The Skyline Luge sends riders hurtling down a concrete track just inches off the ground in an open cart. Is it a sled? Is it a go kart? After reaching the bottom of the hill, riders just know it is fun – see for yourself in this video. The ride is thrilling, but it is also safe because each custom cart is inspected and maintained on a rigorous schedule with the help of an RFID asset tracking system from Times-7 and Xerafy.
Skyline Enterprises created the luge carts and operates tracks in Singapore, New Zealand, Canada and South Korea. Riders take a chair lift to the top of the course and ride down in the metal carts, which experience vibration, bumps and the occasional collision along the way. Carts used and stored outside in conditions ranging from the cold and snow in Calgary to the constant heat and humidity in Singapore. Continue reading
Our new Roswell tag generated a lot of buzz at the recent HIMSS healthcare show and elsewhere, with much of the attention focused on Roswell’s innovative antenna-free design that makes it extremely rugged and makes new RFID use cases possible. There is another important feature that has been somewhat overlooked but is extremely valuable in the healthcare and other industries. Roswell is an EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standard tag (It is also ATEX comply and meets MIL-STD-810F durability requirements). Roswell redefines the rugged read-on-metal RFID tag category, but does so while being interoperable with the data structures and RFID readers that thousands of organizations are already using.
Standards and interoperability are extremely valuable in the healthcare industry, which we saw firsthand at HIMSS. There were more than 1,200 exhibitors at the show, more than 350 new product introductions plus many solutions covering all aspects of healthcare operations. However, many of these solutions are built on proprietary technology and do not easily work with other systems. That is a serious drawback for healthcare buyers, who have many responsibilities (for example improving patient safety, implementing electronic health records, improving asset management, etc.) and can’t afford the time and cost involved with supporting numerous standalone technology systems. In the RFID space alone there were asset management systems based on UHF, HF, microwave, Wi-Fi and ultra wideband frequencies, plus passive, active and semi-active tags. Very few of these solutions are based on widely used standards. Continue reading
The HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition presented by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, is undeniably the go-to show for any company or person involved in the healthcare technology space. This year, HIMSS attracted close to 40,000 visitors from around the world, all gathered in Orlando, Florida, for a week of intensive and amazing displays of the latest technology used in the healthcare industry. Vendors planned months ahead to bring the best of tech ranging from electronic healthcare records to imaging technology to intelligent operating rooms.
Technologies synonymous with the Internet of Things such as RFID and RTLS are not new to the healthcare industry. Xerafy — together with partners OATSystems and Motorola — demonstrated a hospital supplies management solution and our new solution for tracking surgical instruments. Other key companies such as Odin, RFID Global Solutions, Borda Tech, Shipcom Wireless and Zebra also showed solutions ranging from patient tracking to hospital asset tracking. Continue reading
Xerafy’s mission to extend RFID traceability to the underserved industrial markets is a continuous pursuit to solve the challenges surrounding the use of the tag. Every now and then, a rugged RFID tag is introduced to the market — but few really stand out.
This week, Xerafy redefined rugged RFID with the launch of a tag that is so revolutionary and “out of this world,” we decided to name it “Roswell.” The first of its kind, Roswell is a patent-pending read-on metal UHF RFID tag that features an antenna-free design and uses a stainless steel exterior as the tag’s antenna. Because there is no RFID tag packaged inside the metal case, the tag’s reliability and durability is not impacted by high vibration or physical impact; nor is the tag performance affected by the way it is welded or attached to the asset. The innovation also enables Roswell to achieve a 5-meter read performance over a 180 degree orientation in an extremely rugged and challenging environment. Continue reading