Remote Control Operation System

It’s all about safety and productivity

The growth in vessel size creates the need to provide a solution which maintains the efficiency of cargo handling. Embracing this challenge, Siemens has taken the next step in automation developing an efficient Remote Control Operation System (RCOS).

Optimum Crane Performance

Better views and automatic functions

Improving visibility is the key to accomplish this goal. Using the latest camera zoom technologies together with an innovative assistance using automatic functions, the remote operator acts when necessary working from a  omfortable and safe environment. The main role of the operator is to initiate the operation and supervise the automated movements. RCOS developed by Siemens can work non-stop, providing a more consistent use of the crane, increasing its lifetime and reducing damage, thus having a positive effect on the output.

With Siemens RCOS, port terminals achieve productivity comparable to conventional cabin-controlled cranes. Safe and constant performance for efficient crane operation.

Smart HD integrated views

Siemens RCOS uses a PROFINET protocol that enables crane control with low latency and therefore a high degree of predictability. The system is supported by strategically positioned cameras that automatically track the movements of the spreader and customer specific processes.

The screens are planned according to human cognitive ability so only relevant and easy to understand information is shown. The smart screens automatically change the view to follow the process as the operator performs a movement which allows the operator’s tasks to be carried out without distractions.

Customizable to suit every type of crane
Siemens understands that every terminal has its own processes and demands. Therefore, every project can be tailor-made to suit specific requirements. By doing this, the RCOS achieves its full potential.

Discover the intelligence behind the system




An integrated safety solutions package guarantees safe operations for people and equipment. Features to decrease camera latency, to guarantee reliable video connection with the crane and to ensure the desk is connected to the selected crane.

This principle enables the operator to logon to any connected crane from any connected desk. That allows the crane to partly operate by itself and so calls for the RCOS remote operator only when it requires manual operation.

Siemens “Pooling” system makes sure the crane is forwarded to a free desk when assistance is needed. Within Pooling it is also possible to redirect difficult or complicated tasks to remote operators that have the required skill set.

Ergonomics and health

Central touch screen

Intuitive interface

The adjustable table allows each operator to choose an individual work position, e.g sitting or standing. More comfortable seats and a more collaborative work place also contribute to personal health and welfare.

The operator can navigate between the pages via central touch screen and it is possible to adjust the panel angle and brightness.

RCOS assists operators to carry out their work assignments by presentation of all task-dependent information on a human-machine interface which is tailored to the cognitive and physical capabilities of a human operator.