RFID technology helps
port enforce regulations
Mar 1, 2010 9:17 AM
Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES), a division of Zebra Technologies, announced that the container terminals at the Port of Oakland CA are using its radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to comply with the portís ban on polluting trucks.
Container terminals at the Port of Oakland announced Devember 2 that all trucks delivering cargo containers must install RFID devices and register in eModalís TruckerCheck system. As of January 19, the terminals are enforcing a new Port of Oakland ban on trucks with engine year models earlier than 1994 from picking up or dropping off cargo at the port. In addition, model year 1994 to 2003 trucks must be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters or engines that meet equivalent standards. The ban requires the portís container terminals to deny entry to drayage trucks that donít meet these standards, which are set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). About 3,000 trucks work at the port, which is the fifth-busiest port in the United States and in the top 40 ports in the world.
The terminal operators chose ZESí 24730 ISO-compliant active and locatable RFID tags and WherePort proximity communications exciter to identify trucks entering the terminals and ensure CARB compliance. Three of the eight terminals have expanded the system by investing in additional ZES IT infrastructure to track the trucks inside the gate and throughout the terminal.
The RFID TruckTags work at all the container terminals at the Port of Oakland and also can be used at the Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, and Seattle.
For more information, visit www.zebra.com/zes.
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