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Aviant Systems Builds Cellular RFID Solution
for RecycleBank®

Recycling Collection Trucks in Burlington, NJ Are Now Equipped to Verify and Record Customer Pick-Ups in Real Time

NEW YORK—February 23, 2010—Aviant Systems, Inc., a leading RFID systems integrator, introduced an open-standard wireless solution with RecycleBank® today. Recycling collection trucks in Burlington, NJ will be the first to use the on-board RFID system, which automatically records and transmits customer pick-up information over a cellular network connection.

Aviant built the on-board solution to collect data using RFID at each pick-up location and to transmit the information to a data processing center at regular intervals throughout the day. It is now possible to know the exact day and time a customer’s recycling was collected. Trucks can also be located at any time using their GPS coordinates.

Each on-board system incorporates a Low Frequency (LF) reader and antenna from Texas Instruments and an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) reader and antenna from Feig. Data is transmitted using GPRS over the T-Mobile network. The solution also utilizes the Web-based Wyless Management Platform, Porthos, to provide visibility and control over GPRS connectivity at any time.

When one of the Burlington trucks is started, the on-board wireless solution powers up. An automated arm on the truck lifts and empties recycling containers. The arm is equipped with a sensor that detects movement, which activates the RFID reader to read the tag on the container and record the data to the on-board database. This includes the truck, date, time, RFID number and GPS coordinates of the pick-up location. The information is then sent to a data processing center.

If an error occurs with the on-board solution, Aviant can send a new application and/or initialization file directly to the remote unit. If the system needs to be rebooted, the driver can simply turn the truck off and restart it. There is no keyboard, mouse or monitor on-board that could complicate the diagnostic process.

The solution is currently a non-weighing solution, but according to Bonnell, developments are under way to integrate weight scales with the system. Aviant also plans to add the ability to read bar code tags. Both capabilities are expected by the third quarter of 2010.

About RecycleBank
RecycleBank® motivates people to recycle and rewards consumers for taking greener actions with points that can be redeemed from participating local and national business partners. For more information, visit www.RecycleBank.com.


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