Chris Higgins, Head of IT, BCA Marketplace, outlining the vehicle tracking solution in Immingham
Two of the six main track presentations at the recent RFID Journal Live! Europe conference featured developments by Codegate, who were also exhibiting at the event.
The first was by Chris Higgins of British Car Auctions (BCA). BCA Marketplace is the United Kingdom's and Europe's largest outsource service provider operating in the automotive sector to deliver remarketing, vehicle preparation and logistics services to major OEMs. Chris explained how the company is employing a passive RFID solution to track vehicles and control processes at the Port of Immingham, on England's east coast. This is a key part of the automotive supply chain as vehicles are imported, prepared and delivered to retail locations. The solution is based on BCA's in-house IT operating platform, Evolution, integrated with a range of mobile and fixed RFID readers, and an EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tag attached to each vehicle. The front end RFID reading system was developed and installed by Codegate. Use of RFID enhanced the visibility of vehicle inventory, as well as increasing efficiency and control over daily transactions worth more than £10 million.
The second was by Glyn Matthews, Head of Transformation (Operations) at Speedy Services. Glyn explained how Speedy is using the latest innovations in RFID to track assets onsite with its ePod, developed jointly with Codegate. The automated rental solution provides tools and equipment 24-7-365, improving asset efficiency while reducing cost and environmental impact to its customers. He went on to show how, with the rapid expansion of the IoT and new sensor technologies, construction will change thanks to the ability to know not only where assets are, but how well they are working onsite.