On-Site RFID Rental Unit Delivers Time, Money and Labor Savings
Motorola Case Study
Customer:Speedy Services is the UK’s leading provider of equipment, rental and support services to a wide range of clients across the construction, infrastructure, industrial, rail, manufacturing and facilities management sectors – as well as to local trades and industry. Speedy has a network of over 320 depots across the country, from which equipment can be dispatched to by one of 1,200 delivery vehicles or directly collected by the customer.
Speedy Services rents tools and equipment to the construction and industrial markets. The logistics of providing such equipment have always involved meeting the customer wherever the job is. Speedy owes its success to its development of a network of depots across the UK, from which customers can either collect equipment directly or have it dispatched to the job site by Speedy’s fleet of delivery vehicles. However, increasingly Speedy’s customers were asking for an even more specialized service.
Solution:Once initial tests had demonstrated that RFID could provide reliable and accurate data capture even in a challenging environment, a pod unit was constructed by Codegate to demonstrate a proof of concept for the self-service system.
The ePod™ is an unmanned, self-contained, self-service rental/hire portal that can be inserted inside a warehouse shop or standard shipping container. The ePod™ can be transported quickly and easily using a truck and a forklift. Lighting is connected and operated by the ePod™’s built-in Passive Infra-Red (PIR) sensors. No other electrical service is required.
The ePod™ solution will enable Speedy to offer improved and more cost-effective service to on-site customers, as well as to customers in geographical areas not currently served by Speedy depots. Customers will have 24/7 access to the equipment they use, providing complete flexibility to meet variable work crew needs. Customers will also benefit by paying rental fees only when the equipment is actually in use, reducing their total operating costs.