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Název: Logistics Case Study: Promofront

Anotace: Promofront is a private company that operates Mexico's side of the Ysleta-/Zaragoza Internal Bridget, the border crossing between Juarez City, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Promofront was in search of an automated process of checking documentation and reducing wait time during peak travel times. The RFID solution delivers: •Reduced inspection times by 70% •Faster border crossings •Minimized manual labor

Popis: Challenge The cities of El Paso and Juarez experience tens of thousands of people crossing the United States/Mexico border on any given day which causes frequent congestion with long lines of cars and uncomfortable wait times. Many of the border crossers are commuting to the other country daily, either for work, school or freight transportation. Having unpredictable wait times and delays at the border puts strain on the students, businesspeople and freight trucks traveling between regions. To combat the challenges for these daily commuters and to reduce overall wait time, Promofront sought a system to increase the flow of traffic between the two cities and reduce wait times. To do this, Promofront created a Dedicated Commuter Lane (DCL)/Express Lane for northbound traffic traveling into the United States from Mexico. The goal of Promofront’s DCL is to provide an efficient way for freight transportation and frequent travelers to cross into the United States at El Paso. In December 2005, Promofront tried a non-intrusive inspection for the DCL lane based on RFID technology. However, the system was riddled with challenges. The frequency of the reader that Promofront was using was not operating under UHF RFID standards and thus was not meeting international business standards. The system also had inherent operating inefficiencies. The software that operated the system was loaded on a computer in a nearby toll booth. If the computer were to lose connectivity to the system, or if the system got jammed, the readings would be lost and the system required a complete reboot. While the system was down, the DCL needed to have manual inspections of travelers’ documents. This increased the wait time and the likelihood of errors. Promofront needed a new, reliable system based on international RFID standards that would eliminate these inefficiencies. Furthermore, given that it would have been a cumbersome process to issue replacement tags to the thousands of users of the old system, the two systems had to coexist while the tags that were currently in use expired. Grupo Cadi, an integrated RFID solutions provider, created a system using UHF Gen2 RFID technology from Impinj to meet the needs of Promofront. How It Works In order to use the DCL at the Zaragoza Bridge, users must first register for the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS SENTRI program only accepts low-risk travelers and applicants must undergo an extensive background check in order to qualify. Once registered, users may purchase an annual tag from Promofront that contains a Smartrac DogBone RFID tag with an Impinj Monza chip encoded with a unique identifying number. These tags get affixed to users’ automobile windshields, to be read when crossing the border. At the border crossing point, Grupo Cadi has installed an Impinj Speedway Revolution R220 RFID reader that operates two RFID antennas that read the tags on cars’ windshields. When a car pulls up in the DCL, the reader sends the ID number on the RFID tag to Grup Cadi’s software. The software is incorporated into Promofront’s central system, eliminating the need for manual document checking. The software connects the ID number to the user’s record stored in the software and brings the user’s information up on a screen. A booth guard verifies that the information matches the person(s) in the car. He indicates if everything is valid in the software application and the server sends a signal to an Impinj General Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) Box that is connected to the Speedway reader and an electronic circuit that is responsible for opening the gate in the DCL. The GPIO Box sends a signal to open the gate and the car is able to pass through. The user’s record is then updated. Promofront plans for the new system from Grupo Cadi to coexist with the prior system for a period of one year. All new applicants for Promofront’s annual RFID tags will receive UHF tags with Monza chips. The old tags will be replaced with new tags as users apply for renewal of expired tags. Benefits Promofront and DCL users are each reaping benefits with the UHF RFID system. Grupo Cadi’s Powered by Impinj solution has allowed for 100% read rates with no need to manually enter documents. This has reduced the amount of manual labor in the DCL for Promofront and also led to shorter crossing times for commuters. The CBP estimates that Promofront’s DCL reduces the average inspection time from 30-40 seconds down to 10 seconds. The system also has a high level of security. Users can be assured that their information is safe and cannot be compromised, because it is stored inside a secure software system. The tags only contain a unique ID number, much like a license plate number, which is useless without the ability to match it to the database. Promofront Promofront is a private company that owns and operates the Mexican side of the Ysleta-Zaragoza International Bridge, a border crossing point between Juarez City, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. The Mexican government conceded the Zaragoza port of entry to Promofront from 1991 until 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, Promofront must privately finance the infrastructure at Zaragoza in exchange for the right to collect tolls from anyone crossing the bridge from Mexico into the United States.

Dodavatel: Grupo Cadi

Odběratel: Promofront

Přínosy: •Reduced inspection times by 70% •Faster border crossings •Minimized manual labor

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Použité čtečky: Impinj Speedway Revolution R220 RFID reader

Použité tagy: Smartrac DogBone RFID tag

Orientační cena: 0

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Cíl použití: Evidence

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Oblast použití: Transfér

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Provedení: Samolepící

Způsob čtení: Stacionární

Čtecí vzdálenost: Střední [2 - 6 m]

Technologie: UHF (MHz)