Xerafy makes IT asset management easier

it-blogFor information technology, past asset-tracking processes – like bar code-based asset tracking processes – are no longer timely or accurate enough to mitigate the risks of non-compliance with the growing list of regulations governing enterprise information and assets. RFID increasingly is the answer for these tracking and regulatory requirements.

Not only do RFID solutions take the time, cost and risk out of IT asset tracking and reporting needs, but with the help of Xerafy — and its experienced network of system integrators and solution providers—solutions are available for identifying servers, storage devices and networking equipment, tracking computers, laptops and smart phones, and working with IT hardware suppliers to source tag equipment for their customers. Continue reading

Passive UHF Overcomes Active RFID Limitations in Healthcare

passive-vs.-active-for-healthcareXerafy works with a lot of healthcare professionals in hospitals, labs, surgical instruments services and other organizations. We’ve learned there are several important misperceptions about RFID technology in the industry. Specifically, many people are unaware of the differences between passive and active RFID technology, and thus have a limited view of what RFID can do.

Passive RFID tags transmit their data using power generated by the reader. The tag is not an active transmitter, and thus can be extremely small and durable. Active RFID tags broadcast their own signal and require a battery to power the transmission. The battery adds size and cost the tag and creates a maintenance requirement, because batteries need to be replaced periodically. The Wi-Fi tags that are commonly used in real time locating systems (RTLS) to track IV pumps, wheelchairs and other large assets are a good example of active RFID technology.

Because Wi-Fi RTLS is so well known, it has become synonymous with RFID in the healthcare industry. That is an unfortunate misunderstanding because active RFID is unsuitable for tracking surgical trays and instruments, meeting UDI traceability requirements and many other use cases. Passive UHF has several important advantages over Wi-Fi and other active RFID technologies commonly used in healthcare RTLS systems. Continue reading

Xerafy tags used to track high value IT assets and tools at Applied Materials

Applied-Materials-doorway-web-1Previously, Xerafy blogged about how Healthcare firms use a combination of Auto-ID technologies to balance price and performance and to match the assets being tracked. Here is another instance where a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, The Material Deposition Products (MDP) group at Applied Materials, has employed a hybrid system of Wi-Fi-based real-time location system (RTLS) technology and passive RFID throughout its engineering labs, clean rooms, sub-fab facilities and storage areas. The system has enabled Applied Materials to better manage intellectual property (IP) protection, eliminate labor-intensive manual searches and meet ISO regulatory compliance.

Our partner, Tagit Solutions, developed a turnkey solution consisting of Xerafy tags attached to or embedded in equipment with handheld readers for inventory tracking and RFID portals installed at doorways. Continue reading

3 Ways Passive UHF RFID Can Improve Oil & Gas Operations

3070_005The oil & gas industry is known as one of the top growth markets for RFID adoption, but how exactly is RFID being used? Personnel tracking with active tags is one well-known use case, but the majority of oil & gas industry RFID activity involves the use of passive UHF technology to track and manage materials to support maintenance, compliance and asset management activity.

Extremely rugged, ATEX-certified, read-on-metal RFID tags from Xerafy make these and other applications possible. Here’s a brief overview of some of ways passive UHF RFID technology is making oil & gas operations safer and more efficient. Continue reading