Express Delivery Leader Uses AeroScout Wi-Fi RFID Solution to Automate Inventory Management Across Europe
BARCELONA (NETWORKERS AT CISCO LIVE) – January 26, 2010 - AeroScout, the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for improving operational efficiency, today announced the deployment of its Logistics Visibility solution at TNT Express, the European market leader in express delivery. TNT Express leveraged its existing wireless network to implement AeroScout’s Wi-Fi RFID (radio-frequency identification) solution for automating inventory management, without needing to add a proprietary RFID network. The solution improves operations and prevents delivery delays by optimizing the inventory management of 16,000 assets across 200 depots in 29 European countries.
TNT Express, a division of TNT N.V., is among the four largest express integrators in the world, providing businesses and consumers with an extensive range of express delivery services. Based in the Netherlands, TNT N.V. employs more than 150,000 people and operates over 40 aircraft and 30,000 vehicles. The company delivers value to its clients by providing the most reliable and efficient solutions through delivery networks, and it continually works to optimize its network performance.
TNT Express deployed AeroScout’s Logistics RTLS (real-time location system) to automate the inventory management of its roll cages, which are metal carriers used to transport parcels between depots across the company’s extensive European road network. AeroScout’s Wi-Fi Tags are attached to each roll cage, and AeroScout’s MobileView software enables the tracking and management of the carriers and parcels. The solution eliminates the need to manually track and scan each roll cage to determine the inventory of cages at each depot. This drives improved asset utilization, decreases cage replacement costs and reduces delivery delays.
“With real-time visibility of our assets we’re able to maximize efficiencies across the board,” said Ben Klaassen, Managing Director at TNT Express Worldwide Networks. “The AeroScout solution eliminates almost completely the manual inventory scanning of roll cages and empowers us to make quicker and better decisions.”
TNT Express uses AeroScout’s MobileView software to centrally manage 16,000 roll cages across the continent. Using the sophisticated searching, alerting and reporting capabilities of MobileView, users are able to determine the real-time location of assets and optimize their use. MobileView also generates alerts for surpluses and shortages of cages at depots. With the AeroScout solution, TNT Express has complete control of its roll cage inventory and a full audit trail of activity.
The solution includes AeroScout’s T2-EB Industrial Tags, which are designed specifically for use in harsh, high-vibration environments. In addition, since AeroScout’s solution leverages the customer’s existing Cisco Unified Wireless Network, TNT Express eliminated the need to deploy and maintain additional wireless networks at its offices and depots.
“The AeroScout implementation fits in well with our overall RFID strategy and our desire to maximize existing technology investments where possible,” said Dennis Beard, Chief Technology Officer at TNT Express ICS. “With no additional reader or network infrastructure required, we were able to minimize the time to market.”
“TNT Express was able to leverage its existing, standard Wi-Fi network to reduce operational costs, increase productivity and prevent delivery delays,” said Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. “The deployment is also a perfect example of the scalability of our solutions for our logistics customers that manage a large amount of assets and inventory across numerous distributed locations.”
AeroScout is showcasing its Unified Asset Visibility solutions in Booth E27 during the Networkers at Cisco Live conference in Barcelona, Spain, from January 26 – 28, 2010.
AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout’s global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.aeroscout.com.
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About TNT's Express Division
TNT’s Express division is one of the world’s leading business-to-business express delivery services providers. It delivers 4.4 million parcels, documents and pieces of freight a week to over 200 countries using its network of over 2,376 depots, hubs and sorting centers. The division operates over 26,610 road vehicles, about 40 aircraft and has the biggest door-to-door air and road express delivery infrastructure in Europe.
TNT’s Express division employs over 75,500 staff worldwide. It is the first organisation to have achieved global recognition as an Investor in People. The division reported revenue of €6.65 billion in 2008. The operating income was €376 million. Visit TNT’s Express division online: www.tnt.com/express.
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and keeps optimising its global network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs more than 152,000 people. Over 2008, TNT reported €11.1 billion in revenues and an operating income of €982 million. TNT is officially quoted on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. Our efforts are being recognised; In 2009 TNT again reached the highest score of all companies included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. More information about TNT can be found on its website http://group.tnt.com/.