Easy Access to Your Data
GA's automation systems provide remote access to enable terminal owners and shippers to control credit risks, retrieve transaction files, create reports and maintain files.
Here's an overview of the various methods of exchanging data with TMS3000 systems:
- FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is used to exchange files among corporate computer systems, TMS3000 and Grand Central. Files containing new orders, customers and credit limits are commonly uploaded to GA's systems, which send files containing transaction data back to the corporate systems of terminal owners, shippers and marketers. File formats are tailored to our customers' needs. TMS3000 is usually configured to create a file every time a transaction occurs.
- TMS-Remote Access is the VT100 terminal emulation method of manually maintaining files and retrieving reports.
- TMS (PDXR) Access connect to TMS3000 for downloading and retrieving files. File formats are tailored to customers' needs.
- TABS allow a remote computer system to pre-validate loads in real time when drivers badge into TMS3000 at terminals. As soon as a transaction is completed, the data is sent to the remote computer, which may be owned by a shipper (product owner) or by a third-party service provider. The TABS (PDXR) format is owned and administered by API.
- Petroex transmit transaction data by FTP from TMS3000 systems directly to shippers' computer systems or to a third-party service provider. The Petroex file format is owned and administered by the API.
- PetNet was formed by a handful of major petroleum companies to get their own Petroex data from third-party services like TELVENT/DTN. They agreed to send Petroex (PDXB) files from their terminal automation systems directly to each other's corporate systems, thus eliminating outside service fees. TMS3000 makes it simple to send Petroex files to anyone.