MetaComet™ Systems announced the public release of AccelerATE, a cutting edge system to monitor the effectiveness of Advanced Truck Stop Electrification, or ATE.
ATE systems provide power, heat, air conditioning and other amenities to long-haul truckers, enabling them to turn off their engines and eliminate idling and the pollution it causes. Typically, drivers leave their engines running constantly so that, while they are stopped, they can have air conditioning, heat, and electricity.
ATE systems require heavy capital investment, and are typically funded through public funds (i.e. states). These systems, therefore, require close monitoring so that the funding entities can evaluate their effectiveness and utilization.
AccelerATE is a web-based system that allows these entities to measure this effectiveness. It adds value to the raw data captured by ATE systems to demonstrate pollution reduction, economic benefit, and other key metrics.
Effective July 1, 2006, AccelerATE is available for license by any interested entity.
AccelerATE was developed entirely with Microsoft technologies. Written in C#, it utilizes an ASP.Net based front end interface and a SQL Server Database. It makes use of web services and other technologies to automatically consume ATE and related data from various sites, such as diesel fuel prices provided by the Department of Energy.
For flexibility, all reports are generated on the fly with Microsoft Excel, enabling users to make use of the resulting data however they wish.
Currently, the state of New Jersey uses AccelerATE to monitor their Paulsboro site. You can visit their AccelerATE page at http://gold.nescaum.org/atequant/.