PierPass Inc., the company behind the OffPeak program at the
Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, has launched a truck security program
using radio frequency identification tags.
Under the TruckTag program, as it is called, PierPass will
distribute 10,000 RFID tags to trucking companies that operate at the port. The
companies will then distribute the tags to their drivers, according to a news
Neither the companies nor the drivers will have to pay for
the first 10,000 tags. The marine terminal operators will cover the $1.2
million estimated cost of the program.
Upon arriving at a port terminal, the RFID tags will be read
automatically by readers posted at the gate. Drivers will also have to scan
their CDLs into a machine that will verify whether or not they have authorized
business at the terminal.
Currently, drivers are required to show their licenses to
security guards upon entering the terminal.
WhereNet Corp. of
, has been
chosen to supply the RFID tags for the program, which is set to begin in March.