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RFID Keeps Quarry Drivers Moving

U.K. minerals company Longcliffe Quarries is using a Command Alkon solution that includes an HID Global RFID reader at the gate to identify and authorize truck drivers as they enter, and send an alert to bucket operators.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 26, 2016

Throughout the past year, U.K.-based minerals company Longcliffe Quarries has been employing radio frequency identification technology to manage the movements of vehicles onto and off of its property. By providing a low-frequency (LF) passive RFID tag to each driver, as well as installing an RFID reader at the gate, the company says it can identify every vehicle that arrives, display instructions to the driver, and alert equipment operators at the loading site that the truck is arriving, as well as what product that vehicle requires.

The solution, including hardware and software that manages the collected read data, is provided by Command Alkon, a U.S.-based integrated solutions company for construction materials producers.

At Longcliffe Quarries' entrance gate, a truck driver places an RFID card near an HID Global ProxPoint Plus reader to receive authorization to proceed, as well as instructions indicating where the vehicle should go to pick up its load.
Longcliffe supplies high-purity calcium carbonate, limestone powders, granules and aggregates. It sells as many as 100 different products for a variety of applications, including construction materials, animal feed and landscaping, and as an ingredient in plastics, rubber, glass and ceramics.

It's a busy facility, the company reports. Typically, the quarry receives 200 visits daily from tipper trucks and pressurized tankers—and some vehicles might return for six or seven loads within a single day. Some of the vehicles are owned by Longcliffe, while others belong to private contractors.

Since 2011, Longcliffe Quarries has been using Command Alkon software to manage the dispatching of its own vehicles, as well as contractor trucks, management or workforce onsite, and materials distribution, according to Clare Roobottom, Longcliffe's sales coordinator. Approximately 18 months ago, the company began investigating ways in which the software's use could be expanded to automate the movement of traffic into its facility.

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