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arl-shipping.com Ltd., a vendor of transportation-management software, has a new tool to support collaborative planning, optimization and performance management by container terminal operators, available in the cloud. Accessible via a Web interface, the tool is offered on a pay-as-you-go basis, requiring little or no technical infrastructure and IT management, according to the company. All of the applications are available via mobile devices such as handhelds and mobile phones. Terminal users can share information with internal personnel and external partners such as customers and suppliers. They can also publish the data on their own public websites, or on corporate Facebook and Twitter accounts. All data transfers from the terminal operating system to the hosted platform are protected by embedded encryption. Transaction and collaborative services on arl-shipping.com's cloud servers are secured by personal credentials. Modules of the terminal-management tools include Call Performance, which measures and shares berth moves per hour and other performance metrics; Yard Clash Predictor, which identifies yard clashes to prevent operational delays, and Shift Performance, which measures worker productivity instantly upon completion of a shift.
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