Port of Oakland launches smartphone apps for harbor truckers

Posted on April 5, 2016 · Posted in News

The DrayQ™ and DrayLink™ applications utilize Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS technology to measure how long drivers wait for cargo at the Northern California port.

BY CHRIS DUPIN |TUESDAY, APRIL 05, 2016

The Port of Oakland today introduced two smartphone applications to provide a tech-based calculation of harbor trucker turn times.

The apps, DrayQ™ and DrayLink™, employ Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS technology. They tell drivers how long they’ll wait to enter marine terminal gates and how long their transactions will take. They give shippers a glimpse of the location and productivity of the drivers they hire.

The port retained Reston, VA-based Leidos to license, deploy, and maintain the solution. It worked with the company to expand a wireless network throughout the port to more closely connect the drayage truck community with marine terminal operators, cargo owners, and other stakeholders.

“We know of no other port measuring trucker transaction times with this precision,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle. “This takes the myth out of measurement and gives us a window into port performance.”

Drivers and cargo owners can receive up-to-the minute information on turn times, and will now be able to better plan transactions around peak periods of marine terminal activity.