IBM to deploy RFID solution at HPCL

DQW Bureau
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IBM has announced that it is implementing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based

solution for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL). HPCL will leverage

IBM's technology expertise to deploy an end-to-end tracking solution based on

RFID technology at HPCL's Nashik plant.

Under the agreement, IBM will design, deploy and integrate the RFID solution

for tracking LPG cylinders from plant to the end-consumer. The solution will

streamline the process of identification of LPG cylinders during bottling,

distribution and supply chain, and is expected to cover five lakh cylinders in

the initial phase. HPCL intends to evaluate the technology and deploy the same

in a phased manner to cover the entire supply chain from bottling plant,

logistics and distributors to the end-consumers.

Commenting on the project, GA Shirwaikar, Executive Director-LPG, HPCL said,

“RFID-based cylinder tracking project is the first of its kind in India.

Considering the magnitude of our operations, which continues to grow

significantly, it has become imperative for us to bring greater efficiencies in

our supply chain. We aim to achieve this with RFID-based tracking solution. We

are happy to partner with IBM, as their global expertise in deploying such

solution would help HPCL strengthen its supply chain of LPG cylinders

end-to-end, and finally result in significant operational benefits for the

organization. We also expect to rollout this solution to other plants in India

besides extending it to dealers for integrated supply chain.”

“We are excited about the RFID implementation at HPCL and especially the fact

that this solution covers the entire supply chain of HPCL's very significant LPG

business. The energy sector is seeing a tremendous growth in India and we

believe that a unique solution like this will help market leaders like HPCL

improve their operational efficiencies while strengthen their competitive edge

in the market,” said Nipun Mehrotra, VP and GM-Global Technology Services, IBM

India/South Asia.

IBM also has 13 worldwide RFID solution centers, which offer a combination of

RFID technical expertise, practical assessment and implementation services, and