Managing evidence and chain of custody with asset intelligence

We’ve all seen police evidence being handled on programs like CSI, but the reality is more complex than the drama show implies. Evidence provides law enforcement agencies with the hard information they need to pursue justice. But tracking the chain-of-custody of thousands of items from crime scenes, through storage locations, to laboratories and court rooms and back, can be a monumental task requiring significant manual effort. However, with the advent of asset intelligence technology, evidence tracking is becoming more automated, efficient and secure. Continue reading “Managing evidence and chain of custody with asset intelligence” »

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” »

Case study: Maritime inspection rounds and watch-keeping events

In our last blog, we described how data captured during asset inspections gives organisations a real-time window into their operations. Following on from there, we’d like to share an overview of a recent project we’ve undertaken for the Royal Australian Navy [RAN] which serves as a good demonstration of this. Continue reading “Case study: Maritime inspection rounds and watch-keeping events” »

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!” »

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!” »

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?” »