The BMW Group has selected active RFID real-time locating technology from WhereNet Corp. for tracking and managing enterprise assets. The technology expedites delivery of custom-ordered vehicles through its ability to locate any vehicle that comes off the assembly line.
The technology includes WhereLAN locating access points that provide complete coverage of all monitored areas, WherePort devices that detect when a vehicle enters or departs a particular work area, and WhereTag active RFID transmitters that transmit once every four minutes. An assembly line operator affixes a temporary WhereTag, associated with the vehicle identification number, to every car as it rolls off the assembly line. The system provides constant connectivity to any tagged vehicle--whether inside the factory or parked outside.