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Freight information highway and cargo visibility prototype

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      00925807
    • NTL Classification:
      NTL-FREIGHT-Freight Planning and Policy;NTL-FREIGHT-Intermodalism;NTL-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS;
    • Abstract:
      A typical intermodal shipment traverses many miles and changes hands many times. During its journey, information about a shipment is often minimal and its visibility outside of the time that it’s under the direct control of any one party is negligible. This lack of information leads to inefficiencies in freight transport due to inadequacies in scheduling, a shortage of available equipment, and the necessity of adding slack into the overall freight transportation timeline. These inefficiencies translate directly into a carrier’s bottom line by inflating the size of the required pool of available chassis and containers, increasing the number of empty miles needed for repositioning equipment, and potentially increasing equipment misuse and maintenance. To respond to this situation, the Intermodal Freight Technology Working Group (IFTWG) has been working with the intermodal industry, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), and ITS America to develop and test applicable ITS technologies. Under the guidance of this public-private partnership, a team consisting of American Presidents Line (APL), PAR Logistics Management Systems, Union Pacific, and Transcentric are now deploying the Freight Information Highway and Cargo Tracking prototype national system. Funded by a cost-sharing initiative between USDOT and APL, the prototype system deployment effort began in late 2001. The system is expected to integrate an advanced third-generation chassis tracking system with Internet-based intermodal freight logistics applications to provide end-to-end cargo visibility.
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