Preventing equipment loss in hospitals and emergency services with asset intelligence

Asset intelligence technology is poised to gain traction in the global healthcare and emergency services industry sectors in an effort to combat the staggering amount of assets which disappear due to loss or theft. Continue reading “Preventing equipment loss in hospitals and emergency services with asset intelligence” »

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” »

Lost in space no more: NASA using UHF RFID to track items on the ISS

When most organisations manage their assets, they usually have gravity on their side. So even while tracking the location and status of items can be complex, at least items will tend to stay where they were last put until something, or someone, moves them on. Crew members on the International Space Station (ISS) have no such guarantees. Continue reading “Lost in space no more: NASA using UHF RFID to track items on the ISS” »

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]” »

Should you rip-out, re-write or re-invent your legacy enterprise asset management system?

Deloitte’s just released their annual technology predictions for 2016 which focuses on 8 trends likely to disrupt business over the next few years. Whilst much of the report concentrates on futuristic technologies, what is most interesting, is that this year, one trend was dedicated to the coal-face challenge of modernising and extending the value of legacy systems.

An example relevant for our clients is legacy enterprise asset management systems [EAM’s], computerised maintenance management systems [CMMS’s] and enterprise resource planning systems [ERP’s]. Whilst these systems have been essential for the financial and operational management of assets, they were never designed to provide the granularity of detail demanded by today’s complex global enterprises, or readily integrate with emerging asset tracking technologies, auto-ID [RFID, NFC, barcode, DPM etc.] and field mobility applications. Continue reading “Should you rip-out, re-write or re-invent your legacy enterprise asset management system?” »

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 II – Asset tracking & NFC – The Pros & Cons

Happy New Year! Whilst it’s been some time since our last blog post [only because we’ve been VERY busy developing an incredible array of new products for you in 2016…so stay tuned!], we’d like to pick-up where we left off with a blog post on the pros and cons of NFC technology as it relates to the business of asset tracking. Continue reading “Part II – Asset tracking & NFC – The Pros & Cons” »

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]” »

Weighing in on the latest global RTLS market predictions

It must be the time of year when all the market research experts weigh in with their predictions for the global Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) market because there’s been a flurry of them in the last month or so. Predictions for the growth rate of the global RTLS market ranged from 20% up to just over 33% CAGR and market value forecasts ranged from $7 billion up to $43.7 billion. Continue reading “Weighing in on the latest global RTLS market predictions” »