Port of Oakland welcomes app to improve operations

Port of Oakland, PSN introduce new app to improve port operations

Parsons Corporation (PSN) has announced the introduction of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) at the Port of Oakland, California, together with Advent eModal, Mobile Programming, and other key players.

Since 2020, Parsons has worked closely with the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC), Port staff, the City of Oakland, the California Department of Transportation, and subcontractors including Advent eModal, Mobile Programming, Elite Transportation Group, Kalmar, Wisetech Global, QuayChain, Bear Electric, and Iteris, to develop and implement the FITS solution.

According to the Port of Oakland, construction and system integration is now complete, and the port is entering the ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) phase.

Mark Fialkowski, President, Infrastructure North America for Parsons, said: “This has been a true team effort, and we are grateful to the Port of Oakland as well as all of the partnering agencies and subcontractors who joined us in delivering this revolutionary smart port system.

“We look forward to continuing our work with the port and partners to enhance the efficiency and reliability of goods movement in the seaport area, empowered by the company’s proven integrated traffic management solutions.”

To establish a fully functional operating system, Parsons’ traffic management software (ATMS) solution, iNET®, reportedly connects with an improved version of the SecrSpace smart parking system and a new bespoke GoPort website and mobile application for iOS and Android.

This system integrates novel technology to increase truck and rail access efficiency, safety, operations, circulation, and dependability.

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Port of Oakland Maritime Director, Bryan Brandes, stated: “The launch of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System is a bold new step forward for the Port of Oakland.

“This gives us real-time visibility on goods movement. Our customers will be able to move cargo through the port more efficiently and securely. We appreciate our partners who have worked to implement this critical technology at the Oakland Seaport.”

David Casey, Senior Vice President of Commercial Strategy with Advent eModal, said: “The port community and broader supply chain ecosystem stand to benefit from this collaborative initiative, driven by the port’s leadership. We look forward to working alongside Parsons, the port, and the other subcontracting providers to turn this visionary project into a reality.”

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The Port of Oakland has chosen Parsons and its team to offer FITS programme operations and maintenance as the project moves forward.

The five-year contract would broaden Parsons’ current position as a FITS system integrator to encompass 24-hour operations and maintenance of FITS devices and applications.

Furthermore, Parsons and its partners will use artificial intelligence (AI) in conjunction with video and data analytics to estimate freight wait times and build predictive models for road obstructions at rail crossings.

The information gathered will also be utilised to build bespoke dashboards for custom border security and port cargo tracking.

In November 2023, the Port of Oakland recorded an overall import and export volumes were lower compared to the previous month, reporting 132,648 TEU compared to 142,255 TEU in October, signifying a 6.8 per cent reduction.

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