The Port of Oakland has introduced a mobile phone app “DrayQ” to help truckers cope with busy cargo gates at the shipping hub.
The new app is available at Apple and Google app stores with no charge. The app tells drivers how long they’ll wait to enter marine terminal gates and how long transactions are taking. The Port said that the app will display how long it takes to enter terminal gates. It will also calculate how long drivers must wait to complete transactions. The times will appear on mobile phone screens much like freeway drive-time signboards.
The Port said its new technology could fundamentally change seaport operations in two ways:
For the first time, truckers and dispatchers will have a precise measure of how long a terminal transaction takes. If it’s too long, drivers can plan around slow periods.
Cargo owners and terminal operators will now have accurate data to determine if containerized shipments are being efficiently processed. If they’re not, the data can help pinpoint where operational changes are needed.
Port of Oakland is the first U.S. port to introduce such an app.
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