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Technological advances in the transport and logistics sector continue to progress. In recent years, the explosion of online sales and the developement of international trade have triggered the need to optimise logistics flows, goods control, stock and traceability of products and assets. New developments capable of facilitating or automating tasks are continually emerging.

At UBI Solutions, we believe that the use of the IoT brings many benefits to transport and logistics companies. Amongst the technologies that can be applied is RFID.

A rapidly changing sector

The IoT and RFID technology in particular are present in all fields of activity. However, in the road haulage and logistics sector, which is marked by a real technological evolution, it brings very clear advantages such as the optimisation of fleet and goods management as well as of work processes in warehouses. 

This type of solution helps to increase supply chain visibility, enabling better tracking of goods, reduction of costs, optimisation of working time and adherence to delivery times

The use of RFID technology reduces operational and logistical processes in terms of time and costs.

The growth of e-commerce is forcing companies to improve their operational efficiency, reduce costs and provide better customer services. With the exponential demand for the delivery of products, they are looking for faster and more efficient means of delivery with better, more accurate tracking capabilities

To remain competitive, these companies must reinvent themselves and adapt to the codes of what is now called Logistics 4.0.

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Lecteurs RFID à la porte d'entrée/sortie de l'usine Faurecia

RFID applied to the transport and logistics sector

Solutions adapted to requirements 🎯

There are several alternatives for tracking and monitoring fleets and goods, depending on the nature of the business, the size of the company and the need to manage assets in real time. These solutions can meet different requirements:

  • Identification and tracking of the fleet on the route. This can, for example, benefit a transport company if an incident that could affect the supply chain occurs on the route of one of its vehicles.
    Ubi Live Geolocation is a complete solution based on the use of LORA/Sigfox GPS RFID tags to track your transport in real time. In addition to locating them, it can manage all types of alerts (warehouse exit or entry, downtime, etc.).

  • Know the information about the products carried by the vehicles. Widely used for the transport of perishable foodstuffs. For some years, the distribution of foodstuffs has been subject to a very strict regulatory framework, and companies must ensure traceability at all stages of their delivery.

  • Ensure the security of the transport of high value-added goods and merchandise, which require appropriate protection to guarantee their distribution

  • Avoid material losses that can affect the smooth running of operations and be expensive for the company (tools, pallets, containers, etc.).
    The Assets Tracking solution from UBI Solutions, makes it possible to locate and track the equipment that is at the heart of your activities in real time throughout the world.

  • Register incoming and outgoing goods comprehensively, check their arrival in the warehouse and control the stock - thus avoiding economic losses and saving time.
    The Ubi Supply Chain Optimisation solution makes it possible to manage your goods over the entire logistics chain, giving you full transparency of all your stocks in real time

  • To increase vigilance and strengthen security against the theft of materials, cargoes and goods.
    Connected Lock is a smart lock system that makes it possible to geolocate and monitor your goods at any time throughout the world.

All these application possibilities make
tracking and monitoring of fleets and goods possible as well as controlling their condition. This makes all phases of the supply chain integrated, thus resulting in increased logistical efficiency.

Benefits for the supply chain 👀

Unlike other technologies such as barcodes, RFID does not require the reader to be in the vicinity of the asset to enable the identification process. There is also no need for physical or visual contact to capture data remotely.

The cards, RFID chips or radio tags can be read from a distance of a few centimetres to ten metres. It all depends on where they will be used or what they are to be used for. There are different types of RFID tags or cards which can be classified in three categories: - active, semi-passive and passive.

RFID devices such as tags can be adapted as required. They are generally very robust and can withstand all kinds of situations: chemicals, high temperatures, bad weather, etc. They are ideal for outdoor use.

In addition, bulk data recovery can be carried out. A large number of RFID tags can be read at the same time in the same space, whereas barcodes have to be scanned one by one. This represents a considerable gain in time and productivity, particularly during control operations for outgoing and incoming goods or even inventories.

GS1's "Project Zipper" study demonstrates that RFID achieves 99% accuracy compared to 31% for barcode scanned shipments.

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RFID systems also provide access to information in real time. All goods transport flows can be analysed instantaneously, which makes it possible to optimise stock management, to know the location of goods and consequently adhere to delivery times.

It is important to stress that the performance of these traceability solutions varies according to the type of hardware chosen and the associated frequency, the memory capacity of the chips, the type of data collected, etc. To make the right choice and ensure the efficiency of your projects, it is necessary to be supported by a specialist in IOT and RFID technologies such as UBI Solutions