Red Ball Express
Benefits of RFID tags and GPS systems in the transportation industry
An RFID tag is an identification system that utilizes electromagnetic fields to identify and track objects. In the transportation industry, an RFID tag can be attached to an automobile to assess its progress through the assembly line during production.
The Global Positioning System also known as the GPS is a navigational system based in space that provides the time and location of a specific object such as a car or cargo area in all weather conditions provided that there is a direct line of sight to at least four GPS satellites in outer space (Samadi, 2013).
Suffice to say that technologies can be used to monitor the location of Red Ball Express’s cargo vehicles wherever they are in the world. Both types of monitoring help to prevent theft of the company’s cargo fleet. In addition, the company can monitor the drivers using the technology to determine if the drivers are making uncalled for stops that cause delay in the delivery of goods. This delay eventually causes losses for the company and increases its overhead costs. Both technologies aim to improve supply chain management ensuring that the right goods are available at the right place on time. This has significantly increased the efficiency, efficacy, and reliability of the supply chain system (Nath, Reynolds, & Want, 2006; Samadi, 2011).
Additional technologies that can improve efficiency for Red Ball Express
There are other technologies that can be used alongside GPS systems and the RFID technology. Technologies similar to RFID include the likes of the IFF transponder, near field communication technology, infrared and ultrasound technologies. Technologies that are similar to the global positioning system include Locata, the futuristic indoor positioning system, GIS, and WLAN.
Nath, B., Reynolds, F., & Want, R. (2006). RFID technology and applications. IEEE Pervasing Computing, 5(1): 22-24.
Samadi, S. (2011). A survey of the potential impact of RFID technology on the mobility of people and freight, and its impact on congestion.
Samadi, S. (2013). Applications and opportunities for radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in transportation systems: a case study. International Journal of Information and Electronics Engineering, 3(3): 341-345.