Applies to: Port Authority

Platform: Professional services, eModal

Function: Clean truck program

Why Advent?

  • RFID tag fullfilment and installation services
  • PortCheck clean truck validation 
  • Common eModal platform helped cut emissions 70%

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Improving emissions, one truck at a time...

Tagging and tracking 20,000 trucks for a cleaner port

In 2009 a Clean Truck Program was implemented in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, as a central element of the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), which targeted major sources of air emissions in and around the ports, including ships, trains, trucks, and cargo handling equipment

Advent’s prior success with in the PierPASS/OffPeak emissions reduction program led the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to engage Advent again to help implement their Clean Truck Program initiative. In this project, Advent resources outfitted over 20,000 trucks with WhereNet RFID tags to enable real-time movement tracking at the 12 local terminals and to help assess and collect containerized freight fees that would ultimately help fund a new fleet of clean-burning harbor drayage trucks. Newer model year trucks were exempt from the fee, which encouraged owners to upgrade their vehicles to newer, cleaner models.

The Ports established a common customer service center, staffed by port and Advent resources, to help deal with a host of adoption and operational issues. An Advent tracking solution (Port Check) was developed to pair live data feeds from RFID readers with gate transaction information from terminals, producing a global monitor of movements from all trucks and the subsequent levying of correct charges to each one, based on the condition of the truck’s engine and emissions equipment. As the correct charge was applied to each truck, the Clean Truck Fee was processed and invoiced to the responsible party by Port Check.

After one year of deployment in February of 2009, the program reduced the rate of port truck emissions by an estimated 70%. By 2012 (full implementation), port truck emissions were reduced by more than 80% based on a total banning of the last highly polluting trucks from port terminals. Today, virtually all of the drayage trucks servicing the Port terminals are 2007 or newer models.

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