Canadian-based AppLocation, a specialist in wireless supply chain tracking, has announced it has been awarded a contract to track cable reels in a network of supply yards across Canada. The system will use active RFID tags and the company’s MOBILEfusion platform to track cable reels from a distribution center to nine yards, with the prospect of expansion to 50 yards in the future.
The planned system will deploy thousands of heavy duty industrial active RFID tags, and a company spokesman indicated that as the system expands, AppLocation will also work passive RFID into the platform, as well as GPS devices for the trucks used in transit. The initial installation of the system is expected to be completed by October of 2008.
“In this application, the critical business requirement is to ensure cable reels are in the correct yard at the right time to guarantee service delivery,” says AppLocation President Gary Hartwig. “MOBILEFusion will manage the data load for thousands of asset tags, monitor readers and cellular back haul for remote locations and handle mapping and reporting, so users can easily see where inventory is – for real time supply chain visibility.”