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Grunnarbeid Begins Full-scale Rollout of Tool-Tracking System

After testing the use of EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags to track tools as they enter and leave containers and vehicles, the central Norwegian construction company is installing the solution across its entire operations.
By Claire Swedberg
Sep 27, 2011Central Norwegian construction firm Grunnarbeid, having tested an RFID solution to track its tools as they are transported to—and stored at—construction sites, is deploying the system throughout its operations. The company is currently in the process of applying EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tags to approximately 1,000 pieces of high-value equipment, as well as installing devices containing an RFID reader, a GPS unit and a cellular communications radio on 88 delivery vehicles and 50 containers.

The hardware is being installed by RFID company HRAFN. Once the system is fully deployed, Grunnarbeid expects to have increased visibility regarding where tools are located and when they are removed from a specific site, thereby reducing the amount of time employees spend delivering, picking up, searching for and transporting equipment from one job site to the next. A clear understanding of where equipment is located, explains Janne Tellefsen, Grunnarbeid's marketing consultant, will make it unnecessary for staff members to make trips seeking or delivering equipment that may already be on site, but not yet documented.

Each of Grunnarbeid's delivery trucks and storage containers is being outfitted with a unit that includes an RFID reader.

The company currently completes 133 deliveries daily, moving equipment from one site to another, or to and from its central warehouse in Trondheim. The system, Grunnarbeid hopes, will reduce that amount by about 80 percent. The firm estimates that it spends approximately 24.5 million krone ($4.3 million) annually on the unnecessary movement of equipment, or its staff driving to a location simply to discover that the required assets are not there.

Grunnarbeid will attach tags provided by Omni-ID and TheTagFactory to high-value equipment stored at the warehouse or deployed at the company's construction sites. Assets to be tagged include laser measurement tools, pumps and electric saws (lower-value tools will not be tagged).


HRAFN AS HRAFN 2011-10-01 01:59:40 PM
Any similar usages of RFID in construction anywhere? Please share if YOU know of any similar usages of RFID technology in the construction industry. Would love to have a discussion on RFID in Construction, what is done, where and with what results. -Geir

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