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” »
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” »
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” »
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]” »
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” »
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” »
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” »
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.
If you are looking to improve IT asset utilisation, the accuracy and efficiency of IT audits, maximise depreciation deductions or reduce the costs associated with missing or lost equipment, then you might be interested in a cost-effective UHF RFID solution we are delivering for a client as part of an asset intelligence technology roll-out.