The Yard Tracking and Management System (YTMS), developed by WhereNet,
part of Zebra Enterprise Solutions, is a yard planning, management and
execution solution that leverages wireless location and communication
technologies and configurable business rules to optimize yard operations and
the systems with which they interface. YTMS was designed for yards that
require fast throughput, accomplished through faster gate transactions, efficient
parking assignments, fewer yard moves, and greater door turns. While
the scheduling system is used for planning expected arrivals and departures,
the execution system responds to unplanned events based on business
rules that are configured for your particular operations. The combination of
effective planning and exception handling allows the YTMS to direct the right
trailer to the right door at the right time.
In addition, YTMS interfaces with back-end Warehouse Management
Systems (WMS) and Transportation Management Systems (TMS); systems
using real-time and batch data processing, enabling seamless operations
between related operations groups. The YTMS also provides inventory,
pickup, and alert information to carriers, resulting in a more effective management
of equipment inventory within your site. For yards that are challenged
with processing high volumes of trailers carrying time-sensitive cargo, the
YTMS can be deployed with Real Time Location technology (RTLS) to enable
automatic yard inventory and/or fast gates. RTLS eliminates the need for
manual yard checks and trailer search time, resulting in greater driver and
warehouse personnel efficiency.
The combination of YTMS's flexible rules with real-time, up-to-the-minute
information allows you to be more informed and make smarter decisions
about your overall yard operations, therefore, product and equipment move
through the yard with greater fluidity, even when the yard becomes congested.
As a result, you can achieve increased yard throughput, door turns
and equipment utilization while reducing detention and demurrage expenses.
In addition, enabling fast yard throughput means doing more with less, less
space, less resources, and less doors, but it also increases the speed at
which the equipment moves through the yard, thereby reducing order-time-to
delivery windows and warehouse overtime.