Le Havre Terminal Exploitation


“Following a joint project between LHTE and All Read, the multimodal terminal at the port of Le Havre now has a high-performance traceability tool for containers arriving or departing by rail. The upgradability of the ALL READ tool means that we can envisage further adaptations to our site, in particular for the control of container units delivered / collected by road”.

About LHTE

Le Havre Terminal Exploitation (LHTE) is a port terminal located in the port of Le Havre, France. LHTE was set up to provide container loading, unloading, storage and handling services, handling more than 160,000 TEUs a year.   

Le Havre Terminal Exploitation

The Challenge: Control the entries and the status of the containers

LHTE handles around 2,000 containers a week, transported by three modes: road, river and rail. For LHTE, it is important to check the unloading list for containers arriving by rail against the actual composition of the train. Discrepancies can arise and have consequences for the terminal. In addition, LHTE wishes to keep a visual record of the condition of the container when it enters its terminal. In the event of damage to the container, LHTE must be able to prove that it occurred before it entered its site. Finally, the terminal needs to know which wagon the container is positioned on so that it can manage the stock of wagons on site on behalf of its rail operator customers. LHTE is therefore looking for a solution to:    

  • Read Container BIC + ISO  
  • Read UIC wagon codes  
  • Have a proof of container status  
  • Data transmission in less than 15 minutes. 
Container and wagon code reading

The solution: Agile Recognition Software - Rail

LHTE opted for AllRead software, which meets the requirements described above. Hikvision AcuSense 8MP cameras and Floodlight Performance Asym floodlights were installed on either side of the track, at the rail entrance to the terminal. Camera poles were installed on either side of the track, at 6 metres and 11 metres respectively

The IP cameras send the video stream to a dedicated local PowerEdge R650x server. Selecting and adjusting the cameras and projectors required a number of adjustments before they could be brought into service, given the weather conditions in the different seasons (winter/summer).  

cameras installed on both sides of the track. 

Deployment: across-vendor collaboration.

The deployment of the AllRead solution at LHTE was characterised by close collaboration between the suppliers. AllRead was in charge of the project management, responsible for the final deliverable, and adapted to LHTE’s existing partners 


  • The hardware installer: Actif Securité was responsible for supplying and installing the cameras, spotlights and cabling.     
  • The supplier of the TOS, the terminal operating software: Data Concept made certain adaptations to the TOS to include the data (BIC code, UIC, associated image, etc.), before going into production.    
  • The infrastructure provider: Hetik delivered and installed the server.   
  • LHTE’s IT and terminal operations department managed connectivity, the description of user requirements and performance testing.   
Integration with the company Data Concept and Tos WinSpot

The Result:


Correct detections and containers readings


Data transsmition times

The implementation of the AllRead software has produced positive results for LHTE. Firstly, the initial objective of providing a complete list of containers and wagons within a maximum of 15 minutes was achieved, and then reduced to 8 minutes. Only minor changes had to be made to the TOS to adapt it to the new process. LHTE now has images of every container entering and leaving its terminal by rail and can check the list provided by AllRead against the list provided by the train operator in a dematerialised way.

Finally, the implementation was carried out in collaboration with existing stakeholders, ensuring that LHTE maintains full control over the OCR installation.

Imagen of container condition from both sides: