STA interfaces with the International Longshoreman’s Association on behalf of their clients to handle labor dispatch as well as labor contracts, payroll, and other services.
STA engaged RDA to develop a new system (Magnus) to manage labor dispatch. The previous system was technologically outdated and difficult to maintain and enhance.
In addition to replicating the functionality of the previous system, Magnus automates the process by which longshoremen can scan in and print their labor tickets, and interfaces with STA’s new telephone and payroll systems.
The Magnus application is comprised of three separate layers: User Interface, Business, and Data. The UI Layer is a Click-Once deployed WinForm application that runs locally. The Business Layer is a set of .NET libraries hosted in Internet Information Services and exposed through .NET remoting services. The Data Layer consumed by the Business Layer is hosted along with the Business layer and is not publicly accessible.
The Same Day Labor Dispatching System (Magnus Dispatch) comprises numerous separate real-time applications:
• Magnus Dispatching Service
• Worker Bidding Screen
• Job Winner Display
• Ticket Printing Kiosks
• Dispatcher Intervention and Observation Station
Magnus Dispatch automates the dispatch process and removes the requirements of dispatchers to be aware of all workers’ information, such as suspensions, certifications, and prior or future work assignments. It can run in an automated and unattended mode as well as a manual mode for multiple locals concurrently.
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