San Diego, CA and has offices or partner resellers in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. For more information, call +1 858.571.4444 or visit http://www.aps-technology.com.

SOURCE APS Technology Group


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