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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
In addition, the system increases security by providing additional information automatically, such as whether the truck has a booking, whether it is authorized for entry and, ultimately, whether is allowed into the port. It also speeds up the process of permitting trucks into and out of the terminal.

Identec has provided similar RFID systems to other marine terminals as well, including those operated by the Georgia Ports Authority (see Georgia Ports Authority Hopes RFID Will Boost Efficiency, Throughput). What's more, DP World had previously deployed Identec Solutions' technology at ports in the Middle East, so choosing Identec's systems for its Australian sites enables the firm to maximize its economies of scale.

"Identec Solutions has successfully implemented RFID solutions at numerous terminals around the world," Rose states. "A strong local partner was a critical element in determining to use Identec, and Ramp has local offices and technical support within Australia."

According to Rose, many months were spent evaluating available RFID hardware and software systems. But once the proof-of-concept trials were completed, the installation at DP World's Port Botany terminal was completed within a matter of weeks. Before the system could go live, end-to-end testing and tagging of trucks had to be undertaken, which took approximately another month.

After installation has been completed at the Brisbane and Fremantle terminals, Rose says, DP World will consider expanding its use of the technology. "Investigation around its use within the yard, and how the data captured can be used, will be the focus of the coming months," she says.

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