RFID helps reduce costs of losing stuff on the high seas

ChainLink Research releases new research on RFID successes and technologies in ocean, container security, and yard applications

RFID is being increasingly used not just for port and container security, but also in a myriad of other uses in the maritime industry. According to analyst firm ChainLink Research, RFID is being used to track containers as they move across oceans, provide real-time location of containers in maritime yards, help product flow through customs, reduce demurrage, and increase the throughput of our constrained ports, according to the report.

“Above and beyond Homeland security concerns, firms report over $50 billion in losses due to lost or damaged freight and equipment on the high seas or in ports,” says ChainLink’s Ann Grackin. Ocean shipping, now the key component of international supply chain, is becoming more expensive.

“The executives we surveyed rated supply chain objectives like track and trace and supply chain effectiveness as more important motivators for use of RFID than container security,” says Grackin. “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.”

RFID in maritime has definable and measurable ROI associated with these projects, unlike some other emerging areas, Grackin notes.


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