What Is Container Tracking?

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Returnable transport items are the unsung heroes of the supply chain. These durable and reusable containers, such as pallets, trays, totes, rolling racks, security containers, and pans, make it possible to move goods efficiently and sustainably. RTIs can be used for large-scale movement, such as shipping items from one site to another, or for smaller-scale movement, such as transporting goods across the warehouse floor or throughout the manufacturing environment.

In most industries, returnable transport items offer considerable benefits over single-use packaging. Despite the heavier initial investment, reusable containers yield lower long-term operating costs because they don’t need to be repurchased every time you need them – they can be used and reused many times over. They can be purpose-built for minimizing transport damage to fragile products, or they can be generic, for accommodating as many different types of products as profitably as possible. And given the role they play as go-betweens for you and your vendors and partners, RTIs can be used to decode the overall efficiency of your supply chain and product flow. For these and many other reasons, companies invest substantially in RTIs every year, making these vessels of transport a major commercial asset.

Learn how to track your RTIs in service using RFID Technology.

What Is Container Tracking?

SmartX HUB Asset Tracking System lets you view the real-time location and status of each of your containers from anywhere. It lets you accurately track and manage your containers as they move between your facilities, your suppliers’ facilities, your customers’ facilities and your service providers’ facilities. It also lets you track and easily locate other companies’ containers in your facilities.

SmartX HUB offers RFID tag to apply on your containers with cost-effective These high-performance RFID tags allow our system to reliably track and process your containers at any facility in the Platform “ecosystem”. This unrivaled traceability helps you prevent loss, reduce costs and confusion, avoid production and delivery delays, and increase efficiency.

How Does Container Tracking Work?

Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, refers to a technology where information is transmitted wirelessly over radio waves. It is an automatic identification method that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object.

The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology that can automatically identify individual assets, units of inventory and other things using low-power radio waves. RFID tags on containers send data to RFID readers, and software processes the data and displays it for you on mobile devices and computers. This technology allows workflows that were once done manually to now be fully or partially automated, and heavily streamlined for maximum efficiency and reduced labor costs. Workflows that once required pen and paper or spreadsheets can now be completed digitally, with real-time data available for all permitted users across all devices.

The SmartX HUB System can automate and streamline receiving, shipping and other asset handling workflows to increase efficiency, accuracy and traceability. Interactive GPS and RFID-based container locating features make it easy to quickly track down any container in your facility or yard. Real-time shipment data combined with fast, interactive, RFID-based shipping and receiving features prevent users from accidentally shipping incorrect containers and parts.

What are the advantages to RFID?

There are a number of advantages to using RFID technology. Not only are RFID systems contactless, but they also do not require line of sight like other auto ID technologies. For different applications spanning various industries, RFID technologies offer a long-term and durable solutions for better asset management and tracking

What is an RFID system? What's in an RFID system?

RFID systems are made of three main components: tags, readers and middleware.

-Tags are essentially small memory banks, storing bit of valuable information that can be used for asset management and a variety of other purposes. They use radio waves to communicate with nearby readers, sending over portions of identifying data. The information sored in RFID tags can range anywhere from a single serial number to multiple pages of data.

- Readers, on the other hand, are basically the other end of the information exchange. They are what we use to take those radio waves from the tags and translate them back into useful data. Readers are devices with one or more antennas that can emit their own radio waves and scan the signals of any RFID tags within range.

- RFID readers offer some versatility depending on the needs of your application. You can have mobile readers that you can carry around in your hand to scan tags, or they can be mounted in a single location to scan tags that enter their proximity. Readers can even be built into existing architecture like a cabinet or doorway.

- Middleware serves as the essential interface between the reader and your company databases and information management software. Not only does middleware handle communication between the reader and your existing systems, but it also helps to filter, aggregate and interpret all of that data coming from the RFID tags.

What Does This Mean For You?

Many OEMs and service providers estimate annual returnable packaging losses of at least 6-12%. Using the SmartX HUB System with RFID tags provided by Green will help your company prevent loss and reduce costs, while increasing efficiency and accuracy. Container tracking with SmartX HUB provides lots of benefits by: - Time Savings - of the most significant operational benefits of RFID technology is the ability to read multiple tags at once, with the option to detect assets upon arrival instantly. Rather than having to scan each barcode individually and line the label up with the scanner, RFID works on proximity, allowing you to read a case lot of containers or pallets in a fraction of the time.

- Reduced Human Error and Low Labor Requirements - Human error is almost eliminated with the intuitive nature of RFID systems. So long as the tags are within range of the reader and there is no outside interference from the environment, RFID technology reliability tracks your assets every time.

- RFID-enabled asset management also requires far less labor than manual or barcode-only checks. Especially with higher-end RFID tags and fixed readers, RFID asset management is the closest thing to a fully automated tracking solution.

- Easy Integration and Updates - RFID can work with many existing systems, allowing you to integrate RFID systems into your supply chain easily. You can also choose to adopt RFID technology at certain locations, to begin with, then add on additional locations at your own pace.

- Durability - depending on the construction of the tags, RFID tags can be extremely durable and withstand exposure to the sun, rain, and other harsh weather conditions. This makes them ideal for various applications, such as asset tracking, stock management, etc.

- Higher Security - RFID technology offers a higher level of security than barcodes, which helps prevent the spread of sensitive information. For example, RFID tags are more difficult to counterfeit than barcodes. This makes them a more secure option for tracking items and protecting against fraud. RFID tags can also be read farther away than barcodes, making them more efficient for tracking large quantities of items. Overall, RFID provides a higher level of security and efficiency than barcodes, making it a better choice for businesses and organizations that must protect their sensitive information.

- Higher ROI - for many applications and use cases, RFID implementation can lead to a significant ROI when properly specified according to the requirements of your application. Environmental constraints, asset compositions, and read range limitations/requirements can impact how effective, and cost-efficient an RFID system is for your application. While RFID is considered the latest and greatest evolution in asset management, it may not be right for every application, especially if you're expecting a certain ROI in a specific time window.


SmartX HUB Solution helps you obtain a more efficient workflow by improving your control over your project, enhancing safety on your Jobsite, reducing equipment downtime, minimizing safety hazards, increasing equipment life expectancy, and reducing repair costs. It provides you with the necessary means to stay on schedule, stay on budget and work consistently to keep your overall project on the right track.

The solutions, like SmartX HUB’s RFID, are fully automated, enabling workers to quickly get and return the assets they require without an asset attendant while keeping the employee accountable.

By automating your processes with SmartX HUB RFID-IoT technology, you can cut daily operational costs by significantly reducing labor and error costs through process automation. SmartX HUB offers a scalable, customizable and straightforward platform, easily fitting into your unique business process. To make it even easier, SmartX HUB runs on any web browser and any Windows, iOS, or Android device.

SmartX HUB’s global presence, coupled with its deep industry and business transformation expertise, has proven that the methodologies and experience gained from thousands of worldwide engagements help clients achieve real business results and innovation quickly and cost-effectively.

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