Chassis Gate Control — Case Study

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As ocean lines move away from providing marine chassis in North America, equipment providers are increasingly interested and dependent on a motor carrier chassis model in which motor carriers pay per diem charges for chassis usage. This business model requires a gate control solution to validate whether a motor carrier is permitted by an equipment provider to take a chassis out of a facility. To tackle this challenge, Advent developed a gate control solution supporting multiple implementation methods.

At the time, Advent hosted a web service that could be called from any facility gate or terminal operating system and could return a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response for a motor carrier attempting to utilize a chassis for a specific provider. However, several facilities expressed concern in regard to depending on an externally hosted service as part of the solution. In response to this concern, Advent developed a locally installed application wherein gate and terminal systems could call a unified programming service called Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). This system synchronizes data in the background and eliminates the dependency on a real-time external service call.

With the new Advent Chassis Gate Control system, facility operators are now able to sign up, download, and configure gate control chassis validation services by creating a free account on the Chassis.com website. Chassis providers utilizing the Advent Chassis Gate Control system will also utilize Chassis.com to maintain their reference data.

As the chassis paradigm in North America continues to evolve, the need for a gate control solution will become a necessity for providers. At the facilities where gate control technology has been adopted, equipment providers have seen a substantial decrease in unauthorized chassis usage. In turn, providers who have endorsed the technology have seen substantial financial savings and a decrease in damage to their assets by unauthorized or delinquent users.