Radio Frequency Identification
RFID operates according to the principle that each tagged assets transmits a
radio frequency (RF) signal containing a unique identification code (RFID). This
signal is picked up by any one of the different readers. The tags can be battery
powered (active tag) or energized by the readers (passive tags). These readers
can include area readers, access point readers, portable readers (belt or
handheld), door or choke-point readers. The RF information (or scanner
information) is fed via these various access points, over a new or existing
network infrastructure, to a Data Collection Server that does initial collation
and parsing of data. This data is then transported to the Technetium Database
RFID as a technology is fast becoming the
standard “vehicle” of choice to provide information regarding asset location and
other crucial information regarding logistics industries in general, for the
Efficient Asset Utilization
The speed of the asset
lifecycle, whether it is for manufacturing or utilization is consistently
increasing. As a result the information required to support this lifecycle needs
to be available in a timely fashion. RFID supports this requirement improving
the real-time ability to review “available-for-use”, promised delivery, physical
state and current location for assets.
RFID allows for effective tracking of
individual assets/products, thus increasing visibility of the asset population
as a whole. AMR Research states, “More and more, Supply Chain Visibility
Solutions are providing users with real-time information for visibility into the
supply chain. Knowing the movement and location of goods or assets lets managers
respond to changing conditions”.
With ever increasing focus on security, RFID
ability to offer “hands free” operation, is a “natural” technology to address
RFID infrastructure supports the
organizations efforts to comply with regulations regarding the
manufacture/purchase/transports of assets.
From an administration / finance perspective the chief benefits of RFID are near real-time equipment
management and tracking, asset security, short ROI cycles, minimum operator
intervention, and improved flow management.
Technetium has developed a
unique solution which incorporates our proven software tracking applications
together with barcode scanners that are GPRS enabled. GPRS (General Packet Radio
Service) is a high-speed digital data service provided by cellular carriers that
uses the GSM technology. In other words the selected scanners use the cellular
phone network to transfer data from the unit to a centralized computer from any
where in the World provided there is cell phone coverage.