When considering the consequences of peak oil, no everyday experiences and only few historical parallels are at hand. It is therefore difficult to imagine how significant the effects of being gradually deprived of one of our civilization’s most important energy sources will be. Psychological barriers cause indisputable facts to be blanked out and lead to almost instinctively refusing to look into this difficult subject in detail. Peak oil, however, is unavoidable.

~ A quote from the recently translated Peak Oil analysis written by the German Military (via ASPO)

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RFID Helps Control and Organize Construction Sites

Germany’s University of Wuppertal has developed a hardware and software platform that provides managers with up-to-the minute information regarding materials, tools and individuals entering and leaving job sites.

Constructions sites are beehives of activities, with vehicles dropping off materials, workers arriving and leaving, and tools being dropped off and picked up when they are no longer required. Activities must take place in carefully timed sequences to ensure each part of a project is completed as the next begins. Orchestrating all of this activity is difficult and time-consuming, but the Construction Management and Industry Department of Germany’s University of Wuppertal believes radio frequency identification can help.

Researchers have combined several RFID applications into a single “control center” designed to monitor and document personnel and materials as they enter and exit construction sites. The so-called RFID Construction Logistics Control Center combines RFID hardware, software and related computer systems within a freight container designed to be placed at the entrances and exits of construction sites.

(Read the full story on RFID Journal)