WhereNet releases version 4.0 of terminal tracking system
Santa Clara-based asset-tracking firm WhereNet Corp. announced Monday the Version 4.0 general release of version 4.0 of the WhereNet Marine Terminal Solution.
The marine terminal tracking system utilizes an active radio frequency identification real-time locating system with the option to add a differential global positioning system to allow terminal operators to “see” every container in the yard.
“For enterprises with complex operations, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all technology — it takes a combination of technologies to tackle the typical yard management chaos,” said Louis Bianchin, senior analyst for Venture Development Corp. “By integrating two complementary tracking technologies that leverage robust middleware and application software, WhereNet provides a more complete hybrid solution that offers higher overall system availability.”
Version 4.0 includes WhereNet’s Visibility Software Server middleware; container tracking application-specific software; a hardware infrastructure consisting of WhereLAN locating access points; and the new WhereTrack controller which integrates a WhereTag active RFID transmitter, a GPS receiver, and a Wi-Fi modem into a single rugged device for container handling equipment tracking.
The WhereNet system tracks grounded, stacked containers via an interface between the WhereTags and sensor data provided by PACECO Corp.’s Position Tracking Interface Unit device for rubber-tire gantry cranes. This allows each container to be tracked in real time and update the information through the WhereNet database.
According to the company, a small WhereNet system begins at about $500,000.