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]” »

How RFID blocking paint is enhancing enterprise asset intelligence

We love coming across stories like this – stories about organisations putting RFID to work in highly-innovative ways in order to gain greater intelligence about their assets. This recent story is about a company making use of RFID blocking paint of all things. And no, it’s not to prevent data, credit card or identity theft – it is to generate incredible insight about its customers and increase customer engagement, and product sales, as a result. Continue reading “How RFID blocking paint is enhancing enterprise asset intelligence” »

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” »

New video: Managing mission-critical assets with RFID

Does your organisation need to keep track of key assets such as people, property, plant and equipment, or inventory items such as tools, PPE, medical, IT or mobile devices, important files or documents and the like? If so, then you might be interested in our new video about RFID for mission-critical asset management.

This latest video showcases assetDNA’s integration with RFID asset tracking technology for the management of mission-critical assets such as weapons, protective equipment, search and rescue gear, and other items managed by armouries and supply departments. Whilst the video is based on a project we undertook for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, it equally applies to any organisation that has critical assets which need to be tracked in a secure and timely manner. Continue reading “New video: Managing mission-critical assets with RFID” »

Get up close & personal with the assetDNA Pilot Kit at QME 2014

Visitors to this year’s Queensland Mining and Engineering Exhibition [QME] in sunny Mackay will be able to get up close and personal with Relegen’s new assetDNA Pilot Kit. Here are the details: Continue reading “Get up close & personal with the assetDNA Pilot Kit at QME 2014” »

The barcode turns 40!

40 years ago, on the 26th of June, 1974, a packet of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum was the first item scanned using a Universal Product Code [UPC] and a handmade laser scanner at a store in Ohio, United States. It’s a fascinating story that began as far back as the 1940’s, and its application in our world, and evolution into different forms, shows no sign of slowing down today. Continue reading “The barcode turns 40!” »

Playing off HF & UHF RFID

The third and final part in our series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best suited applications.

In our first post for 2014 we want to dig a little deeper into the world of RFID and examine the most commonly used frequencies in asset management to help organisations determine the best-suited system for their application. Continue reading “Playing off HF & UHF RFID” »

Barcodes vs. RFID

Part II of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best suited applications

In our last post, we kicked off a series about asset ID tags with a look at asset identification using barcoding. Today we pick up where we left off with an introduction to RFID and how the technology compares and contrasts with barcoding. RFIDs and barcodes are similar in that they are both data collection technologies which automate the process of collecting field data. Both forms of auto-ID have their pros and cons for asset tracking, asset management and asset lifecycle management, and either one may be better suited for your specific project. Continue reading “Barcodes vs. RFID” »

Which barcode is best?

Part I of a series about today’s smart asset IDs and their best-suited applications

When we receive inquiries about assetDNA, often the first line of questioning dives straight into asset tags – or assetDNA ID’s as we like to call them. So we’d like to kick-off a series of posts outlining some of the differences between barcodes, HF, and UHF RFIDs and their best-suited applications. Today we’ll start with a look at barcodes and why they can still be the most appropriate application for many projects, despite all the hype around RFID. Continue reading “Which barcode is best?” »