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Introduction of passify: digital solution replaces trucker card

This month, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) will begin testing a digital solution which allows truckers to access the Hamburg container terminals in a safer and more efficient way. The passify app will replace the current truck handling process involving the trucker card. The product was developed by HHLA Next, the innovation unit of HHLA.

Source: Port of Hamburg

HHLA Executive Board member Jens Hansen: “With passify, we are considerably increasing security and efficiency at our facilities in Hamburg. We are working on digitalising terminal handling to such an extent that our facilities become the standard for other terminals in terms of digitalisation. HHLA is using such projects to underpin its claim to being a driver of innovation in logistics.”

The passify app is initially revolutionising truck handling at HHLA’s terminals in Hamburg by both increasing the security of truck access and simplifying the handling process for truck drivers. In future, more than 6,000 truck drivers who transport containers to and from HHLA’s terminals in Hamburg every day will have access to all the necessary information directly on their smartphones via passify. The smartphone app is fully integrated into terminal processes and digitalises the processes at the gates. The system accompanies truck drivers along the entire handling process and thereby simplifies it. Furthermore, passify offers drivers a mobile self-service terminal in one app.

Since all drivers can clearly identify themselves using passify, access to the terminals also becomes safer. At the same time, entry processes at the gates are simplified since access is only granted to authorised truck drivers. passify upholds security and data protection standards and meets all requirements of the ISPS Code, which applies around the world.

HHLA will begin to replace the conventional plastic trucker cards with passify at its Hamburg sites this year. Testing of the smartphone app will begin in July and will be gradually expanded to include all HHLA sites in Hamburg.

All haulage companies will then begin to receive access to passify and will be actively supported while switching from the trucker card to the app. They will also receive information about how drivers can register and verify their identities to use the app on their smartphones. Following its successful introduction at the HHLA terminals in Hamburg, additional terminal operators will be able to use the practical digital tool at their gates. We intend to make passify the standard for other stakeholders at the port as well.

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