Maritime Market Embraces RFID

It seems daily that new uses for RFID arise. In the maritime market, RFID is proving useful in tracking containers on ocean voyages providing real-time location. RFID is also assisting in product flow through customs as well as reducing demurrage according to "RFID for Maritime Report" a study released by ChainLink, a Cambridge, Ma.-based research firm.

"The executives we surveyed rated supply chain objectives like trace and track and supply chain effectiveness as more important motivators for use of RFID than container security. Most ports are hundreds of years old, with cities built up around them, so in many cases, usage of land and general effectiveness is a challenge. In addition, goods can take days to get through our busiest ports. RFID has been shown to be a critical enabler of better management for port operators, ocean carriers, and the firms who move their goods through these over burdened facilities," explains Ann Grackin, author of the study.

On the business side, Grackin says that RFID in maritime has both definable and measurable ROI unlike other areas implementing RFID.

ChainLink Research

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