by command of the dispatcher at any
time during the course of a delivery
sequence or upon completion of a
delivery route to create an event report.
The report allows the dispatcher to
determine when, where and under
what circumstances troublesome
events may have occurred to cargo
units present in the vehicle cargo space
during a specific delivery trip.
The RFID system provides detailed
and accurate inventory control, without
much of the possibility for error that
occurs with manual control.
Assume that a vehicle is operated
by a delivery service from a base
location. Cargo to be delivered is
loaded into it. Different cargo units are
to be delivered from the vehicle at a
number of stops.
At the base, a delivery schedule can
be created. The schedule includes a list
of the cargo to be removed from the
truck at each delivery location.
The information in the delivery
schedule can be recorded by the
dispatcher on passive data storage
media, such as a CD-ROM, a computer
diskette, or flash drive, and given to the
driver. Using a data entry device in the
cab of the vehicle, the driver can load
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RFID systems providing
greater security, accounting
Radio frequency identification (RFID)
may be an unfamiliar term to many.
Turnpike drivers who pass through an
automatic toll pass experience one type
of RFID device. A pet implanted with a
microchip for identification is another
type. RFIDs are becoming a growing
technology in today’s tank-truck fleets.
Radio frequency and other forms of
wireless product identification devices
and systems are increasingly used
worldwide in a variety of ways to serve
assorted purposes and functions. RFID
devices come in two basic types: active
and passive. Active devices transmit a
short range radio signal, while passive
devices respond to reception of a short
range radio signal. The content of those
signals can be used to identify, monitor
and speed delivery of items to which the
RFID device has been applied.
RFID tags can be set up to
incorporate identification data before
they are applied, often by self-adhesive
means, to products or packages.
RFID tags can be wirelessly
interrogated by suitable radio frequency
transceivers. Depending upon the
nature of the tags, the transceivers can
be at varying distances from each other,
as close as a few feet and as far apart
as several yards. Applications for RFID
tags include inventory control, anti-theft
purposes, and product location,
among many others.
An important use for RFID tags in
truck fleets is monitoring cargo location
and condition. Opening and closing
the cargo door on a truck can send
a signal to a receiver that the units of
cargo in the truck have been added to
or subtracted from, and a computer can
keep track of the changes.
In addition, since the computer is
aware of the cargo units in the truck, the
driver can be notified if the wrong piece
of cargo was delivered at a given stop.
Today, cargo management
processes tend to be labor-intensive
and expensive. Shipment verification is
often done manually, and information is
then re-keyed into information systems.
These manual systems impede the
efficiency of freight sequencing and
dispatching. Companies cannot easily
track where their freight is at any
given time, and trucks often sit idle,
nonproductive and vulnerable to theft
An ideal solution to this problem,
and one being worked on by several
companies, would combine RFID
devices with sensors and computers.
Both truck and driver would be made
aware of each stop location on the day’s
route. An RFID reader in the truck would
confirm that each stop was made.
When RFID technology is combined
with computerized databases, a wide
range of management functions can be
tracked, for example,
• Contents of the truck.
• Delivery route information.
• Storage requirements of the products.
• Data about temperatures and
other environmental conditions
All this information and more can be
transmitted to a small computer in the
truck. Cell phone or radio technology
can then be used to transmit the data
back to the dispatcher.
The RFID tags “know” their position
thanks to zone identifiers placed in
shipping yards and at points along
truck routes. The tags report real-time
information to RFID readers connected
to the central enterprise system.
The result: A freight company can
monitor its assets and products in
real time. It knows the movement and
location of freight shipments throughout
their journeys and can compare current
location to the original route plan. Think
of it as giving inventory management
responsibilities to the shipments
themselves; they can report their
contents and exact location, as well as
how they are being treated.
Here are just some of the possibilities
allowed by the latest RFID technology:
• Sensor-equipped active RFID
tags can be used to monitor and
report on conditions experienced
by the tag. An accelerometer can
measure the vibration or shock
levels experienced by the tag
and, by extension, the cargo unit
to which it is attached. The tag’s
memory capability can capture
the peak acceleration or shock
level experienced by the tag. If the
cargo unit arrives at its intended
location in a damaged condition, an
examination of this peak shock level
can determine if the damage was
the fault of the shipping agent, the
shipper, or the receiver.
• Temperature sensors are particularly
useful on climate-sensitive cargo,
such as frozen foods. An RFID tag
equipped with a temperature sensor
knows whether a shipment of frozen
food thawed during shipment or
• Sensors can signal when the
shipper laid a box on its side,
despite the box’s clearly marked
“This End Up” label. Information
obtained by sensors associated with
active RFID tags can be transmitted
to a receiver each time the receiver
is turned on, and then supplied by
the receiver to the memory of an
This type of information can be
downloaded from the computer memory
Management Council 2018 Truck Driver
Championship, company officials said.
Allen Blair, who has driven 3. 5 million
miles without an accident, won the top
honor as the “2018 Mississippi Truck
Driver of the Year.” Blair has been with
Miller since 1978. In 2011. he received
the National Driver of the Year award
from XL Insurance.
Christopher Purvis won “Rookie
of the Year,” finishing with the highest
score of any first-time competitor
in the state driving competition, the
Also, Miller Transporters won first
place in the “Outstanding Fleet Safety
Records in the Intercity” competition.
The company won in the two-million-mile category.
Miller Transporters is a for-hire, bulk
tank-truck carrier that employs 440 drivers
operating from 15 states. The company
focuses on the chemical industry.
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