International Journal "RFID im Blick"



International Journal "RFID im Blick"
English Edition October 2015 | ISSN-Internet 2364-3390 |
A clear View in
Container Management
Container Identification with Special
Transponders in Metal Environment
by HID Global
Scania Parts Logistics Hoyer
Be at the right place at
the right time
with RFID!
Telematics + sensor
as a complement to RFID
RFID tomorrow 2015
Swedish Transport
RFID improves
the transport chain
Statements and Review
Passive UHF is
the solution for pharmaceutical air freight
Save the Date!
RFID tomorrow 2016
September 19th and 20th 2016
[email protected]
& exhibition
Düsseldorf, Sept 19-20
organised by
Developer Day, September 19th 2016
Chip Technology
Transponders and ICs
Readers and Printers
Software and Integration
Security with
Medical Processes
User Day, September 20th 2016
RFID in Industry
and Maintenance
RFID in Retail and
Lübeck is well worth a visit, and not just because
of Thomas Mann, Willy Brandt and Günter Grass.
Dear readers,
In January this year, the European Hanseatic Museum opened in Lübeck.
A powerful, modern construction in the street “An der Untertrave”, it
was built on the foundations of the old city walls and the remains of a
monastery and granary. In the Middle Ages, the German city of Lübeck
was the “Mutter der Hanse” and the leading city of the North German
Hanseatic League, the association of merchant guilds. Lübeck established Baltic and North Sea maritime trade with Slavic settlements, British
trade missions and Flemish merchants. The museum tells the history of
the Hanseatic League and provides a connection to centuries gone by,
showing the visitor an intelligent and encompassing historical perspective. An NFC solution helps with this by actively involving the visitor as
he gathers information. The visitor is free to make his own decisions – to
decide on the themes and subjects that interest him. The concept provides a platform where every museum visitor can determine their own
individual experience. At the same time, the aims and emphasis of the exhibition have been established to suit visitors of all ages and inspire them to learn about trade in the Middle Ages, garnering
knowledge and evaluating its legacy.
This edition, which focuses on “Container Management and RFID”, reminded me of my visit to the
European Hanseatic Museum earlier this year. The “cogs” on which the cargo was transported in bundles or
in barrels were small vessels. Some of the crew slept on deck among goods and farm animals – which they
would end up eating. In the early period of the Hanseatic League, in the 12th century, they would disembark
in Veliky Novgorod on the banks of the Volkhov River. Salt, fur, cloth, dried cod, corn, beer and all kinds of
goods were traded. Valuable merchandise was transported in sealed containers and transport documents
were sealed with emblems, seal impressions or colourful cords, veritable jewels of the world of documents.
The success of the Hanseatic League led to trade mission establishments, city foundations, the improvement of infrastructures, and the spread of social values ​​or religious traditions. Language barriers were overcome, currency conversions were set up, measurements of quantity were standardised, goods insurance
policies were taken out, custom borders were defined, alliances and networks were established. This was
all for the protection of goods, to achieve secure transportation and to sell merchandise to new markets.
This history shows how extensively logistics has developed in the time since. Goods, in most cases, are
now transported worldwide. All transport routes on land, sea and water, and through the air, and even
information superhighways are part of the overall transport network. Handling techniques, schedules,
stowage plans and navigation control are IT-based, and are stored in The Cloud. An essential feature of
logistics nowadays is no longer the transport container itself, but its intelligence. It is supported by components that measure temperatures, register vibrations, seal the container electronically and find its location.
IT-linked, all this collected data ensures reliable loading times, quality control, prevents waiting times,
reduces congestion and ensures effective additional cargo planning. Transport containers are adapted to
suit the transport vehicle in size and detail, the necessary maturing of food goods takes place in special
ripening containers, and ships have now become small towns that regularly transport goods on certain
travel routes. On close inspection, logistics haven’t really changed. They have become faster and are better
controlled, many more goods can be transported, even sensitive goods can be safely transported, and it
also provides information on the status and location of goods. Goods are even still traded on transport
routes in mobile containers, but now they are supported by IT services and documenting systems.
The transport routes of today are not simply commercial trade routes like those of the Middle Ages; they
are global and international supply routes that are subject to a code of conduct that includes environmental protection, and the equal and fair distribution of goods is probably more important than ever.
It is time to start a new logistics chapter, particularly in relation to modern migration. Time, quality and
price are not the only measures that count – there are also sustainable trade agreements, equal distribution
and a code of conduct that is based on commercial measures as well as humane global considerations.
Lean, intelligent and informative logistics are important keystones, but fair logistics are the most vital
keystones of all.
Your Anja Van Bocxlaer
Chief Editor „RFID im Blick“
[email protected]
RFID im Blick | English Edition October 2015 | Content
Cover Story
A Clear View in Container Management
All-in-one Customer Card
Stadtwerke Augsburg
put everything on one card!
Parts identification
A trend towards ever smaller RFID transponders can be seen accross different applications. Why then does HID Global bring a transponder to the market that is
rather a contrast to that trend with a width of more than ten centimeters? „Special
requirements ask for special solutions“, is how Guido Kuhrmann, Sales Director IDT
at HID Global, sums up the answer in a simple formula in dialogue with „RFID im
Blick“. HID Global encountered special requirements at a container manufacturer that
produces, sells, and rents containers for construction sites, for instance. In order to
optimize all processes regarding the rental business, a UHF RFID transponder was
developed by HID Global together with a manufacturer and a system integrator. The
transponder meets all requirements in terms of design, robustness, function on metal,
and high read range.
„RFID im Blick“ talked to Guido Kuhrmann, HID Global
We are 10 years ahead of the
industry standard with RFID”
Container Management and RFID
University Hospital Ljubljana:
tracking employee work wear
Operation processes
at the port terminal
A new concept designed by Bornemann
based on professional tracking devices
brings long-term tracking to a completely
new level.
RFID tomorrow 2015
An Overwhelming Success
Track Containers throughout their
whole lifetime via GSM, GPS, and RFID
Container Tracking
Steen Burnaes, CPO at Bornemann, in an
interview with “RFID im Blick”
Container Management and RFID
RFID improves the transport chain –
cross-border and intermodal
OBID i-scan® UHF
Swedish Transport Administration is planning to extend its UHF track & trace system
- European railway organisations and ports
could benefit from information exchange
Karl Akerlund, RFID Project Manager at the Swedish
Transport Administration, and Gunnar Ivansson,
Learning Well in interview with „RFID im Blick“
Intermodal transport
Telematics + sensor technology
as a complement to RFID
Hoyer is testing a monitoring system for
food transportation in heatable Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs)
Marlen Blechschmidt, Manager Project & Tender
ICB Logistics, Hoyer, Christian Gorldt and Marius
Veigt, BIBA Bremen Institute for Production and
Logistics, in interview with “RFID im Blick”
Temperature monitoring
pharmaceutical products
Passive UHF is the solution
for pharmaceutical air freight
The constantly growing number of temperature-controlled air cargo increases demand for temperature monitoring – RFID
is a part of the solution
High performance.
Low price.
Martin Stratmann, DHL Thermonet Product Manager Germany, in interview with
“RFID im Blick”
The UHF Mid Range Reader
ID ISC MRU102 offers outstanding
performance and highest variability.
Be at the right place at the right
time with RFID!
Scania Parts Logistics expands its use of
RFID to ensure swift and reliable deliveries overseas
t Available as a module and
“housed” reader
t Transmitting power up to
500 mW, adjustable
t Integrated antenna
Truck Spare Parts
Brecht Vanhove, Warehouse Engineer, Scania Parts Logistics in interview with “RFID
im Blick”
t External antenna connection
for read range up to 4 m
Number stickers
have had their day!
t Integrated Multiplexer for
synchronous antenna operation
Renting modular room system containers
for temporary use means that RFID technology can significantly optimise processes
Lothar Ehrenberg, Head of Department,
Baumann Container Raumsysteme,
in interview with “RFID im Blick”
Renting container modules
Tank Wagon Management
t Variant available with three LEDs,
ideal for kanban applications
Tracking & Tracing of
tank wagons and tank containers
DB Schenker BTT sees the combination
of GPS-solutions and sensor technology
as ideal for the future of tank wagon management
Florian Sigl, Head of Operational Excellence, DB Schenker BTT, in interview with
“RFID im Blick”
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RFID im Blick | English Edition October 2015 | News
Special tablets for hospitals
Use RFID-enabled Tablet PCs
in the OR
Bressner Technology is testing a new healthcare tablet computer in a major project
The internationally-active company Bressner Technology began its large-scale project with the introduction of a new Medical Tablet. In cooperation with
a hospital, the company is testing this tablet PC certified specifically for use in medical environments that
can even be taken into the OR. Thus, the Medical
Tablet successfully makes the operational processes
of the hospital easier. The integrated RFID reader
also provides numerous ways for patient data to be
processed wirelessly and safely.
Alexander Pluntke, Sales, Bressner Technology GmbH, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”
Tablet PCs suitable for the use in the OR
The Expert for robust handhelds and tablet PCs
Bressner Technology broadens its portfolio in the healthcare
sector by introducing a healthcare tablet which it is currently
successfully testing in a large-scale project. For this project, a
hospital ordered multiple devices that, in addition to WIFI, are
also equipped with an RFID reader and barcode scanner upon
customer request. Moreover, the tablet complies with all medical certifications and, as it meets the EN 60601-1 standard, it can
be taken into the OR. “The feedback we have received so far is,
without exception, positive,” says Alexander Pluntke. According
to him, there is a high demand for the Medical Tablet and other
hospitals are also to be provided with devices. The integrated
13.56 MHz RFID reader will in future offer the possibility of
identifying, for example, patient wrist bands, making the operational processes safer.
“Our customers are mainly looking for rugged solutions that
ease the operational processes. Apart from the healthcare sector,
there are also customers from warehouse logistics,” reports Alexander Pluntke. “Since 2013, we have been offering tablet PCs
and handhelds with integrated RFID readers as an alternative
to barcode scanners.” However, the difference from traditional
tablet PCs and handhelds is not only the option to use them as
RFID readers: The expert for mobile devices offers its customers
extremely rugged tablet PCs and handhelds which are mostly
impervious to water, dust, or being dropped from a few meters.
Also suitable for the OR – the Medical Tablet
The Medical Tablet ARB BT-M1040 by Bressner Technology has a 10.4 inch display with P-CAP multitouch which is
easy to clean and disinfect. There is also a non-slip handle.
The tablet complies with all required medical certifications
– EN 60601-1, EN 60601-1-2, UL 60601-1 – and can therefore be used in the OR. The Medical Tablet is equipped
with a 13.65 RFID reader ISO 14443A/15693 and a 2D barcode scanner, as well as WIFI and Bluetooth.
RFID technology is ready to be used
Around 65 percent of the tablet PCs and handhelds offered by
Bressner – amongst others, devices from the “Armadillo” and the
“Fennek” series – are RFID-suitable, with some of them even
NFC- suitable. In order to familiarize users with the topic of
RFID, Bressner Technology plans to make the technology more
present at trade fairs. “Many people still regard RFID technology
as unreliable, even though those times are long gone. RFID has
matured and it works,” Alexander Pluntke points out. “We are
ready and so is the technology.”
Expansion of other company branches
Besides the Medical Tablet, Bressner Technology has already realised multiple major projects as well as many smaller projects
focusing on tablet PCs and handhelds. “Those are projects where
there were from just two devices or up to 200 to 500 devices
ordered,” explains Alexander Pluntke. In addition to consulting and hardware, Bressner also offers whole solutions upon
request. Even though Bressner does not design own solutions,
they have in-house software developers. On top of this, some
branches of the company are to be expanded: Apart from the
existing pillars of panel and embedded PCs as well as tablet PCs
, the industrial robot branch is being established right now.
Alexander Pluntke
Fachbereich Vertrieb
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SMARTRAC Extends Value Plus Partner
Program With New Partner Tadbik
SMARTRAC welcomes packaging solutions specialist Tadbik
Advanced Technologies as a new member of its Value Plus
Partner Program. With vast experience in the packaging,
printing and labels industries, Tadbik creates value for its
global customer base in a wide array of applications, such
as race timing labels; RTI labels; smart NFC stickers; RFID
and NFC wristbands; UHF animal ID tags and more. Tadbik
is the company’s exclusive distributor in Israel and South
Africa. Osnat Gur, CEO of Tadbik Advanced Technologies,
says: “Tadbik has successfully established itself in the RFID
market, and will continue to grow its presence in the RFID
world together with SMARTRAC.” More information about
the Value Plus Partner Program is available at
Nedap Identification Systems
opens office in Spain
Nedap Identification Systems, leading specialist in technology that identifies vehicles and people, opened a new office
in Madrid, Spain. The expansion of the worldwide network
enables Nedap to further strengthen its market position in
the Spanish and Portuguese security, traffic and parking industry. The new office is a result of the increasing demand
for systems for long-range identification, wireless vehicle
detection and smart city access control in the Spanish and
Portuguese markets. It brings Nedap Identification Systems
closer to its local end-user and partner network to offer maximum local support and business resources. The new office
is located at Avda. de la Vía Láctea, 4. OF. 26., 28830 - San
Fernando de Henares, Madrid – Spain.
Karin Fabri
Andreas Lorenz
Sales Director
Taking RFID to the Next Level
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diagnostics. Just open the SIMATIC RF600 user interface with a web browser or the TIA Portal, and you’re ready to start.
Simple logistics. Efficient production. With SIMATIC RF600.
RFID im Blick | English Edition October 2015 | News
“The all-in-one card is a perfect complement to our customer loyalty programme. Identification with the “Stadtwerke Augsburg” brand becomes even stronger, as do
the regional ties.”
Jürgen Weidenbacher, Head of Processes and Applications, Stadtwerke Augsburg
All-in-one Customer Card
Stadtwerke Augsburg put
everything on one card!
A customer card increases loyalty:
the fact that 98,000 have been issued with RFID speaks for itself
The “swa KAROCARD” currently provides an allin-one discount card for the people of Augsbury,
Germany, to use for shopping, public transport or
cashless payments at the FC Augsburg stadium. Introduced in 2003, the customer loyalty card, which
has been running on RFID-technology since 2008,
is a great success, with more than 98,000 cards issued. The product has continued to develop: additional
applications have been regularly implemented, such
as bike rental or e-charging stations from 2010 or
discounted admission tickets to the municipal baths
from 2014.
Jürgen Weidenbacher, Head of Processes and Applications, Stadtwerke Augsburg Energy,
interviewed by “RFID im Blick”
All-in-one –
from electrical refuelling to shopping
Augsburg inhabitants using energy and/or public transport
services benefit from having the “SWA KAROCARD” in their
lives. Since its introduction, customers have received benefits
from 2,000 partners over the years – when shopping, going to
the swimming baths, renting a bike, going to the zoo, in the
stadium, for electrical refuelling or at festivals. Companies and
service providers in Augsburg and in the whole of Germany
accept the “SWA KAROCARD”. Each customer chooses the
card functions they want to use. The card can also be used as
public transport ID and for cashless payments in the stadium.
The card supports customer loyalty
Stadtwerke Augsburg Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of
the City of Augsburg, relaunched its customer loyalty programme in 2008. As part of this, the contactless card was
also introduced, as the responsible Project Manager Jürgen
Weidenbacher reports. Premium customers who have a year-
long contract with the Stadtwerke have received the all-inone discount card with an integrated RFID chip. “This card
is a perfect complement to our customer loyalty programme.
Enormous trust is placed in Stadtwerke Augsburg. The discount card acts as identification and connects us with customers in the region”, Weidenbacher explains the success of
the concept.
A payment function plus an electronic ticket
combined in one RFID card
The “swa KAROCARD” combines five applications within an
all-in-one card: the RFID card can be used as an e-ticket for
Augsburg Stadtwerke public transport, for authentication at echarging stations and for cashless payment when buying food
and drink at Football Bundesliga Club FC Augsburg’s stadium
during home matches. After registering for the electronic payment system, stadium visitors can add credit to the card online
via the customer portal, 48 hours before kick-off. Stadtwerke
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Augsburg customers also benefit when shopping and while
taking part in leisure activities. They get “Plärrer” discounts
for rides and refreshments at the big Swabian festival, the
Augsburg “Plärrer”. The “swa KAROkids” guarantee discounts
for special children‘s events, such as reduced admission to the
famous marionette theatre “Augsburger Puppenkiste”.
The gradual, on-going integration of services
The various “SWA KAROCARD” features offering different
services were integrated bit by bit, as Weidenbacher reports:
“We started in 2008 by merging energy discount cards and
public transport e-tickets. In 2009, the cashless payment system for the stadium was introduced. Since the new FC Augsburg stadium was opened, it has been possible to use the
card as a stadium e-wallet. In 2011, electro-mobility and bikerental features were added, in 2014 the Augsburg swimming
baths joined as a partner. It has been a great success: since
2008, 98,000 cards have been in circulation and actively used.
Public transport ticketing has been regularly used by around
40,000 users. There is the potential to build in even more applications in the future.
Privacy is paramount for e-wallet transactions
in the stadium
“In order to properly implement a customer loyalty system,
the balance between inovation, the desire to benefit the customer and data security is crucial. The freedom to run the
system independently also involves obligations. A safe method of identification is vital. We attach great importance to
data protection and security”. All applications on the card are
separate. Each application is individually protected by different passwords, permitting only authorised people to read the
card. The Augsburg card uses the master token system from
LEGIC. “The payment feature is designed as a separate e-wallet, which can be used only in the stadium. Stadium visitors
who are not customers of the Augsburg Stadtwerke receive
an anonymous FCA-Fan card, with the same content but only
one function. If the customer card gets lost, the credit on it
is not lost, so the value – in this case kept anonymous – gets
transferred to the system and the newly issued replacement
A pioneering multi-application product –
and an inspiring idea for others
“The concept ‘swa KAROCARD’ is absolutely unique, and we
were the first municipal utility company to implement a multiapplication card with public transport e-ticketing in Germany,
as far as we know. This concept has been picked up by others
in different cities”, says Weidenbacher, explaining: “The card
is not based on the VDV core application, which at the time
of the introduction was not capable of dealing with multiapplications. As a public transport operator, we went our own
way. When planning the public transport student semester
ticket or cashless payment system, the Stadtwerke Augsburg
had wanted to work cooperatively with universities, colleges
and student administration bodies, but a second wallet with
another billing service provider, such as a bank or Sparkasse,
would then have been necessary. “Nevertheless, the idea has
borne fruit: the “Hochschule” and the University of Augsburg
has now adopted the same technology and has launched its
own solution for a Mensa-wallet, with the help of our consulting company”, says the Project Manager.
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Parts identification in window production
“We are 10 years ahead of the
industry standard with RFID”
Window manufacturer Felbermayer demonstrates the impact of the deployed technology
along the value chain, from production to building site
The Austrian window manufacturer Felbermayer
has implemented a new RFID automation concept
for its window production at its plant in Unterwaltersdorf, which stands out from the industry standard in all its complexity. “RFID is for us a highly
efficient component of a highly automated pro-
duction. Above all, our long-term strategy is to use
this technology consistently – from parts tracking
in production and logistics, through to maintenance and service”, explains company owner Helmut Felbermayer.
Helmut Felbermayer, Managing Director, Felbermayer Fenster und Türen, and Siegfried Eberle,
Managing Director, interviewed by “RFID im Blick”
About three years ago, the window manufacturer invested
around 20 million Euros in a new production plant close to
Vienna, where approximately 35,000 wood-aluminum windows are produced every year with a high level of automation. The company has also invested nearly a million Euros in
an RFID-based system that about a year ago started to automate all production steps and parts tracking through to the
delivery of goods to the customer on site.
Consistent parts tracking
from production to building site
“When we made the investment, it was clear that consistent
tracking was only viable by means of RFID technology. With
this solution, we have raised our production level to a stateof-the-art level where we are 10 years ahead of the industry standard”, says Helmut Felbermayer: “We have achieved a
degree of automation and flexibility in production and parts
tracking, which is uncommon in window production, but for
us it is now part of the process. We had a fair amount to learn
during the deployment, but we were already thinking five or
six years ahead and so we were laying the foundations for the
system’s further use in our maintenance processes”, explains
the Managing Director.
Apps control and visualise the entire workflow
Not only is the consistent use of RFID a novelty in window
production, but the comprehensive solution has been specifically designed for Felbermayer – a Manufacturing Execution
System (MES) was introduced for robotic-based, automated
manufacturing processes that are controlled by Java-WebPortal business apps and RFID. “The solution is based on an
entirely new architecture: for every window manufacturing
step, an app is used to dynamically visualise every single
production step, starting from the first use of wooden blocks”,
explains Siegfried Eberle, Managing Director of the company Eberle, who developed the comprehensive solution. Each
window part is equipped with an UHF label for unambiguous
identification, right from the start of production. Also, the
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racks and containers in or on which the picked orders are
transported are equipped with onMetal transponders for parts
tracking. When loading the ordered goods onto trucks, mobile readers register which order is located, on which rack or
container, for which customer, and on which truck. The actual
goods delivery at the building site is controlled by RFID handhelds. Each order also gets digitally signed and documented
by a mobile tablet PC to ensure fast and reliable handling.
Maximum automation in robot-assisted production
The window manufacturer has integrated the machines itself:
robots and handling systems identify the parts and automatically set and control the machines which are connected by
MES. “Based on the data stored on the tag, the paint colour
and the profile or length to which the part is to be sawn is automatically set. The coordinates for the selection process are
stored on the tag. The order data is generated by the window
construction software. The web portal provides the basic data
to all apps in the value chain”, explains Eberle.
All parts completed at the right time!
Another special feature that was deployed at Felbermayer –
each app logs and visualises the time that each part stays at
individual stations, the rate the production target has reached
and how many parts had to be reworked. This registration
is done by stationary RFID antennas on the conveyor belts
which transport the parts for reworking. “The assignment of
parts, including those that are buffered for post processing
or reworking and are then married with other window parts,
was a central focus for us. Once again, RFID technology has
helped us”, says Helmut Felbermayer. The company has already taken the next step in achieving an even more streamlined production. A production control system is now being
installed by Eberle, which enables the prioritisation of orders.
The production cockpit also provides performance data such
as the number of parts that have been manufactured per week
or month.
Planning for the future:
RFID in assembly and maintenance
“We have not quite reached the end of the journey, because
we also want to integrate quality control”, says Felbermayer,
“However, we have already made tangible progress. We can
trace the parts accurately, know exactly where a window sash
is when it is left behind in production, and can ensure that
all the individual components – such as glass or an aluminum
frame – are fully available at the right time and the right place,
even on which cargo block a window was delivered. Felbermayer is planning to introduce further RFID implementation
steps to improve service and maintenance for its customers
in the commercial construction industry. “An app has already
been developed which directly transfers the scanned window
data to the ordering system. We also want to use this solution in construction or renovation, using it to write window
quality data, such as heat insulation class or maintenance information, on the RFID tag and record it for product liability.
Accessing product data from production to maintenance is
only possible using RFID.”
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Tracking employee work wear
University Hospital Ljubljana:
tracking employee work wear
In order to optimise and simplify the management of around 12,000 laundry items a day,
the University Hospital Ljubljana makes use of RFID
At a time when the need to minimise costs is such a
prime consideration within in the healthcare industry,
it is essential to make use of IT solutions that improve
internal processes. As one of the largest institutions in
Slovenia, the University Hospital Ljubljana has responded to this situation and has recently introduced
an RFID solution for tracking work wear. The aim was
to simplify the issue and return of work wear from and
to the laundry service, and at the same time to improve
working conditions. The project has been successfully
introduced with the help of Slovenian system integrator
Špica International.
Mag. Danijela Kralj, Manager, University Hospital Ljubljana, Slovenia, in interview with “RFID im Blick”.
The fresh laundry dispenser stations are located at 17 sites within the extensive hospital grounds, and they are all equipped with UHF-technology RFID readers.
Up to 12,000 laundry items per day
Automatic logging at issue and return
The University Hospital Ljubljana is one of the largest institutions in Slovenia and employs approximately 7,700 people.
For this large number of employees, up to 12,000 laundry
items accumulate per day, including work wear for doctors,
nurses and hospital service staff. Processing the garments involves a significant level of labour, because such a large volume of laundry is a challenge to monitor or even track. For
this reason, the project “tracking with RFID” was initiated in
2009. The objectives were to optimise the issue and return
of laundry, to improve hygiene and transparency as well as
to improve working conditions. The RFID system was implemented at the University Hospital Ljubljana with the help of
the Slovenian system integrator Špica International.
The dispenser stations for fresh laundry are located at 17 sites
within the extensive hospital grounds and are all equipped
with UHF-technology RFID readers. The employee at the dispenser station selects either the name or registration number
of an employee and assigns it to the issued clothes. The garment, equipped with a sewn-in UHF tag, is logged by the
reader at the dispenser station. The garment’s return works
in a similar way, but is quite separate from the issue of fresh
laundry. When returning dirty laundry, the employee passes it
along the RFID reader and then throws it into the trolley. The
system provides a detailed overview of the returned laundry
items and the type of work wear to the employees in the
laundry service station, so it is absolutely clear what garments
are in stock.
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The clear and accurate logging of laundry is the most
important automation measure in IT-based laundry
management and it can also
be an important monitor for
decision-making. The University Hospital Ljubljana
can accurately plan their
supply of work wear and
get a good overview of the
costs through the way the
reporting tool can log the
inventory in such detail.
The automation of processes also means that the hospital can prevent any possibility of the supply of work
wear running low. The unhygienic task of counting
and sorting dirty laundry
is eliminated, as well as
the time-consuming, paper-based registration of
laundry items.
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System expansion is planned
Minor difficulties encountered shortly after introducing the RFID technology
were quickly resolved. Meanwhile, the staff have become very familiar with the
system and have welcomed it. The RFID-based issue and return of employee
garments has proven so effective that the hospital wants, in the future, to apply
it to the entire hospital laundry. A new University Hospital building, which is
currently being built, will also be equipped with RFID.
Successful investment
The introduction of RFID has paid off for the
University Hospital Ljubljana. Not only has it
improved the working conditions, but it has
also automated manual activities that were
not always hygienic – such as the counting
and sorting of items of dirty laundry. Moreover, the tracking of employee garments
brings financial benefits, since the cost for
new work wear has already been reduced
by five per cent, thanks to the new accurate
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SMARTRAC introduces Smart Cosmos Internet of Things at the AWS re:Invent Conference
At the AWS re:Invent Conference (booth no. 1242), SMARTRAC is introducing the next stage of its Smart Cosmos Internet
of Things (IoT) platform. The RFID pacesetter has launched
“Lessons,” an educational training portal for ev-erybody interested in the technical aspects of a connected RFID-centric
IoT ecosystem, and a $50k contest for software developers.
Since its first introduction in early 2014, the world’s leading supplier of RFID tags and inlays has continued to develop Smart
Cosmos into an IoT Monetization Ecosystem. The launch of the
“Lessons” training portal and the $50k contest for software developers are milestones in that development, which will lead to
the opening of a Smart Cosmos Market in early 2016.
Smart Cosmos is a growing array of tightly integrated Cloudbased services that helps software engineers rapidly deliver
enterprise value and return-on-investment, at better orders
of magnitude than if they had to build their own IoT ecosystem from scratch. All core Smart Cosmos services (Profiles,
Objects, Flows) are available in the AWS Marketplace.
Though monetization will be fully effective through the
Smart Cosmos Market, SMARTRAC’s contest for developers,
called the “$50k IoT Challenge,” provides an early chance
for them to make money. Developers are invited to upload
software extensions for Smart Cosmos that make the platform more comprehensive.
The Challenge has several award categories: Best Authentication Service Extension Plugin, Best Storage Service
Extension, Best Analytics Integration, Best Sensor Integration and – as the main category – Best Server Extension. The winner of the latter will receive the Grand Prize
of US$25,000, while the other category winners will take
home between $5,000 and $10,000. The Challenge will
be held from October 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016. For
details, potential contestants should visit https://partner.
To encourage and enable as many potential participants
as possible to develop extensions, SMARTRAC has created “Lessons,” a training portal for developers, solution
architects, IT administrators and others interested in a
connected, RFID-centric IoT ecosystem. Upon request,
SMARTRAC will provide a code that enables, under specific conditions, free-of-charge self-registration until the end
of 2015.
Karin Fabri
Safety and Security for Athletes and Attendees at the 1st European Games
RFID-Shop-inventory made easy with
sttID‘s Handheld-RFID-Reader SIH-2100
Mojix successfully deployed an event security and safety solution at the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan in June of
this year. The solution was centered on Mojix‘s innovative STAR
wide-area sensor network technology and powerful ViZix realtime IoT platform. The solution provided organizers with an unprecedented level of security for a venue that hosted more than
250,000 attendees, 6,000 athletes, 50 countries, and 20 events.
Partnering with Main Development and working closely with
event organizers, Mojix‘s STAR sensor network was able to cover
all high-traffic areas: the Olympic Stadium, the National Gymnastics Arena and the Crystal Hall Arena. The Mojix ViZix IoT
platform provided attendee visibility and traceability in real-time
from a central security control site, thus ensuring security for the
event, the attendees and the athletes. In addition, the solution
delivered real-time, actionable information so security personnel
could respond quickly to any situation. The Mojix event security
and safety solution integrated seamlessly with existing on-site
security systems and provided the ability to:
• Record attendee information when they registered at selfservice kiosks
• Monitor attendance levels by location and zone
• Set rules to alarm on patterns and events such as unauthorized access to an area
• Fusion of location of an attendee from STAR system with
the camera streaming live video feed
• Retrieve information on a given attendee and location
• Instant re-configurability of rules, zones and alarms
sttID presents the innovative smartphone solution of the HF
Midrange-Handheld-RFID-Reader SIH-2100 which fulfills the preexisting wishes of the market regarding the technology of handheld RFID Readers. The new generation can be easily controlled
with a dedicated PC Software or Android App via the Bluetooth
connection. The Bluetooth wireless technology will also be used
to send the scanned transponder information to the PC or Android
device. The recorded data can be loaded directly in the computer and there stored or further processed. The large dimensioned
antenna and the high sensitivity of the receiver allows a proper
scanning/programming of single HF transponders. Moreover, the
SIH 2100 supports a fast “bulk reading” or “anti-collision”. In so
doing, the reader can easily
handle approximately 45 transponder serial numbers per second. The experiences of users
and developers were given
equal weight in the design of
the mobile RFID-Reader. The
value was placed not just only
on the high reading and writing
performance of the HF-RFID
storage medium but also on a
long battery running time.
Roelof Koopmans
Geschäftsführer Europa
Android App for Bluetooth Connection
Andreas Hertrampf
Sales Manager
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Modular RFID System
Easy installation in production and logistics through modular concept and
mixed operation of HF and UHF
A variety of HF and UHF read/write heads and data carriers up to IP69K for
standard and special applications – even in hazardous areas
Robust I/O modules and gateways in IP20 and IP67 – also programmable –
for several fieldbuses and Ethernet
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tomorrow 2015
RFID tomorrow 2015
RFID tomorrow 2015
An Overwhelming Success
First reactions come thick and fast – and the enthusiasm is clear
500 participants benefited from the RFID tomorrow conference and gained extensive insights into
new technological developments and applications, making use of both conference days through networking and gaining know-how. Projects were discussed and initiated, and foundations laid for future
business – for a clear indicator of the fruitful working atmosphere that shaped the two conference days.
In addition to the 37 exhibiting companies, the more than 30 SpeedLabs, and the 49 speakers and
moderators, the new location – the Van der Valk Airporthotel in Dusseldorf – created a fantastic ambience.
& exhibition
Dusseldorf, Sept 28-29
Welcome to the
World of RFID!
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& exhibition
Dusseldorf, Sept 28-29
Welcome to the
World of RFID!
RFID Integration | Solutions | Products
The 35 percent increase of registered expert visitors compared to 2014 paints a clear picture: many different
sectors regard RFID technology as a sustainable and innovative solution for process optimising!
Two new specialist forums expand the spectrum
The participants‘ feedback regarding the expansion by two new forums – healthcare and security – has
shown that the approach of addressing more topics is effective and promising.
More international than ever before!
20 percent of the participants of the RFID tomorrow conference came from non-German-speaking countries. With English being the only language of the talks and the following discussions, and the increased share
of international expert visitors being noticeable in the exhibition and at the booths, this year‘s conference
had an international character never before seen during the five year success story of the RFID conference.
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“We enjoyed the conference very much. Compared to last year, the
optimized programming has ensured a great deal of conversation
with the attendees regarding the different aspects of the confem
rence program. Our lectures were so well received by some
visitors that we met at our booth afterwards. For us, as a proSe
vider of specialized RFID components, the RFID tomorrow
conference was the ideal platform for intensive discussion.
From the perspective of HID, the location – with the conan
ference, exhibition, evening event and accommodation
all in one place - was the ideal environment for a very
successful event.”
Richard Aufreiter, HID Global
„The RFID Tomorrow conference is really a must-attend event
for RFID solution providers. We very much enjoyed the lectures and the networking at our booth where we had fruitful
discussions on the deployment of RFID in retail stores. Many
thanks to the RFID im Blick team and we are already looking
forward to the RFID Tomorrow in 2016.“
Andreas Lorenz, Nedap Retail
“From my point of view, it was a fantastic event. So far, I
have not been to a comparable industry fair or congress
where I made so many and such high quality contacts as at
the RFID tomorrow. The attendees were well prepared and
wanted answers to very specific questions, which is what
I want to highlight. The date for next year‘s conference is
already in my calendar.”
Hardy Zissel, IBZ - Ingenieurbüro Zissel
“The conference was well organised. This refers to the assistance
provided by the “RFID im Blick” team in the run-up of the event but
also to the very pleasant atmosphere and the professionally realised
exhibition in the Van der Valk Aiporthotel. We were happy to welcome
many visitors to our booths that showed great interest in discussing
technology and application possibilities of our NFC and BLE-based
sensor transponders product portfolio. Warm thanks to the organisation team.”
René Herschmann, Triovacos
„Thanks for this very interesting event with a perfect organization. It’s
always a pleasure to share RFID experiences during those two days.“
Yvan Jacquet, Volvo Car Gent
“As always, it was a very
successful event in a great
location, with perfect service, and an interested
trade audience. We thank
you very much!”
Emre Gürbüz, Kathrein RFID
“The RFID tomorrow again
brought together highcalibre visitors working for
interested users and RFID
providers in a pleasant and
efficient atmosphere. It is
THE event of the RFID industry par excellence.”
Antti Virkkunen, Vilant Systems
“We would like to participate in the RFID tomorrow conference again in
2016. A very intensive event in an exceptional environment. For us, it was
only the second time that we participated as an exhibitor, but the concept
is sound. Also, the expansion of the exhibition area and the many opportunities for networking were very effective.”
Martin Hartwigsen, deister electronics
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Management and RFID
Container Management
and RFID
Reefer Monitoring
Cover Story
Container Identification
RFID container seals
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Containers are the best option when it comes to transporting cargo: about 70 per cent of general cargo is transported in containers. More than 90 per cent of trade worldwide is handled via sea routes. No wonder then, that
a lot has changed in the container environment over the past 20 years – experts speak of a container revolution
or containerisation. Since 1996, the number of container ships and the entire global container market has doubled, growing three times faster than the global economy. This is for good reason – to transport consumer and
bulk cargo in containers reduces costs and speeds up international transport. But not every container is the same
and not every container is used for freight transport. Accommodation containers are currently in big demand
throughout Europe. Another container option is refrigerated containers, which will support the appropriate
ripening process of fruit during transport and storage. The common element with containers is that they appear
en masse and they need to be clearly identified and tracked to achieve a thorough itinerary of every process. Is
this an ideal environment for the use of RFID technology?
RFID improves the
transport chain
Temperature-controlled air freight
for pharmaceutical products
Renting container modules
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Container Identification with Special Transponders in Metal Environment
A Clear View
in Container Management
A manufacturer of construction site containers detects more than 150,000 containers
using a flat and yet robust transponder by HID Global
A trend towards ever smaller RFID transponders
can be seen accross different applications. Why then
does HID Global bring a transponder to the market
that is rather a contrast to that trend with a width of
more than ten centimeters? „Special requirements ask
for special solutions“, is how Guido Kuhrmann, Sales
Director IDT at HID Global, sums up the answer in
a simple formula in dialogue with „RFID im Blick“.
HID Global encountered special requirements at a
container manufacturer that produces, sells, and rents
containers for construction sites, for instance. In order
to optimize all processes regarding the rental business,
a UHF RFID transponder was developed by HID
Global together with a manufacturer and a system integrator. The transponder meets all requirements in
terms of design, robustness, function on metal, and
high read range. HID Global sees growing potential in
the field of metal containers or related fields like rental
toilets, which is why the individually developed transponder was integrated into the standard portfolio.
„RFID im Blick“ talked to Guido Kuhrmann, HID Global
More than 150,000 Containers in Circulation
Standard Did not Suffice
The container manufacturer, HID Global developed a special
transponder for and brought it to maturity in a very short
time, does not only sell and produce containers but also rents
them to construction site operators and companies with an
increased need for space over a short time span, Guido Kuhrmann reports: „In order to make the rental business comprehensible, the manufacturer needed a reliable solution that
enabled him to track more than 150,000 containers. Basically,
an RFID application was attractive. However, the application
environment placed particularly high demands on the transponders.“
When the first discussions with the manufacturer took place,
all parties quickly realized that none of the products from HID
Global‘s portfolio would meet all the requirements. A special
solution had to be found that would not only be able to unite
all process goals in one product. Furthermore, the container
manufacturer had an accurate idea of how the transponder was
supposed to be designed with regard to its size so that optically
recognizable information could be written on it using print or
laser engraving, Kuhrmann explains: „The basic condition was
that the transponder works flawlessly on metal and also resists
high mechanical stresses that arise, when an industrial truck
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is used to transport and stack the containers, for instance. The
first transponder prototypes were too high in terms of their
construction design and were threatened to be sheared off.“
Highest Performance on Metal
One of the challenges, HID Global‘s development department
tackled creating a concept of a new transponder, was the reliable function on metal. „When an RFID transponder is mounted
on a metal surface, there are different challenges to deal with,
regarding the occuring reflections“, Kuhrmann explains and
adds: „One option is to separate the RFID transponder using
a special metal layer for isolation so that the metals do not
have anymore physical influence.“ In the case of the transponder that was to be developed, HID, however, followed another
path towards the goal, says Kuhrmann: „We took advantage of
the metal surface‘s physical characteristics and took them into
account when we developed the antenna design for the new
transponder. The read ranges achieved in practice speak for
themselves: Mounted on metal, the tag can reach a read range
of up to eight meters.“
Shear-off Protected and Shockproof
When the development of the solution for the container manufacturer started, a transponder from the group of HID Global
InLine Ultra Tags was supposed to be used that is applied to
identify metal kegs, for instance. However, the transponders
were not suitable for the container manufacturer‘s processes,
says Guido Kuhrmann: „InLine Ultra Tags are very robust and
can even be welded to the object which is to be identified.
That is a very safe method of fastening. Still in the first tests it
became clear that the transponders were too high in their construction size and that shear forces occur in everyday handling
that would just sever the transponders.“ That is why the newly
developed InLine Plate is only 3.7 millimeters high and is permanently affixed to the container with two screws. „Since we
use special plastic to manufacture the transponders, the InLine
Tag Plate is so robust that it is shockproof in accordance with
IK06 and meets protection class IP69K (waterproof, resists high
pressure and temperature cleaning)“, Guido Kuhrmann explains the characteristics of the new Container transponder in
the portfolio of HID Global.
Detection via Handheld
The container manufacturer uses Motorola handhelds for detection in all RFID-based processes. As a result, employees can
check the containers directly at the place of storage and have
a good overview of all the data, for instance, when the container was last checked. „In some cases, containers are rented in
combination with inventory. A list of the inventory, containing
furniture for instance, is linked to the UID of the respective
transponder“, Guido Kuhrmann explains. The Sales Director
reports that soon also additional information is supposed to be
retrievable directly at the container. „All new InLine Tag Plate
transponders are manufactured with an Impinj Monza 4E chip.
This chip has a large internal memory like it is required by the
container manufacturer.“
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„Every RFID transpoonder only leaves our production facility after it
was checked 100 percent.
This way, we make sure
that all specifications are
met. This is our claim.“
Guido Kuhrmann, Sales Director IDT, HID Global
tification requires a certain size so additional information, a
company logo, or a company name can be written on the tag,
for instance. All visible information needs to be clearly recognizable, even when two containers are stacked on top of each
Achieving a Complete Solution Together
Together with a system integrator, the transponder was developed in close cooperation and integrated into a complete solution. „It is important that all participating companies coordinate
with each other in detail, so the complete solution that is set
as objective works flawlessly“, Guido Kuhrmann describes the
common project work.
Huge Potential in the Field of Containers
The most comprehensive share of the total world trade
is based on sea freight. Containers are the most widespread load carrier in global shipping. Across the globe, almost 600 millions of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units
(TEU) were transhipped in 2011. The port with by far
the most transhipment is located in Shanghai. 31,500,000
TEU were transhipped in the Chinese metropole in 2011.
For comparison: Adding up the three biggest European
ports makes 29,555,328 TEU in 2011 – with Rotterdam
contributing 11,876,920, Hamburg 9,014,165, and Antwerp 8,664,243 TEU. The identification of freight containers in plain writing is standardized according to ISO
6346. Made up of four standard letters, six digits and a
check digit, generated from all ten characters and digits,
the identification is mounted on both fronts. Many projects are already investigating approaches that enable
identification via an RFID transponder, for instance.
Additional Optical Labeling
In addition to robustness and the reliable function on metal,
the customer‘s third main requirement was that optically readable information could be written to the transponder housing
via print oder laser engraving, says Kuhrmann: „Optical iden-
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Management and RFID
Worldwide Container Tracking
Track Containers throughout their
whole lifetime via GSM, GPS, and RFID
A new concept designed by Bornemann based on professional tracking
devices brings long-term tracking to a completely new level.
In late September 2015, at the RFID Tomorrow conference, Bornemann for the first time presented its
completely new concept for a worldwide container
tracking with devices that, despite their small construction size and the fact that they are filled to the
brim with GSM, RFID, GPS, and sensor technology,
can run with a single battery for up to 15 years. At the
same time, the robustness of the devices allows them
to be installed, for example, onto a container for its
entire life cycle, as Steen Burnaes, CPO at Bornemann reports regarding the tracking technology specialists newest innovations. How the development
steps were made over the past years, what potentials
for which applications can the new device exploit,
and what developments are to follow will be explained by the leading product developer in an interview
with “RFID im Blick”.
Steen Burnaes, CPO at Bornemann, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”
“With our newly developed product, with just one single standard
battery, it is possible to realistically achieve 15 years of localisation. The reliability of energy efficiency creates numerous possibilities to optimise processes and reduce costs in global container
Steen Burnaes, CPO, Bornemann
Track containers for 15 years
Tracking containers in the global freight transport system is
an application that certainly has huge potential for the optimization of various processes, mainly in cost reduction – an important aspect for the logistics sector that is continuously subjected to high financial pressures. “Previous solutions for the
tracking of containers which are available on the market are
devices which either rely on integrated batteries or on external
battery packs as power supplies for their tracking units. However, these solutions proved to have multiple disadvantages:
Shorter runtimes until the next recharging, or battery changes
required every few months or, alternatively, construction sizes
which could not integrate optimally into the container. These
disadvantages were, from my point of view, the reason for the
rather low degree of implementation of tracking solutions at
the container level,” states Steen Burnaes and elaborates: “With
our newest development, you can track for up to 15 years with
just one single standard battery.”
Approximate tracking via GSM,
precise tracking via GPS
“In global container transport, for shipping companies and logistics service providers it is usually enough to know whether
a specific container is tracked in the Rotterdam harbour or in
the Shanghai harbour or if it is still on a freighter somewhere
in the ocean. An approximate tracking via triangulation of the
GSM network signals with an accuracy of hundred meters is
usually sufficient. With the tracking unit sending its position
once every 24 hours, the battery will last for around 15 years,”
explains Steen Burnaes. If tracking with an accuracy of around
ten meters is necessary, you can check the GPS position with
the tracking solutions software platform. “The tracking of containers in the global logistics of ship, rail, and truck transport
offers multiple methods of process optimization. For example,
major container shippers invest billions of dollars per year into
the shipping of empty containers. Solutions based on professional tracking technologies can significantly reduce this financial
The combination with
RFID technology is unique
The combination of GSM and GPS for tracking containers is,
according to Steen Burnaes, a standard method on the market.
Bornemann, however, is taking one step further by combining
traditional tracking technologies with RFID. “Active RFID technology that is integrated into our tracking units creates huge
benefits for shippers and freight forwarders as the devices can
now communicate with external devices using RFID. This pushes open the door to further process optimizations.” Echo tags
installed on cranes permanently sending their ID to everything
within up to 300 meters’ distance can be identified by the containers tracking units. “This creates connections between containers and cranes which establish additional transparency in
the loading process,” reports Steen Burnaes, and he elaborates:
“Using active RFID, multiple tracking units can be linked to one
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Find the right container! Not only does the high number of containers used all around the world promise a high potential for a location solution – the containers‘ often expensive
contents makes localisation indispensable.
electronic chain. If one part of the chain is removed. It is immediately detected with active RFID, as ‘sleeping’ tracking units
can only be woken up by an external RFID stimulus. An individually configurable alarm notification is sent immediately.”
Improve the know-how
The starting point of the tracking solution was the ventilation
hole covers that protect the containers from water intrusion.
Those covers are empty, making them the ideal spot for our
tracking solution. Therefore, our devices do not actually take
up any space inside the container,” explains Steen Burnaes.
One of the biggest challenges during development was to fit
all the electronic components into a small housing. “The fullyequipped version has components for tracking via GSM, GPS,
and RFID, as well as sensors for light, movement, and temperature in a five by five centimetre housing which is just half
the size of a box of cigarettes.” While designing the product,
the engineers could use modules that were already part of the
Bornemann portfolio. However, their size had to be reduced.
Avoiding load peaks
Since in addition to parts for tracking via GSM, GPS, and active RFID, there are also sensors for measuring temperature,
movement, and light integrated into the tracking unit, energy
efficiency became an aspect of great importance during the
product development. “Sensors are energy-hungry components
and during data query, there are short but very high load peaks
for the batteries, which is bad for the durability of the energy
source. For our tracking units, we use capacitors that can be
loaded at low power requirements over a timespan of half an
hour. This method avoids load peaks and extends the durability of the standard batteries in use by a considerable margin
compared to traditional solutions.”
Module construction design allows
for further applications
As all Bornemann tracking solutions are composed of individually additional modules, there are inputs for other sensors integrated. “Every customer has different requirements for
their transport processes; therefore, our tracking units can be
composed flexibly. This leads to lower financial effort as the
customer will only get the functionalities they actually need.”
Asked about the integration of additional sensors, Steen Burnaes explains: “In numerous requests, gas detection takes a
role, such as for containers in which fruits, fertilisers, or other
goods are transported that emit more or less contagious gaseous substances. If the gas content in a closed container is detected early enough, a time-consuming airing can be omitted
in some of the cases.”
Robust construction design
“made in Northern Europe”
Specifically fibre-reinforced plastics made in Northern Europe
are used for the manufacturing of the tracking units. This is
the only way to implement our high quality claim,” states Steen
Burnaes, and he explains further: “The device manufacturing
itself is done in the North of Germany. All of our products run
on the only production line. This is to avoid duplicates, as there
can’t be any double serial numbers.”
Global GSM tracking until the end of 2016
The small construction size is particularly challenging in regards to the tracking via the radio standard GSM, as Steen
Burnaes illustrates: “As there is not one global standard, but
different radio standards depending on the country, different
antennas are required. However, since there needs to be some
room between the antennas in the tracking unit, we are working hard to make these antennas smaller. For now, using 2G,
we can track containers in 200 countries. By the end of 2016,
our tracking solution will cover almost the entire global GSM
network – apart from exotic communication standards in some
states such as North Korea.”
Maersk Line: Transportation of empty containers
costs almost one billion US dollars per year
The transportation of empty containers is expensive. As the
largest container ship operator in the world, with headquarters in Copenhagen, stated in a press release in February
2012, the transport of more than four million empty containers back to their customers costs almost one billion US
dollars every year. Therefore, the aim is to push forward the
strategic use of all resources in order to reduce the number
of empty containers.
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ISO standards for using RFID on containers – two alternatives for labelling
In 2009 and 2007 global standards were set for container tags and electronic RFID seals. ISO 18185 applies for the seal and ISO 10891 for the container tag.
RFID container seals
ISO 18185-1 for e-seals
RFID container tag
ISO/TS 10891 for licence plate tags
The ISO 18185 belongs to
the ISO 18000 standard
“RFID for Item Management” and includes the
technical standards and
the application standards
for e-seals and their associated systems. The ISO
specifies that the freight
container seals are “read
only” and “non-reusable”,
providing electronic evidence about whether the
seal has been opened without authorisation. According to
ISO, an electronic seal in accordance with ISO 18185 or any
other subsequent international standard can be used in combination with a container tag to optimal effect.
The ISO/TS 10891 standard
for licence plate tags provides
specifications and test methods for RFID devices for the
automatic identification of containers in supply chains. This
considers the requirements
of the harsh environmental
conditions to which they are
exposed during transport by
sea, by road and by train. ISO
specifies the licence plate tag as a fix-mounted, read-only tag
that remains on the container during its entire lifecycle. The
data contents are limited to the physical identification and the
description of the container. The ISO/TS 10891 specifies both
– the technical specifications and the physical mounting of the
tag on the container.
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RFID used as a standard for container identification in port operations
Can RFID be used as a standard
for container identification?
The arguments against it are that it’s too expensive, that there are no application standards
– there won’t be an industry consensus in the near future
Equipping sea containers around the world with
RFID tags is seen as unachievable by the majority of
stakeholders: it is too expensive, there are no application standards – this has been the general opinion for
many years. Shipping companies and terminal operators would have to come to an industry agreement
to achieve the widespread introduction of container
tags or electronic seals – and this does not seem possible. The shipping companies, who often own the
containers, gain no immediate benefit from using
RFID. On the other hand, the terminal operators
and the logistics providers could benefit.
The view of terminal operators: if RFID is
employed, it should be done consistently
Who bears the cost,
and who makes the first move?
Terminal operators can benefit from regular container identification on their premises. Covering certain port operations
with RFID would be beneficial in every way and for numerous processes, ranging from faster processing at the gate,
the automatic logging of the container ID, comparison with
the shipping documents, and the tracking of containers in
the port area to new services at the terminal, says Torsten
Neubert, HPC Hamburg Port Consulting. “Port terminal operators feel that RFID technology is only worthwhile if the
RFID container is used as a standard. This would require the
RFID tag to be at the container right from the start. But the
main question remains, who programmes the tag with the
transport-related information?”
“Standards are still highly relevant in open chains. Many shipping stakeholders are reluctant to use RFID because their investment and the possible benefits are a long way from each
other”, says Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker of the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH). Terminal operators need to
invest in the RFID infrastructure, but the benefits of this technology always go to the logistics stakeholders, for example, the
freight carriers/3PLs or consignors. “But they are not willing
to invest for their own benefit.” Shipping companies are under
severe economic pressure and are unlikely to invest in RFID or
only in a very limited way.
Freight carriers are demanding an RFID
security seal for faster container handling
The association of Hamburg freight carriers are asking for
RFID security seals as an alternative marker: “We want to
persuade freight carriers to use RFID seals for goods export”, says Managing Director Stefan Sass. Combined with
increased OCR-Gate use at the terminal, RFID seals could
accelerate the container handling at the gate because there
would be no more need for manual testing. “Up to now, there has been a visual inspection of the container seal at the
OCR Gate, which is very time consuming. Checking the label
and the papers can take several minutes for each container”,
continues Stefan Sass.
You can only persuade people
through efficiency
As Sass sees it, the terminal operators need to drive the
standardisation of RFID. Then freight carriers or shipping
companies would be responsible for equipping the container
with RFID bolt seals. At the Port of Hamburg, the RFID bolt
seal is currently in the preliminary phase of testing (planned
for 2015), as the funding has not yet been clarified. “We have
set our hopes on gaining important information about the
testing efficiency – we have to convince everyone.”
Powered by Security
To get things started, it is crucial to come to an industry understanding. Business investment would definitely pay off – providing there are no “free riders”, explains Prof. Blecker, meaning
companies that profit but don’t invest. RFID seals would most
likely be applied for security reasons. RFID seals have significant advantages relating to compliance with safety and security regulations – when you compare them with mechanical
seals (bolt seals for example), they automatically identify and
log unauthorised container openings instead of using manual
The standards are there,
but harmonization is necessary
“Global standards have existed for years for both electronic
seals and container tags and they are technically viable. We
have already proved that”, says Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen, ISL. The
container tag specification has already been clearly defined.
There is still a lot to be done relating to the design of the eseals, which readers to use and whether active or passive systems are used, says Meyer-Larsen: “The products on the market
are diverse, many of which are proprietary solutions and the
number of providers in the market is small. Although terminal operators want to use e-seals because of their potential to
improve processes, planning their use is not an easy job: “In
order for the terminal operator’s investment in RFID readers
and their infrastructure to pay off, a large number of containers
would need to be tagged worldwide within one to two years
to significantly reduce the volume of manual processes. There
is real potential here.”
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Management and RFID
Using technology to control operating processes in the port and at the terminal
Operation processes
at the port terminal
Where is RFID employed, who benefits from it and why?
Smart traffic lights
Container Identification
OCR Gate
Reefer Monitoring
Traffic Management
Driverless transport systems
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Intelligent signals for safe traffic flow
Smart traffic lights
Information Logistics App
Traffic Management
Only 30 per cent of the time that a truck spends at the port is
effective driving time. The idea is that in the future trucks will
be able to drive through the port without facing congestion or
accidents – the “SmartPort Traffic Light” is a pilot project by the
Hamburg Port Authority HPA, together with NXP Semiconductors and the city-owned company “Hamburger Verkehrsanlagen”. The first testing system was set up in the southern port
area. Trucks equipped with an on-board unit communicate via
Wi-Fi (“vehicle-to-X communication”, V2X) with the RSU (Road
Side Unit) of the traffic light. The unit optimally adjusts the
signal phase so that the truck has an uninterrupted ride. It responds to an approaching convoy of vehicles by reducing or extending the green light phase, allowing the truck to drive without stopping at the traffic light. The data transmission is based
on the wireless standard IEEE802.11p, with a range of around
two kilometers. There is a Kathrein RFID system integrated in
the traffic lights that can even detect approaching pedestrians.
In 2014, around ten million standard containers were transshipped in the port of Hamburg. Increasing turnover figures
allowed the traffic volume grow to more than 40,000 truck
trips across the harbour every year. The biggest challenges for
drivers at the port are traffic jams, difficult traffic situations and
dealing with isolated communication systems of shippers, carriers, terminal, depot and parking operators. Since early 2015, a
new concept has been in daily operation. The goal was to link
the traffic with the goods. “SmartPort logistics”, the information and communication platform, networks the dispatchers and
truck drivers with all the port logistics. The cloud-based system
processes information, such as location, traffic and goods data,
to control the interaction of ships, terminals and trucks. Arrival
times are updated and drivers are informed simultaneously via
a truck app.
Using intelligent traffic lights, trucks can be efficiently dispatched, causing few emissions and passing swiftly through the
port. “Smart” traffic lights are not only useful, because the truck
reaches its destination faster, but the environment is better protected. The number of accidents will also decrease, because
pedestrians can be detected within the traffic-light area and
this information will be fed back to the vehicle.
An IT platform links all those involved, and optimises port
traffic. Transport and logistics companies will be included in
the traffic management from location to location. Information
on the expected time of arrival (ETA) will in the future inform
terminal operators of the precise time of arrival and when to
pick up the container.
Who benefits?
Who benefits?
All traffic participants in the port area will benefit, because of
faster travel and increased security as well as the detection of
vulnerable pedestrians in the traffic-light area – this is not only
useful for the port but also for the whole city.
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All stakeholders involved in transport benefit: cargo entrepreneurs, port operators and port management benefit from the
quick and reliable goods transport within the port grounds.
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Positioning and storage
depot management
Container Identification
Interaction between terminal and freight carriers
The most advanced cargo terminal on the
west coast of the USA is the SSA Marine‘s
Long Beach terminal, which has 11 million TEUs a year. For terminals of this size,
combined process automation solutions
are essential, for example to identify containers during ship loading and unloading
by “Optical Character Recognition”, and
for the assignment of the container to the
handling equipment. The status of containers being loaded or unloaded is automatically recognised and recorded. When the
terminal tractor unit takes the container to
its intended destination, the position can
be tracked by RFID, DGPS (Differential
Global Positioning System) or LPR technology (Local Positioning Radar) can be
tracked and the ID is sent to the Terminal
Operating System..
There are cases when trucks need to pick
up a container that is at the bottom of a
pile. There are other cases where the crane is available, but the truck is not there
to pick up the container. Both situations
can be prevented – trucks can be equipped with active tags, for example on the
mirror, in order to locate the truck and
control the traffic. DP World, one of the
world‘s largest port operators, uses RFID
in ports to ensure the smooth operation
of terminal truck traffic. In 2014, a new
“Truck Monitoring System” was introduced in the Jebel Ali Port, Dubai. All external trucks from shipping companies,
freight carriers, shippers and port users
require the new tags to be on the trucks
so they can enter the port area.
The automatic identification and tracking
of containers, as well as assigning them
to the handling equipment, increases the
productivity of quay cranes. In addition,
this ensures a secure terminal workflow.
Truck positioning improves terminal
performance and truck processing times
during port operations. Terminal operators need only start the job, sending the
crane to where it is picking up the container, when the truck first approaches
the container depot.
Who benefits?
Who benefits?
Terminals benefit by automated processes. Relevant inventory reports can
also be generated by capturing the location of containers.
Management and RFID
Terminal operators can optimise processes
and the interaction between terminal and
freight carriers while controlling the vehicle
movements on the site.
Automated container
transport with AGV
Driverless transport
Rotterdam has them, and Hamburg too
– fully automated driverless container
transport vehicles (Automated Guided
Vehicle, AGV) are already used in some
terminals, alongside automatically operated container stacking cranes. The AGVs
have been an integral part of operations
at Hamburg container port. These vehicles transport containers from the ship-toshore cranes to their depot destinations.
As soon as one of the AGVs has positioned itself on the landward side of the
ship-to-shore crane, the gantry crane
automatically loads the container. The
specially developed software calculates
the quickest way using more than 19,000
transponders, which are embedded in
the surface of the AGV.
Management and navigation software,
as well as transponders in the terminal
floor, ensure precise control. This establishes a precise and reliable process,
which follows a plan. A battery-electric
drive also reduces emissions at the port..
Who benefits?
Driverless transport vehicles are an economical solution for automated and secure container handling at ports. This
reduces operating costs and increases
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Gate control system for
fast operations
Temperature monitoring
of reefers
OCR Gate
Reefer Monitoring
Current developments at seaport container terminals show an
increasing number of bottlenecks within container handling.
Manually controlled container-handling processes are hardly
efficient any more because of growing container volumes. In
major seaports, containers delivered by truck are controlled
almost exclusively at OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
Gates. Up until now, cameras have mainly been used for the
optical character recognition of truck licence plates and container IDs. RFID container seals can further automate these
processes. RFID tags on trucks also allow the automated detection of drive-in traffic.
Refrigerated containers are usually reefer containers with their
own integral refrigeration unit, where the temperature inside the
container is regulated. When being transported by ship, the cooling system is generated by the onboard power grid. In ports and
terminals containers also have to be connected to a power supply.
To establish the temperatures, terminal staff regularly check the
cooling units. Automated alternatives are reefer solutions based
on active RFID technology, which enables contactless data transmission and the remote monitoring of the cooling temperatures.
Reefer solutions are used, for example, in King Abdullah Port
(KAP), Saudi Arabia or Cartegena, Colombia.
RFID technology reduces the need for manual input and accelerates
processes. More trucks can be handled per lane, there is a more
efficient flow and an increase in capacity. Automatic detection will
reduce waiting time and congestion at the gates.
Who benefits?
The connected container tag allows a constant temperature control
inside the refrigerated container and the automatic transmission of
collected data to the monitoring system. This creates accountability
and, if necessary, allows rapid intervention.
Who benefits?
Accelerated processes lead to shorter queues, time saving, a reduction in container standing times and fuel costs – this means,
in effect, that the freight carriers are also saving money.
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Terminal operators can use the solution for remote monitoring,
adjusting set values or performing PTI and they are able to
provide this service to their customers.
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Intermodal transport
RFID improves the transport chain –
cross-border and intermodal
Swedish Transport Administration is planning to extend its UHF track & trace system - European
railway organisations and ports could benefit from information exchange
On which train are the goods and where about? Are
the train wagons in Sweden or in The Netherlands? Is
there imminent danger from overheating wheels? The
exchange of this information is relevant for everyone
involved in rail freight. The Swedish National Board of
Transportation, “Trafikverket,” relies on a comprehen-
sive approach. Based on RFID standards, it goes even
further, stating the objective is a cross-border information system which can also benefit harbour freight. In
intermodal transport chains, rail is the central interface
between seaport and hinterland terminals.
Karl Akerlund, RFID Project Manager at the Swedish Transport Administration, and Gunnar Ivansson,
Learning Well in interview with „RFID im Blick“
Several years ago, the Swedish Transport Administration implemented a UHF tracking system for rail wagons in its 13,000
kilometer nationwide rail network. Currently, the system is in
an advanced extention stage – also a connection to the port of
Gothenburg is already planned.
Karl Akerlund, RFID Project Manager at the Swedish Transport
Administration. The idea is to create a data collection and information network on maintenance or freight transport data,
that is provided as a service to railway operators, transport
companies, and customers.
Comprehensive Track & Trace concept
RFID - from maintenance to logistics
Trafikverket has already installed a system of more than 180
UHF readers on its rail network. Since January 2015, nearly
4,000 rail vehicles have been equipped with RFID transponders. „The installation of 15O more read points can be expected within the next year,“ says Gunnar Ivansson, consultant at
the Agency Learning Well, who has supported the Trafikverket
in implementing the solution. „So far, about 25 percent of the
rail vehicles are tagged: Our goal, however, is to involve more
companies that equip their rail wagons with RFID tags,“ says
The RFID system includes condition monitoring of wheels
and axles. Accurate measurements by means of pressure or
temperature sensors can prevent damage to the components.
„On one hand, the safety and quality management when transporting dangerous goods is improved, and maintenance costs
are reduced. On the other hand, the logistical aspect is interesting. When the RFID tags are registered by the read points
we can ascertain exactly how the train and its various wagons
are arranged, and in which direction they will arrive. This is
The Gothenburg Port Line – an important railway link
The Gothenburg Port Line, funded and operated by the
Swedish Transport Administration, is one of Sweden’s
most important railway links, allowing goods from across the Nordic region to reach the harbour districts in
Gothenburg. Gothenburg Harbour is the Nordic region’s
largest harbour and a natural centre for shipping trade in
Scandinavia. 60% of Sweden‘s container traffic, and 25%
of the country‘s foreign trade goes through here. The most
efficient mode of transportation from an environmental
and economic perspective, is a combination of shipping
and rail.
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important, as some train wagons may be loaded from one side
only. We know exactly where the train wagons are,“ says Akerlund. Wagon owners could therefore optimally plan their own
European Concept
Trafikverket wants to go one step further however, by establishing international partnerships for cross-border traffic: „Rail
transport in Europe is international - some 60 percent of all
rail wagons originate from other European cities. Therefore, a
global approach and global standards have been set right from
the start,” says Akerlund. The tag and reader communication
is based on EPC standards, and the information exchange is
based on EPCIS. The organisation believes that this concept
can be applied not only in Sweden, but throughout Europe. In
Germany, the Deutsche Bahn already operates a pilot project
with the objective to integrate the same concept. „Our goal is
the international exchange of information on the current train
wagon position, explains Akerlund.
Also seaports are included in the information
The collected data could be made available even to terminal
or port operators, or they can build up their own information system. In the port of Gothenburg, a pilot project with an
RFID read point is already in test mode. Trafikverket supports
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Prorail‘s (the Dutch government agency for rail transport) RFID
installation project, and the exchange of information with the
port of Rotterdam. The objective is to track and trace freight
transport in Sweden, from loading at Gothenburg’s port to the
transfer to Dutch railway. „Even seaports may benefit from
an RFID-based information system in the future”, says Gunnar Ivansson. “One major benefit is, for example, knowing the
correct train configuration of traffic arriving at the port or terminal. Ports or terminals can be informed in advance of the
arriving trains and how they are configured to optimise their
planning. „
Dry Port Project:
Intermodal Track & Trace System
Since 2008, Trafikverket has been involved with the project „Dry Port“, which was completed two years ago. A
standardised RFID and communication system for transportation between hinterland terminals and seaports is
in use, ensuring efficient information exchange in the intermodal supply chain. The port of Gothenburg and the
inland terminals in Eskilstuna, Örebro, were considered
a part of the project, with the option to include the Dry
Port Skaraborg in Falköping.
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Temperature monitoring of food when it is transported by container
Telematics + sensor technology
as a complement to RFID
Hoyer is testing a monitoring system for food transportation in heatable Intermediate Bulk
Containers (IBCs)
Hoyer, the Hamburg logistics company that is an ap- BIBA has been addressing the question of how food
plication partner of the Bremer Institut für Produk- can be kept at regulation temperatures while being
tion and Logistik GmbH (BIBA), is currently testing transported – the project „Intelligent Container“
a telematics solution that offers environmental moni- combines telematics, sensor and monitoring systems.
toring for its IBC food transports. For several years,
Marlen Blechschmidt, Manager Project & Tender ICB Logistics, Hoyer, Christian Gorldt and Marius Veigt, BIBA
Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics, in interview with “RFID im Blick”
Electrically heated and insulated IBC
The 1.0 litres IBCs of the 434 type
with a screw cap are used for the
transport and storage of temperaturecontrolled liquids from the food and
chemical industries. The steel containers are heated to the pre-set number
of degrees using a 2,000-watt electric
heater and are loaded as groupage
freight before transportation starts.
During transportation, the insulation ensures a consistent temperature.
Once the delivery has reached the
customer, the heater is re-connected to the power supply via
Schuko or a CEE plug.
Almost the entire IBC fleet is tagged
Many years ago, Hoyer began to equip all IBCs with RFID
technology to automate internal processes, such as receipts
and dispatches at the depot. “We have our processes fully
adjusted to RFID and have almost succeeded in providing
each IBC with RFID”, explains Marlen Blechschmidt, Manager Project & Tender IBC Logistics at Hoyer. The Hamburgbased logistics company currently has a fleet of 24,000 small
containers (IBC), of which around 19,000 are equipped with
RFID. More than half the fleet, which Hoyer is renting out
to around 600 customers, is used exclusively for food transportation.
Temperature monitoring for food transportation
“But we also look at how we can complement the RFID system to further digitise our business processes and pass on
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Shelf-life modelling for bananas – The “Intelligent Container” can control what happens
A sensor network has been developed for “The Intelligent
Container” project, which checks, among other things, the ripeness of bananas in sea containers. “This sensor network
has already been prepared for use by industrial partners and
it is likely to be implemented very soon”, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter
Lang, IMSAS is convinced: “So far, reefer IBCs have two or
three temperature measurement points. This is not sufficient
to keep fruit and food in top-quality condition: mould or damage can ruin the whole load.
“Sensors are needed in the container to prevent damage and
mould”, says the expert. The Intelligent Container sends this
data only when there is an incident – due to the data reduction the communication costs can be significantly reduced.
The researchers are already going one step further: “The Intelligent Container checks the state of its load itself and makes
autonomous decisions on the location”, explains Prof. Lang. The
IMSAS researchers rely on “Shelf-life Modelling” – the goods are
assigned a shelf life, which can be changed in transit depending
on the history of external influences (temperature, humidity,
ethylene gas). “Fruit that has already ripened, with a shorter shelf
life, is handled first. Damage can be prevented at an early stage
– if the container reports damaged bananas after leaving the port
of Costa Rica, the plantation can react before more goods with
the same quality problem are taken on the three-week journey
on the refrigerator ship. This approach results in a considerable
profit and is already in the test phase at the company Dole.”
the resulting additional value to our customers. Temperature
monitoring of heated IBCs is an interesting subject”, says
Blechschmidt. Stainless steel containers are used to transport chocolates and edible fats, which may be transported
by truck to Spain or Finland over a period of three or four
days. Hoyer is currently testing a BIBA telematics system for
these special containers which also logs the environmental
data with sensors.
ly. The novelty of the BIBA-system is that the telematics unit
responds only when a process deviation occurs, otherwise it
goes into sleep mode. “This means less battery replacements
and less charging processes, which saves energy”, says Veigt. “On the other hand, the variety of (sensor) data obtained from the logistics network can display the behaviour of
the IBC and recognise and repair errors at an early stage.
Constant data recording facilitates supply chain monitoring,
making processes more reliable and optimising container
control”, adds Christian Gorldt. A web portal shows where
the containers are, and whether there are delays or broken
heating units.
Sensitive goods: chocolate loves it warm
“Chocolates and edible fats harden in response to very small
temperature changes. A constant temperature is essential.”
All recent IBCs have been equipped with data loggers that
record any deviations. “We can imagine, however, being
able to read the data, if necessary readjust the temperatures
at a distance and be in a position to inform customers proactively in the future”, explains the Project Manager. “Secondly,
it is interesting for us to know whether any maladjustments
have been made to the heating within the logistics chain. We
can only identify this at the moment with difficulty.”
Sensors collect data from the environment
The Telematics System developed by BIBA consists of five
units that have already been tested in project “Intelligent
Container” using classic-sized 20- and 40-foot sea containers, as well as a software solution. The telematics module
at the IBC has a GPS module using GPRS for data transmission. An additional cube contains sensors that measure and
log temperature, humidity, light exposure and acceleration
values. “In contrast to previous systems, you can adapt this.
In other words, the dispatcher can configure the technical
behaviour of the telematics unit to suit its software”, explains
Marius Veigt.
Energy-efficient system: alarm works only
when something’s wrong
Current telematics systems can only report at specific times,
once a day or every 15 minutes, and this uses a lot of energy,
says Veigt. In order to track non-powered IBCs in the logistical network, the system needs to work very energy efficient-
The objective: logistics digitisation
“The Intelligent Container” scientists wanted to digitise the
quality control of banana shipments, to monitor the container transportation and establish how ripe they were. “We
want to digitise the entire logistics process, and influence
how goods respond to actuator systems, where appropriate”, Gorldt explains the long-term objective. Through this
condition-based observation of goods – taking into account
the environment – conclusions could be drawn about when,
for example, an IBC would fail or heating defects may occur.
In the future, this would allow forward-looking logistics –
relating to industry 4.0. “In order to make these predictions,
it still requires an adequate database to interpret the data
correctly”, says Veigt.
GPS does not replace RFID, it complements it
RFID technology is deployed around internal processes at
Hoyer, according to Marlen Blechschmidt: “The GPS projects that Hoyer operates inhouse, will not replace the RFID
system in the medium term – our processes are directed towards RFID. The system could provide an addition to RFID,
continuing the process of digitisation – something that will
become increasingly important in the future. We are pursuing this future – and so we want to generate new knowledge
about the project, and understand how we can provide added value to our customers.”
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Temperature-controlled air freight for pharmaceutical products
Passive UHF is the solution
for pharmaceutical air freight
The constantly growing number of temperature-controlled air cargo increases demand
for temperature monitoring – RFID is a part of the solution
Martin Stratmann, DHL Thermonet Product Manager Germany, anticipates that the demand for temperature-controlled air cargo will continue to increase,
especially for pharmaceutical products. The logistics
provider has just expanded its capacity with a new
600-square-metre logistics centre at the Frankfurt
hub – it is one of 90 Thermonet stations worldwide
where RFID sensor technology has become part of
the transport solution for life sciences and healthcare
Martin Stratmann, DHL Thermonet Product Manager Germany, in interview with “RFID im Blick”
“The RFID Smart Sensor is part of a comprehensive industry
solution for the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector. This service is currently offered at more than 90 stations worldwide,
from where we cover the majority of life sciences and healthcare goods distribution.”
Martin Stratmann, DHL Thermonet Product Manager Germany
Strict specifications raise the demand
“It is currently under discussion as to whether it is an economic option for the pharmaceutical industry to change from
air freight to sea fright. But we continue to see a positive
development in the transport numbers of temperature-controlled air cargo. This is based on strict requirements and the
extension of GDP (Good Distribution Practice) requirements
to pharmaceutical ingredients as well as the development of
new temperature-sensitive, complex biotechnological drugs.
With our current line-up in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector, we believe we are very well equipped to meet
the demands of our customers”, says Martin Stratmann, DHL
Thermonet Product Manager Germany.
More capacity for
temperature controlled products
In the new logistics centre in Mörfelden-Walldorf, DHL has set up
two temperature-controlled areas over an area of 600 square meters. One maintains temperatures ​​of between plus two to plus eight
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degrees Celsius; the other one maintains temperatures of plus 15 degrees up to plus 25 degrees Celsius. “We had need of a larger location because we no longer had enough capacity in Cargo City South
because of the ever-growing volume of temperature-controlled air
freight. We now have the ability to expand storage capacity at the
new location”, explains the DHL Thermonet Product Manager. “The
majority of current users come from the Frankfurt region. The solution, however, is available via Frankfurt for customers throughout
Germany – these are mainly companies producing pharmaceutical
products, who are exporting their thermo-sensitive products worldwide. In order to minimise the risk of incorrect handling, we can
keep temperature-sensitive goods in intermediate storage for as
long as necessary.”
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Active temperature control in the container
DHL Global Forwarding cooperates with several leading container manufacturers for active and passive air freight solutions,
“but also other solutions such as thermal foils are chosen for protection against extreme temperatures by our customers. Here,
we are working with the DHL Smart Sensor. Of course, active
containers are the best protection for sensitive goods, because
the temperature is actively controlled in the container”, says Martin Stratmann.
RFID as part of global temperature monitoring
Martin Stratmann is reluctant to tell us the exact volume of temperature-controlled air cargo shipments that are already being
processed by Thermonet stations. All he discloses is that DHL are
offering Smart Sensor RFID technology at more than 90 stations
worldwide as part of a comprehensive industry solution. “We distribute the majority of goods relating to life sciences and healthcare,”
says Stratmann. Specially trained experts dispatch the consignments in accordance with the GDP requirements via the worldwide
network. Other key supports are the coordinated Quality Management System and a global IT platform that records and centrally
monitors logistical time and temperature data. Every supply chain
process and contingency can be planned in advance with the Cold
Chain Design.
17 control points in the supply chain
The RFID sensors are mounted on the outside of packages and
monitor the ambient temperature along the supply chain. The
standard process of DHL Thermonet includes 17 control points,
and the data sensor is read out at four locations in the supply
chain: “These four data-reading locations are at the goods issue
departure airport, at the goods reception departure airport, at
the goods issue destination airport, and at the goods reception destination airport. We support our customers by the early
identification of any temperature deviations along the supply
chain. By special request, we are also able to offer additional
scanning intervals. This involves making individual arrangements with the customer and other stakeholders in the supply
chain”, explains the Product Manager.
Passive RFID technology
as a requirement in air freight
The passive RFID sensor has been specially developed for air
freight: “The DHL Smart Sensor, a passive device based on UHFRFID technology, was developed principally for air cargo. NonRFID systems are often rejected by airlines”, explains Stratmann.
For road or sea transport, DHL uses a GPS module in combination
with sensors. As a short-term solution for monitoring storage, temperature GSM sensors are used. The equipment is used for the
validation of transport routes prior to the actual dispatch of pharmaceutical goods. RFID technology has for many years been in
operation at DHL Freight (Division for Road Transport) in France
for a major customer in various distribution centres. Is DHL Thermonet working on a further development? “Basically, we keep an
eye on the opportunities for using new technologies and adapt
our services, if that makes sense,” explains Stratmann. He does
not rule out the extension of the network: “We started with 30
stations in 2013, and the network has tripled within two years. We
observe our clients’ requirements meticulously.
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Outlook: Additional RFID applications in Belgium and overseas?
“There have been discussions about using RFID
technology in our distribution centre in Brazil.
however, has not yet been
planned in detail. Based
on our experiences here in
Opglabeek, the benefits
of transparency and speeding up the processes are
obvious. Because we have
more and more customers
and the order quantities
are growing worldwide,
the extension of the SPC
2 system is a realistic vision for the future,” predicts Brecht Vanhove.
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Worldwide logistics of truck spare parts
Be at the right place at the right
time with RFID!
Scania Parts Logistics expands its use of RFID to ensure swift and reliable deliveries overseas
Currently, approximately 26,000 ordered items leave
the Global Parts Distribution Center of Scania Parts
Logistics in Opglabbeek, Belgium every day. To satisfy
the ever-increasing orders from customers worldwide,
the site has recently been significantly expanded. After the success of the employment of an RTLS-RFID
system in the Scania Parts Center 1 (SPC 1), the use of
RFID is currently being extended to SPC 2, recently
built in 2012–2013. First tests with the new technology have provided such good results that the roll-out
in late October will optimise delivery processes significantly benefitting overseas customers.
Brecht Vanhove, Warehouse Engineer, Scania Parts Logistics in interview with “RFID im Blick”
“Using RFID we can be almost 100% certain that only parts that
have actually been ordered go into the containers for overseas
shipment. Therefore, the delivery errors that are most complicated to correct can be avoided and customer satisfaction increased.”
Brecht Vanhove, Warehouse Engineer, Scania Parts Logistics
Start in the SPC 1: RFID and RTLSS
Scania was involved in a research project at the Flemish Institute for Logistics (VIL) in 2010 looking at how RFID technology
could optimise global delivery processes – since then a solution has been successfully implemented. In SPC 1, the Mojix
Star RFID RTLS system was installed to monitor the movement
of supplies from buildup to proof of shipping. “Since RFID has
been deployed in SPC 1, the system is stable and runs to our
satisfaction,” says Brecht Vanhove.
Reliably monitoring movement direction
To monitor all transport containers that are transported back
and forth between SPC 1 and SPC 2, and to know the exact
direction in which parts are moving, Scania management decided to extend the existing RFID system to two loading docks
in the SPC 2. Following the recommendations of the system
integrator Mieloo & Alexander, the project team from Scania
Parts Logistics chose to use a different technology from SPC 1.
Since only two dock doors in SPC 2 will be equiped and no
RTLS system is needed in this new building, they selected the
Kathrein RFID reading systems to make sure that all tagged,
reusable transport items (RTI) are reliably detected and their
movement direction identified.
Operation in October 2015
Brecht Vanhove explains that the RFID operation is getting
tested in the SPC 2. “In February 2015, all requirements for the
new system in the SPC 2 were specified in cooperation with
the system integrator. We are very confident that all tests will
be completed by the end of October 2015, in order to roll-out
the new system in the SPC 2. Until then, we will have recorded
approximately 1,000 reusable transport carriers for test purposes. What we can already say, however, is that the technology
works just as we expected it to.” The reports, which Brecht
Vanhove and his project team receive from logistics staff every
night, are promising. “The new system in the SPC 2 can capture
up to 15 tags in a single pass. It outperforms the SPC 1 system,
which we are still very satisfied with. Nevertheless, the results
are an indication that the RFID technology is constantly being
Benefits for overseas logistics
Scania currently uses the RFID technology in the SPC 1 and
2 only for shipments that go to customers overseas, for example to Brazil, where Scania operate a distribution centre,
too. “During the stuffing process in the overseas containers the
packaged parts are often driven in and out multiple times to
achieve the best space occupancy. Without the help of RFID in
this process, there is always the risk that loaded transport carriers could be forgotten and won’t be shipped in the overseas
containers. The automatic registration of all transport carrier
movements reduces this risk to almost zero. RFID has a great
impact here,” says Brecht Vanhove.
No tailback at customs
According to the Warehouse Engineer, another advantage that
results from minimised shipment errors is that customs processes at the destination country speed up: “If there are parts in
a container that are not indicated on the accompanying documents, the whole container will be stopped. Because RFID makes sure that the container is stuffed correctly, delivery speeds
up drastically and the customer is satisfied by the speed of the
process, which has a positive impact on the evaluation of an
RFID application.”
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Renting container modules
Number stickers
have had their day!
Renting modular room system containers for temporary use means that RFID technology
can significantly optimise processes
The Bonn-based company Baumann Container
Raumsysteme has around 1,800 container modules
in its portfolio. The rental company offers special
solutions for smaller projects, providing on average
two or three container modules from two months to
two years. In the future, it is likely that a chip-based
system will provide greater process transparency for
rental services. “RFID im Blick” spoke with Head of
Department, Lothar Ehrenberg, about the requirements that have to be met when using such innovative
Lothar Ehrenberg, Head of Department, Baumann Container Raumsysteme,
in interview with “RFID im Blick”
There’s no future for number stickers
and index cards
All Baumann’s rental modules are labelled with the
manufacturer‘s serial number. Each one has a sticker and a
name plate. All master data to do with the container is stored
on paper-based index cards. Because the rental company
purchases modules from five to six different manufacturers,
the numbering system is not suitable for identification. “Each
individual serial number in our ERP system is assigned to each
container module and so is detectable. However, this approach
is not optimal for container handling, and neither is using paper documents for module handling processes”, says Lothar
Ehrenberg. He adds: “Therefore, we have decided to reorganise
our entire logistics in 2016. A chip-based system for module
identification will be a vital component.”
The required solution needs to be
state-of-the-art and sustainable
Lothar Ehrenberg and his team want to achieve a dual objective by employing a solution based on chip technology:
“Firstly, the current location of each container needs to be
monitored by software and, secondly, our employees should
be able to read the required container information on site
using a handheld, a tablet or a smartphone.” Detailed information is provided on the rental terms as well as technical
master data to do with layout, model, colour, furnishings,
construction,floor and frame heights. “Chip-based systems,
which we have already looked at, provide added value – in
the future it will be possible to position the containers using
chip-technology. We are investing in a modern logistics system. Our main focus is to include everything that is technically possible for our sector so that we are well-positioned
for the next 10 to 15 years”, says Lothar Ehrenberg.
Short projects = high level of administration?
Lothar Ehrenberg sees the need to optimise rental processes
because of the specific ‘Baumann Raumsysteme’ business
model: “Our company is focusing on smaller projects where
often only two or three containers are required. The advantage of this over large projects with 100 to 150 containers is
that fewer containers can be provided more quickly. In large
projects where 150 containers are needed for two months,
sometimes it takes six months to set-up, and at the end return, clean and maintain the containers. The rent, however,
is only payable for two months.” Shorter projects with only
a few rented modules mean that with a current capacity of
1,650 containers, nearly 700 projects can operate at the same
time. “The level of administration, alone, for registration and
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documentation is extensive. We can provide more services
by running many smaller projects, for example, with regard
to maintenance and furnishings. A chip-based system will
reduce the workload and prevent container modules being
mixed up”, predicts Lothar Ehrenberg.
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A certain amount of information to do with life-cycle analysis
is already in place, but “with the support of chip technology,
information data is likely to improve”, asserts Lothar Ehrenberg.
„Accurately forecasting reorders is more important than ever.
Because of the volume of incoming refugees, the delivery time for container modules is currently taking 18 to 20
weeks. The approaching winter is likely to intensify the situation even more. Compare this to the end of 2014 and the
delivery time was between four to six weeks. Up-to-date
information about all the container modules is vital, so that
they can be planned optimally and re-ordered in time to
avoid a shortfall. Technological applications will offer a distinct advantage because they will ensure better transparency”, explains Lothar Ehrenberg.
“Faster ident processes, avoiding the
mixing up of containers, documenting
maintenance and repairs – by employing a
chip-based system, we will reorganise our
entire logistics and safeguard our investment for the future in 2016.”
Lothar Ehrenberg, Head of Department, ‘Baumann Raumsysteme’.
Added value for
​​ additional services
Besides improving logistical processes, Lothar Ehrenberg wants
to optimise all processes throughout the life cycle of container
modules: “The system should also manage servicing, maintenance and repair. Prior to the arrival control or even the inspection on return, specific steps can be used so that every mechanic
in charge can load them on his mobile device. The employee
checks in using a handheld, using his time-recording chip and
indicates which container he is servicing. In this way it is easy to
see how much time he spends on repairs, what materials were
needed and the standard weaknesses of container furnishings.
Going completely paperless is not feasible
“Paper-based documentation will continue to have an important role in our industry, particularly in communicating
with regulatory authorities”, explains Lothar Ehrenberg.
However, he also sees the potential for optimisation: “If we
can digitise the entire handling of delivery notes and transfer protocols by a chip solution, we have taken a big step to
reducing our paper use. Starting with assembling the necessary container modules, preparing them for transport and
loading them for delivery to the customer – in the future,
each container handling step will be digitally documented
using chip and mobile devices. When issuing the container
to the customer, for example, the customer’s signature will
register digitally on the tablet. In this way, processes speed
up and invoicing is automatically triggered after delivery,
increasing transparency and minimising the level of administration required.”
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Management and RFID
Logistics at DB Schenker BTT
About DB Schenker BTT
Working with the Chemical/Mineral Oil/Fertilizer units of DB Schenker Rail business unit,
DB Schenker BTT offers fast, secure and pan-European logistics solutions. Using a combination of transport and freight wagon services, the company organises the main track transportation operations, handles terminal operations and pre- and post- road transportation
operations for all European routes, as well as the complete management of tank wagons.
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Tracking & Tracing of
tank wagons and tank containers
DB Schenker BTT sees the combination of GPS-solutions and sensor technology as ideal
for the future of tank wagon management
DB Schenker BTT, a subsidiary of DB Schenker
Rail, specialises in safely transporting sensitive
and dangerous goods by rail, such as chemicals,
oil and agricultural products. This requires a
logistics environment in which clear identification provides safety-related information on wa-
gons and containers. “RFID im Blick” speaks
with Florian Sigl, Head of Operational Excellence, about DB Schenker BTT’s identification
procedures and what requirements exist for locator and sensor.
Florian Sigl, Head of Operational Excellence, DB Schenker BTT, in interview with “RFID im Blick”
How many tank wagons, special wagons and tank containers
has DB Schenker BTT in its portfolio?
Why is the use of RFID technology not accepted for optimising
DB Schenker currently has circa 1,000 tank wagons and 500
tank containers in its portfolio. Approximately 50 of the
tank containers have a “special equipment” status.
In the medium term, containers will be equipped with telemetry. GPS technology is rated more highly in terms of its
utility and importance for wagon management. RFID could
be useful for identification at the entrances and exits of
chemical parks. The infrastructure as well as the private
wagons would need to be modified accordingly.
How is each individual wagon or container identified?
Each wagon or container is identified by a unique identifier.
This identifier is always present and regulated by international laws and guidelines.
How important is the clear identification of wagons within the
whole process of transporting chemicals, oil and agricultural
Because not every product can be loaded and transported
in each wagon or wagon type, it is crucial for all wagons
to have a unique identification. It is equally important that
all the correct equipment is present before the actual transportation starts.
How are DB Schenker BTT solutions technologically implemented for tracking and tracing?
We use customised programming with access to existing
systems from the rail world in order to allow our customers
an optimal national and worldwide tracking and tracing system.
What particular challenges do you see concerning the identification of rail wagons, and what solutions do you think will work?
An optimal solution for the identification of rail wagons
should provide detailed information on its location –
showing exactly which track it is on. The solution should
also be able to provide information about points of interest, it should allow the automatic signal transmission to
be programmed at certain checkpoints and establish the
status of each wagon, whether it is empty or loaded.
We’d also like to offer a technology solution that can vary
the number of signals, include sensors showing pressure,
temperature and other parameters, and that has an option
to switch it on and off. Just as important would be to have
impact and pressure sensors for logging horizontal and vertical stress.
Has the use of RFID technology already been tested or discussed
for wagon management?
We have tested the application in the past, but the customer
rated it as ineffective for wagon-management processes.
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10 Years
International Knowledge Base
Research Institutes and Consulting
Fraunhofer-Arbeitsgruppe für
Supply Chain Services SCS
Zentrum für Intelligente Objekte ZIO
Nordostpark 93
90411 Nürnberg
Tel. (+49) 911/58061-9572
[email protected]
Hardware & software development for RFID and wireless sensor
networks, energy harvesting and
localization systems
Development of integration &
application platforms
Technology consulting & feasibility analysis
Compilation of market & trend
Process consulting for the
production and logistics sector
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7iD Technologies GmbH
Janzgasse 4
A-8020 Graz
Tel. (+43) 316-716 720
[email protected]
Austria | Germany | Switzerland
AEG Identifikationssysteme
Reiner Wagner
Hörvelsinger Weg 47
89081 Ulm
Tel.(+49) 0731-140088 0
Fax(+49) 0731-140088 9000
[email protected]
All About Cards
S&K Trading GmbH & Co. KG
Karl-August Thiele
Sailerwöhr 16
94032 Passau
Tel. : (+49) 851-2009 30 10
Fax : (+49) 851-2009 30 22
[email protected]
aio IT for Logistics GmbH
Marie-Curie-Str. 1
26129 Oldenburg
Tel. (+49) 441-3611679-0
Fax (+49) 441-3611679-8
[email protected]
High-performance state-of-the-art standard software for AIDC
Custom UHF RFID solutions for physical challenging environments
Detailed industry know-how in automotive, railway and logistics
One stop solution for system integrators
Special transponders for metal environment
Most complete product portfolio for animal identification
IC cards, RFID cards and tags including printing and encoding
Hardware and software for smart
card & RFID encoding
RFID ID systems and card printers
Terminals for RFID, IC and magnetic
stripe cards
Customized RFID solutions,
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IT solutions for transportation logistics and mobile applications
Management of reusable transportation equipment
Intralogistics with RFID and barcode
Lewin Sofware
System integration
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Assion Electronic GmbH
Grandkaule 9 + 11
53859 Niederkassel
Tel.(+49) 2208-90056 0
Fax(+49) 2208-90056 9
[email protected]
Full-service system house for EMS and customized RFID-based system solutions
Independent consulting, process analysis, integration & after-sales service
Development of custom-designed hardware and software solutions
Manufacturer of handheld readers and stationary read/write devices
Provider of active and passive RFID systems (LF, HF, UHF)
avus Services GmbH
Ursula Claß-Weiss
Industriestraße 28
70565 Stuttgart
Tel. (+49) 711 22062-130
Fax (+49) 711 22062-110
[email protected]
Auto-ID based solutions in logistics as well as indoor and outdoor location systems (tracking & tracing)
all-in-one customized solutions in barcode,RFID, NFC and RTLS
System integration of RFID solutions into existing IT infrastructures to optimize logistics processes
Software for programmable handheld devices
Balluff GmbH
Oliver Pütz-Gerbig
Schurwaldstraße 9
73765 Neuhausen
Tel.(+49) 7158-173 400
Fax(+49) 7158-173 138
[email protected]
BARTSCH International GmbH
Alte Landstraße 8-10
85521 Ottobrunn/München
Tel.(+49) 89-60805 156
Fax(+49) 89-60805 44 156
[email protected]
LF, HF , and UHF components for
industrial applications
Complete system solutions
Extensive selection of robust transponders, also for use with metal and at high
temperatures up to 220°C (Paintshop)
RFID-based logistics documents and labels
Single and multi use tickets for HF and UHF applications
RFID Luggage Tags (EPC Gen2)
RFID-based document management
Customer-specific conversion of RFID inlays
System solutions and technology consulting
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RFID | Sensorik | Smart Cards | NFC
OEM/ODM solutions for industrial applications
Div. Transponders in HF, LF, UHF & combi
Glass tags in 125kHz, 13.56MHz & 134.2kHz
ISO Cards and Prelams in LF, HF,
UHF & Hybrid
Display cards (SVC & OTP)
Fingerprint cards
B-Id GmbH & Co. KG
Yiwen Jin
Von-Seebach-Straße 28
34346 Hann. Münden
Tel.(+49) 5541-95667 0
Fax(+49) 5541-95667 1
[email protected]
Bornemann AG
Steen Burnaes
Oberer Triftweg 18
D-38640 Goslar
Tel. (+49) 5321 3345314
[email protected]
Bluhm Systeme GmbH
Maarweg 33
53619 Rheinbreitbach
Tel.(+49) 2224-7708 0
Fax(+49) 2224-7708 20
[email protected]
Bornemann Localaization & RFID
GPS/GSM Positioning systems with
RFID sensors
Mobile RFID solutions
RFID Driver‘s license check,
employee identification
RFID Theft protection,
Fill level monitoring
RFID Temperature monitoring
RFID Localaization by Telematics
BRESSNER Technology GmbH
Alexander Pluntke
Industriestraße 51
82194 Gröbenzell/München
Tel. (+49) 8142 47284 70
Fax (+49) 8142 47284 77
[email protected]
Comprehensive know-how and product range in the areas of coding, labelling, RFID, and labels
RFID hand scanner, RFID desktop printer, RFID label printer and supply system, and RFID labels
Development and supply of tailored RFID solutions, integration, and service
Comprehensive product portfolio
Turnkey complete solutions
ISO 9001:2008 certified
Client-specific project development
Project consulting
David Pallassini
Via Vetraia 11
55049 Viareggio
Tel.(+39) 0584-388 398
Fax(+39) 0584-388 959
[email protected]
Leading manufacturer of UHF RFID
readers and tags
Wide range of UHF RFID products:
fixed, desktop, OEM, UHF
Bluetooth readers
Easy solution to temperature
Unique technical support for a fast
adoption of UHF RFID technology
Cards & Devices GmbH
Neue Straße 67
D-99846 Seebach
Tel. (+49) 36929 60430
Fax (+49) 36929 60450
[email protected]
Mobile terminals for RFID, smart card and magnetic stripe cards
RFID technology for the vending machine industry
RFID write and reader devices with security module (SAM)
Customer-specific solutions
Checkpoint Systems GmbH
Johannes Burgert
Ersheimer Straße 69
69434 Hirschhorn
Tel: +49-6272-928 0
Tel. +49(0) 6272 928 221
[email protected]
RFID Solutions (RF and RFID Labels, Hardware and Software)
Consulting, Implementation and Services for RFID solutions
Data and labels management via the online platform check-NET
Extensive RF Design and comprehensive
manufacturing experience to supply industry’s leading RFID tags and labels
Confidex Ltd
Customizing the RFID tags and Hanspeter Kündig
labels according to customer Haarlankatu 1 B
FIN-33230 Tampere
Industry standard compliant product Tel.(+41) 78 949 89 38
[email protected] offering in various fields
incl. Automotive RFID applications
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Contrinex Sensor GmbH
Forstwaldstr. 357
47804 Krefeld
Tel. (+49)2151 65049-0
Fax (+49)2151 65049-10
[email protected]
Performance: high and low-frequency
RFID systems to meet the most demanding requirements of industry
Networkability: full range of interface devices; direct connection to RS485 bus (HF)
Difficult environments: full-metal tags; tags for temperatures up to 250 °C; tags embeddable in metal
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DTE Automation GmbH
Andreas Rehsöft
Meller Straße 84
32130 Enger
Tel.(+49) 5224-91060 0
Fax(+49) 5224-91060 10
[email protected]
Standard and customized barcode and RFID solutions, including integration into existing processes
Consulting, onsite tests, analysis, and concept development
From the specifi cation to the commissioning, everything from one source
DYNAMIC Systems GmbH
Inninger Straße 11
82237 Wörthsee
Tel. (+49) 8153-9096 0
Fax (+49) 8153-9096 96
[email protected]
Order encoding
RFID and labelling complete solutions
RFID reader and printer
Customer-specific barcode & RFID labels
RFID special solutions such as hard tags, on metal tags etc.
Service: consulting, installation, repair, training
COT Computer OEM Trading
Eiko Gramlich
Güterstraße 5
64807 Dieburg
Tel.(+49) 6071-927 182
Fax(+49) 6071-927 149
[email protected]
CTR Carinthian Tech Research
DI Heimo Müller
Europastraße 4/1
AT-9524 Villach
Tel. (+43) 4242 56300 213
Fax (+43) 4242 56300 400
[email protected]
deister electronic GmbH
Martin Hartwigsen
Hermann-Bahlsen-Str. 11
30890 Barsinghausen
Tel.(+49) 5105-516 111
Fax(+49) 5105-516 217
[email protected]
Specialized in software and IT components for the Auto-ID sector
Advanced system solutions from a single source
Customized service concepts
Extensive technical know-how and flexibility, long-term experience, and market presence
passive RFID for extreme ambient conditions
Wireless sensors for temperature and pressure
SAW system solutions
Centre of excellence for smart sensors
Innovative products and solutions for LF, HF, UHF, and microwave
High quality standards, made in Germany
Excellent support and training
Elatec GmbH
Stefan Haertel
Chief Operation Officer
Lilienthalstr. 3
D-82178 Puchheim
Tel.(+49) 89 5529961-0
Fax(+49) 89 5529961-29
[email protected]
Enso Detego GmbH
Uwe Hennig
Hans-Resel-Gasse 17a
8020 Graz | Austria
Tel. +43 316 711 111
[email protected]
RFID readers and SmartCard readers
Custom reader and transponder development
Support from Germany
The advantage of acquiring
item level transparency, visualising
your key performance indicators and
reacting instantly.
The chance of minimising inventory
over-ages, increasing overall productivity
and thus overhead costs.
The opportunity for you to grow,
procure change and evaluate success.
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Custom design and high volume manufacture of UHF / LF / HF smart labels and tags
Variable or static printing and encoding services validated to 99.9999% accuracy
Intelligent packaging and asset visibility solutions for pharma-
ceutical, healthcare and logistics applications
ISO 9001:2008 QMS certified
RFID Consulting and prototyping services available
eAgile, Inc.
René Wyss
Neustadt 8
CH 8200 Schaffhausen
Tel. (+41) 76 818 28 24
[email protected]
Entiac GmbH
Johannes Szarata
Wetzellplatz 2
31137 Hildesheim
Tel. (+49) 5121 500 121
Fax (+49) 5121 500 550
[email protected]
etifix GmbH
Winfried Dudzik
Riedericher Straße 68
72661 Grafenberg
Tel.(+49) 7123-382 0
Fax(+49) 7123-382 101
[email protected]
Development and production of customized RFID labels and labeling solutions
for the RF range (13.56 MHz), UHF (860960 MHz), and NFC range
RFID hardware and systems such as
label printers,mobile and stationary RFID
readers, and labelers
RFID system consulting and systems
RFID integration by networking partner
RFID software adjustments and integration
etifix - RFID offers comprehensive
support after purchase
Identifikationssysteme GmbH & Co.KG
Metternicher Straße 4
53919 Weilerswist
Tel.(+49) 2254-9409 0
Fax(+49) 2254-9409 70
[email protected]
Intralogistics processes – We think process!
Complete Systems – Consulting, Hardware, Software, Implementation - Just one supplier!
AIDC/RFID Software – Mobile Barcode Solutions – Data glasses – Voice – Often it is a combination!
Integration with your ERP system – Only the holistic solution leads to success!
Application driven system provider
for transponders, read/write devices and mobile terminals
Expert in all frequencies (LF, HF, UHF), active and passive systems
Software for handheld devices,
Windows applications incl. database solutions and system integration
European EPC
Competence Center GmbH
Conrad von Bonin
Mainstraße 113-119
41469 Neuss
Tel.(+49) 211-969 5553
Fax(+49) 211-969 490 9366
[email protected]
exceet Card Group AG
Senefelderstraße 10
D-33100 Paderborn
Tel. (+49) 5251 - 15 83-0
Fax (+49) 5251 - 15 83-250
[email protected]
Andreas Löw
Lange Straße 4
35781 Weilburg
Tel.(+49) 6471-3109 0
Fax(+49) 6471-3109 99
[email protected]
Fis Organisation GmbH
Am Stadtrand 52
22047 Hamburg
Tel.(+49) 40-669616-0
Fax(+49) 40-669616-26
[email protected]
RFID training courses and workshops
RFID consulting and feasibility studies
RFID system tests and certifications
Manufacturer-independent contract researching
Europe-wide RFID/EPC network
EPC IS Consulting
A market leader in RFID smart cards
A full service provider for smart cards and readers as well as secure payment solutions in mobile payment
State-of-the-art production sites with VISA and MASTERCARD certification
The world’s first card production using solar energy
More than 20 years experiences in developing RFID hardware components
Production and development of standard products and various customized products only in Germany
Distribution only to integrators and VAR´s
Identification media of all types, especially RFID, cards, special constructions, antennas, chips, etc. in OEM quality
Marking and personalization systems for plastic cards, including coding and initialization
Accessories, carrying facilities, protective covers, lanyards, etc.
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freaquent froschelectronics GmbH Almost 2 decades of experience in the development of RFID hardware
Münzgrabengürtel 10
High-End Reader and Antennas 8010 Graz
for LF and HF
Customer-specific developments Tel. (+43) 316 697055 0
and adjustments
Fax (+43) 316 697055 12
Process consulting
[email protected]
Fujitsu Semiconductor
Europe GmbH
Jozsef Miho
Tel. (+49) 6103 690-476
[email protected]
Ramin Hassan
Zoitzstrasse 3
07551 Gera-Liebschwitz
Tel.(+49) 365-830700 0
Fax(+49) 365-830700 29
[email protected]
herpa print GmbH
Wilfried Lentzsch
Niedermiebach 71
53804 Much
Tel.(+49) 2245-9163-0
Fax(+49) 2245-9163-6
[email protected]
More than 30 years of experience in the European market.
Supplier of ‘right-sized‘ and progressive semiconductor solutions.
Integral part of its customers‘ supply chain
Close cooperation with dedicated engineering teams.
Heyden-Securit GmbH
Michael Gordalla
Am Stadtwalde 47
48432 Rheine
Tel. (+49) 5971-9876 0
[email protected]
Conception and implementation of customer specific RFID turnkey solutions
Development and production of smart labels, tickets and reader systems
Internal development kits and comprehensive measuring and testing systems
HID Global GmbH
Guido Kuhrmann
Am Klingenweg 6a
65396 Walluff
Tel.(+49) 6123 791 0
Fax(+49) 6123 791 199
[email protected]
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Wide range of solutions for identification and outdoor advertising with films
Printing, preparation, and refining of film products
Customer specific development of RFID transponder labels (13.56 MHz and 868 MHz)
Partner for products related to ID and card creation
Card printer, Platic cards and key fobs
printer Software, ID creati
on and encoding software
ID card accessories in the form of card holders, Clips, Jojo‘s and Lanyards
Visitor management and visitor management systems
Low frequency, high frequency, NFC and UHF technology expertise
Broad range of robust RFID tags
Custom tag development and customization options
European designed and engineered
Global production and support; ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities
Harting Technologiegruppe
Dr. Jan Regtmeier
Marienwerderstr. 3
32339 Espelkamp
Tel.(+49) 5772-47 9517
[email protected]
Modular design RFID solution from Hardware to software and system integration from one supplier
Very robust transponders for harsh environments
Intelligent RFID readers and antennas for industry Environments
hr electronic gmbh
Vogelherd 23
78176 Blumberg
Tel. (+49) 7702 477 960
Fax (+49) 7702 477 989
[email protected]
Manufacturer of Air-cored and Solid Coils for RFID products
Development and production of
customized RFID tags and readers, as well as components
LF and HF tags such as Key Fobs, Tag Watches, Cards, Coins, PET Inlays
Encoding of RFID tags, Personalization with Laser and Printing Technology
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Single source process reliable RFID solutions including integrati
on with any IT system
Pinpoint 3D-Tracking of goods and containers without scanning in warehouses and production
Asset management in the cloud with support of auto-ID technologies (finderbox)
IdentPro GmbH
Paul Drolshagen
Camp-Spich-Str. 4
53842 Troisdorf
Tel. (+49) 2241-866392 28
Fax(+49) 2241-866392 99
[email protected]
Donnersbergweg 1
D-67059 Ludwigshafen
Tel. +49 621 66900940
Fax +49 621 66900949
[email protected]
ifm electronic GmbH
Friedrichstr. 1
45128 Essen
Tel. (49) 201 24 22-0
Fax (49) 201 24 22-1200
[email protected]
inotag GmbH
RFID Solutions
Marcus Muschke
Havelstr. 1-3
24539 Neumünster
Tel.(+49) 4321-840000
Fax(+49) 4321-8400022
[email protected]
Complete RFID hardware product portfolio for system integration
BLUEBOX professional RFID controllers & antennas for LF, HF, and UHF
Large RFID product range for innovative mobile solutions
Years of experience in professional RFID systems and applications
Industrial RFID solutions with AS-Interface and 125 kHz or Ethernet and UHF
High reading reliability even under difficult ambient conditions
Easy installation and start-up
Extensive range of write / read heads, ID tags and mounting accessories
Individual RFID and barcode solutions
Production of inmould labels and RFID inmould labels
Conversion of HF and UHF inlays into resistant data carriers
Optimized RFID labels for container and pallet labeling
UHF RFID Systems
Customized UHF Reader Systems
Customized UHF Antenna Systems
Kathrein RFID
Kronstaudener Weg 1
83071 Stephanskirchen
Tel.(+49) 8036 90831 20
Fax(+49) 8036 90831 69
[email protected]
Frizzi Seltmann
Wüstenbrander Str. 9
09353 Oberlungwitz
Tel.(+49) 3723-69 44 12
Fax(+49) 3723-69 44 44
[email protected]
Market leading provider of complete solutions in the field of automated handover procedures for 20 years
Safe and process-oriented management of material assets/resources
Production and implementation of RFID components to detect objects and persons
Logopak Systeme GmbH & Co. KG
Dorfstr. 40
24628 Hartenholm
Tel.(+49) 4195-9975 6565
Fax(+49) 4195- 9975 9666
[email protected]
Labelling systems
RFID systems
Bar code technology
Building of special machines
Software engineering
Manufacturing and development of identification media (RFID, ID Cards, Key and wristband transpon-
der, Smart Cards, Hybrid media)
Personalization and ID card Datentechnik GmbH
management systems Hinterhofen 4
(Soft- and Hardware)
D-78052 Villingen-Schwenningen Card printer with or without inline Tel. (+49) 7721/8848-0
Encoding (Accessories, Fax (+49) 7721/8848-20
Consumables, …)
[email protected]
Visitor management and
Foreign workers organization
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Gesellschaft für Kartensysteme
Tim Minkenberg, Systemberater
Gewerbering 5
41751 Viersen
Tel.(+49) 2162-935821
Fax(+49) 2162-300 15
[email protected]
Card printer (accessories, consumables, software)
Plastic cards
Plastic card Personalization and emailing
Accessories for plastic cards
Special solutions (city cards, mobile access control)
MELZER maschinenbau GmbH Fully Automatic Production Lines
for e-ID Documents
International Sales Department
Smart Card Manufacturing Equipment
Ruhrstr. 51-55
Contactless Card Production Equipment
58332 Schwelm
Inlay Production Equipment
Tel.(+49) 2336-9292 80
Milling and Implanting Lines for
Fax(+49) 2336-9292 85
DIF and Smart Cards
[email protected]
Smart Label, Ticket, Tag Converting
Customized Machinery Solutions
Reinhard Jurisch
Office Park im GVZ
In der Hochstedter Ecke 2
99098 Erfurt
Tel.(+49) 361-59874 0
Fax(+49) 361-59874 17
[email protected]
Miniaturization of RFID system components
Integration of RFID sensor functionality
Customized product qualification
Supply chain and logistics consulting,
specialized in AIDC and
RFID technology
Mieloo & Alexander GmbH
Turnkey design, realization and Drs. Sander Merkx
management of customized
Charlottenstraße 75
AIDC solutions
40210 Düsseldorf
Modular, cloud based AIDC/RFID
Tel. (+31) 23-5656 000
standard solutions for container
[email protected] management, intralogistics and time
and attendance capturing
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Mojix STAR high sensitivity
reader features: passive RFID tags
can be read at 200 meters | realtime locating of passive RFID tags
| single point for command and
Passive RTLS: With Mojix, companies deploy inexpensive UHF passive RFID tags for real-time location tracking
Ubiquitous real-time visibility across all assets with a single Mojix STAR system
Roelof Koopmans
Kaiserwertherstr. 115
40880 Düsseldorf
Tel. (+49) 210 2420 806
[email protected]
MPDV Mikrolab GmbH
Die MES - Experten !
Rainer Deisenroth
Römerring 1
74821 Mosbach
Tel. (+49) 6261 9209 - 0
Fax (+49) 6261 18139
[email protected]
Tracking & Tracing, Traceability, Product Identification (RFID & Barcode)
Monitoring and Controlling of the in-house material flow and intralogistics
Integrated Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) according to VDI 5600
Murata Electronics Europe B.V. Tag- und Reader- Module Alexander M. Schmoldt
Business Development Manager
High Memory UHF Tag Modul
Tel. (+31) 23 5698 370
Ultra-Miniatur Tag for [email protected]
Marc Wegener
Im Depenbrock 3
32584 Löhne
Tel. (+49) 57 31-98 19 47 0
Fax (+49) 57 31-98 19 47 6
[email protected]
Production of RFID tags and RFID consumables
RFID Hardware: Printers, Readers, Gates, Handhelds
RFID Engineering and System Solution
RFID System Integration
RFID Middleware
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Nedap Deutschland GmbH
Sabine Stockmann
Otto-Hahn-Str. 3
40670 Meerbusch
Tel. (+49) 2159 8145 - 0
Fax (+49) 2159 8145 - 100
[email protected]
Neosid Pemetzrieder
GmbH & Co.KG
Yilmaz Benzer
Langenscheid 26-30
58553 Halver
Tel. (+49) 2353-71-46
Fax (+49) 2353-71-54
[email protected]
RFID Handheld Reader
RFID Overhead Antenna
Hybrid System RF/RFID
Store!D Fast Stock Taking /
Ferrite Components
Fixed Inductors
RFID Antennas
RFID Transponder
We also produce customized versions on request. We are specialized
in customer-specific developments.
CrossTalk: AIDC and RTLS Complete solutions with modular design
Integration of mobile and stationary AIDC and RTLS reading points in any IT infrastructure
The CrossTalk product family is established noFilis AutoID GmbH
successfully at more than 200 customers Patrick Hartmann
in 30 countries
Lise-Meitner-Strasse 7
Software standard technology with a 85737 Ismaning
distinctive, global partner network regarding Tel. (+49) 89-2867 436-0 sales, implementation and support
Mobile (+49) 151-54736647 Pre-configured business processes and [email protected] visualization and reporting components
Nordic ID GmbH
Lothar Struckmeier
Herforder Straße 195
33609 Bielefeld
Tel.(+49) 521-557717-0
Fax(+49) 521-557717-10
[email protected]
Europe‘s leading RFID provider
Proven concepts in retail, logistics and automotive
Powerful UHF- / HF-RFID
Innovative mobile computers
Easy plug&play RFID reading
Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, 1D, 2D, Bluetooth, PoE
ORYX Technologies GmbH
Center for Aerospace –
Navigation – Automotive
Friedrichshafener Strasse 1
D-82205 Gilching
Tel. (49 ) 8105-272919-0
Fax (49 ) 8105-272919-49
[email protected]
Pasquini+Kromer GmbH
Herr Pasquini
Herr Kromer
Dieselstr. 7
70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Tel.(+49) 711 - 77 10 81
Fax(+49) 711 - 77 10 83
[email protected]
Paul & Co GmbH & Co KG
Postfach 11 64
97770 Wildflecken
Tel. (+49) 97 45 37-0
Fax (+49) 97 45 37-37 30 03
[email protected]
Susanne Timm
Hamburger Strasse 6
22952 Luetjensee
Telefon +49 (0) 41 54_7 99 0
Telefax +49 (0) 41 54_7 99 151
[email protected]
Customer-specific label solutions
Labels in the range from -50 °C to +700 °C
RFID Equipment, Smart Labels including Hardware and Software
On-metal RFID Solutions
RFID Printer: Zebra, Intermec and CAB
Mobile Printer, Data acquisition systems, Terminals, RFID Handhelds
Subcontracting for all applications
RFID in labels of all sizes and shapes, role – role
All systems: AM, RF, EM, and RFID
Special solutions, special engineering, rotation stamping, hot stamping cylinders
Hard paper sleeves with
integrated RFID Tag
RFID-based VMI
Development and production of contactless devices in own fabrication
German based inlay production
Data encoding and personalization
Innovative products for cards and mailings
Flexible and customer oriented
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Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH
Lilienthalstr. 200
DE-68307 Mannheim
Tel. (+49) 621-7761111
[email protected]
Plasticard-ZFT GmbH
Dr. Ing. Achim Jannasch
Reisewitzer Str. 82
01159 Dresden
Tel. (+49) 351 422 78 0
Fax (+49) 351 422 78 51
[email protected]
RAKO Security-Label GmbH
RFID Department
Möllner Landstraße 15
22969 Witzhave
Tel.(+49) 4104-693 1767
Fax(+49) 4104-693 2340
[email protected]
RF-Embedded GmbH
Jochen Kuhn
Kufsteiner Straße 11
83080 Oberaudorf
Tel. (+49) 8033 302313 0
Fax (+49) 8033 302313 88
[email protected]
A RFID System for LF, HF and UHF readers
Application Solutions and tailor-made Products
Interfaces for all common Fieldbus Connections
Hotline Support and on-site Commissioning
Production of plastic, IC, RFID and ID cards
Personalization service (optical and electronic)
Card and application specific software solutions
Layout design
Kartendepot 2.0 - Web-based ordering system for personalized
ID media
Mailing service
Etched aluminium antennas for RFID inlays
RFID labels as self-adhesive labels, tickets, hangtags, or hardtags
Special hardware for retail as EAS, store, and supply chain solutions
Complete UHF RFID Reader portfolio, optionally adaptable to customer wishes (HW & SW)
HW & SW Development, technology independent
Simulation & Development of Antennas / HF-Systems
Development of specific passive and active (sensor) transponder (HW & SW)
Prototype construction, certification and series production by one supplier
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RFID Konsortium GmbH
Tino Steickert
Biedrich Str. 8A
61200 Wölfersheim
Tel. (+49) 6036 98967 40
Fax (+49) 6036 98967 44
[email protected]
Rinas Gerätetechnik GmbH
Armin Rinas
Wiesenstr. 7
88634 Aftholderberg
Tel. (+49) 7552 405 88 44
Fax (+49) 7552 405 88 20
[email protected]
Roth & Rau - Ortner GmbH
Martin Bachlechner
Manfred-von-Ardenne-Ring 7
DE-01099 Dresden
Tel. (+49) 351-88861 0
Fax (+49) 351-88861 20
[email protected]
Metal working
Surface technology
AutoID solutions for logistics, trade, industry, and healthcare
RFID Hardware
Mobile Solutions
Production equipment for RFID, magnet and Smart Cards
Individual or continuous ticket encoding
Card handling (separating, printing, scanning, sorting, stacking)
Bespoke machinery / customer-specific engineering
Electronic component and software development
RFID systems for semiconductor industry applications and other cleanroom manufacturing areas
LF and HF readers incl. accessories (antennas etc.)
Development of customized RFID hardware and software
RUD Ketten
Rieger & Dietz GmbH u. Co. KG
Michael Smetz
D-73432 Aalen
Tel. (+49) 7361-504 1291
Fax (+49) 7361-504 1460
[email protected]
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Continuous focus on product innovation & technique improvement.
Comprehensive expertise in tailored antenna, mechanical design and Securitag Assembly Group customization capabilities.
Great flexibility in customized Co., Ltd. (SAG)
project development.
No.1 Gongye 9th Road,
Complete in-house Dali District, Taichung 412
manufacturing technology.
Taiwan R.O.C.
High commitment to deliver Tel. +886 (4) 2492 5298
consistent quality product and Fax +886 (4) 2492 7388
premium service.
[email protected]
Extensive product portfolio for a
wide range of RFID applications.
SATO Germany GmbH
Waldhofer Str. 104
69123 Heidelberg
Tel. +49(0)6221 5850-0
Fax +49(0)6221 5850-282
[email protected]
sttID - scemtec Transponder
Technology GmbH
Andreas Hertrampf
Wehrstr. 1
51645 Gummersbach
Tel. (+49) 2261 80407 0
Fax (+49) 2261 80407 55
[email protected]
Schreiner LogiData
Ein Competence Center
der Schreiner Group
GmbH & Co. KG
Waldvögeleinstraße 12
80995 München
Tel.: (+49) 89 31584-4147
Fax: (+49) 89 31584-4109
[email protected]
Labelling solutions leveraging barcode and RFID technologies
Integral Track & Trace solutions for Manufacturing and Logistics
Suitable Auto-ID solutions at all points along the supply-chain
Practice-approved solutions for mobile printing
OEM print engines and customized RFID-applications
Development of RFID read / write systems for LF, HF and UHF
Implementation of LF, HF and UHF antenna design
Customized solutions for active and passive RFID electronics
LF, HF (ISO15693, ISO1800-3 M3) and UHF (Class1 Gen2) Tag/Label
Consulting and selection of RFID technology
Development, concept design and
production of customized RFID
label solutions in the HF
(13.56 MHz) and UHF
(860 to 960 MHz) ranges
Customized versions also available for harsh industrial environments
RFID system consultancy and support
Siemens AG
Process Industries and Drives
Process Automation
Postbox 4848
90026 Nürnberg
Tel. (+49) 0911 895 0
[email protected]
More than 30 years of proven technology and industry expertise
Comprehensive range of identification systems for many different applications
Easy integration into your automation and IT environment
SIGMA Chemnitz GmbH
Am Erlenwald 13
09128 Chemnitz
Tel. (+49) 371 2371-114
Fax (+49) 371 2371-150
[email protected]
Development of RFID and AIDC solutions
Automated process
control, visualization and documentation
AIDC middleware solution GRAIDWARE®
System and data integration
Consulting and process design of IT processes in production + logistics
smart-TEC GmbH & Co. KG
Klaus Dargahi
Kolpingring 3
82041 Oberhaching
Tel.+49 89 613007 80
Fax+49 89 613007 89
[email protected]
Robust, durable, industry-compliant, weather- and temperature-resistant RFID and NFC transponders - including for explosion hazard environments
Customer-specific RFID- and NFC-
labels, printed or blank, with the most varied of chip technologies, frequency ranges and forgery- and tamper-proof features
Comprehensive NFC expertise within our Competence Centre NFC
Competent project consultation and support
SMART Technologies ID GmbH
Tichelweg 9
D-47626 Kevelaer
Tel. (+49) 2832-973-2052
Fax (+49) 2832-973-2054
[email protected]
100% OEM manufacturer with a comprehensive product portfolio of modules and readers
Longtime LEGIC full licence partner
RFID Standards as ISO14443A+B, LEGIC, ISO15693, ISO18092 (NFC) 125kHz and ISO11784
Development and production of customized RFID hardware solutions
Customized small series up to mass production
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Broad product range covering LF, HF, NFC, UHF, and hybrid inlays and tags
Most comprehensive Karin Fabri
technology portfolio in high-
Corporate Communications & Marketing end wafer processing, Albstraße 14
antenna design, bonding, 70597 Stuttgart
lamination, and assembly
Tel.(+49) 711-656 926 10
Proven track record of Fax(+49) 711-656 926 11
several billion products [email protected]
produced and supplied
Grazer Vorstadt 142
AT-8570 Voitsberg
Tel. (+43) 3142-28928 10
Fax (+43) 3142-28928 20
[email protected]
Internet of Things
Modern Material Flow Computers and Retrofitting
RFID-Middleware and Software Integration
Open Source WMS & Cloud IT
touch systems GmbH
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 13
82140 Olching
Tel. (+49) 8142-42238 0
Fax (+49) 8142-42238 69
[email protected]
SSI Schäfer Noell GmbH
D-97232 Giebelstadt
Tel. (+49) 9334 979-0
[email protected]
Salomon Automation GmbH
A-8114 Friesach bei Graz
Tel. (+43) 3127 200-0
[email protected]
Broad portfolio of multi -touch systems in sizes 7 „to 21“
New generation of handhelds and tablets for the industry with the SH Task Book
Technology leader in industrial computers and forklift terminals
Custom configuration of products through modular design
High computing performance combined with robust design
Unique portfolio of operating systems
Warehousing and logistics systems
Logistics software
Conveyor systems and order picking systems
TTF is designer & manufacturer of RFID tags in New Delhi, India
ATEX certified tags, safe to The Tag Factory Ltd
operate in hazardous A-98, Sector-4, Noida
New Delhi, INDIA
TTF has the capability to Pim van Loosbroek, CEO / Owner
design and manufacture Mobile (+31) 653940020
customized tags in various [email protected] forms and frequencies (LF, HF, Shantanu Tayal, Managing Director
and UHF)
[email protected]
Long read range passive UHF
tags with high performance (up to 18 meters)
TexTrace AG
Schulstrasse 4
CH-5070 Frick
Tel. (+41) 62 865 51 30
[email protected]
Retail Information Systems S.A.
Klaus Smets
Europark Fichtenhain B 15
47807 Krefeld
Tel.(+49) 2151-838 189
Fax(+49) 2151-838 480
[email protected]
Triovacos GmbH
Dipl.-Ing. René Herschmann
Appelstr. 9A
30167 Hannover
Tel. (+49) 511-762 5164
[email protected]
Textile RFID labels for Fashion:
- Source tagging, brand protection
- In-store marketing, inventory
- Theft protection
- Returns handling, logistics
Innovative processes and components for the production of textile RFID labels
RFID enabled label printer
SPRINTTM, the cost-efficient RFID solution
Thermal and thermal transfer printer for barcode labels, smart labels, as well as documents with software for label production and BarTender software for easy integration into existing systems
Mobile Solutions
NFC Sensor Tags for Logistics, Service and Maintenance
NFC Communication Modules for Infotainment, Ambient assisted Living and Maintenance
Component Development for RFID and NFC systems
Customer-specific Realization of Contactless Communication Systems
Prototyping and Optimization
Development Services for High Frequency Technology
State-of-the-art Simulation Tools
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Modular RFID system for production and logistics processes
Variety of HF and UHF read-write
heads and data carriers for standard and special uses, such as carriers for high temperature conditions up to 210 degrees celsius, for engine production or use in autoclaves
Parallel operation of proven HF and far-ranging UHF technology
Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG
Industrielle Automation
Walter Hein
Witzlebenstraße 7
45472 Mülheim an der Ruhr
Tel.(+49) 208-4952 223
Fax(+49) 208-4952 264
[email protected]
RFID system construction for industrial processes (12 years experience and 1000 installations in 33 countries)
Vilant RFID Middleware, Integration and SAP (/ERP/WMS) Connectivity
RFID measurements and concept tests at the customer plant, RF Troubleshooting & performance increase
RFID total system Deliveries: Concept, Software, Hardware, Installation, and Operation
RFID System maintenance: 24 hours / 7 days
Vilant Systems AG
Antti Virkkunen
Könizstrasse 161
3097 Liebefeld | Switzerland
Tel. (+41) 31 511 0260
Mobil (+41) 79 956 56 66
[email protected]
Gustav Wilms oHG
Supply Chain Technologies
Im Glanetal 6
49152 Bad Essen
Tel. (+49) 5427-9225 100
Fax (+49) 5427-9423 33
[email protected]
AIDC based logistics solutions
Transparent Multi way logistics, inter-company transportations, object
Process safety in production logistics
– Batch traceability, VMI, Material control
RFID System Supplier – Development of customer - and industry-specific hard and software solutions
Logistics, process and technology consulting
Feasibility studies, on-site or in the logistic process Center
Waldemar Winckel GmbH & Co. KG
Dr.-Ing. Erhard Schubert
In der Aue 8
57319 Bad Berleburg
Tel.(+49) 2751-92 42 0
Fax(+49) 2751-92 42 30
[email protected]
RFID Consulting
Comprehensive consulting / Conceptual design of RFID based real time information systems
RFID System Integration
Technical consulting, software development, RFID Lab, after sales services
Proprietary RFID label and tag production, user consulting, product development, professional measuring technology
Witte plusprint GmbH
Sendener Stiege 4
48163 Münster
Tel.(+49) 2536 991-187
Fax(+49) 2536 991-191
[email protected]
Walter Seibel
Robert-Koch-Str. 12
49328 Melle
Tel. (+49) 5427 399 0 444
[email protected]
YouCard Kartensysteme
Friedenstrasse 18
35578 Wetzlar
Tel. (+49) 6441-445 98 0
Fax (+49) 6441-445 98 10
[email protected]
Zebra Technologies
Sven Biermann
Franz-Rennefeld-Weg 6
40472 Düsseldorf
Tel. (+49) 211/ 601 606 0
[email protected]
RFID Hardware
Certified service and support
Customized HF - and UHF-RFID-
label solutions on various materi-
als (paper, PET, PP, PVC, etc.)
Design and production of special RFID and barcode solutions
One-stop AIDC solutions
Customer-specific solutions
Mobile data capturing with barcode and RFID
RFID middleware and software integration
RFID training
High-definition and economical RFID cards, personalized upon request with your individual design
Forgery-proofed and professional RFID-based ID cards and all-in-
one card printing systems
Qualified and competent service before, during and after the realization of your (RFID-based) card project
Full range of robust and intuitive communication, printing and tracking solutions to improve Enterprise Asset Intelligence, including:
Wireless infrastructure and Internet of Things solutions
Stationary and mobile RFID printers and RFID reading devices
Stationary and mobile barcode printers and scanners
Mobile computer
Industrial, card and wristband printers as well as kiosk systems
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GROUP, HOYER GmbH, DHL International GmbH, Scania Parts Logistics,
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