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Port Authority Uses GPS Tracking

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GPS Tracking Helps Port Authority

Long Beach Fleet Managers Quickly Seeing Benefits Of Vehicle Tracking Technology

long_beach_portWhen the global economy begins to tank, many investors find themselves turning toward currencies and countries viewed as “safe havens”. This pushes the value of the two most popular currencies, the United States Dollar and Japanese Yen, higher and higher. At first glance it seems like having a strong currency would be a great thing, but when a countries’ currency is strongly valued so to are their goods. This has a significant impact on a countries’ exports. For example, if the U.S. dollar is strong, consumers in other countries are less likely to purchase goods from the United States, but if the currency is weak their money can go a longer way. This is part of the reason why the financial economic brains who have a constant pulse on U.S. growth have been implementing policy such as quantitative easing and sustained low interest rates to keep the dollar weak. A weak dollar can help increase exports, and more exports can mean more jobs. After dragging through a substantial recession it now appears that the weak dollar policy is starting to have a positive impact, as the fleet management officials working for the Port of Long Beach are seeing traffic and business increase. With the spike in workload now being seen at the international cargo port, fleet managers have chosen to utilize GPS tracking systems to evaluate potential causes for congestion in one of the nation’s busiest ports.

Looking to conduct research on the amount of time truck operators spend being stationary before they enter/exit the Long Beach Port, the amount of time required to load/unload goods and other potential causes for congestion and delays, the Digital Geographic Research Corporation (DGRC) began a comprehensive study surrounding the coordination of pick-ups/drop-offs and other scheduling-related data. The study, which involved the implementation of numerous GPS tracking systems and the latest in vehicle tracking technology, revealed that fleet management officials and truckers would frequently have communication errors. GPS trackers were assigned to monitor various trucks operating throughout the Long Beach Port and focused on gathering the following information:

1. Time Waiting In Que Outside Of Terminal Gates

2. Measurement From Entry To Exit Gates

3. The Summation Of Time Spent In The Terminal From Entry To Exit

What the intensive study revealed was that in the month of October that most visits through the Long Beach Port took less than two hours, with the average time being roughly 50 minutes. One of the most interesting finds of the study showed that when the port was used from 3:00p.m.- 4:00p.m. the normal period of waiting was approximately 44 minutes, whereas from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m. the wait time was nearly double at 90 minutes.

An independent non-profit company called PierPass that worked with DGRC stated that fleet managers working at the Long Beach Port could significantly enhance overall operation efficiency by avoiding “unnecessary breaks”, shift changes by workers, and having less staff during hours where volume of traffic was low.

It was not revealed whether the study conducted at the Long Beach Port used data logging GPS technology in devices such as the GPS Tracking Key, or live tracking technology in devices such as the SilverCloud tracker.