Case Study

On-site RFID Rental Unit From Motorola Delivers Time, Money, And Labor Savings for Speedy Services

Source: Motorola Business Solutions

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RFID makes self-service equipment rental practical for Speedy Services.

Speedy Services is the UK’s leading provider of equipment, rental and support services to a wide range of clients across the construction, infrastructure, industrial, rail, manufacturing and facilities management sectors – as well as to local trades and industry. Speedy has a network of over 320 depots across the country, from which equipment can be dispatched to by one of 1,200 delivery vehicles or directly collected by the customer.

THE CHALLENGE
Expand Services; Expand Market

Speedy Services rents tools and equipment to the construction and industrial markets. The logistics of providing such equipment have always involved meeting the customer wherever the job is. Speedy owes its success to its development of a network of depots across the UK, from which customers can either collect equipment directly or have it dispatched to the job site by Speedy’s fleet of delivery vehicles.

THE SOLUTION
The Right Experts, The Right Products

Speedy contacted numerous tag manufacturers from around the world to request sample tags. Then, working with Codegate, an integrator who had previously helped with successful mobile IT projects, Speedy began testing to find a combination of tags and readers that could function reliably in the dust and dirt of a construction site, where metal surfaces, liquids, radio-based communications, unshielded generators and other RF interference sources are the rule rather than the exception.

Anticipated Rewards
The ePod™ solution will enable Speedy to offer improved and more cost-effective service to on-site customers, as well as to customers in geographical areas not currently served by Speedy depots. Customers will have 24/7 access to the equipment they use, providing complete flexibility to meet variable work crew needs. Customers will also benefit by paying rental fees only when the equipment is actually in use, reducing their total operating costs. In addition, automatic updates of each customer’s “My Speedy” extranet account will provide greater visibility to current usage patterns and associated charges, enabling customers to plan and budget more effectively.