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By Rich Handley

Lowe Rental, CoreRFID Offer Refrigerator-Monitoring Solution

Lowe Rental, working with specialist consultancy CoreRFID, is rolling out a tracking system for its depots in Las Vegas, Nevada and Fairburn, near Atlanta, Georgia. The supplier of rented fridges, freezers and catering equipment plants to extend its use of RFID tracking to its U.S. operations.

The decision, according to the company, follows a deployment of RFID technology at Lowe's headquarters in Northern Ireland and its operations in England, Scotland and Germany, during a period of two years. In September 2018, Lowe Rental began to further extend the RFID system's use to its depots in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Dubai.

The RFID system has saved weeks of staff time and resulted in an almost 100 percent accuracy rate, the company reports. Previously, each item entering or leaving the warehouse was identified via a six-digit code, which had to be manually recorded by workers using a paper-based system. Now, the codes have been replaced by RFID tags, which are detected automatically by RFID readers located at the exits, and the information is then downloaded to the database.

The new system enables instantaneous reporting and audits, which took one week to complete under the old manual system. They can now be completed in less than half a day, using a mobile phone reader app which can monitor the tags from up to 2 meters away. Lowe rents out more than 10,000 items worldwide, including fridges, freezers, catering equipment and temporary kitchens, and it also supplies high-profile events from horse racing at Royal Ascot to the Singapore Grand Prix.

"CoreRFID's system has transformed our operation," said Ian Lowry, the firm's director of European operations, in a prepared statement. "By automating the whole tracking process, it has allowed us to save time and achieve near perfect accuracy levels. The solution works well in tandem with our existing systems. It's a natural progression to roll out the system to our U.S. operations after the massively positive impact it has had in Europe and the potential to make a great difference to our efficiency in Asia."

Munzi Ali, CoreRFID's technical director, added in the prepared statement, "With over 20,000 items which are constantly on the move, Lowe's operations rely on a fast and accurate tracking system. RFID technology fits the bill perfectly and offers huge potential to improve efficiency. The technology is also quick and easy to install and offers rapid return on investment."

CoreRFID develops and supplies RFID solutions for IT asset management, equipment tracking, health and safety and production management purposes. Since forming in 2007, it has built a diverse global client base of more than 1,000 companies globally, including the London Underground, ICL and BAE Systems.

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