September 8, 2023
IANA’s geofencing library can be paired with other technological uses such as BNSF Railway’s drones and cameras mounted to yard hostlers or Hapag-Lloyd’s project to equip its boxes with tracking sensors. If others were to follow BNSF and Hapag-Lloyd into using smart containers or smart terminals, truckers and cargo owners could use IANA’s library to catch erroneous detention or demurrage fees.
“The invoicing process takes a while and sometimes the drivers don’t retain tickets from the terminal showing their transaction, or retain the paperwork, making it harder to challenge the fees,” said Paul Brashier, vice president of drayage and intermodal for ITS Logistics. “If you have like geofencing and a scanning mechanism set up, you can show the ocean carrier an electronic record of what happened and when. It’s written. It’s hard evidence.”
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