One of many problems in logistic company is fleet tire of their logistic truck. In Indonesi itself, a logistic company has to face a common problem where drivers steal the tire.
It might sound insane because this is a rear thing happens in other country, but this theft happens in almost every logistic company in south east Asia and Indonesia is one of them.
One tire can cost about $400 when a logistic truck or container usually has 10 – 12 tires. This means, the total tires cost about $4000. A big asset in one vehicle.
What usually happens here is that the driver switch the original tire with a secondhand tire. The original is sold in the market then they will get money from that. The logistic company sometimes doesn’t realize this because they have many trucks to maintain and the secondhand tire is polished as if it looks brand new.
Switching the tire into the secondhand one could harm the company’s financial. Logistic and forwarding company’s profit is mainly based on consumable goods. A tire that’s mostly switched with secondhand has less than 50.000 KM life cycle. It means the company has to change their tire twice time often than the original one.
Technology that’s used most is RFID. But the problem is operator has to crawl under the truck to make sure the tire’s RFID chip is read by the reader.
With the same method, we can use Cubeacon Card. It is using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and has up to 30 meters range. Operator only required to bring smartphone to scan the tire with Cubeacon Card and will be automatically integrated with audit and tire warehouse management or other ERP.
We start a project where we try to deploy Cubeacon Card in one of logistic company in Indonesia. We stick Cubeacon Card into inside part of the tire. The inside of the tire is made of an exclusive rubber, then we put on the wheel back again.
Cubeacon Card still can be read in about 15 meter range.
We are doing a long-term research even though we have released Cubeacon Developer Kit last year and shipped to many countries such as USA, Brazil, Singapore, India, and Japan. In this case, we are still testing so we need to make sure that our device is good enough for this implementation.