Horizon Services Group, the technology R&D subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., is working to create a network
of radio frequency identification (RFID) readers on highways across the United States that could be the infrastructure backbone for a nationwide RFID container tracking system.
A major obstacle halting the adoption of RFID in the intermodal logistics industry is a lack of reader infrastructure for tracking containers once they leave ports over the road to final destination, said Duncan Wright, director of business development for Horizon Services Group, during a presentation to delegates attending this year's RFID World conference here.
Working with state and federal transportation officials, HSG is proposing use of RFID reader infrastructure already in place on highways to create a national network for end-to-end, real-time intermodal container tracking.
"This will be a significant step in solving the intermodal black hole. We could track assets in real-time, reduce unnecessary repositioning of containers, address congestion issues, improve asset utilization, and last,
but certainly not least, increase supply chain security for everyone's benefit," Wright said.
Horizon Lines and Horizon Services Group completed implementation of the ocean carrier industry's first fully functional, end-to-end intermodal active RFID tracking solution in September. When matched with Horizon's
industry-leading, web-based event management system, the RFID solution offers shippers unparalleled shipment visibility and supply chain efficiencies by providing real-time, detailed shipment information
throughout the container's transit, from origin loading facility through to final destination.