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Port of Oakland Testing Sensors at Terminal Gates

The Port of Oakland is testing Bluetooth sensors to measure wait times for harbor truckers at its maritime terminal gates.

According to the port, the technology could help drivers to avoid peak periods, and allow shippers to collect cargo at times when terminals are less crowded. Should the test prove successful, the port said, the technology could be deployed throughout its marine facilities. Currently the sensors are in operation along thoroughfares in the port’s Outer Harbor area. The readers detect anonymous signals emitted from phones or other mobile devices in truck cabs. They measure the time between the first and last signal, to calculate wait times into terminal yards. The technology is the same as that used along major freeways to determine rush-hour commute times, the port said, adding that its use in Oakland will incorporate cyber-security measures such as network security, access control, and auditing.

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According to the port, the technology could help drivers to avoid peak periods, and allow shippers to collect cargo at times when terminals are less crowded. Should the test prove successful, the port said, the technology could be deployed throughout its marine facilities. Currently the sensors are in operation along thoroughfares in the port’s Outer Harbor area. The readers detect anonymous signals emitted from phones or other mobile devices in truck cabs. They measure the time between the first and last signal, to calculate wait times into terminal yards. The technology is the same as that used along major freeways to determine rush-hour commute times, the port said, adding that its use in Oakland will incorporate cyber-security measures such as network security, access control, and auditing.

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