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RFID-based Automotive Network Project Achieves Its Goals

Some project partners, including Bosch, plan to take the results of the RAN project into the operational phase.
By Rhea Wessel
The RAN project was a successful step toward standardizing the use of RFID in the automotive industry, Kauffmann says. "We achieved all of the things we wanted to achieve," he states.

For instance, Daimler, which was involved in three of the projects' seven use cases, successfully exchanged information with partners regarding the locations of tagged metal carriers for motors moving between two countries. The firm reported, at the RAN closing press conference, that it plans to continue testing the RFID-based tracking system. The goals of the use case were to gain transparency into the supply chain and to speed up material flow across borders, businesses and plants, in order to utilize fewer carriers in the long run.


RAN's Matthias Kaufmann
"The transparency that the data-exchange system provided will speed up the shipment of the carriers significantly, saving Daimler money," Kauffmann says. "We saw exactly where a motor was during transport. This was exactly what we wanted."

In another use case, project member Robert Bosch GmbH—which manufactures automotive components, industrial and building products, and consumer goods—demonstrated that the Infobroker repositories could be successfully linked at different companies.

"Tests of the functionality of the Infobroker prove that the concept works," Kauffmann states.

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