Transforming Vehicle Tracking at Flinders Ports with RFID solutions.
Flinders Ports Adelaide Container Terminal achieves significant improvements in vehicle tracking efficiency and productivity.
Navigating the challenges of vehicle tracking
Flinders Ports Adelaide Container Terminal required a system to efficiently track vehicles, beginning with the transport company booking a time-slot for the expected arrival of a truck. The details of the booking, including which containers are to be dropped off and picked up, were lodged with the vehicle booking system.
Upon the truck’s arrival at the terminal, the system needed to interrogate the RFID tag, confirm its authorisation for entry and its container requirements. The details of the job were then transmitted to an equipment controller who automatically assigned the machinery required to carry out the unloading and loading of containers.
Inefficient manual transactions & resource allocation
Before the implementation of the RFID solution, Adelaide Container Terminal relied heavily on manual transactions for processing truck movements. This traditional method was not only time-consuming but also required a lot of people. Each truck’s arrival, its authorisation for entry, and its container requirements had to be manually checked and processed, leading to potential errors and delays.
The manual system also lacked the capability to predict container volume for the next day. This made it difficult to allocate container- handling equipment efficiently. Without accurate predictions, the terminal faced challenges in managing its resources, potentially leading to bottlenecks in operations and poor use of equipment.
Implementing Ramp’s RFID-based vehicle tracking solution
To address these challenges, Ramp’s RFID technology was implemented to provide a faster and more accurate means of processing truck movements. The RFID vehicle tracking system automated the process of checking the RFID tag when the truck arrives, confirming its authorisation for entry and its container requirements. This system significantly reduced the need for manual transactions, bringing them down to less than one percent.
Additionally, to improve transaction efficiency, the RFID system also provided valuable data for better resource allocation. By offering insights into the expected container volume for the following day, the system enabled better allocation of container-handling equipment. This allowed the terminal to plan its operations more effectively, ensuring better use of resources and smoother operations.
Improved Efficiency &
Resource Allocation with RFID
Ramp’s RFID solution significantly improved Flinders Ports Adelaide Container Terminal’s vehicle tracking efficiency, resource allocation, and overall productivity.
The transition to RFID technology reduced manual transactions to less than one percent, significantly improving efficiency.
The RFID-based vehicle tracking system enabled better use of clerical personnel, reducing the need for additional people, and keeping labour costs down.
The RFID technology provided insights into the expected container volume for the following day, allowing for better allocation of container-handling equipment.
Despite the major shift in operations, the transition to the new RFID-based vehicle tracking system was smooth, with the workforce and transport industry customers quickly adapting to the new system.
The RFID system has led to increased productivity by making the process of receiving and loading containers more efficient.
“Significant improvements in vehicle tracking efficiency and productivity have been achieved through the implementation of a vehicle tracking system based on RFID technology from Ramp.”
Flinders Ports Adelaide Container Terminal
Jai Alexander – Yard and Transport Superintendent