There is no doubt that nowadays information is a power. World giants such as Google and Facebook collect data in bulk and there is no wonder, because it largely depends on their profit.
In logistics information is particularly important. Knowing exactly when a vehicle with cargo will arrive allows you to limit the queue for loading and thus save the most valuable resource that is time. Info Mosaic was created to provide daily updates about the logistics market.
Equally important is the information about what exactly is on the vehicle and in what condition it is. Manual identification of individual pallets or parcels can be very time-consuming and to reduce this is increasingly frequent use of RFID technology.
RFID (Radio frequency identification) means devices using radio waves for identification at a closer or farther distance, depending on the purpose and type of equipment used. The system consists of a chip connected to an antenna and a reader also equipped with an antenna.
A unique identification number is coded in the chip, which enables the code to be uniquely identified in the system. The numbering in the form of a signal can be transmitted continuously if the chip has its own power supply or temporary in response to a signal from the reader.
An additional advantage of using such a solution is that we can place the chip in almost any place, e.g. in the middle of a box. This makes such a way of identification is more reliable than classic barcode identification, which not only have to be placed in a relatively easily accessible place, but are also prone to damage preventing their correct reading.
In practice, this means that if we have a database of codes with assigned to it assortment items can only apply the reader to register the receipt of a given product or in special cases, read the codes all the time, constantly checking the stock status in the warehouse.
This is the first solution, as you can easily guess is much cheaper but on the other hand, if the warehouse space is large, requires support of some additional system that will remember where a specific load is located. In the second case, it is possible to locate a particular load with some accuracy, but for this it is necessary to deploy additional antennas in the area of the warehouse.
RFID also allows you to locate forklift trucks or something like a GPS system operating in a specific area. It is also interesting that such chips are also found in the entry cards or working time control cards.
Saving time means that in the case of intermodal transport or long supply chain you can afford a more detailed control that does not take longer at the same time. This constant control during transport has a positive effect on the reliability of the transport.
The use of radio frequency identification system also allows to eliminate human error to a certain extent and shortens the time of information transmission. Pallet control is not done manually but by means of special gates mounted on the ramp. It is also possible to place chips in the floor so as to indicate the place where the pallet is placed, which further simplifies the work of the operator driving the truck.
Another example of such a solution is automatic identification of vehicles when entering the unloading ramp, the door opens itself and there is no need to do it manually. In the same way, we can organise our own access to our own property.
The development of RFID technology is extremely dynamic and there is no indication that anything will stop it. At the moment we use this technology every day, even though we are not aware of it, perhaps in the future this solution will completely replace the current methods of identification not only in logistics but also in trade.
Who of us would not like to stand shorter in the queue in the supermarket, just approach the wheelchair through a special gate and pay. Such a solution is only possible now if it is profitable enough to introduce it.