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Everything You Need to Know About RFID in the Maritime Industry

Everything You Need to Know About RFID in the Maritime Industry

Eve Jones

The last few years have seen some majors changes taking place within the maritime industry, in particular with regards to future technologies. Coding, Artificial Intelligence and other buzzwords are now becoming the norm in what has traditionally been a sector that not many people could accuse of being an ‘early adopter’.

From 2017 onward new and disruptive tech has been sneaking its way onto ships and into their shore based offices and ports. Often in some quite surprising ways.

What is RFID and how does it apply to the maritime industry?

One relatively new (to the maritime industry) and exciting technology of the future is RFID, otherwise known as radio frequency identification. RFID is used in things as commonplace as the key fobs and passes that many of us use numerous times a day to swipe into our offices.

However its ability to capture data is also used to automatically generate reports. Of course, in an industry that is built on the transportation and delivery of cargo and one that employs an ever revolving cast of crew, its core function of identification in secured environments is incredibly useful.

port full of colorful shipping containers


Radio frequency identification is becoming more  advanced, accessible, cost effective to implement and use in marine tech. RFID is the basis on which another technology of the future, the IoT or the Internet of Things, is built.

The simplest definition of the IoT is that it is made up devices that are able to communicate with one another. These devices can be anything from a smart toaster to a basic sensor and from the smartphone in your pocket to your home or office security system.

Advantages of future technologies for the maritime industry

So what are some of the other advantages for ship owners and managers? For one, future technologies being implemented in the maritime industry means they are now able to streamline the arrival, in-port movement, and departure of cargo lorries.

This makes flow easier to execute and track and also increases security. Costly and time-consuming paperwork is also eliminated as drivers’ movements are recorded thanks to the use of RFID cards. This also cuts down on the need for human interface, saving on hiring, training and salary costs.

As a technology of the future, one of RFID’s other major achievements is that it has changed the way that products are packaged and labelled. That means that shipping companies have been given a golden opportunity to utilize a pioneering technology that is at the very forefront of revolutionizing the way we do business.

smartphone showing QR code

Once prohibitively expensive for many smaller companies, the price of RFID sensors is now more affordable than ever before meaning that ship owners have the option of implementing RFID technology without really having to raise their costs.

Marine tech and how Martide can help YOU

Marine tech isn't just about future technologies. It's also about using a Software as a Service such as Martide's crew management and maritime recruitment solution.

If you’re looking to streamline your own operations, speak to Martide today about scheduling a demo and we'll show you how we can help you do everything from advertising your vacant maritime industry jobs to running a seamless applicant tracking system to working with some of the industry's best manning agents.