Keystone Systems is offering a new option for its Keystone Truck Software package, a logistics and accounting package for small to medium-sized trucking companies. The new Dispatch Central, the company reports, provides an innovative and easy-to-use split screen to allow easy tracking of customer loads and company resources.

Dispatch Central gives dispatchers a single entry point on the dispatch screen to book loads and track them through scheduling, dispatch, loading and delivery. Loads can also be split to a new truck or driver if necessary.

Keystone president Bruno Caprez says, “We knew there were a lot of fleets out there running fewer than 200 trucks that were looking for a complete, yet easy-to-use dispatch program. The main Dispatch Central screen allows the dispatcher to see at a glance the current status of his loads at each critical step of the process.”

The new option also allows dispatchers to filter information in a manner that's useful to them in a variety of scenarios. For example, the top half of the screen could be set up to show loads to be picked up the following day in the Los Angeles area, while the bottom shows the status of equipment scheduled to be in the area.

Another useful feature is a Driver Call screen. This, Caprez explains, gives dispatchers the ability to record the current location and status of a driver and his load, note any messages pending for the driver, and check for future loads that need to be communicated.

Chris Brandvold, Keystone vp, says that in creating Dispatch Central, the development of a system that would flow seamlessly through the back office functions-such as billing, driver pay, fuel taxes, and general accounting functions-was just as important to the company as the dispatch functionality. “There always needs to be a balance between the logistics/dispatch functions,” he says.

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