Using Wind to Find Cars

December 2001
Logistics & Transport Focus;Dec2001, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p14
Trade Publication
This article reports that the automotive logistics company Walon UK has used a natural feature of the Severn Estuary to help increase the efficiency of its computer bar coding system and locate vehicles with ease. The company has four main depots at the Royal Potbury Docks near Bristol, England, receiving hundreds of thousands of the vehicles imported into Great Britain every year. The company is using its own in-house computer system to receive data from handheld bar code readers, which use specially located antenna to send the data back to the main computer. The company has used the natural power of the wind to power the first of five aerials which will complement other mains-powered aerials around the site. The system provides real-time data collection and improved data accuracy in addition to reducing the potential for damage through simple things such as avoiding the need for staff to open car doors to check chassis numbers.


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