Monday, June 3, 2019

New Technology Projects Designed to Speed Freight Container Work Through Port

FITS to Aid Everything from Air Quality and Congestion to Communications
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US – It's full steam ahead for the latest technology upgrade at the Port of Oakland with the news that the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) has received $12.45 million from the California Transportation Commission for the implementation of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) programme designed to speed the processing of containers through the facility.

FITS includes 15 freight technology demonstration projects designed to address traffic management, security systems and roadway improvements at the Oakland seaport. The funding comes from California Senate Bill 1 funds. 13 of the FITS improvement projects will be administered by the ACTC whilst construction of the remaining two, which are security related, will be handled by the Port itself.

FITS is also a component of the Transportation Commission's GoPort Programme (Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland) designed to improve freight movement in the Oakland Seaport area. The GoPort Programme also provides air quality benefits through reductions in truck idling and street congestion resulting from freight movement efficiency.

The Port said FITS, with a total cost of $30.6 million, will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow for truckers who haul cargo containers in and out of Oakland. It will also update security systems and provide a common communication platform for first responders. All programme projects are scheduled to be completed by late 2021, followed by 12 months of systems testing with the project therefore expected to go live in late 2022. Port of Oakland Director of Maritime John Driscoll, said:

“This funding will help improve the Port’s maritime operations. FITS will help reduce truck wait times and provide a safer and more secure maritime area.”

The implementation of the new technology is intended to greatly impact the efficiency of the Port and some examples of the FITS demonstration projects are:

  • An interagency emergency operations and traffic management centre
  • WiFi for truckers to access traffic and terminal gate updates
  • Changeable message signs to show traffic delays for truckers
  • Vehicle queue detection for accurate measurement of truck turn times
  • A mobile phone app for truckers
Photo : The Port of Oakland can be a busy place.