Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Airbus Ubisense RFID Manufacturing Initiative

Ubisense is selected as strategic real-time location partner for Airbus. The company's location solutions will enable Airbus with a real-time visibility of business operations by tracking components and assemblies. http://bit.ly/dc5c2q

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Monday, December 14, 2009

RFID Forklift Tracking Solution

Impinj reader will be integrated into forklift RFID solution by Rush Tracking. ...

... "Rush Tracking Systems has selected the Speedway Revolution reader for the VisiblEdge RFID lift truck solution. VisiblEdge is a complete, turnkey solution ideally suited for industrial manufacturing and warehousing operations supporting business processes such as WIP tracking, automated shipping and receiving, returnable container tracking, waste management and other hands-off asset tracking applications. To enhance real-time inventory accuracy, the VisiblEdge solution automatically captures product or asset identification and location information without operator interaction. " ...


Via Impinj: Revolution Reader Selected by Rush Tracking Systems for RFID-Enabled Lift Truck Solution

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RFID RTLS Enables Patient Flow

TeleTracking Technologies acquires RadarFind, creating an automated patient flow solution for the U.S. hospital market. ...

... "To improve the numerous aspects of the complex patient flow continuum, hospitals need to discharge patients in a timely manner, turn over rooms efficiently, move patients comfortably and safely, and place the patient in the most clinically appropriate bed. This requires accurate, real-time information. RadarFind provides an absolute real-time, affordable, non-disruptive, enterprise-wide way to pin point patients, staff and expensive equipment. Combined with TeleTracking's flow automation software, it will greatly enhance the process. " ...


Via TeleTracking Technologies: RTLS for Fully Automatic Patient Flow Automation

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Penske Logistics RFID Manages Fleet Yard

Fluensee will support Penske Logistics with its Yard solution to enable asset visibility and manage trailers in the yard. ...

... "Initially, Penske will implement the Fluensee Yard solution with a combination of passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies at its Garland, Texas facility. The combination of RFID and GPS will provide Penske with real-time updates about the location, status and condition of company trucks and trailers. With Fluensee’s Yard solution, Penske will have all of this real-time capability, and will also be able to dynamically assign trailers to dock doors, quickly assign yard employees new tasks based upon changing conditions, and provide robust event management and alerting capabilities, all which will help drive efficiencies in a distribution or shipping environment. " ...


Via Fluensee: Penske Logistics Yard Management

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

RFID Sensor Events Trigger Business System Reactions

IBM enhances its Websphere software to process sensor events and trigger a business reaction to market conditions, delivering business intelligence from activity in the physical world. ...

... "Sensors are part of our everyday lives, used in objects such as lights that dim and brighten depending on the level of darkness and in thermometers, which react to changes in temperature. Today, many kinds of sensors are used to monitor and manage water flow rates, highway traffic, seismic activity, air quality, the flow of energy across power grids, and much more. In particular, the use of Radio Frequency Identification sensors is growing for the purpose of item tracking and authentication. By 2010, approximately six billion of these tags will be in circulation. WebSphere Sensor Events captures data from sensors and automates a reaction by a business system following a set of rules or events. " ...


Via IBM: Sensor Data Triggers Automated Business Processes


Sensor networks trigger business reaction

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Satellite RFID Tag Provides Global Visibility


Numerex and Savi will collaborate to develop an asset and shipment monitoring capability that integrates Global Satellite Positioning, active Radio Frequency Identification and Satellite Communications into a hybrid RFID tag, the ST-694 GlobalTag. ...

... "The satellite-based global RFID device will be designed to provide tracking information in the harshest environmental conditions, be scalable, flexible, and deliver real-time visibility to those who need it, on a near global basis. The partners will work together to ensure that the ST-694 GlobalTag becomes HERO (Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) certified, and based on the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID, which will help promote interoperability with compatible networks and devices. Savi has provided the active RFID products for the U.S. DoD's In-Transit Visibility network, which is the world's largest RFID network that tracks about 35,000 conveyances daily across more than 4,000 locations and 40 countries. Asset owners, chemical, retail, defense, transportation companies, rail, suppliers faced with customer RFID mandates, ocean ports and terminal operators, exporters, importers and logistics service providers benefit from Savi's real-time solutions. " ...


Via Numerex: GlobalTag Combining GPS, RFID and Satellite Communications

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

RFID Drug Traceability Pilot

Pharmaceutical RFID pilot is seen as success
A pharma track and trace RFID system is successfully piloted in a live operating, global supply chain. ...

... "Data carriers, including GS1 bar codes (data matrix) and EPC/RFID tags, were used in the pilot to enable the full traceability of every single drug product in the supply chain on all levels of packaging and to monitor the progress of its transportation lorries. The implementation of a 4 string data set which included the product code, serial number, expiry date and batch number enabling mass serialisation of packaging items, together with the EPCIS system, delivered the necessary traceability information which was recorded in and out of each supply chain participants’ custody. All data stored in the EPCIS system provided real time visibility of the tracked products such as where the product is, which company has it now and how long have they got it for, as well as historical data. " ...


Via GS1 UK: First drug traceability pilot

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

NASA RFID Deployment Continues at Space Center

RFID Global Solution will deliver the second phase expansion of a real-time, RFID-enabled location system at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center through a contract with Boeing. ...

... "This expansion follows a successful deployment of the initial real-time RFID location tracking solution earlier this year. This second phase extends the real-time tracking to more items as well as transitions to RFID Global Solution’s new Visi-Trac Asset Tracking software. " ...


Via RFID Global Solution: BOEING NASA RFID DEPLOYMENT

Additional NASA reference on RFID ...

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mine RFID Wifi Tags

Active Control Technology receives regulatory approval of its ActiveMine WiFi RFID tags that support wireless communications and location tracking for the mining industry. ...

... "The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has approved ActiveMine's RFID Wi-Fi Tags as intrinsically safe. The RFID Wi-Fi tags are a key component of the system that enable accurate and real-time tracking of people and assets and also offer auxiliary two-way messaging capability. " ...


Via Active Control Technology Inc: ActiveMines Rfid WiFi Tags

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

RFID Yard Management Implementation at John Taylor Site

John Taylor Fertilizers partners with Intelleflex and InCom to automate the tracking of agricultural equipment at its Yuba City, California location using RFID-enabled processes. The RFID technology will track equipment in the yard, understand inventory that is in use by customers, and provide visibility to usage statistics. The implementation is expected to increase asset utilization and improve the customer experience. ...

... "Using a solution called OnSite, which was developed by InCom based on the Intelleflex RFID platform, John Taylor is now able to automatically track equipment inventory in real-time: the time the equipment leaves the yard, the location to which it is delivered, when it is returned to the yard, and how often it is used. " ...


Via Intelleflex: John Taylor Fertilizers Company

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

RFID Tracking Pallets for Wrigley

Wrigley implements Aeroscout's RFID solution at its production facility in Poznan, Poland. ...

Wrigley implements RFID in manufacturing

... "Wrigley is a recognized leader in confections and the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum with production facilities in 14 countries around the world. Wrigley is using AeroScout's technology and a Cisco Unified Wireless Network to track the location of pallets in real time, optimizing the efficiency of the production process by reducing losses in time and material. The installation was deployed in Poland by AeroScout in collaboration with Megabit. " ...


Via AeroScout: Wrigley Deploys New Flavor of RFID Solution

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

RFID Hospital Location Systems

RFID-enabled hospital real-time tracking system receives patent approval. ...

RFID hospital tracking system, Awarepoint

... "A 17-inch tag is attached to a piece of equipment (people may clip it to a belt or lanyard) and tracked by sensors that are plugged into standard outlets. Based on total square footage and the number of tagged assets, the cost averages about $10 to $15 per asset per month. " ...


Via San Diego Business Journal: Real-Time Tracking System

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

RFID Womens Workout

RFID technology is integrated into workout routine and tracks a participant's exercise regimen. ...

... "At each station, a woman flashes an RFID-tagged wristband over a scanner on the machine. The machine reads the woman's workout program and gives the exerciser real-time feedback ... " ...


Via Dallas Morning News: RFID consumer applications

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Savi RFID Pilot Tracks Automotive Assets in the Supply Chain

Land Rover and Savi will pilot an active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution that will achieve synchronized auto parts deliveries from multiple suppliers in Land Rover's supply chain to the company's assembly plant in West Midlands (U.K.). ...

Land Rover West Midlands

... "Savi is supplying RFID hardware and software to enhance visibility, inventory management, and asset utilization, and to reduce losses, assembly plant disruptions, and time spent locating assembly parts. Phase 2 of this pilot enables 18 suppliers and Land Rover to better locate, track, and deliver stillages (specialized steel conveyances) that carry bumpers, front grills, suspension parts, moon roofs, and vehicle bodies, among other parts. Real-time information on RFID-tagged assets is shared among the partners and is automatically transmitted to cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and web-based tracking software. " ...


Via Savi Technology: RFID PILOT TO TRACK AUTO PARTS BETWEEN SUPPLIERS AND ASSEMBLY PLANT

West Midlands Automotive Cluster

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Airbus RFID ODIN Expertise

Airbus partners with ODIN tech for RFID technology experience. ...

Airbus leverages ODIN's expertise and solutions experience

... "ODIN will provide solution design, deployment, testing and support services for the first of three ambitious phases to provide real-time automated visibility across the Airbus value chain. Airbus plans to employ ODIN expertise for numerous projects throughout its supply chain and assembly operations, and make ODIN's RFID services and performance optimization software available to Airbus suppliers and customers. " ...


Via ODIN technologies: Airbus Deal

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Monday, April 30, 2007

RFID Zero-Sales Preventer Avoids Out-of-Stocks Through Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility

New Zero Sales Prevention module enables manufacturers to improve the real-time performance of their retail businesses by leveraging RFID-enabled supply chain information to avoid stock-outs and support decision making. ...

... "The new service represents a revolutionary advance in how manufacturers use and view RFID data to find supply chain issues, understand root causes and quickly resolve problems to ensure sales are not negatively impacted. Manufacturers such as Ocean Spray Cranberries, an early adopter of the service, are now able to prevent more out-of-stocks and zero sales days because of the visibility provided by TR3's On-Demand RFID Solutions. TR3's Zero Sales Prevention module is a new addition to the company's TR3 On-Demand Solutions suite - currently in use by more than 30 leading manufacturers - that enables product managers to dramatically improve promotions and perishables management and prevent out-of-stock situations. By automatically converting the millions of RFID scans received from retailers on a daily basis, TR3 On-Demand sifts, organizes and extracts critical issues that were previously invisible to product and supply chain managers. Within a single dashboard, manufacturers can view the performance of each product line and have visibility to prioritize and fix supply chain issues in real-time. " ...


Via TR3 Solutions: TR3 Solutions Extends Leadership in RFID Solutions with Release of Zero Sales Prevention Module

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

RFID Hammer Tracking System Integrates GIS and Sensors

Army RFID research looks to improve the understanding of rapidly changing conditions in real-time using RFID, geographic information, and multiple sensor perspectives. ...

RFID Hammer system research by US Army

... "The HAMMERTM is modular in design. The technology may be configurable to accommodate a variety of plug and play components, wireless sensors (e.g., seismic, thermal, acoustic, temperature, chemical), and other peripherals via conventional connections (e.g., USB 2.0, LEMOTM). The core unit includes a computer running a WindowsTM XP operating system, which allows secure and encrypted robust computing and 80 GB of data storage capacity. An embedded ArcGISTM software platform allows for integrated complex geographical information system (GIS) analysis. Base unit features include: position acquisition as well as stand-off positioning; distance, pitch, and roll measurements; and still and video processing. Users can collect data instantly via the a rapid event-capture trigger. Additional functions may include night vision, image stabilization and video pattern registration, voice recognition software, and biometrics for secure operations. Voice annotations, as well as audio communications, may be achieved through a wireless, hands-free, headset. A marking/tracking system may be used to mark and monitor dynamic situations and events across diverse landscapes, via active and/or passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and hybrid bar code/RFID labels. " ...


Via US Army ERDC: HAMMER (Hand-held Apparatus for Mobile Mapping and Expedited Reporting)

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Monday, April 16, 2007

RFID Open-Standards Benefits Container Tracking Per Pilot

Recent active RFID pilot project using Oracle and Savi Technology infrastructure validates the need for common standards to realize benefits in port operations. RFID-enabled seaborne shipping containers provide real-time tracking status in the Asian supply chain tested in the pilot, using EPC Information Services (EPCIS), a draft standard championed by GS1 EPCglobal. The objective of this effort is to enable greater transport visibility across stakeholders, countries and continents. ...

... "The benefits seem clear, but many vendors and end users believe that the prerequisites for greater RFID adoption in this sector are a common nomenclature for RFID data, and a standard framework for the way in which that information is shared via open standards such as EPCIS. The EPCglobal pilot with Savi and Oracle represents a significant step towards the practical realization of a truly useful standard, notes Liard. It is the first real-world demonstration among port operators of the potential created when multiple trading partners and service providers can speak the same language. " ...


Via ABI ResearchContainer Tracking Pilot Highlights the Benefits of RFID Standards in Port Management

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Monday, March 19, 2007

WiFi RFID Tags Track High-Value Parcels in UK

AeroScout, Inc. deploys asset tracking tags for City Link, an express parcel delivery firm in the UK's, that focuses on high-value delivery services. City Link is seeing benefits in its overnight trucking schedule which helps it sustain industry-leading delivery performance. ...

AeroScout implements RFID track and trace across CityLink's WIFI network

... "In the first stage of deployment, AeroScout and its UK Partner JDH Consultancy Limited installed 15,000 specially designed Wi-Fi tags with an extended battery life, which will be used at City Link's depots around the UK. These rugged, Wi-Fi-standard tags jointly designed by AeroScout and JDH Consultancy Limited are being used to manage the company's dynamic inventory of roll-cages, which house and protect its high-value parcels during transit. At any moment in time, up to 300,000 parcels in 15,000 cages at 70 UK locations can be monitored and located in real-time from City Link's National Distribution Centre in Wednesbury, West Midlands over the City Link Cisco Wi-Fi network. By maintaining accurate and real-time visibility of roll-cages, City Link has improved the efficiency and speed of its delivery services. " ...


Via Aeroscout: AeroScout Delivers World's Largest Wi-Fi-Based Active RFID Tag Deployment to City Link ...

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hyundai RFID Enables Supply Chain Management

Hyundai will use RFID technology to automate processes in its supply chain
Hyundai-Kia Motors Group, South Korean vehicle manufacturer, implements RFID technology to provide visibility throughout the automotive parts supply chain. Transitioning from applied bar code labels, Hyundai Group's Glovis company will automate its distribution process with RFID to acquire real-time distribution information. ...

... "In March 2007, Glovis, an affiliated company of Hyundai/Kia Motors Group in charge of the supply chain management (SCM), will begin receiving RFID tagged boxes of automotive parts from more than 200 suppliers. In the first phase of the project, approximately 130,000 UPM Raflatac DogBone UHF RFID tags will be applied to parts boxes and packaging cases from five major suppliers for exportation to Hyundai/Kia Motors' overseas factory in Alabama, USA. In the second phase, 20 million UPM Raflatac RFID tags will be used annually to track all boxes and containers of automotive parts through the supply chain. Using RFID technology, Glovis will be able to track corrugated cardboard boxes of automotive parts through the major SCM processes, including delivery to the distribution centre, the repacking process, leaving the distribution centre, delivery to the overseas distribution centre and final delivery to Hyundai/Kia Motors' overseas factory. In the RFID-enabled SCM, the completion reports for each process are automatically collected by passing the parts boxes through an RFID interrogator gate. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: UPM Raflatac RFID tags enhance supply chain management at Hyundai/Kia Motors

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Monday, January 08, 2007

RFID Warehouse Forklift System

RFID enabled forklift system manages warehouse processes
Intermec introduces forklift RFID system that integrates automated data collection to drive efficiency in warehouse business processes. ...

... "This ground-breaking RFID (radio frequency identification) forklift installation system allows forklift drivers to use RFID and other data collection technologies to gather complete real-time inventory data efficiently and safely without leaving their vehicle. Intermec partnered with Cascade Corporation, the world leader in the design and manufacture of lift truck attachments, to create an RFID-enabled forklift system that integrates durable, rugged inventory and data collection technology with existing forklift equipment. The system improves performance and safety while significantly reducing the cost of RFID forklift deployments in warehouse applications. The Intermec Adaptable Load Backrest and Antenna Cell system can be made to accommodate almost all forklifts on the market, providing customers a factory-certified product designed specifically for their lift trucks that meets OSHA and industry safety requirements. Flexible and configurable, the Adaptable Load Backrest switches easily from one application to another, allowing the driver to accomplish pallet-, case- and even shelf-level readings without the costly and intensive labor associated with retrofit systems. " ...


Via Intermec: Intermec and Cascade Introduce Mobile RFID Forklift Adaptable Load Backrest for Rugged, Industrial Warehouse Use

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