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Port of Oakland, Parsons and partners introduce new app to improve port operations

Parsons Corporation has joined the Port of Oakland, Advent eModal, Mobile Programming and key stakeholders to announce the launch of the Freight Intelligent Transportation System (FITS) at the Californian port.

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.

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

"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," commented Mark Fialkowski, President of Infrastructure North America for Parsons.

He added, "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."

Parsons’ advanced traffic management software (ATMS) solution, iNET®, integrates with an enhanced version of the SecūrSpace smart parking system and a new custom GoPort website and mobile application for iOS and Android, to create a fully functional operating system. This system combines innovative technologies to improve the efficiency, safety, operations, circulation and reliability of truck and rail access.

"This collaboration between the Port of Oakland, Parsons, Advent and Alameda CTC represents a strategic alliance set to redefine transportation management through our cutting-edge Oakland Portal Mobile App and Website," noted Ishwari Singh, CEO of Mobile Programming.

Now entering the next phase of the project, the Port of Oakland has selected Parsons and its team to provide operations and maintenance of the FITS program. The five-year contract will expand the tasks of Parsons’ existing role as the FITS system integrator to include 24/7 operations and maintenance for the FITS devices and applications.

In addition, Parsons and its partners will leverage artificial intelligence with video and data analytics to predict freight wait times and develop predictive models around road blockages at train crossings. The data collected will also be used to create customised dashboards for custom border protection and port shipment tracking.

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