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WhereNet Corp., the developer of wireless applications for the tracking and management of logistics assets, has made generally available version 5.0 of WhereSoft yard. The yard-management software serves as an advanced planning and execution system, with user-defined business rules to automate workflow in medium to large yards. It can be deployed with or without WhereNet's real-time locating system (RTLS) technology. The new version features directed task assignment, whereby customers can choose between two modes when communicating trailer-move requests to yard-tractor drivers. The original "job list" mode allows drivers to select moves from lists displayed on computers within their tractors, while the "directed assignment" mode automatically assigns moves to specific drivers based on move priority, driver status and driver location relative to the trailer that needs to be moved. Other features include Fast Gate, using WherePort devices within gate lanes to detect permanently tagged trailers as they approach the yard gate, and Easy Dock, with large touch-screen buttons and displays which allow dock operators quickly to view doors and update trailer status from forklifts or stationary work stations. The advanced planning and execution system is designed to interface with third-party control systems, such as warehouse-management and transportation-management systems, as part of an integrated supply-chain system.
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