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Trailiner Automatically Manages Trucks, Trailers in Its Yard
The U.S refrigerated goods carrier is using QuikQ's RFID-enabled system to identify and authorize vehicles as they come and go, and to manage their refueling.
Jun 08, 2016—
Trailiner, a U.S refrigerated goods carrier, recently announced that it is employing radio frequency identification to prevent loading and transportation errors, while saving the cost of manning its yard gate 24 hours a day. The RFID system, provided by QuikQ, lets Trailiner manage yard access and prevent trailer loading and transportation errors using the same QuikQ RFID tags that its drivers utilize to refuel their trucks at stations owned by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma-based company that operates a chain of more than 370 truck stops and convenience stores located in 40 states.
Trailiner provides refrigerated shipping services in 48 states. Its fleet of 200 tractors and 300 trailers hauls commodities ranging from produce and groceries to pharmaceuticals and retail goods. The company operates an active storage yard in Springfield, Mo., at which tractors come and go seven days a week, 24 hours a day, to pick up or drop off reefer units (refrigerated trailers).
In 2013, Love's began installing QuikQ's RFID-enabled Fuel Purchase System (FPS) at its stations to automate truck drivers' access to fuel pumps (see Love's Tries RFID for Automating Fuel Payments). Around that same time, Trailiner was experiencing the failure of many of its active RFID security gate tags due to batteries running out of power. The tags were fully sealed and, therefore, had to be discarded once their batteries died. Determining which tags had dead batteries and then replacing those tags was a major undertaking, says Amber Edmondson, Trailiner's president. In addition, she says, replacing active tags—which cost $24 to $30 apiece—was expensive, whereas a passive UHF tag costs about a dollar.
Many trucks' windshields already had a large number of stickers and other RFID tags on then, including those used for toll collection, and Trailiner preferred not to add to that clutter any more than necessary. So the company approached QuikQ to ascertain whether the existing passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags used for fuel-dispensing could also be utilized for gate access as well.
With its Fuel Purchase System, QuikQ installs a single Impinj Speedway Revolution reader, along with two Invengo reader antennas, under the canopy of a fueling station at a Love's truck stop. As a truck pulls into the fuel lane, the reader antennas capture the unique ID number encoded to a QuikQ UHF RFID tag attached to the vehicle's windshield tag, then forwards that information to the Love's point-of-sale system. Once that truck is authorized, the FPS software activates the fuel pump.
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