Common SmartRFID™ applications:


Supply Chain Management:

The idea of scanning pallets as they arrive in distribution centers or back store docks and instantly updating the system with all of the contents of the pallet is appealing to many companies that are currently paying a small army of people to accomplish this task as a full-time job. Reallocating those personnel resources could potentially provide a substantial increase in productivity and efficiency for these operations.

Baggage Handling

Most airlines currently use bar coding systems in their baggage handling operations, but unfortunately baggage still arrives at the wrong location on occasion. Airlines are working to embed tags into the bar coded baggage tags to interact with the conveyance systems. These SmartRFID™ systems ensure that baggage reaches its intended location the first time.

Library Information Systems

Libraries are using SmartRFID™ systems for tracking books and other properties. Books are being tagged with a separate tag to accelerate checkout and they control theft. A book leaving the premises without being checked out will set off an alarm. Even if the book is not recovered, the system is automatically updated to show that it is not available for checkout.

Returnable Containers Tracking

Companies can track pallets, totes and other containers with SmartRFID™ and build a record of what is stored in the container. Returnable Product Containers (RPCs) are used to package and transport produce. A grower packs and ships fruits and vegetables in RPCs for travel through distribution to a store’s produce department. When the produce container is empty, it is returned for cleaning and reuse. The SmartRFID™ tag is used not only to keep track of the location of the RPC, but also to document its cleaning history, from the date and temperature of the washing to the chemicals used.

Car Dealerships

SmartRFID™ systems can be used to manage inventory of automobiles in new and used car dealerships and in rental car lots.

Rental Cars

For rental car companies, SmartRFID™ allows fast and easy access to maintenance and service records.

Inventory Control

With a SmartRFID™ solution, inventory can be updated in real time without product movement, scanning or human involvement. The system allows inventory status to be determined, and could also trigger automatic orders for products that are low in inventory.

Hospitals

SmartRFID™ can be useful in checking out and tracking expensive medical equipment. Placing a SmartRFID™ tag on the diagnostic or monitoring machine could read these devices as they leave one area and enter another. This would allow quick and efficient location of these most important devices. Furthermore, the most important asset, people, such as babies and patients, can be tracked real-time.

Animal Identification

SmartRFID™ is being used in the cattle industry in the hopes of helping identify the source of disease and medical histories. Secure identification of cattle by means of a tag inserted into the stomach of an animal provides accurate records for automated farm management.

Point of Sale

An intelligent ID card (Mobil/Exxon Speedpass) allows customers to pay for their gas by passing a card over a reader at the gas pump. The system automatically charges the customer’s credit or debit card with the expense

Toll Roads and Parking Garages

Electronic toll collection systems and parking garage access are other examples of point-of-sale applications. Having a tag within your automobile allows frequent users of toll roads to simply drive through the toll stations. The tag will be read and they can be billed each month. The same could be true for charging for use at parking garages.

Utility Companies

SmartRFID™ can be used to identify where buried cables, pipes, etc are located.

Security and Access Control

The movement and use of valuable equipment and personnel resources can be monitored through tags attached to tools, computers, etc. or embedded in credit-card-size security badges.

What is SmartRFID™?

Radio Frequency ID (RFID) is one of the manufacturing’s hottest technologies. Perhaps the single most important driver for the increased interest and development of the RFID industry is due to Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense. Each has mandated that their suppliers use RFID when shipping products to their distribution centers. By using RFID technology pallets and cartons of merchandise can be tracked throughout the supply chain.

 

Why do companies across many industries need to implement this technology to remain competitive and successful? In tough economic times, all businesses are looking for ways to cut costs. By automating business processes through technologies such as SmartRFID™, companies can reduce labor costs while simultaneously improving productivity and efficiency.

 

Another adoption driver is the expansion of consumer and regulatory demands that require companies to more accurately track product-handling information. As threats to security continue to loom, regulatory bodies are becoming increasingly stringent in the requirements they place on companies, especially in industries such as food and healthcare. In order to ensure the tightest security and highest standards, companies must know where products are at all times and where they have been in the supply chain. This not only allows for date and lot tracking, but it also simplifies the process in the event of recalls.

Benefits of SmartRFID™ include:

Lower Cost: According to the National Retail Security Survey released by the University of Florida, approximately $5.8 billion worth of inventory was lost in 2001 due to administrative errors alone. As evidenced by the fact that labor comprises approximately 30 percent of supply chain expenditures, one of the easiest ways to drive down costs is to increase operational and labor efficiencies. SmartRFID™ can further reduce costs by allowing companies to decrease shrink.

Increase Revenue: With U.S. retailers losing approximately 3.8 percent of sales per year as a result of out-of-stock inventory, SmartRFID™ allows companies to capture and track a variety of data on goods. This information aids in the development of accurate inventory forecasts.

Decrease Stock Levels: Because of the speed and accuracy of the solution, orders can be filled in a shorter amount of time, allowing for quicker product availability. Reducing this order cycle time decreases the need for an over abundance of stock.

Reduce Fixed Capital: Companies can better manage fixed capital by tracking assets such as totes, pallets, etc. This reduces the need for replacement due to lost items and cuts back on the amount of redundant equipment.

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