VR Transpoint Builds New, Efficient and Multi-Functional Logistics System


o Vilant implements world's first full scale application of the new Radio Frequency Identification (Gen2 RFID) in Rail Industry

o The system is deployed in 10 000 freight wagons of VR Transpoint as well as all the locomotives and passenger wagons of VR Group

HELSINKI, FINLAND - VR Transpoint, the largest logistics group in Finland with operations in 9 European countries & Russia and Vilant Systems have implemented a modern logistics system, now in production use, based on second generation RFID. This is the world's first full scale implementation in rail industry providing VR Transpoint with one of the fastest and most efficient logistics processes available.

RFID technology uses communication through the use of radio waves to exchange data between a reader and an electronic tag attached to an object, for the purpose of identification and tracking. Leading companies in other industries such as Nokia, Wal-Mart and Volvo are also using second generation RFID for improving their logistics processes through automation.

"This is a vast logistics implementation that brings major process changes in rail yards, defect management, asset inventory management, automation and more. We have now tagged all our 10 000 freight wagons with RFID tags and have in everyday usage over 300 handheld reading devices," says development manager Ilari Niskanen at VR Transpoint.

The advantage of RFID tagging is that VR Transpoint personnel can now track wagons automatically and in distance through handheld devices. All information is automatically and instantly registered into the logistics system whereas before this involved a lot of manual work. Work instructions are also digitally delivered through the handheld devices for optimal timing. This all means real-time and error-free information flow and management of assets. In addition, RFID tags need no visual contact so they can be dirty or embedded while still functional. This is especially important in industrial asset tracking in harsh environments such as extreme weather conditions.

For VR Transpoint this is however just the start as the new logistics system gives rise for several additional beneficial applications. Vilant, one of Europe's leading suppliers of supply chain and asset tracking RFID systems, offers a software platform that enables multiple applications utilizing RFID tags. In the rail industry, some of these applications include tracking of assets; integration with weighing of wagons; defect marking and tracking; as well as, several cargo customer services leading to a new level of services to VR Transpoint customers.

VR Group is a versatile, environmentally friendly and responsible corporate group of travel, logistics and infrastructure engineering services. VR Transpoint is Finland's leading and most versatile transports & logistics service company. The company's net sales in 2010 amounted to Euros580.6 M and its staff numbered 2600. VR Transpoint offers a wide range of high-quality and up-to-date rail, groupage, bulk goods and international transports & logistics services.

Vilant Systems is one of Europe's leading suppliers of supply chain and asset tracking RFID systems. Since its foundation, in 2002, Vilant has been awarded with numerous growth and innovation awards and has delivered installations to 22 countries on five continents. Most of Vilant's customers come from electronics, automotive or machinery manufacturing industry or operate in logistics. Vilant offers its customers turn-key RFID solutions that result in faster stock turnover, lower inventory level and more efficient supply chain process. Vilant's offering includes own software, own or third party hardware supplied from a trusted partner network and services such as installation, integration, consultation and 24/7 support.

Press Contacts:

Heikki Ruuhijärvi, VR Transpoint

+358 40 862 3750

Heikki.ruuhijarvi@vrtranspoint.fi

Arlinda Sipilä, Vilant Systems

+358 50 362 3571

Arlinda.sipila@vilant.com

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