Authorities in Dayton, Ohio are embedding RFID tags into city streets to track construction repairs and to allow city inspectors to contact construction firms and utilities when road fixes turn out to be defective.
Project officials say that Dayton is the first municipality in the U.S. to to use RFID in street utility cuts. CDO Technologies helped to design and deploy the solution.
According to an article on the GCN website, substantial testing was done to find tags that can withstand the 350 degree heat of the asphalt used in paving projects. Last year the city used about 2,500 RFID tags that cost about $2 apiece. The cost of the tags are built into the permit price. The city of Dayton plans to use another 2,500 tags for pavement projects in 2014. The city expects to save about $60,000 a year in labor costs within a few years when all pavement projects contain RFID technology.
Here’s an excerpt from the GCN article:
Dayton now requires utilities to embed a RFID (radio frequency identification) tag in the roadway. The tag resembles a 4- to 5-inch pixie stick coated in protective plastic and is loaded with data germane to each street cut. Using a handheld RFID reader, an inspector can find out instantly whether a gas, electric, sewer, water or telecommunications company was responsible for a cut, vastly reducing the time to investigate road complaints and fix problems.