Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has become an effective and growing technology among several industries, particularly those involved in transport, logistics and vehicle hire.
RFID is, in essence, a substantial evolution on the humble barcode. As an example, imagine your typical in-store grocery shopping experience. Currently, each product has a barcode that has to be scanned individually at a checkout.
RFID tags work differently as they are linked to a networked system that’s capable of tracking every single product in your shopping trolley at once. Because it is a radio-frequency system, every tag can essentially be scanned simultaneously. When you have over 100 products in your shopping trolley, that’s a substantial cut down in how quickly each customer can go through.
How RFID technology is improving transport industries
When it comes to the world of transport and freight delivery, RFID is offering a comparable benefit by having shipped goods and products tagged to a central network system. RFID tags can contain a wealth of information, including the type of product, the destination it is heading, when it was dispatched, who the recipient of the product is, its exact location via GPS, and so on.
This type of information being accessible 24/7 via an RFID-applicable network means both consumers and the companies moving the products can remain up-to-date on a shipment’s progress at all times.
Essential information and improved efficiency
There are two key benefits that RFID can offer businesses that focus on road freight/transportation of goods.
First of all, consumers like to know where their ordered goods are. The more accurate and current the information, the better. Nothing can frustrate consumers quite like knowing a product has shipped, only to then not know how close or far away it is until it reaches their doorstep. RFID can avoid such an issue.
The second benefit comes in the form of efficiency within the industries utilising this technology. RFID technology essentially provides companies with complete control over seeing how every single delivery is progressing. This, in turn, makes identifying potential efficiency problems easier (e.g. Is this specific route truly the most efficient?).
An edge over the competition
Embracing RFID technology presents a competitive edge for companies (provided they get in before others, of course). When a business or even your average day-to-day consumer is looking for a company to engage with, they want to know they’ll be getting the best service for their investment.
The way in which RFID can allow them to track their own goods and help improve your own processes is a notable step in the right direction. RFID technology can also improve any of your business’s automated processes, as well.
For those companies that hire out vehicles, RFID can also help simplify the ability to know their vehicles are being safely operated by those who rent them.