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TouchStar’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution TS FleetWatch will be presented at AEGPL2017

Tulsa, USA, May-31-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the AEGPL Congress on 21-22 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The AEGPL Congress serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA will set up in Stand #C18 in the Lisbon Congress Centre both days of the conference. While there, TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA always looks forward to the AEGPL Congress,” said General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz. “The conference maintains a strong presence among LPG leaders in Europe, and it has always served as a very relevant resource for global LPG leaders facing the unique challenges and opportunities of the LPG industry today.”

The 2017 AEGPL Congress anticipates an audience of 1,500 industry stakeholders from Europe and abroad. TS EMEA intends to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders with whom it currently serves, as well as to establish itself as the leading LPG mobility solution provider with those who are newly in need of a NextGen mobility solution for their LPG fleets.

“TS EMEA is no stranger to Europe’s largest LPG conference and exhibition, and our robust experience at AEGPL in the past contributes significantly to our leadership in the European LPG community,” commented TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “As LPG’s role in the European market continues to grow and evolve, TS EMEA’s integrated fleet automation solutions evolve in similar fashion.”

Meetings may be arranged with TS EMEA General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

What Is A Load Cell And Why Do We Use Them For Weighing?

Campbellfield, VIC, Australia,  May-31-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — We rely on weighing instruments every day. In our bathrooms and kitchens, in a crowded lift, at the supermarket checkout and at the airport check-in, there are a myriad places where weighing instruments play a key role in our daily lives.

We assume that the huge truck carrying a load of sand has been declared safe and within legal load limits before it hits the highway. As consumers, we rely on the accuracy of weights on any packaged items that we buy, and businesses that produce or distribute products depend on their weighing systems to be reliable and precise.

We probably take weighing instruments for granted – but has anyone taken the time to discover how they work?

Interestingly, the same highly accurate devices are found in the humble bathroom scale as in the highly sophisticated and sensitive weighing systems used in a diversity of industries from pharmaceutical operations to diamond mines. Load cells.

What is a load cell?

In simple terms, a load cell is a transducer which measures weight by converting the force or weight on it into a measurable signal. This signal generally only measures a couple of millivolts and needs to be amplified into a usable format – either analogue or digital. The outputs are proportional to the force or weight applied to the load cells.

There are many different types of load cells which use different operating principles to obtain weight readings including hydraulic load cells, pneumatic load cells and strain gauge load cells. Some are based on fluid pressure, others on elasticity whilst others are based on magnetostriction (otherwise referred to as piezoelectric effect) – and they have all been developed specifically to meet the needs of different applications.

With all the advances in modern electronics, the majority of load cells today are electronic, but non-electric hydraulic and pneumatic load cells are also widely used . The most important aspect of choosing a load cell however, is not whether or not it is electric, but rather whether it is the right design and type for that particular application – and it’s always advisable to consult an experienced supplier so you get an informed recommendation.

Load cells can be categorised loosely into two main areas, tension and compression load cells. A tension cell measures the weight pulling on it whilst a compression cell measures the weight pushing on it – and very often, these two types are used alongside each other in the same application to achieve optimum accuracy.

Why do we use load cells for weight measurement?

Load cells are used across a diversity of weighing applications because they are:

  • Highly accurate
  • Fast and efficient
  • able to withstand repeated use and extreme conditions
  • Virtually impervious to temperature changes so their measurements remain reliable and precise
  • Cost-effective and if serviced and maintained appropriately, will last a long time

Because load cells enable objects and materials to be weighed quickly and easily, it can translate into bottom-line savings. And with the business landscape becoming increasingly competitive and demanding and the regulatory framework more rigorous than ever, operators have to be able to rely on the accuracy and reliability of their weighing systems.

That’s why the choice of load cell is so important. With so many different types available, plus other factors such as fitting, commissioning, ongoing maintenance and calibration to take into consideration, it can be quite a challenge identifying the perfect fit for your weighing needs.

Don’t take a chance, because your choice of load cell is critical. Rather talk to the experts in weighing technology, UltraHawke, and use their experience and expertise to identify your optimum weighing solution. They are an acknowledged market leader in the manufacture and supply of all types of weighing instruments, and they will work out an affordable, efficient and reliable solution that’s specific to your needs. Call them on 03 9357 7470 or visit www.ultrahawke.com.au to see their extensive range of weighbridges, weighbridges for sale, in-motion weighbridges and truck scales.

Onboard Weighing Solutions For The Logistics Industry

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The logistics industry supports inbound and outbound logistics literally carries the weight of the world’s economy, with companies operating in the transport and logistics industry moving goods from place to place as quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible without compromising on safety.

That’s where onboard weighing solutions play an enormous role.

Transporting heavy loads

Overloaded vehicles not only cause damage to infrastructure, premature wear and tear on the vehicle and excess fuel consumption; they also pose a significant danger to the safety of other road users. To mitigate these risks, there are many strict laws and regulations in place aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible transport of heavy loads – and breaches can result in serious penalties. Legislation includes Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws and SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea).

Payload control

Cost management is a key element of the logistics industry. Operators not only want to keep their own costs down, there is also a knock-on effect on the whole transport chain right to the end user if costs aren’t carefully controlled.

Onboard weighing solutions ensure that trucks are within legal limits and they help logistics companies to be legally compliant and as safe and efficient as possible. These heavy duty yet precise instruments are fitted onto the vehicle and employ a range of weight measurement technologies u to provide accurate and reliable information about gross weight and weight distribution and/or alert either alert operators that they are overloaded.

A big advantage of these onboard weighing solutions is that because they’re fitted to the truck, there’s no need for the vehicle to go to an external weighing station, such as a weighbridge- which may slow down the transportation process. Trucks can be loaded to their optimum weight, with instant information at the driver’s fingertips. What’s more, these instruments provide highly accurate information about axle group weights, total combination weights and payload. This enables operators to have confidence that they’re loading their vehicles properly the first time, maximising their payloads, reducing downtime and optimising their productivity.

Technological advances have further extended the capabilities of these instruments. The advent of wireless digital communications has made the weighing, tracking and billing of freight a much faster, more accurate and traceable process. The units can be fully integrated with smart software which can be customised to a customer’s requirements – and this seamless connection and versatile data management functionality saves time, improves productivity and has positive knock-on effects right along the logistics chain.

Onboard truck scales can be fitted to just about any type of truck, and there are several different systems available which have been developed specifically to suit certain types of vehicle including air-suspension vehicles, bulk tippers, air and spring-suspension vehicles, waste collection vehicles, light commercial vehicles and rigid vehicles.

It’s important that the the correct onboard weighing system is selected for a specific application. For example, if your operation is involved in bulk off-road operations such as quarrying or feed delivery, you would need a system that is specifically engineered for high accuracy in rugged extreme environments.

The logistics, transport and freight industries undoubtedly play a vital role in moving a country’s economy forward. However, it is crucial that operators manage their freight safely and effectively, and to do this, they need to measure it and quantify it appropriately. That’s where onboard weighing solutions come in.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of onboard weighing, talk to the experts at AccuOnboard, Australia’s most experienced and professional weighing company. They can provide world-class equipment that covers all vehicle weighing needs from end-to-end, including overloading prevention. To get in touch, please call 1300 367 861 to find out which of their eight branches is closest to you or visit www.accuonboard.com.au to see their full range of high quality onboard weighing solutions.

TS EMEA to showcase its integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress

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TULSA, OK, 03-Nov-2016 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress on 15-17 November in Florence, Italy. The World LPG Forum serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA, who will be situated in Stand #K8, will be one of roughly 150 propane and LPG vendors exhibiting at the World LPG Forum, a show that will welcome more than 2,000 attendees from 60+ countries. TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac LPG, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA is proud to be a part of the World LPG Forum,” said TS EMEA’s General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, about attending the event. “LPG plays a very significant role as a clean energy source in Europe. TS EMEA is happy to support that role with solutions that are keyed directly to its safe and reliable transport.”

TS EMEA’s goal at the show is to deepen its relationships with the members of the global propane and LP gas distribution industry and to provide increased insight into its propane and LP gas enterprise solutions at the event. At press time, TouchStar’s integrations fleet software is utilized by over 500 companies internationally.

“TS EMEA affirms the Forum theme, ‘A Bridge to the Future,’ said TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “It serves as the ideal platform for TouchStar’s NextGen mobility solutions.”

TS EMEA will be located at the Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Centre in Stand #K8, Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November. Meetings may be arranged with Robert Pabeschitz by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-page-ts-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

How Viapost Makes Your European Supply Chain Easy, Effective and Affordable

Paris, France, February 13, 2015 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The complexity of your deliveries to Europe and product distribution once products arrive is a problem that Viapost can advise you about through its Consultancy Service. While your European shipping solutions and delivery strategies may seem overwhelming to a business just beginning exports to Europe, it is likely that what vexes you, Viapost has already dealt with a similar if not identical situation. With more than 200 clients facing similar challenges, Viapost, a company in the La Poste family of businesses, can help:

  • Smooth the way for your upstream supply chain;
  • Assist in implementing your procurement programs and help with suppliers;
  • Find ways to aid you in managing your supply chain costs;
  • Find the ultimate balance of insourcing and outsourcing
  • Manage and improve forecasts
  • Advising on personnel transfers

What Makes Viapost The Right Choice?

Viapost has locations for fulfillment, shipping and contact centers that parallel major many European markets. These sites have warehouses too. Some locations include; London, Paris, Milan, and Stuttgart. Combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading ecommerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. The company leverages their experience with several sectors of the European markets, and their relationships with major national and international carriers to consult with you to best plan and manage your European supply chain projects.

Contact Viapost
Viapost brings new solutions to old and new logistics problems. It is a European leader in value-added fulfillment, shipping, contact center and consultancy services for online and offline retailers and those adopting a fully omni-channel strategy. You can reach Viapost at +33 (1) 153 46 16 00

About Viapost
Viapost offers total freight services in Europe with supported fulfillment, shipping and contact centers spread across all major markets in Europe. As the logistics branch of the La Poste Group, the company enjoys combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading e-commerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. Viapost provides a comprehensive range of end to end services aimed at online and offline retailers for store, distribution or home delivery. Viapost is compatible with a number of well-known carts, allowing a smooth transition from website to distribution center.

Contact-Details: Company Type : logistic
URL : http://www.viapost.eu/
E-mail : contact.communication@viapost.fr
Contact Person : Judith Arkle
Adress 1 : 65 rue de Bercy
Zip Code : 75012 Paris
Phone number : +33 (0)1 53 46 16 00

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Worldwide Parcel Services Show Great Flexibility

Worldwide Parcel Services have developed a parcel delivery system which matches the best available both in terms of delivery speed, quality and price. The company has worked hard over the years to be as flexible as possible in order to offer its customers something special both in terms of quality and reliability. The parcel market has changed massively over the past decade and the business has grown throughout the world. Worldwide Parcel Services have developed with the introduction of the Internet, as this has been the single most important change in trade in a lifetime. Through the Internet rose the Internet trader and this now goes from the massive online unit like E bay and Amazon down to small individual users. There is another side of the business that the Internet has changed, in that communications between countries is now the same as communicating with the company next door. The communications can be face to face or by instant text. The result is that it is possible to see something a thousand miles away and purchase it immediately or to send present desperately required in the other direction.

Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – recognise the vast changes that have occurred and will occur in the future and their flexibility of approach is aimed at moving with the times wherever that may take them. Worldwide Parcel Services will supply a delivery service to and from just about everywhere in the world, parcels can be quoted for delivery on line and all arrangements made instantly. The company has an excellent system of working with other companies so that they achieve the best and cheapest delivery system. Worldwide Parcel Services realised a long time ago that in the modern world it is not possible for even the largest company to be number one supplier in every country by delivering everything themselves as the world is just too big and too diverse but that the best results are by joining with the best couriers in a specific area. This applies even down to the small local companies who have the advantage of knowing their patch to the smallest detail.

In this case Worldwide Parcel Services are proud to promote their delivery services as they have forged some of the best delivery routes possible with some of the best and most reliable couriers in their parts of the world. The result has been that it is difficult to beat some of the prices that Worldwide Parcel Services now charges.

Flexibility applies across the board and Worldwide Parcel Services put virtually no barriers into their parcel delivery service and they have developed a great system for the delivery of odd shaped parcels or goods that weigh up to 500 kg. The delivery of awkward shaped and heavy parcels is one that most delivery companies shied away from but Worldwide Parcel Services realised that this is a most important market and that the customer does not want a courier who will pick and choose his parcels and so Worldwide Parcel Services have used their flexibility to develop one of the most complete delivery services going.

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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Are Also Great Locally

Worldwide Parcel Services sound like a company that should be great Internationally but may be not so good locally but Worldwide Parcel Services are also very proud of the fact that they are also very good in the UK and Ireland. The company have become an extremely competent company in the UK and their delivery patterns are good on time considerations and excellent on price. It is very difficult to find an instance where they are beaten on price or on the delivery pattern in this country. Worldwide Parcel Services have worked very hard in securing couriers who offer the best price for the best service. The company sees no point in employing couriers who are good at looks but are unable to meet the customer’s requirements or expectations. The ability to choose couriers has been a great success for the company as they have been able to use the best couriers in their best fields of operation. It is this last position that has enabled the best service to be obtained for the best area.

Worldwide Parcel Services are as prompt with local deliveries as they are with international orders. One of the great things of the local delivery is that it is almost impossible for the system to go wrong as the parcel is tagged and followed throughout its whole journey. It is logged onto the first computer or slave as it is registered in to the plant and follows the same pattern throughout. Therefore the parcel is tracked and registered throughout its journey and it is virtually impossible to lose it unless by wilful means. The track a parcel function of the website is totally now in sync with the parcel recorded at every stage of its operation. It is now possible to log in to the internet and log on to the Worldwide Parcel Services web site and find out exactly where your parcel is at any particular moment, this will help with arranging men on site for when the parcel has arrived or may be just alerting the site that the parcel will be with them at a set time and hour. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked hard to get a local set up which enhances the total package and the present system is very good indeed.

Worldwide Parcel Services is pleased to offer a simple quotation service which allows the customer to book the parcel in to the system and the wait for the quotation, it all can be carried out using the internet web site, any queries should be instantly resolved by ringing the customer service desk where there is a full complement of highly determined customers service agents. This quotation will cover will cover the whole of the delivery operation and this will include any oddities but which may be required for, say, heavy parcels or special deliver requirements. Worldwide Parcel Services have been very careful to provide a system that will deal with all size of parcels up to 500 Kg in weight which only precludes large loads which would go by container ship. Worldwide Parcel Services are one of the biggest movers of parcels within the UK and they are pleased to work with the best couriers.

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Podcars at Innotrans Berlin!

The conference, held in conjunction with Innotrans 2012, will present practical solutions for the transportation and urban planning sectors that can lead to a major shift in policy and action to help reverse the growing perils of global warming, redirect use of energy in transportation to solar and other renewable sources and substantially reduce congestion and land use issues associated with cars.

Participants in the conference will be introduced to the world’s top PRT designers through various presentations and working sessions. The event, which will offer many cross-disciplined networking opportunities, features a packed agenda presenting numerous world renowned speakers from six countries. Conference organizers IST and INIST are working closely with KOMPASS, a network of 14 Swedish cities aiming to adopt PRT, the US-based Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), the European ATRA chapter, Lea+Elliot USA and a series of sponsors and manufacturers from Europe, Asia and USA. Notable speakers areHans Josef Fell, member of the Green Party and German Parliament, Rod Diridon, Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair Emeritus of California High Speed Rail Project, Alain Kornhauser, Professor at Princeton University and Chair of ATRA USA,Hans Lindqvist, former member of the EU parliament and chairman of KOMPASS, andStefan Hanna, Deputy Mayor of City of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Fretbay Online Transport Marketplace – Making UK Routes Green And More Environment-Friendly

FretBay (https://fretbay.com) the first FREE European Online transport marketplace, providing reliable cheap transport and logistic solution to individual users and companies declared 2012 as a year that will make United Kingdom routes more environment friendly and clean.

While talking to media FretBay elaborates it’s expansion plans of offering UK transporters with a new online system that will provide real time enhanced route planning facilities helping in optimizing truck capacities.

The system will help transport service providers and couriers in optimizing the partial filled vehicles on a given route. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full.

Answering how this will happen, FretBay spokesperson explained that the site offers it’s users to post FREE transport demands as listings.

The transport demand can be for anything to anywhere at anytime .The most common listings are the requests for transport for motorbikes, cars, boats, furniture and house hold stuff, pianos, electrical and machinery equipments, agricultural and industrial machinery, horses and full home or office removals . These transport listings are immediately visible to member transporters and they can offer their transport quotes in real time.

The users are free to accept any transport offer at any time. Users can consult profiles of transporters before accepting thier offers. The profile contains rating and feed back of transporters left my users who did business with them in the past thus helping users to identify reliable transporters. FretBay encourages professional and declared transport service providers on site.

This helps not only in finding cheap shipping solution but helps in reducing deadly gases that are major cause of pollution.

A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK ‘s 3.5 million lorries failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average transport service company’s operating costs increase dramatically.
The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. This build up further pressure on road haulage companies to meet environment friendly commitments.

Though it is difficult in the time of crisis for a shift to environment friendly vehicles for most of the transport firms, however, it is still possible to make full use of trucks capacities to avoid unnecessary trips on roads.

FretBay system will play key role in optimising these vehicles by providing real-time grouping opportunities and by providing loads for empty returns. Transport and haulage companies can consult transport demands and loads in real time and can optimize their trips in last minutes.

FretBay is inviting all UK and European transport service providers to take part in this environmental program and. No subscription fee or long term engagement is demanded.

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PINC Solutions Announces Series D Funding And Additions To Its Leadership Team

PINC Solutions, the leader in supply chain asset visibility and yard management solutions, today announced a new round of financing and additions to its management team. PINC’s series D financing was led by the company’s previous investors Sutter Hill and Horizon Ventures to further accelerate its market leadership, growth, and customer success. The company’s board of directors also appointed Ken Colby as the new Chief Executive Officer. He assumes the role previously held by Aleks Gollu, co-founder of the company. Dr. Gollu has been appointed Chief Technology Officer, and will now focus his efforts on driving further innovation for the company’s best-in-class asset visibility solutions. The new executive appointments are effective immediately.

“PINC Solutions has redefined the asset visibility and management space for the Supply Chain Logistics industry with its innovative technology and value proposition,” said Tench Coxe, managing partner at Sutter Hill Ventures. “The company is poised for growth and success.”

Ken Colby has almost three decades of Software and Services Operations experience, including more than 5 years as a President or General Manager, driving long-term profitable growth and leading teams across the globe. Ken most recently served as SVP of Global Operations for Smart Drive Systems where he oversaw the deployment of an industry-leading solution for driver safety and fleet productivity. Through the end of 2007, Ken held the position of President and General Manager of @Road, the leading SaaS-based provider of mobile resource management solutions for commercial fleets in North America. Ken delivered over $100 million in revenue and led the company following its acquisition by Trimble Navigation, a worldwide provider of advanced GPS solutions with operations in more than 100 countries. Prior to @Road, Ken held executive level positions at Sybase, Oracle, Mincom and a number of enterprise software providers. He served twelve years in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md where he holds a B.S. in Engineering.

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Braidwood Associates Achieves Paramics V6 Training Accreditation

Braidwood Associates, the specialist microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy, has become the first company operating in the United States to achieve Paramics Trainer Accreditation from Quadstone Paramics and is now fully accredited in, Paramics V6, one of the world’s most advanced microsimulation traffic software systems.

Richard Braidwood, president of Braidwood Associates, said: “Our certified Paramics Trainer status for the new V6 software is an important part of our ongoing investment in infrastructure and transport management projects across the United States.

“Braidwood has already contributed directly to major traffic modelling projects in places such as California, New York and Wisconsin and the latest Paramics Trainer accreditation allows us to continue supporting US Departments of Transport and private corporations with the most advanced support available in the market place.

“The business is already recognised in the United States and Canada as the leading consultancy in the application of Paramics and the company’s success in gaining accreditation for Paramics V6 ensures we are well positioned to deliver the best advice to our customers.”

Ewan Speirs, Quadstone Paramics Technical Director, said “Our goal with the Paramics APT scheme is to allow new Paramics users to be trained by the most skilled and experienced Paramics experts the industry has to offer, sharing knowledge and building a stronger Paramics community. We are delighted to work with an industry leading organisation like Braidwood Associates.”

In the five years since its foundation, Braidwood Associates has become one of the world’s leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancies. Richard Braidwood has built a business that provides specialist services to 20 clients across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company is advising on traffic modelling for some of the busiest highways and most populated cities in the world. Additionally Braidwood Associates also works with partners on infrastructure development projects at hubs such as airports and stations.

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VisionStat Plus Integrated Obstacle Detection Sensor & Video System

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products, today announced VisionStat™ Plus, an extremely affordable and complete commercial-grade system to prevent backing accidents. VisionStat Plus offers an integrated version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System that connects directly with their wired VisionStat Camera System with no additional cabling required.

VisionStat Plus is an advanced safety solution which combines two technologies to aid in the prevention of costly backing accidents. Utilizing a leading-edge obstacle detection sensor system (SenseStat), which is displayed on a backing camera video monitor (VisionStat), the driver is provided both audible and visual information when an obstacle is detected in the rear of the vehicle. The combined features allow for visual confirmation via a CCD camera along with the distance and proximity from any of four (4) sensor zones – the driver sees the exact distance (accurate to 1-inch), to the closest object on the monitor.

SenseStat is the leading-edge obstacle detection system that monitors four 4 zones simultaneously indicating the area closest to an object or person. VisionStat is a rugged easily installable video system available with either a 5.6” or the 7” Color LCD Monitor which is configurable with up to four (4) infrared night vision CCD cameras. VisionStat Plus is the extremely cost-effective result of integrating the SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System directly into the VisionStat Camera System with no additional wiring required.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among fleets for more flexible, effective and affordable safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “By developing VisionStat Plus we continue our commitment to provide easy-to-install, cost-effective and technically advanced solutions for enhanced vehicle safety.”

In the past, customers would choose between two of the most common blind spot monitoring methods, a backing camera or an obstacle detection system. While each has important advantages, the cost of purchasing and installing two different systems was often prohibitive. By offering an integrated version, the combined safety effects of a VisionStat camera (visual) “Plus” the object detection of a SenseStat sensor (audible alarm) are realized at cost (starting at $675.00) often below other rugged camera systems alone. VisionStat Plus is ideal for all types of single unit vehicle fleets in urban areas where backing safety is often stressed.

Stotsenburg concludes, “There are many advantages to utilizing active backing sensor technology with a reversing camera system. One of the most critical being when the driver is not viewing the video monitor, the audio from the sensor system can bring attention to an unforeseen object or individual behind their vehicle. Ultimately, this added driver awareness will reduce costs and backing accidents.”

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Leading Lean Logistics Service Provider Benefits From Real-Time-Location-System (RTLS) Enhanced Visibility Added To Yard Management Solution

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective real-time asset visibility technology, announced today that Transfreight has implemented PINC Solutions’ Yard Hound at its Toyota-dedicated crossdocking facility and the adjacent manufacturing plant located in Woodstock, Ontario. Yard Hound added automated real-time visibility for asset tracking to an existing yard management and shunt control solution.

PINC’s innovative real-time location system utilizes passive RFID and other wireless and sensor technologies to locate and track the positions of assets in the yard in real time, ensuring the visibility information for the yard is always up-to-date.

“We are pleased to enable Transfreight to monitor and track their yard assets in real-time utilizing our patented RTLS technology,” said Aleks Gollu, CEO of PINC Solutions. “As a well-recognized expert in the Toyota Production System (TPS), Erlanger, Kentucky-based Transfreight engineers lean supply chains for top manufacturers across North America. Our system helps further streamline the yard operation by providing real-time, accurate information about all activities associated with the assets while in the yard.”

With PINC’s Yard Hound, users have access to the yard information remotely anytime through secure web portals. Electronic records, automated alerts and notifications, and customized reports about our customer’s assets are also available. PINC’s customers realize many benefits from the system such as:

• Increased yard operation efficiency
• Improved yard truck and driver productivity and retention
• Reduced manual yard checks
• Increased yard velocity and throughput
• Improved equipment utilization
• Reduced late, demurrage and detention fees
• Enhanced customer and vendor services

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PINC Solutions, The Leader In Cost-Effective Yard Management Solutions, Named 2009 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Top-100

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management solutions based on real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine among its 2009 top-100 providers of supply chain services and solutions. This year the magazine focused the criteria for its “100” feature on economic recovery.

Cost-Effective Yard Management Solutions

The 2009 list of Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 identifies leading providers of supply chain services and technologies who are helping their customers and clients both respond to the downturn and, more importantly, position themselves for growth ahead. Explained Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, “the corporate executives and line-of-business leaders who rely on the magazine want to know what the different supply chain solution and service providers are doing to help them meet these critical, corporate ‘life-or-death’ challenges.”

“Achieving faster return on investment has become increasingly important to our customers in the face of the current economy,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “Our yard management solution is built on a modular architecture that is scalable with the needs of businesses and facilities of varying sizes. This way, PINC’s customers can choose and install our systems that address their most pressing requirements first, and then seamlessly expand the capabilities by adding additional modules at a later time. Our web-based application enables all corporate users to access the same visibility information regardless of their physical locations, thus ensuring single version of the truth is being shared within the organizations as well as with their supply chain partners.”

Final recipients are featured in the cover story of the June/July 2009 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, as well as online at www.SDCExec.com/SDCE100.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. On the Web at www.SDCExec.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time visibility enabled yard management solutions headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its clients include Fortune-1000 businesses in manufacturing, retail and transportation including Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. PINC has pioneered the development of real-time-location-system (RTLS) using an innovative combination of passive RFID, GPS, MEMS and other wireless sensors to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for capital investment in the infrastructure. PINC provides turnkey yard management solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. For more information please visit www.pincsolutions.com

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Quadstone Paramics Now Provides Integrated Support For Google’s Popular 3D Modelling Tool, SketchUp

Quadstone Paramics now provides integrated support for Google’s popular 3D modelling tool, SketchUp, bridging the gap between transport engineer and 3D modeller. Google’s 3D Warehouse contains thousands of both in house and third party developed SketchUp models which transport engineers can now utilise to create detailed visualisations of a given road network.

Quadstone Paramics’ focus on 3D graphics in traffic and pedestrian microsimulation means a further increase in model detail, aiding model building and helping to effectively communicate model results to non technical audiences.

Ewan Speirs, Technical Director at Quadstone Paramics, “Google SketchUp Integration is a fantastic addition to the Paramics tools bringing powerful 3D visualisation to the everyday user, no specialist skills are required. For over 10 years Paramics has been at the forefront of 3D visualisation for urban planning and traffic engineering, integrating with Google SketchUp allows our users to drive more value from the complex simulation models they build”.

Since launching the UAF (Pedestrian Simulation Software) in 2008 the team at Paramics have seen extensive market pull as government agencies of all sizes look to promote pedestrians as a more attractive means of transportation with many high-profile authorities around the world showing an interest in the software and many new projects underway.

The crowd modelling capabilities of UAF make it an ideal tool for evaluating both existing areas and new proposed developments, such as retail space, sports stadiums and public transport terminals, it is also especially useful for evacuation studies.

More information can be found on their Pedestrian Simulation website at www.pedestrian-simulation.com

About Quadstone Paramics
Quadstone Paramics has driven the innovation agenda for traffic microsimulation modelling software since the early 1990’s. With over 2000 users in 45 countries, their pedestrian simulation software tools have been deployed on some of the World’s highest profile projects, by a broad mix of Federal, State and Local Government Agencies along with consulting engineering firms of all sizes. Operating autonomously as part of a London Stock Market listed company, Quadstone Paramics continues to address the changing demands of the Global Market through offices in the UK and the United States, along with resellers in Australia, Europe and Asia. The culmination of over 6 man years of development, the launch of the Urban Analytics Framework (UAF) Software from Quadstone Paramics brings vastly improved levels of software capability pedestrian modelling the world over.

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Leading Innovator Provides Real-Time-Visibility Enabled Supply Chain Management Solution To The CPG Giant For The Annual Award Honoring Best Practices In Logistics

PINC Solutions, the leading innovator in real-time visibility enabled supply chain management solutions, today announces that its customer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, has been awarded the 2009 Logistics Best Practices Gold Award for the company’s yard management project using a system provided by PINC.

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The winning case study of the trailer tracking project was featured as the cover story for the June issue of Logistics Management Magazine. “K-C transformed managing semi-trailers and yard jockey services at a 1,200-acre site with manual processes from a labor intensive, inefficient and costly process using paper logs, old data, unknown asset locations and lack of actionable information into a modern, Web-based management process to achieve real-time asset visibility and significant cost savings,” noted the judges of the award.

“We are very excited to see Kimberly-Clark being honored for its achievement in using technology to improve operational efficiencies,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “By working in partnership with our customers, we have developed a unique technology platform that has proven to help the users improve their supply chain visibility and optimize their yard and transportation operations. Our customers see immediate returns on their investment by reducing costs and improving productivity.”

This award followed other recognitions won by PINC and its customers in the supply chain and logistics industry. Most recently, PINC was named among the 2009 top 100 technology solution and service providers by both Inbound Logistics and Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazines.

More details about Kimberly-Clark’s award-winning case study can be found online at http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/CA6663594.html

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time visibility enabled yard management solutions headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its clients include Fortune-1000 businesses in manufacturing, retail and transportation including Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. PINC has pioneered the development of real-time-location-system (RTLS) using an innovative combination of passive RFID, GPS, MEMS and other wireless sensors to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for capital investment in the infrastructure. PINC provides turnkey yard management solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. For more information please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

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Mobile Awareness, LLC Announced The SE (Sensor Enhancement) Version Of Their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System Family

Mobile Awareness, LLC, a provider of leading-edge transportation safety products today announced the SE (Sensor Enhancement) version of their SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System family – the pioneering brand for preventing backing accidents on commercial vehicles.

SenseStat is an innovative Obstacle Detection Sensor System that simultaneously monitors 4-zones at the rear of a vehicle indicating the area closest to an object. It is extremely accurate (within one inch), highly affordable and intended for use on Commercial, Off-Road, Lift Truck and Construction Vehicles. The SenseStat SE version is a new design improvement which maximizes protection of the sensors, while providing greater mounting flexibility and reliability. These features found on the SE version are further enhanced by a full 3 year limited warranty.

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Installation of SenseStat SE is easy and adaptable to most vehicle configurations, helping to assure the highest performance in rear blind spot detection. The ruggedized mount maximizes performance in harsh environments enhancing both durability and sensor protection. The SenseStat SE can be mounted directly to the vehicle vertically or horizontally, providing a level plane for optimum sensor positioning.

“Mobile Awareness continues to see an increasing demand among commercial fleets for more cost effective and easily installed safety systems” says Brandon Stotsenburg, Director of Sales & Marketing at Mobile Awareness. “To that end, we continue to focus on new product development that offers a lower total cost of ownership such as the SenseStat SE.”

The current models available in the SE version are the Wireless (MA-ODSS-4M17W-SE), Wired Truck & Trailer (MA-ODSS-4M17TT-SE) and the Wired Box Truck (MA-ODSS–4M17BT-SE). Common among them are the ability to simultaneously monitors four (4) zones in real-time, an LED display which indicates the direction or location of an obstacle or person, display blanking until reverse gear is engaged and a unique stop-line adjustment feature. All systems are easily installed in less than 1-hour on most vehicles and include a laminated User Guide (safety instruction card) for easy driver education & reference.

Stotsenburg concludes, “With an estimated installed cost of less than $500 on most vehicles, SenseStat SE provides an impressive ROI for organizations who wish to significantly reduce costs and enhance safety in backing environments.”

About Mobile Awareness
Cleveland, Ohio based Mobile Awareness, LLC™ designs and markets leading-edge, affordable transportation safety products. The company provides integrated accident prevention solutions for commercial transportation professionals with its VisionStat™ Wired & Wireless Vehicle Camera Systems, TireStat™ Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) and SenseStat™ Wired & Wireless Obstacle Detection Sensor Systems. For more information, please contact Mobile Awareness, Toll Free: 866-653-5036 or visit www.MobileAwareness.com. Mobile Awareness…Reducing the Total Cost of Safety™

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PINC Solutions Named Inbound Logistics Top-100 Logistics IT Company for 2009

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective, real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Inbound Logistics Magazine among its 2009 Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.

Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 500 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, Inbound Logistics selects the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for leading the way in 2009.

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“2009 continues to be a year where every opportunity and efficiency must be seized, and PINC Solutions consistently provides the kinds of technology solutions business logistics managers need to successfully manage their global enterprises,” commented Felecia Stratton, Editor of Inbound Logistics. “Solutions providers such as PINC Solutions reflect leadership by offering innovative and practical solutions to empower logistics and supply chain management. As shippers, carriers, and 3PLs increase their use of logistics IT, PINC Solutions’ system is scalable, flexible and responsive to customers’ evolving needs. That’s why Inbound Logistics editors have recognized PINC Solutions as one of 2009’s Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.”

“We are pleased to be honored again as a top-100 IT solution provider by Inbound Logistics,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “As our customers’ supply chain becomes an increasingly complex and dynamic network of participants, PINC continues to focus on leveraging real-time visibility as the key enabler for management and practitioners to make informed decisions. We strive to provide solutions that not only meet our customers’ needs for quick ROI, but also become the catalyst for business process improvement and redesign in order for our users to achieve sustaining logistics excellence.”

About Inbound Logistics
Inbound Logistics is the pioneering publication of demand-driven logistics practices, also known as supply chain management. IL’s educational mission is to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and neutralize transportation cost increases by aligning supply to demand and adjusting enterprise functions to support that paradigm shift. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at www.inboundlogistics.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a privately held company headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its real time asset visibility and management solution, Yard Hound™, is deployed at industry-leading customers in manufacturing, retail and transportation sectors throughout North America. PINC’s clients include Fortune-500 businesses as well as leaders in the SMB segment. PINC has pioneered the development of a unique RTLS platform using innovative combinations of passive RFID and wireless technologies to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for heavy capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard Hound systems are turnkey solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. These systems have already proven their value through immediate efficiency improvements in customers’ daily operations, with the overall improvements in economics typically generating a positive ROI in less than a year. For more information about PINC Solutions and the Yard Hound products, please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

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Braidwood Associates Has Announced That Matthew Juckes Has Been Appointed To Lead The Company’s Second And Newest American Office In New Jersey

Juckes joins the Scottish headquartered specialist microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy having previously worked on projects for some of America’s largest departments of transportation including New York City, New York State, Wisconsin, California and New Jersey.

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Braidwood Associates, which was established in 2005 by Scottish entrepreneur Richard Braidwood, opened its first US office in California two years ago and the New Jersey office opening is in direct response to the company’s recent success in winning contracts in the United States.

Braidwood is currently providing traffic management advice through its modelling expertise to a number of major traffic infrastructure projects including New York City’s Bronx redevelopment and some of the world’s busiest highways such as Interstates 880 and 450 in California.

Mr Juckes said: “I am joining Braidwood Associates at an exciting time for the business. Our intention is to continue offering cutting-edge traffic modelling and consultancy services to public authorities and private corporations in the United States. There are a number of opportunities to extend our work with state departments on infrastructure projects and President Obama’s recent announcement of a $787 billion economic stimulus package should be beneficial to the sector.”

Richard Braidwood, managing director, Braidwood Associates said: “Matthew has a wealth of experience in microsimulation traffic modelling and he is very well respected in the industry. His expertise is based on providing modelling services for some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the United States and he will be an excellent addition to the Braidwood team. His appointment ensures that Braidwood Associates is well placed to develop the American side of our business.”

In the four years since its foundation, Braidwood Associates has become one of the world’s leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancies. Richard Braidwood has built a business that provides specialist services to 20 clients across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company is advising on traffic modelling for some of the busiest highways and most populated cities in the world. Additionally Braidwood Associates also works with partners on infrastructure development projects at hubs such as airports and stations.

About Braidwood Associates
Braidwood Associates is a leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy focused within the transport sector. Through carefully managed growth and by providing high quality deliverables to clients, Braidwood Associates has become established as market leaders in providing microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy services in the global market place.

With a wide range of traffic simulation software knowledge, traffic modelling experience, dedicated professional resources and proven project experience in varying sizes of traffic studies, Braidwood Associates brings together over 20 years experience in the microsimulation traffic modelling industry.

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