ConnectedDock is a new Android App from TMW Systems for TruckMate TMS users designed to help fleets streamline dock operations, minimize shipping errors and reduce lost revenue from incorrect weights, dimensions and OS&D.

The app was introduced at the PeopleNet and TMW in.sight User Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn.

The app is designed for use with commercial-grade, Android-based handheld scanners and can streamline key processes like unloading, data collection, loading through trips/ partial unloads, freight receiving and OS&D documentation. ConnectedDock features advanced logic and a user-friendly interface designed to be used in a dock environment.

By accelerating and automating data collection, ConnectedDock enables users to more frequently re-weigh and re-dimension shipments and prompt billing adjustments in the back office. Carriers can establish rules to require or skip re-weighs/re-dimensions on specific customers’ shipments, by type of freight and/or other criteria. The app also reduces the time needed to document overs, shorts and damaged shipments, and includes an integrated camera to associate images and related data with the appropriate freight bill.

ConnectedDock can help minimize cases of misdirected freight by issuing an error message when the user tries to load the wrong trailer. A timesaving “predictive cross-docking” capability automatically directs the worker to the appropriate destination dock when he or she unloads each shipment.

The app also offers a “Quick Unload” feature that allows the user to scan, unload and hold freight at the dock to quickly free up a door for an incoming load. The held freight can then be validated and moved to the appropriate locations when time permits.

Fleet managers also can use the new app to aggregate and analyze performance data and identify opportunities to further improve efficiency and reduce costs.