A complete system upgrade in one go
Assistor had a very pressing need to upgrade its operative system - a self-made solution which was difficult, if not impossible, to develop and update. Managing large vehicle warehouses and locating the correct vehicles efficiently posed a great challenge. Increased volumes demanded more extensive systems with better scalability and improved operational support. Furthermore, Assistor wished to share its system with its networking partners including car manufacturers, importers, shipping companies, authorities and retailers.
In 2006, Digia was selected as the supplier of Assistor’s new operative system. The new system solution is an integrated real-time system with new operative data systems, new mobile systems and equipment, and connections between mobile applications and the implemented ERP system, for example. The new solution covers ERP, shipping services and annual vehicle tax providing a web portal for car retailers, handheld terminals for field and warehouse use, and integrated applications for networking partners. Digia Enterprise, an RFID compatible ERP system, acts as the core component. The complete system solution was implemented in December 2007.
RFID guarantees efficient processes
During the planning stages, RFID emerged as an option for an identification method. Its suitability was thoroughly investigated in field and laboratory tests during the winter of 2007. The current system deploys RFID technology to reliably identify vehicles.
An RFID tag is applied to every unloaded vehicle. Reusable RFID tags are laminated plastic labels designed by Digia which can be hanged on the vehicles’ rear view mirror. Vehicles are forwarded to a defined location in the storage area. Thus, vehicles can be efficiently and easily located using the handheld RFID terminal. Any work on the vehicle during storage and production are reported via the handheld RFID terminal.