RTLS for rental devices
KATHREIN Solutions

RTLS for rental devices

All rental devices outfitted with active RFID technology by Kathrein.

Zeppelin Rental offers equipment for construction, landscaping, events, and the public sector. The rental portfolio contains more than 62,000 machines and devices in 120 stores.

To manage the coming and going of these items, which was previously done on paper, the company turned to RTLS by Kathrein Solutions.

Kathrein combined active RFID tags on all devices, four read points per store, and the Kathrein CrossTalk IoT suite to reduce cost and time needed and improve availability.

Thomas Brunner

Thomas Brunner
Managing Director
Stephanskirchen, Germany



Application Fields

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Key Facts

  • Active RFID registers alle available rental equipment
  • 150 meter outdoor reading range
  • 35 meter indoor reading range
  • Kathrein CrossTalk connects the RFID data to the rental store’s ERP system
  • Each rental device is automatically identified as available in real time as soon as it enters the rental store.
  • Improved availability, less searching time, easier online reservations


  • Equipment rental
  • Construction logistics
  • Yard Management
  • Fleet Management
  • Work Safety

Kathrein Solutions is revolutionising the way of integration of RFID, AutoID, sensors, and RTLS technologies in IoT Solutions, and has become a recognised innovator and market-leader in the AutoID sector.

We are the leading Auto ID Hardware and Software Solution Provider for

  • Industrial Automation
  • Logistics Solutions
  • HealthCare
  • ITS/AVI Vehicle Identification Solutions
  • Railway Identification

New ReaderStart Software Available for Firmware V3.02

Kathrein has launched the new RAIN reader firmware with tremendous features. Due to new high-speed profiles, a total number of more than 750 real tag reads per second is possible! In addition, we have increased the reader sensitivity by adding a powerful carrier cancellation which impresses with extremely fast tracking of the carrier data. To use the new feature, please download the reader firmware and the latest ReaderStart software

Kathrein Solutions and Tönnjes E.A.S.T. Conclude Cooperation Agreement

Kathrein is starting a global collaboration in the field of electronic vehicle identification (EVI) with Tönnjes E.A.S.T., the leading German licence plate manufacturer. Both companies have been working together for years in the development of new technologies. In their joint projects, Kathrein contributes its expertise in the field of RFID technology, Tönnjes E.A.S.T. is a specialist for the integration of the required transponders into vehicle licence plates or windscreens.

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