Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has worked behind the scenes, keeping the world connected for more than 60 years. RFID is how we gain entry to our offices with the swipe of a badge. It powers the microchip resource we use to track our pets, should they run off. It is the magic inside the ‘e-pass’ sticker that auto-charges our account so we can zoom through the toll both fast lane.

 

The Power of Connection: RFID Technology for Fleets

01.27.16

RFID TechnnologyRadio Frequency Identification (RFID) has worked behind the scenes, keeping the world connected for more than 60 years. RFID is how we gain entry to our offices with the swipe of a badge. It powers the microchip resource we use to track our pets, should they run off. It is the magic inside the ‘e-pass’ sticker that auto-charges our account so we can zoom through the toll both fast lane.

This wireless technology uses electromagnetic fields to transfer data for the purpose of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. It integrates a tag, a reader, and a computer system. Each three-piece RFID system can be customized to process a specific amount and type of data, and to accommodate whatever the primary use is for that data (e.g, key card entry).

Why RFID is Important to Fleet Productivity

Because it has the ability to create conveniences in the fueling process and tracks information in real time, RFID technology has become an increasingly prevalent logistics resource for fleet managers, drivers, and point of sale (POS) fuel providers.

For fleet managers, RFID is a real-time source of data that works at the driver level to keep track of everything from cargo to delivery routes and fueling behaviors. The transparency and immediacy of the information promote a higher level of driver accountability, helping to ensure they are taking the best possible routes and maintaining the ideal environment for their cargo. It also dramatically eases the clerical task of maintaining cards, and assigning or deleting cards based on drivers, meaning the only thing the fleet manager needs to administer is an active driver’s code.

Drivers also benefit from streamlined fuel purchasing. With RFID technology on their fleet vehicle, drivers have a direct line of communication between their truck, the organization, and the fuel merchant. An RFID antenna on the merchant’s fuel island canopy reads the driver’s tag, automatically requesting transaction authorization – even before the driver exits the vehicle. As the driver enters promoted area, the pump is enabled. Once finished and pulling out of the fueling area, the RFID connection automatically stops the fueling charge.

Fleet-specific, customized authorization controls ensure that purchases conform to fleet standards and policies. Saving time and reducing guesswork is not only helpful for the driver, it creates efficiencies, safeguards, and fraud prevention measures that positively impact the operational bottom line.

For as much power as RFID technology can provide a fleet-based business, it’s remarkably simple and cost efficient to install and use. For fleets across the U.S., Comdata’s SmartQ RFID technology keeps drivers on the road and fleet managers informed and confident.  Across more than 300 fuel sites, including all Love’s Travel Stops locations, SmartIQ gives drivers and fleet managers the highest level of access, tracking and smooth sailing in one RFID package.