RFID has many uses. Here at CoreRFID we have hundreds of customers who are putting RFID to use in many different areas from monitoring safety and maintenance inspections to tracking products throughout the manufacturing process.
We are also seeing a large growth in the number of organisations who want to use RFID to facilitate asset management. We are using our extensive RFID experience to help customers who want to track anything from IT equipment to hazardous chemicals. However, recently we were asked how RFID could help with the management of fleet vehicles.
Clearly there are many things which need to be monitored when managing a national fleet of vehicles. Managers are responsible for ensuring that all vehicles are fully serviced and all maintenance checks are carried out on time. The number of miles driven and how many visits have been undertaken needs to be monitored.
The project has begun by adding specially chosen Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) stickers from Omni-ID to all vehicle windows. Fixed RFID readers from Thing Magic have now been installed at the depot. This means that as the driver arrives, the barrier automatically opens.
The next stage of the project is to install a complete automated driver information system to include things like maintenance management. It will even recommend when the driver should take the vehicle to the car wash. It reminds us of the ‘Internet of Things’*….
* The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects, devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.