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India petroleum firms tap IBM's RFID tracking solution

Posted: 09 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID solution? identification process? India LPG tracking?

IBM will implement RFID-based solution for Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL), a Fortune 500 company and a downstream petroleum organization in India.

HPCL will leverage IBM's technology expertise to deploy an end-to-end tracking solution based on RFID technology at HPCL's Nashik plant. Signed in March 2008, the $2.2 million deal is one of the single largest implementations in India for RFID-based tracking solutions and involves infrastructure services, business consulting services and middleware solutions from IBM.

Under this 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 500,000 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.

"This 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," said G A Shirwaikar, executive director-LPG, HPCL. "We aim to achieve this with our new RFID-based tracking solution. We also expect to roll out this solution to other plants in India (an additional 42) besides extending it to dealers for an integrated supply chain."

"IBM is committed to build capabilities to address some very unique business challenges faced by Indian enterprises. We are very 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 strengthening their competitive edge in the market," said Nipun Mehrotra, VP and general manager, global technology services, IBM India/South Asia.

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