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RFID Solution Tracks Trucks Used to Haul Masonry Products

Mutual Materials, a Pacific Northwest manufacturer and hauler of stones, bricks and other masonry products used for landscaping and construction purposes, is monitoring the locations and conditions of its vehicles via an RFID-based solution provided by electronic fleet-management technology company Zonar.

The solution consists of passive low-frequency (LF) RFID tags on vehicles, trailers and moffets (truck-mounted forklifts), as well as Zonar's Android-based tablets with built-in RFID readers that capture tag IDs and enable users to input vehicle inspection data or report problems. The collected data is then forwarded to Zonar's hosted server via a cellular connection.

Mutual Materials is a family-run operation with customers throughout the Northwest United States, as well as in British Columbia and Japan. The company's 42 trucks, along with one leased truck, deliver 671,000 tons of material annually and complete 43,000 deliveries. The relatively small vehicle fleet is operated by approximately 90 drivers, in consecutive shifts, to ensure that freight is moving a maximum amount of time. In addition, during its off-season (winter), the firm hauls roofing and other material for a separate set of customers.

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The solution consists of passive low-frequency (LF) RFID tags on vehicles, trailers and moffets (truck-mounted forklifts), as well as Zonar's Android-based tablets with built-in RFID readers that capture tag IDs and enable users to input vehicle inspection data or report problems. The collected data is then forwarded to Zonar's hosted server via a cellular connection.

Mutual Materials is a family-run operation with customers throughout the Northwest United States, as well as in British Columbia and Japan. The company's 42 trucks, along with one leased truck, deliver 671,000 tons of material annually and complete 43,000 deliveries. The relatively small vehicle fleet is operated by approximately 90 drivers, in consecutive shifts, to ensure that freight is moving a maximum amount of time. In addition, during its off-season (winter), the firm hauls roofing and other material for a separate set of customers.

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