Bell deploys RFID solution for CN’s Brampton terminal

TORONTO, Ont. — Bell Canada has designed an integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking system for CNs Brampton, Ont.-based intermodal terminal.

Bells RFID-enabled asset management solution is designed for CN to manage incoming and outgoing truck chassis wirelessly. Previously, identification numbers were recorded manually, sometimes resulting in incorrect information, company officials said. The manual system also made it difficult to pinpoint chassis status and location. Bell Canada partnered with Symbol Technologies, The Enterprise Mobility Company, and Shipcom Wireless to deliver the solution.

“Since the implementation of this RFID solution, we have experienced near-perfect read rates with readers and tags, which has resulted in increased efficiency of our chassis fleet, improved productivity and cost savings, said Remy Benmiloud, CN Manager, intermodal excellence. This is good news for CN’s fast-growing intermodal business involving rail transportation and local road delivery of domestic and international containers.”

CN is reviewing the Brampton project with an eye toward possibly extending the RFID solution to its other intermodal terminals in Canada.

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