Title: The use of RFID for traffic management

Authors: Yunus A. Kathawala, Benjamin Tueck

Addresses: School of Business, Eastern Illinois University, USA, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920, USA. ' School of Business, Eastern Illinois University, USA, Augustastr. 20, 46397 Bocholt, Germany

Abstract: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a globally accepted technology, which has a great success in the area of supply chain management and particularly inventory management. Businesses benefit from this cost efficient opportunity to scan and track inventories. The tracking of items with RFID devices is applied in a variety of areas, such as retailing, healthcare and traffic management. Traffic congestions in metropolitan areas have developed to a major problem in many countries all over the world. They have a negative impact on the economy, the environment and the overall quality of life. The purpose of this article is to discover the use of RFID technology to manage traffic congestions and to reduce the negative impact on the economy. RFID devices would give the opportunity to control the traffic in real-time and to gather valuable information about the development and the sources of congestions. Bottlenecks could be detected early and infrastructure could be aligned accordingly. Further research is suggested to achieve a well-discovered solution, developed globally by experts.

Keywords: supply chain management; SCM; radio frequency identification; RFID; traffic management; bottlenecks; traffic congestion; congestion management; road traffic.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTPM.2008.017215

International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 2008 Vol.8 No.2, pp.111 - 125

Published online: 19 Feb 2008 *

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