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NASCENT inspects chassis for Charleston

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has selected NASCENT systems for gate processing at a chassis yard.

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NASCENT will supply its SYNAPSE Automated Gate System, in combination with the company’s enVision OCR Portal for the CCM chassis yard at its Wando Terminal.


The SCPA is implementing the gate system with advanced OCR and imaging technologies to streamline the new chassis yard operation. “The advanced gate solution provided by NASCENT is targeted to chassis pools and container terminals with dedicated chassis inspection and storage areas to help facilitate and manage those operations. Combining features such as OCR (Optical Character Recognition), LPR (License Plate Recognition), and driver-facing kiosks, the solution aims to eliminate errors and reduce wait time for drivers who are dropping off, picking up, or swapping a chassis,” NASCENT epxlained.


For the Wando Terminal, NASCENT’s advanced gate solution will exchange information in real with the Terminal Operating System (TOS), which is being installed by Tideworks, and the chassis depot software that manages chassis inventory. “The integration to these systems is considered critical for promoting data accuracy and ensuring a fast and simple transaction for the driver, NASCENT addded.


The project is part of a plan to reconfigure chassis operations across the port. “Our current focus is the Wando Terminal,” said Steve Rauch, SCPA Director of Information Technology, “but similar plans are underway for the North Charleston and Hugh Leatherman Terminals as well. While separating chassis operations from the terminal improves facility utilization, we believe that advanced gate operations at the chassis yard and a real-time connection to the TOS are essential.”


“In addition to providing a high-level of efficiency and accuracy for the new chassis operation, NASCENT’s advanced gate solutions support compliance surrounding FMCSA’s (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) roadability requirements and features an exclusive Tire Inspection option which allows system operators to review tyre conditions,” NASCENT added. The company’s tire inspection offering captures multiple images of each tire over 14-ft of travel, long enough for one complete tyre revolution.


“We are proud to count SCPA among our valued customers and equally proud to be able to readily offer a solution that so perfectly fits the unique requirements for the chassis yard,” said Dan Suhay, Director of Business Development for NASCENT. “As South Carolina Ports Authority continues to grow and break their own records in terms of volume, we look forward to further collaboration and additional opportunities for improvement.”

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