RedPrairie has integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) technology into its yard management system, a module of the company’s warehouse management system (WMS), to provide users with a new level of visibility and control over yard operations and asset management.
By using the area-awareness properties of RFID to track trailers from gate check-in through check-out, users can reduce the time, cost, and uncertainties of managing trailer movements within their facilities.
"The ability of RFID technology to read all of the tags in a given area makes finding trailers and verifying movements a natural by-product of proximity to fixed or mobile readers," said a company official, "making yard management more accurate and efficient."
With the new WMS yard management system, RFID readers at gates read passive RFID tags on trailers as they enter or leave the yard to verify and record their presence on-site. Fixed zone readers or mobile readers can be used to locate trailers within the yard, confirm trailer movements, and support yard audits.
Built-in event management capabilities in the WMS can alert managers and initiate resolution to exceptions uncovered by the RFID reads.
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