Improve safety and reduce the cost of recalls with unique device ID’s

Recent news reports of a recall on 80,000 EpiPens and warning of a contaminated heater-cooler device used during cardiac bypass surgery highlight how important unique device identification (UDI) systems are for the medical industry. Continue reading “Improve safety and reduce the cost of recalls with unique device ID’s” »

Tracing the origins – the importance of asset history

In our last blog post, we discussed how asset intelligence technology and item-level unique identification can improve visibility and traceability in an effort to combat counterfeiting in global supply chains. This week, in a related topic, we want to explore a lesser-known side of counterfeiting that requires an even more comprehensive, data driven approach. Continue reading “Tracing the origins – the importance of asset history” »

Asset intelligence technology for secure item-level authentication

Today’s global marketplace offers us access to more products, through more channels, than ever before. This convenience, however, comes at a cost. It’s resulted in complex, fragmented supply chains, with less end-to-end visibility, making the origins of parts very difficult to trace – opening the door to counterfeits. Today’s blog explores some of the wide-ranging implications of counterfeiting and what organisations can do to protect their business. Continue reading “Asset intelligence technology for secure item-level authentication” »

Improving armoury and weapons management with auto-ID

Armoury management is not just about keeping weapons appropriately stored in a secure RFID cabinet or reinforced room. It’s also about managing allot of information associated with highly-sensitive assets – each with their own story to tell – in the context of complex workflows and compliance requirements. Continue reading “Improving armoury and weapons management with auto-ID” »

Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]

In our last post we described the importance of a secure serialisation platform, like Relegen’s asset intelligence product, assetDNA, when managing spare parts and their lifecycles in complex asset operations. But there’s another half of the equation – the tag that carries the global unique identifier [GUID] to bridge the gap between data in information systems and real-world assets in the field.

There’s no shortage of options – but finding the right tag for each instance takes some doing. With so many factors playing a role – fit/form/function, environmental conditions, lifecycles, workflows, tag technology and type, frequency, read ranges and more – it can be hard to know where to start. Continue reading “Tagging spare parts in complex asset operations [Part II]” »

Improving spare parts management in complex asset operations [Part I]

When any complex asset is manufactured and enters operation, every part matters [think everything from small, low cost fasteners, bolts, adhesives, and aircraft components]. Assembly floor managers, service providers and suppliers already know that effective spare part management is essential for maintaining service levels, minimising unnecessary inventory costs and ultimately mission success.

However, the ever-increasing challenge of global track and trace regulations, such as those in the defence, aerospace and pharmaceuticals industries, means that those managing components must clearly demonstrate they have full visibility into their parts, inventory and supply chain processes at all times. In order to do this, they need each piece – no matter how small – to be individually identifiable. Continue reading “Improving spare parts management in complex asset operations [Part I]” »

We’re a finalist in 2015 MAL Industry Innovation Awards!

We were very excited to learn that our assetDNA technology solution has been named a finalist in the Pacific 2015 Maritime Australia Limited [MAL] Industry Innovation Awards.

Our finalist placing was based on an asset intelligence technology-based project we undertook for the Royal Australian Navy’s [RAN] new Landing Helicopter Dock’s [LHD], where our asset intelligence solution – assetDNA – is providing a new automated means of capturing real-time operational data from asset inspection rounds and watch-keeping programs.

So here’s a quick run-down of the project! Continue reading “We’re a finalist in 2015 MAL Industry Innovation Awards!” »

Part I – What is NFC? [The basics]

Chances are you’ve already come into contact with NFC technology in some way, shape or form. From proximity cards and credit cards to computers and mobile phones, NFC is becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives. In fact, NFC technology is one of the fastest-growing technologies on the planet with growth projections predicting that NFC-enabled devices will increase at a rate of 65% per annum and be installed on anywhere from 1.2 to 2.1 billion units by 2017-2018.

So in light of this, we thought it might be useful to do a series of blog posts to better explain what NFC is, how it works, and develop an understanding of its advantages and disadvantages. We’ll also take a look at a number of current use cases and how the technology might be used to improve the business of asset tracking both now and into the future. Continue reading “Part I – What is NFC? [The basics]” »

RFID adoption reaching a ‘tipping point’ in retail and manufacturing in the US

US general merchandise manufacturers and retailers with no plans for RFID are now in the minority according to a recent study from GS1 US. The findings have been recently published as part of the results of the 2014 GS1 US Standards Usage Survey which measured usage of item-level EPC-enabled RFID to enhance inventory visibility and meet customer demands for a seamless, omni-channel experience.

Of the manufacturers surveyed, the majority had either already implemented RFID or were planning to do so within the next 12 – 24 months compared to the 12.3% who had no plans to implement. Respondents also reported that 40% of items are now incorporating RFID technology from the point of manufacture. The same can be said of retailers where the majority were already using or planning to use RFID in the same time-frame compared to only 13.2% who had no plans to implement. Continue reading “RFID adoption reaching a ‘tipping point’ in retail and manufacturing in the US” »

RFIDs producing a hive of information!

Last week the BBC reported on a new, miniature, longer-range RFID system designed to monitor bee behaviour at Kew Gardens in London. The trial has been created from off-the-shelf components consisting of standard RFID chip and a customised [albeit a slightly cumbersome-looking] aerial, which is supposedly thinner and lighter than other models used to track small insects and which delivers a greater read range. Readers are then dotted around the gardens and connected to credit-card sized, single board, Raspberry Pi computers, which log the readings.

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