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.

UHF Makes its Mark in Manufacturing

20455435_xxlWe’ve recently seen some trade magazine articles and white papers about using RFID in manufacturing that have an outdated view of the technology. The coverage correctly explains that RFID can automate and improve work-in-process (WIP) tracking and other production processes. The guidance becomes misleading when it suggests that high frequency (HF), 13.56 MHz RFID technology is needed for use in industrial environments.

There was a time when 13.56 MHz RFID was the best option for use around assembly lines and other operations where metal was present. That time was many years ago. UHF RFID tags are read millions of times every day in factories thanks to innovation by Xerafy and others that have made it practical to use UHF on and around metal objects. Continue reading

Location Apps Can Thrive with RFID, Making Expensive GPS Unnecessary

2Passive RFID can be used instead of GPS or battery-powered active RFID for many location-based applications, which can save a lot of money for organizations. Keystone Cable proved this by using Xerafy Data Trak II tags to permanently identify storage locations and reusable assets. When assets are placed into storage, a worker reads the Xerafy asset ID tag and reads a separate Xerafy tag that is attached to the storage location. System software then associates the item with the location and updates the asset database.

By updating the location database via RFID read, Keystone Cable does not have to install a GPS or active RFID tag on each of the hundreds of reusable reels that it uses to store manufactured cable. The RFID system requires more total tags because both assets and locations must be tagged, but it is a very cost effective process because of the big price difference between passive UHF and GPS and active RFID technologies. Continue reading