Automatic Truck Identification

Automate truck and load identification

TRUCK-ID eliminates manual data entry and provides an automated move identification for both automated and manual yard operations. The system provides location information, details of trucks queued at the gate, customs kiosk, weigh scale, yard road lane, and general terminal entry/exit points. The system ensures the correct container is identified, processed and moved at all stages of the operation.

TRUCK-ID provides location and progress of trucks in the yard to facilitate work queue adjustment. In automated terminals the system also facilitates the automated job hand-off between a container truck and an automated crane, and for manual operations the system automatically promotes the container move instruction on the operators VMT screen.

TRUCK-ID provides a low cost of ownership solution for identification of both internal and external container trucks. Low cost windshield transponders from just a few cents provide reliable and secure automation for improved operational efficiency.


  • Eliminate manual data entry errors
  • Industry proven
  • Excellent return on investment
  • No temporary tag required
  • Automatically identify the truck at critical hand off points


  • Automated gate identification
  • Automated yard tracking
  • Automated move checking
  • Automated CHE VMT job promotion
  • Secure data
  • Tamperproof tag
  • No battery – No tag maintenance

Case study

Our client is implementing a new semi-automated container terminal featuring Automatic Stacker Cranes. The positive identification of the actual container under the crane is not possible. Automated stacking areas are not safely accessible for yard checking, therefore it is essential that the correct container is lifted by the automated crane.

The implementation of TRUCK-ID will automatically identify the truck and report this allowing the association and identification of the actual container under the crane. TRUCK-ID is an automatic truck identification system incorporating RFID technology. This site wide implementation incorporates both internal and external trucks being fitted with transponders. The transponders are read and automatically reported to the Terminal Planning System as the trucks arrive at key points - Customs, Pre-Gate, Gate, Stack lane entry, at Automatic Stacker Crane, Stack lane exit and Gate out.

Transponders mounted on the trucks are a low cost, zero maintenance, passive type - they are powered from the RFID reader radio frequency transmission, not batteries. These are important factors when the total number of external trucks registered to use the terminal is expected to exceed 10,000.