Container Tracking

Container tracking

WSS is an expert in technology for tagging and tracking garbage collection vehicles and containers. We offer tag-readers and different types of tags. Container tracking can be done either visually (barcode, signs, letters) or by radio waves (RFID). With our technology, you’ll be able to reliably track all of your containers. To get an idea of the possibilities here is an overview of the different tag types.

Tracking by a unique barcode. Disadvantages are that a barcode can be copied, and if the barcode is damaged or dirty the barcode will not read. This makes barcode tracking less suitable for use in waste applications.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. This is a technology with the possibility to store information in a chip and to read the information using radio signals.
The major advantage of using RFID, is traceability without physical contact.
This makes the product applicable for waste applications. No more damaged, hard to reach or unreadable barcodes. Manufacturers offer different types of chips. Each chip type has its optimal application.

Active tags
An active RFID tag has its own power source (usually a battery). Because of their size and relatively higher price active tags are not used for identification of (mini-) containers.
When the battery is empty the tag will no longer work. Active tags last for 3 to 5 years and most batteries are not exchangeable

Passive tags
Most tags in (mini-) containers and waste applications are passive. They have no internal battery power source. They are powered by the radio signals of the tag-reader.

Passive tags have several advantages over active tags:

  • – They are cheaper in price.
  • – They are generally smaller and thinner.
  • – The absence of a battery means that a passive tag has a longer life.

Frequency     Low frequency( LF)     High frequency (HF)   Ultra High frequency( UHF)
                            125-135 kHz                   13,56 MHz                      +/- 900 MHz
Read Range    0-50 cm                           0-10 cm                           0-7,5 meter
Standards       ISO 11784/11785          ISO 14443A                   ISO 18000-6C


  • – Unique tags so each individual object can be followed anywhere.
  • – No physical contact or line of sight required.
  • – Unique encryption which is very difficult to copy.
  • – Weather, dirt, etc. have no adverse effect on RFID tags.