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

WATCH FOR PART 2 with more details on business processes next week.

700 MHz vs WiMax, and RFID

jeffSince July of 2007, I’ve been writing about the future impact of 700 MHz on communication, especially as it will impact RFID.

As AT&T and Verizon invested over $20 Billion in the spectrum auction, Google dropped out.

Instead, Google has decided to make an initial modest investment in WiMax with Sprint.

So now we’re all wondering what is the 3 year game plan for all these guys and how it impacts our RFID world. Read more

Fuel theft in the USA reaches $8 Billion in 2008

jeffIn 2005 I wrote an article relating to the high risk of fuel theft and waste that is impacting US haulers over $2 Billion annually.

Based on a cost of almst $5 a gallon for diesel, my estimates for 2008 have increased to over $8 Billion of the $100+ Billion fuel spending for 2008. Read more

What is the cost of not serializing food?

jeffHallmark beef is billed $67 million by the US school lunch program for improperly processed beef and an additional $50 million bill is coming in 2008. When will food processors realize that serializing food can save them Billions in food recall exposure?

For almost a dozen years we’ve advocated that serializing food on an item level will save food processors Billions of dollars in recall expenses. Read more

When great plans take time to implement

janetThis afternoon I read an excellent article in RFID Switchboard that brought to mind how important it is to put time and time management in perspective in our industry. The article, written by Carl Brown, President of SimplyRFID, discussed the timeline of implementation for the DoD (U.S. Department of Defense) RFID rollout. (Read the article here) The DoD recently announced a timeline of 2015 before the full rollout of RFID is complete and it seems the concern was by some people in the industry that the timeline was too slow. Read more