RFID Technology In The Transportation Sector

As the adoption of RFID technology persists, key benefits are emerging within the field of transportation and logistics. With the movement of large volumes of products and people at the heart of most transportation service offerings, minor continuous improvements to operational visibility and workforce productivity can profoundly impact business profitability and performance.

This blog will explore a few of the innovative ways RFID technology is being used for operations within the transportation sector and expand on the best next steps you can take to adopt asset management and RTLS solutions for your business. If you have any questions, jot them down and reach out.

1) What Is RFID Technology?

2) Vehicle & Load Identification

3) Automated Payments & Loyalty Cards

4) More Intuitive Yard Management

5) I Want To Explore Solutions For My Transportation Business

What is RFID technology, and how does it work?

As noted in a recent blog, RFID technology in healthcare combines tiny microchips that interact with scanners and readers. The chips can be embedded into a tag or a sticky label and attached to objects. As tagged things pass through strategically positioned readers, their location is automatically updated on IT systems for workers and machines to make more informed daily real-time decisions. When referred to as part of a broader network or solution, this technology becomes part of a real-time location system, or “RTLS solution”.

So, the question is, where is this technology being used within the transportation sector?

Vehicle & Load Identification

By tagging pallets, goods, vehicles and trailers, readers can be used to identify vehicles and corresponding loads. Regarding yard management and ensuring that the correct goods travel to the right places in a time-effective manner, the operational visibility provided by RFID technology can maximise asset utilisation, reduce operating costs, improve production without adding resources, and transform customer service.

Automated Payments & Loyalty Cards

RFID tags can be integrated within payment systems to enable automated, frictionless payments and reward schemes – think of Nectar cards in Sainsbury’s. In addition, costs for tolling charges can also be automated, and Oyster cards can be implemented for public transport networks (these systems are already being used by Transport for London). These systems can transform customer experiences – making previously uncaptured information visible and actionable for businesses. These technologies are often best implemented through solutions partners that understand the scope of what’s available and can help you strategise around the more rewarding use cases for your investment. If you need help with this, drop our team a message via info@miteq.co.uk.

More Intuitive Yard Management

Used with Zebra Technologies’ Yard Management solution, RFID tagging can automate workflows – capturing data on tracked assets and communicating it to central processing systems. This real-time information can help business leaders identify shipping bottlenecks and quickly adjust delivery schedules to improve supply chain management. Furthermore, digitising data-capture processes can provide you with access to historical data regarding the location and status of assets – eliminating the need for pen-and-paper written logs and improving the overall security and reliability of information stored within the business.

I Want To Explore Solutions For My Transportation Business

The RFID use cases explored within this article only scratch the surface of what is possible regarding modern technology in the transportation sector.

You can contact the MiTEQ team via the Contact Us section of our website. Here, we can work with you to discuss projects the MiTEQ team is currently working on with comparable business leaders and explore the best ways for you to overcome operational challenges or realise your functional vision.

We can manage all or some of the complete consultancy, deployment, maintenance, and support processes and help you align your operations with cutting-edge RTLS and asset management solutions.

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