Expanding your business in Fuel Transport


erikOnce there was no GPS receiver Satellite link in every long haul truck. If you think RFID will not be adopted by fuel transport, that is what the early GPS crowd thought, too.

While it is still true that most of our industry is feverously focused on the enterprise applications of asset tracking within the “4 walls” or, if focusing outside, the primarily focus is on hard assets. However, a unique application focus is now emerging around securing liquid bulk fuels both stationary and in-transit.

Years ago, groups of smart people figured out how to bundle technology to track the location and status of rolling trucks globally. It even quickly took the name we now all recognize as “Fleet Management” systems.

This was a technical marriage of truck cabin based sensors wired into and on-board computing platform including a GPS receiver and either a cellular or Satellite modem. Today, this is a ubiquitous technology in the trucking industry with companies like Qualcomm leading the way and carries value added features like real-time text communications with the driver, real-time monitoring of the cabin’s location, and real-time monitoring of cabin conditions like odometer, speedometer, breaking conditions, and tire pressure.

What RFID can now enable is moving the monitoring paradigm from the cabin of the truck back to the load that the truck is hauling. After all, in today’s fractured fuel transport market, those who care about the truck may be vastly different than those who care about the load.

This may sound like a pie in the sky application but it may surprise you that 10’s of thousands of these tags are in use today globally, attached to fuel tanker truck hatches and valves rolling down the road or at retail location on ground tanks around the world.

By Erik Wood, SB Roving Editor

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