Truck visit identifier

When applying Gate automation solutions, it is required to have a unique key to be able to match automatically captured information with already registered information. We entitle this key the ‘unique identifier’ or ‘truck visit identifier’. Besides the matching, the truck visit identifier has also additional functionality in the automated gate process: it is required to initialize the session at driver pedestals and it is required to trace the truck through the whole process. 
 
DIS provides all the below candidates for automating Gate procedure as well as for access control purposes. We recommend deploying the combination of these 3 as we believe every has its unique benefit.
 

RFID Tag

A tag can identify the vehicle and can be automatically recognized in OCR portals and gate lanes while the truck remains in motion. In most cases, the license plate is already available in the TOS and when the relation tag ID versus license plate is available, it is easy to make the match. Reading the tag in the gate lane results in knowing which truck visit applies and by doing so, the right information is displayed on the pedestal or on a bill board.
 
Tagging programs can be initiated by terminals themselves or by a third party, like the port authority. In case the terminal provides it, it can request a fee or a subscription to the truck driver as he will benefit from an automated process as well. The benefit from a third party providing the tag is that it may be accepted faster by the driver community and the fact that a public blacklist could be built up serving all stakeholders in a port area. In all cases, the terminal will need to put acceptable benefits against it when making it a paid service. This can for example be an improved “truck-turn-around-time” or less queuing when entering the terminal.
 
A potential extra benefit from a tag on external tractors is that it may also improve yard operations by means of “automatic job promotion”; by placing readers on yard equipment like RTGs, the related work instructions can be “pushed” to the RTG driver and improve data accuracy and efficiency by eliminating operator input. 
 

Secure ID card

 
A secure ID card identifies the driver. Since the card ID cannot be captured wen in motion, it is required 
that the driver stops in a Gate lane or in front of an OCR portal. This is also considered the major disadvantage compared to RFID tags as detailed above. Nevertheless, ID cards are often deployed anyway for unmanned access control purposes, knowing who is on the terminal and preventing access to unauthorized persons. This makes the ID card the perfect candidate for Gate automation purposes, combined with license plate recognition in OCR portals.
 
In some cases, where driver ID cards have not yet been deployed, subsidy opportunities may apply as there are major ISPS benefits from deploying. For access control purposes, DIS deploys biometrics in combination with our own smart card program as well and integrates with all existing community card programs such as CargoCard, Alfapass and TWIC.
 

License plate

The license plate identifies the vehicle. The advantage of using only the license plate as truck visit identifier is that one doesn’t require any of the 2 above. The disadvantage is that it requires a bigger investment (multiple LPR installations at multiple process points are required) and it is less accurate.

Nevertheless in some cases this may be a better approach, depending on the willingness of the driver community, the geographical location, etc.