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Bell Canada deploys RFID-enabled asset tracking solution for CN

Bell Canada today announced that it has designed and delivered an integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ...


November 14, 2006  


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Bell Canada today announced that it has designed and delivered an integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system for CN at its Brampton, Ont. intermodal terminal.

The asset management offering will allow the railways to accurately manage incoming and outgoing truck chassis wirelessly, resulting in an increase in supply chain efficiency, productivity and cost savings.

Bell partnered with Symbol Technologies Inc., which provided readers, mobile computers and cargo tags, and Shipcom Wireless, an RFID middleware provider.

The Brampton intermodal terminal is the largest of its kind in Canada with containers moving in and out of the facility daily on truck chassis including CN’s fleet.

The company now records identification numbers automatically as the tagged chassis pass through the Brampton entry/exit gates.

Previously, identification numbers were recorded manually, a procedure that sometimes resulted in incorrect information. The manual system also made it difficult to pinpoint chassis status and location.

CN is reviewing the Brampton project with an eye toward possibly extending it to other intermodal terminals across the country.