RFID makes receiving in distribution hubs more efficient. There’s no need to open boxes of products to count them. Simply pass the sealed box through a tunnel reader, or other RFID read point, and the items are checked within seconds.

  • Reducing supply overstock and improve supply management:  the person who takes the last of the primary batch of item, moves the next batch forward and places the tag on a wall-mounted RFID reader board near the storage unit. That triggers an automated replenishment request to the hospital’s material management information system and that generates a requisition to purchase the items, leading to upwards of 20% inventory reduction across its departments with the biggest inventory reductions in its surgery unit, ICU and emergency department.
  • Injection and medicine safety:  Using a handheld reader with RFID tags in patient wristbands, drugs are matched with prescription information in electronic medical records. The information can be accessed by scanning a bar code on the bottle and reading the patient’s ID number coded into the RFID tag on the patient’s wristband. It also links to the hospital’s injection drug inventory and traceability system.
  • Radiology: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center sews RFID tags into the seams of x-ray protection vests in an effort to reduce the time it takes to locate the vests for government inspections.
  • Infection control: Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital uses RFID tags deployed to patients and staff to trace people who come into contact with patients with a contagious and potentially dangerous infection, such as TB. It uses a team it refers to as "mission control" to crunch data generated by RFID tag scanners, and alert people who need to be screened.
  • Lab/specimen testing: our partner, Quake Global, uses an RFID-based, specimen tracking solution co-developed with world-famous Mayo Clinic. EasySpecimen™ helps laboratories attain an outstanding reduction in error rates from an industry average of nearly 10% to under .02%.













  • Track and trace prescription drugs: The Drug Quality and Security Act requires healthcare professionals to electronically track and trace prescription drugs through product identifiers. It will change the way drugs are tracked: it will shift from tracking a drug based only on a lot number, but also include information such as expiration date, and points of contact for the drug from the manufacturer to the pharmacy.



Additional Information and Case studies



Retail


Both on the sales floor and in the stockroom, RFID gives better control and more visibility of inventory. It streamlines replenishing sold, misplaced or stolen items.

Cycle counting (inventory control) can take days and substantive manpower using barcode technology, but RFID simplifies and shortens the process to a matter of hours. This allows more frequent cycle counting with RFID technology, which again adds to the inventory accuracy.







The same tags can also be used, in combination with electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates for theft deterrence. As RFID tags uniquely identify each product, EAS-RFID systems provide inventory updates, so shops and warehouses can quickly replenish missing or stolen items.


  • Improves inventory accuracy
  • On-shelf availability ensures increased sales
  • Significantly reduces inventory time
  • Improves customer experience and satisfaction
  • Improves EAS detection rates

Maritime


RFID allows for  connectivity over open water ways via satellites. Modems can provide real-time monitoring of fishing vessels, buoys, monitoring stations, containers and other remote objects.  This allows you to track and monitor ocean-going vessels and containers anywhere in the world, with automated position reporting.


Oil, Gas & Alternative Energy Producers


RFID technology makes it easier to manage remote assets, wherever they are. RFID modems enable real-time monitoring of remote pipelines, tanks, well heads, compressors, valves and other remote equipment.  Retrieve data automatically from critical remote assets. Simplify data acquisition and alarm reporting.

Transportation


Connectivity no matter where or when. RFID modems provide the ability to track and monitor assets anywhere in the world.  Real-time monitoring and client-centric software solutions for fleet enterprise management simplify operations and reduce staffing requirements. Track, monitor and control fleet vehicle telematics.

Asset Tracking:  Heavy and Mining Equipment


RFID modems meet the demanding requirements found in the heavy equipment & mining industries. They provide machinery with complete global wireless coverage. Product capabilities include multiple engine interfaces and adhere to stringent industry standards. Track, monitor and manage, trucks, heavy equipment, and containers. Improve daily operations and reduce costs.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

RFID Applications

What is RFID Technology? 


Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object.  A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked.


It is an extremely valuable and useful technology:  it has the ability to replace existing identification technology like the bar code, tracking more efficiently, more quickly, and can provide real-time-in-transit visibility.



Ski Resorts


RFID ski passes give convenience to customers by reducing wait lines. Also, they can load money onto the RFID card, and use it to make purchases at retail stations. RFID can also tag skiers on locations at the resort, which can link to social media for an overview of the days' activities.


Healthcare


RFID solutions are an emerging trend giving those hospitals that use it a competitive advantage.  Representatives from hospitals and the healthcare industry illustrated how they have used the technology to adopt leaner supply chain practices associated with manufacturing to pare down costs and improve safety.


Armories and Military Applications


Weapons tracking and security are among the highest responsibilities for law enforcement, security or defense organizations. It is also one of the most time-consuming, manual, and error-prone processes.

Our Partner, Quake Global, has developed an RFID weapons tracking solution that automates all stages of weapons location and chain of custody management. It is an easy and accurate way to ensure audit capability and readiness for ongoing ATF, DOD and CALEA compliance demands.  EasyArms automates receipt and issue processes for bulk or individual weapons.


Quake Global’s EasyArms™ solution is custom-configurable to your individual requirements which may include some of the following components:

  • Software specifically designed for weapons tracking to manage check-in/out processes, maintain chain of custody, integrated with existing solutions, delivering real-time weapons inventory and movement reports.
  • Fixed, rugged RFID portals for choke-point tracking at armory doors and windows.
  • Handheld RFID readers running specially designed software for mobile weapons inventory, location and movement management.