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RFID Boosts DP World's Productivity in Australia

The company has provided 3,000 active RFID tags to operators of container-hauling trucks, enabling it to immediately identify vehicles as they enter and exit the facility.
By Dave Friedlos
Jul 27, 2009DP World, one of the largest operators of marine container terminals in the world, is deploying radio frequency identification technology at the terminals it operates at three ports in Australia. More than 2 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers enter or leave the three ports via trucks each year. To improve security, increase the efficiency of vehicle movements through access gates, and reduce queues and congestion, the company is installing RFID readers at all of the terminals' access points. In addition, DP World is also providing approximately 3,000 battery-powered RFID tags to owner/operators of trucks that enter and exit the terminals.

The first deployment has been completed at the firm's Port Botany terminal in Sydney, with the system slated to be rolled out at the Brisbane and Fremantle ports over the next six months.

DP World operates 50 facilities in more than 25 countries, including China, India, France, Germany, Canada and Egypt, and handles more than 46 million TEU containers annually. In Australia, the firm also operates terminals in Melbourne and Adelaide.

Victoria Rose, the company's regional office project coordinator in Sydney, says DP World wanted greater accuracy and detail of truck movements into and out of the terminals, in order to improve gate productivity. RFID was the preferred technology because it was able to withstand the rugged weather conditions of a marine container terminal.

"The scalability and ability to leverage RFID in the future to improve efficiencies, and both accelerate and optimize the services that we offer to our clients, was fundamental to our decision," Rose explains. "We saw that RFID could improve gate efficiency through improved truck management, reduce queues and congestion around gates, and remove the number of trucks from public roads by streamlining truck-processing procedures."

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