Garmin, move out of the way. RFID tags are the GPS of the future. The applications of RFID tags are incredible. To track the currents in the ocean, RFID tags can be put on buoys. For tags to be able to receive and transmit a signal from the ocean, it requires a tag reader with specialized infrastructure to support the wide range and be read by satellite. The role of RFID does not stop there. It can even be used with ID cards, bracelets, assets, and people. Geo-fencing is a feature in a software system that uses the global positioning system (GPS) or RFID to define geographical boundaries. This type of asset management software is a highly valued technology at all levels of the supply chain.
RFID Vehicle Tracking for Safety, Security, Insurance, and So Much More
In the phase of transportation, asset management is crucial to ensuring that the logistics of transporting goods go without problems. Vehicle tracking can be used for a business to keep track of all their mobile assets, be they tractors, trailers, semis, or construction equipment. RFID tracking will give the company a holistic overview of the deployment of their vehicles and assets, and give the ability to dispatch vehicles more efficiently. RFID tags can automatically alert security if someone is in an unauthorized zone, a truck driver breaks from a set route, a shipment or pallet of goods is moved without authorization, and more.
Major assets for transportation and distribution, like semi-trucks, must undergo safety inspections by Cetaris before they are allowed on the road. Regulatory compliance, or the standard that trucks must be held to before passing inspection, dictates that trucks must have a specific tire pressure, tread level, and more.
These safety inspections are not only vital for the well-being of the other drivers on the road, but for the company that is distributing their goods with semi-trucks. With RFID technology, it can be ascertained and recorded that a truck has passed all maintenance, and an electronic record of inspections can be kept. This leads to an overall higher level of safety for the company, avoiding any breakdowns on the road and helping the lifespan of the vehicle.
In the transportation phase of the supply chain, insurance of both vehicles and the company that deploys them is vital. With the ability to read and write new information on an RFID tag, the company can record real time location and status on a vehicle. In the case of a breakdown, the data on the RFID tag can be used as proof to the insurance company of passing the safety inspection.
RFID Tags Enhance Productivity
Productivity is one of the most important keys to a successful company. Invest in RFID and avoid wasting time hunting down assets, managing distribution routes, and inventory tracking in the warehouse. There’s a reason most RFID systems pay for themselves within 18 months. Their implementation will not only cause greater calmness of mind and insurance for the company, but a holistically faster, smarter, and more efficient business.
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