Xerafy Has Solutions for a $30 Billion Problem

policecargopromoA recent Forbes article examined what companies are doing to prevent cargo theft, which costs U.S. businesses $30 billion annually according to the FBI. The article reports that electronics and pharmaceuticals are the most expensive goods stolen from the supply chain, while metals, food and beverage products, household items and apparel are the most frequently stolen.

The article goes on to cover how companies are using expensive GPS, satellite and mobile computing systems to track their goods. The trouble with these systems is that they are used to tell when vehicles and shipping containers go missing. Xerafy can provide a deeper level of cargo protection, asset management and inventory control because we can track and manage products at the pallet, case and item levels. The most problematic products cited in the FBI report – computer equipment and other electronics, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage items, etc. – are ideal candidates for tracking and management with our Trak Series and Metal Skin product lines. They can be used in the supply chain, but also in data centers, factories, warehouses, hospitals, offices and virtually any other location.

Metal Skin makes it possible to track and locate products that can’t carry a traditional RFID tag because they are too small, curved or flexible. Metal Skin moved RFID smart labeling away from just cartons, documents and garments and enabled thin, flexible, standard RFID labels to be used on metal items and other assets, including laptops, tablets, cell phones, test equipment and more.

The Trak Series family has tags designed specifically to meet various asset management needs, ranging from blade servers inside data centers to returnable transport items used in international supply chain operations. Like Metal Skin smart labels, Trak Series tags can be used on or off metal. They offer support for international frequencies, ruggedness to enable outdoor use in industrial environments, and a wide range of sizes for use in data center, hospital, manufacturing, logistics and other operations.

Specialized tags like these surpass what bar code and general purpose RFID technology can do and are helping make RFID asset management an $18 billion market. Xerafy tags have helped companies manage thousands of hard-to-track assets; contact us to see how we can help you.

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Healthy Outlook for Healthcare RFID Adoption

9577847_xxlThe latest RFID market growth forecast from IDTechEx not only shows a very bright future for passive UHF, but also reflects how far the market has come. The healthcare market projection provides a strong example.

There will be 28 percent more passive UHF tags used for medical and healthcare applications in 2014 than there were the year before. The percent change is in line with the overall growth for all passive UHF tag sales (27 percent). However, the healthcare segment is growing faster than some applications that are more established and have received much more end-user attention, such as logistics, airline baggage and cargo tracking, access control and even general asset tracking. Continue reading

Xerafy Makes Aviation Flyable Parts Tracking Easier

29577655_xlLately, aerospace OEMs and MRO providers increasingly have been adopting high-memory RFID tags for storing part manufacturing and maintenance history for the life of an aircraft. The aviation market has accelerated adoption of Air Transport Association (ATA) SPEC2000 standards to improve both the structure and transferability of data. Differences in certification requirements among regulatory agencies (FAA, EASA, etc.) previously hampered adoption of RFID on serialized aircraft components. But now, driven by the common business goal of an outsourced, open source, global supply chain, the airline industry — led by Boeing and Airbus — the industry is collaborating to make more use of automatic data capture using GS1/EPC RFID standards of RFID in ATA SPEC2000 for permanent parts marking.

The application of RFID technology in the aviation industry has many proven benefits, with the ultimate objective of continued air safety. By storing information about a component part directly in an RFID tag that stays with the part, its history is always readily available at any point in the part’s service life. This is particularly important for maintenance, repair and overhaul organizations (MROs) which may not have Internet connectivity at the point of service. Traditional data collection systems (clipboard-based inspections, manually entering serial numbers, bar coding) are too slow and inaccurate. Part serial numbers are often inaccessible to workers, a problem that RFID solves with its long read range. Continue reading

Finding RFID’s Fit in the Internet of Things

10634881_xlCisco predicts there will be 13.5 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2022 in the manufacturing industry alone. But……43 percent of manufacturing executives currently don’t understand or even know about the Internet of Things, according to a recent LNS Research survey.

These data points seem to contradict each other. Please use the comment section below to tell us what you think. Here is our view: Xerafy’s customers and partners probably know more about the Internet of Things than they think. Continue reading

Xerafy Helps Government Organizations Work More Efficiently

2564.photo.2Government organizations have a reputation for moving too slowly and spending too much. Xerafy’s public-sector customers are changing this perception, one RFID tag at a time.

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) is the latest government organization to turn to Xerafy RFID tags to make its operations safer and more efficient. Several U.K. news outlets reported West Yorkshire FRS is conducting a trial of an RFID asset tracking system at 46 fire stations to manage those stations’ equipment. West Yorkshire FRS will apply RFID tags to 54 different pieces of equipment that require regular maintenance. The project includes RFID technology and the iSCOPE fire incident software system developed and provided by Xerafy partner Red Ledge. The software will notify staff about what equipment needs maintenance and where it is located. West Yorkshire FRS expects the RFID system to cut 90 percent of the time needed to find and identify assets.

We have seen from similar projects with other customers that RFID tracking not only saves search time, it also helps prevent assets from becoming lost. This saves users money two ways: by reducing labor time requirements, and by reducing the need to purchase new equipment. For example, this summer the East Midlands Ambulance Service reported a 40 percent reduction in the time needed to track the equipment in its ambulances. In the U.S., the Richardson Police Department now completes pre-shift police car inspections in less than one minute, a process that used to take 15 minutes. Many other police departments are using RFID for weapon tracking.

So, instead of complaining about how your local authorities are spending your tax dollars, talk to them about how they could use RFID to cut cost and time from their activities.