Systems Builds Cellular RFID Solution
Collection Trucks in Burlington, NJ Are Now Equipped
to Verify and Record Customer Pick-Ups in Real Time
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.
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
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
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
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.