iGPS Pallets – World’s Largest “Internet of Things” RFID Implementation Deployed in US

The Internet of Things was conceived by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Auto-ID center, Alien Technologies explains in a recent press release. In the IOT vision, everyday objects are networked with one another through RFID sensor networks, providing real-time visibility and allowing “intelligent” interaction between them. The Internet of Things is predicted to be the next generation of Internet where billions of items communicate with each other, as well as to people.

“The Internet of Things is no longer merely a vision of futuristic fantasy idealized in academia and unattainable by the masses. The future is here and the future is now. As the marketplace embraces RFID, whether motivated by efficiency or competition, RFID hardware manufacturers can leverage greater economies of scale, allowing hardware prices to drop,” said David Russell, Vice President of Operations at epcSolutions.

Leading radio frequency identification (RFID) software and asset management solutions provider epcSolutions, Inc., announces the world’s largest successful “Internet of Things” (IOT) implementation in partnership with iGPS Company, operator of the world’s first large scale pallet rental service, providing all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags.

iGPS, operator of the world’s only large scale pallet rental service providing state-of the art plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags, tracks their assets as a Maintenance and Repair Organization (MRO) from asset creation, and their pallets travel through Fortune 100 manufacturers, five-person factories, distribution warehouses, big box retailers, and field-deployed recovery teams alike. Each iGPS pallet is embedded with a GS1 compliant RFID tag serialization method known as a Global Reusable Asset Identifier, or GRAI.

The more sophisticated manufacturers use the GRAI of the iGPS pallet as their serial number for tracking pallet-level inventory. Empowered with this built-in serial number, these future-thinking companies boost efficiency by automatically and unerringly directing manufacturing line Programmable Logic Control (PLC) devices, robotic forklifts and tracking product movement through their value chain and out to a distributor, co-packers, and to the retailer.

Sophisticated retailers in this model use the iGPS pallet’s embedded RFID tags to validate that the shipment arrived as expected using automated, networked RFID readers that communicate this data back to the manufacturer, quickly identifying any issues for immediate resolution.

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