EModal, a vendor of online logistics software, has added chassis-control functionality to its intermodal logistics community system. The tool provides real-time commercial validation of various points of chassis interchange, such as marine terminals, rail terminals and container yards. The technology supplies a layer of integration between chassis providers and terminal operating systems. As a driver checks in and before the chassis exits the terminal, the system ensures that the motor carrier is authorized to use the equipment. If not, the eModal system alerts the terminal operating system. According to the vendor, the application integrates with chassis providers and TOS platforms utilizing a service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach, and requires little or no training or operational process changes. Supported TOS platforms include Tideworks, Navis and Depot Systems. Among the first to adopt the technology will be chassis provider Trac Intermodal, beginning in March at the Polaris Street chassis depot in Port Newark, N.J.
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