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PINC Announces Next-Generation Enterprise Yard-Management SolutionPINC Solutions has announced the availability of a new version of its ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-enabled yard-management system. PINC's Advanced Yard Management System (YMS) Version 4.5 is cloud-based, delivered via AmazonWeb Services, and includes dynamic dock door scheduling, spotting optimization, tasking algorithms and analytics.
The Advanced YMS is designed to provide real-time visualization of a yard, as well as automated trailer check-in and identification, and real-time trailer location tracking using RFID and yard truck-mounted readers. Highlights of version 4 include an extensible Internet of Things (IoT) sensor platform supporting multiple sensor types.
According to Pradeep Bhanot, PINC's marketing director, the IoT sensor platform is achieved by instrumenting a customer's sites and trailer assets with passive RFID tags, fixed and mobile RFID readers (including include Motorola Solutions' FX9500 RFID reader) and GPS sensors. Made with an Omni-ID Dura 1500 on-metal passive EPC Gen 2 tag, PINC's RFID tag is encased in ABS plastic designed to resist heat and cold, and earning it an IP 68 rating, signifying it as dustproof and waterproof.
"We enable these sensors to communicate to the PINC software solution, over cellular or wired broadband, which is cloud-based using the Amazon Web Services platform," Bhanot says. "Each site is a sensor in our enterprise-wide view, and every trailer is a tracked asset on our yard map view."
Other new features in Advanced YMS Version 4.5 include real-time dock door scheduling, apps for smartphones and tablets, the ability to track trailer shipments across multiple facilities and a reefer monitoring option for recording temperatures, fuel levels and cooling cycles. This option, Bhanot explains, is designed to help collect attributes about reefers at gates, and periodically reminds yard truck drivers to check and record the readings.
By collecting and providing various real-time sensor data to existing supply chain systems, PINC reports, it establishes a system of record, eliminates duplicate data entry, accelerates gate velocity and increases the value of warehouse-management system (WMS), transportation-management system (TMS) and enterprise resource-planning (ERP) investments. The continuous collection of operational data allows PINC's customers to quickly identify exceptions, the company adds, so that they may take appropriate actions.
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