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Tracking Vehicles in a Snap

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 Tracking Vehicles in a Snap - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Functional Applications - Remote Monitoring & Control Systems
  • Networks & Connectivity - RF Transceivers
  • Networks & Connectivity - RFID
  • Sensors - RFID Readers
Applicable Industries
  • Automotive
Applicable Functions
  • Logistics & Transportation
Use Cases
  • Track & Trace of Assets
The Customer
About The Customer
The Challenge

Fiat Chrysler Automobile needed to keep track of their powered industrial vehicles (PIVs) throughout the 560 acres of the Chrysler Technology Center and World Headquarters. The Chrysler facilities team wanted an easy way to know where all of the PIVS were located at any given time. The team had been encountering issues with the PIVs rented to third-parties not being returned to the designated areas promptly, so they wanted an asset tracking system to help them find the missing PIVs. Unfortunately, all of the commercial systems they looked at would cost nearly a million dollars. The facilities team needed a more cost-effective way to track the PIVs. So they decided to create their own.

The Solution

The facilities team decided to develop their own asset tracking system using Synapse SNAP®-based RF modules. The team installed stationary reader nodes with SNAP-based RF modules throughout the campus. These reader nodes would serve as the backbone of the system. To track the PIVs movement, they installed RF modules into LCD touchscreens and mounted them on all the PIVs. The modules on the PIVs would “ping” stationary readers as they pass, and the stationary nodes use radio signal strength to triangulate the PIV’s position. All of the data collected by the reader nodes gets passed to a PC-based network server. The data then get aggregated and processing in real-time so the user can view the information from a web-based dashboard from any authorized Chrysler workstation or laptop.

Data Collected
Asset Status Tracking, Operating Cost, Operation Performance, Vehicle Location Tracking, Vehicle Status
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Operation]
    Operational improvement
Quantitative Benefit
  • $300,000 annual savings

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