Intelligent Global Pooling Systems, an Orlando, FL-based pallet-rental service that provides shippers and receivers with lightweight, 100 percent recyclable all-plastic pallets embedded with RFID tags, will promote the latest advancement in its product line at the United Fresh Produce Association convention in New Orleans.
Last June, iGPS signed a long-term agreement with Enfora, a Novatel Wireless company that provides solutions for intelligent wireless networking, to incorporate its technology into iGPS’ asset tracking and tracing platform. Under terms of the agreement iGPS will equip its pallets with Enfora’s Spider AT asset tags and will utilize Enfora’s asset management software to assist in managing the pallets.
In March, iGPS enlisted Numerex Corp., a leading single source provider of secure machine-to-machine products, to further enhance its services.
Numerex and Enfora are collaborating with the iGPS development teams to provide global monitoring of its pallets through the use of the Numerex WorldPass global network service.
Lewis Taffer, chief marketing officer at iGPS, said that the Spider chip is embedded into the pallets and can communicate back to iGPS, either by global positioning system or cell transmission, the location of the pallet at predetermined times or if certain events occur, such as crossing a border.
He said that the technology offers benefits for both iGPS and its customers.
“For us, it lets us keep track of a very expensive asset — our pallets,” said Mr. Taffer. “There have been a number of recent high-profile police actions regarding our pallets, and this acts as a deterrent for theft. It is like a LoJack device for pallets.
“For our customers, it gives them information on the transit path of their product,” Mr. Taffer continued. “Prior to this technology, the RFID tag was scanned when it left a facility and again when it arrived at a receiver. There was no accountability in between.”
He added that that iGPS is looking to enhance the technology even further to include the capability for temperature monitoring via the Spider chip.
“This is really quite a breakthrough,” said Mr. Taffer. “No other pallet provider is doing anything even close to this. Our goal is to be the leader in technology when it comes to pallet management, and our whole thing is to move beyond the ‘dumb’ pallet. We started with RFID, which was a huge boon to shippers, as it cut way down on the paperwork and time spent managing their pallets. Now we are looking to provide even more enhanced technology.”
Mr. Taffer said that during the United Fresh convention, he and other iGPS executives will be on hand to answer questions about the technology and provide a computerized demonstration of the technology.