The IoT Needs Closer Collaboration, Integration

double exposure of hand showing Internet of things (IoT) word diThe expansion of the Internet of Things can potentially open up previously unheard of levels of data granularity in the supply chain via the real-time tracking of goods and assets. But getting those “things” connected to the network is not as straightforward a proposition as some IoT proponents have made it out to be.

There’s an interesting column on TechTarget about the need for a more holistic view of the Internet of Things. Yes, there will be lots of data generated by smart devices, sensors, RFID tags, and other nodes on the network. But as author David Teich points out in the article, getting that data into the types of analytic programs needed to make sense of it all will require standardized APIs that allow different vendors to link to each others systems seamlessly.

Network infrastructure vendors will also play a key role. If there will truly be billions of new devices sending data, then both wireline and wireless infrastructure vendors will need to accommodate the increase in traffic. That’s not only true of wireless wide area network providers, but also for company intranets that will potentially carry larger data payloads. Continue reading

How Big Data is Changing the Way Business is Run

bigdata-feature-537x350Over the past decade, RFID has grown from a wireless identifier (viewed as a bar code replacement), to a technology that is increasingly tasked with performing more and more functions – such as storing inspection and maintenance information, communicating sensor data, enabling machine-to-machine interactions and more.

RFID is a key part of the multitude of connected nodes now generating data – data that needs to be collected, stored, analyzed and converted into useful business intelligence. Big Data analytics capabilities provide the tools businesses need to manage that data. This combination of remote, cloud-based connectivity, RFID and Big Data are changing the way business works.

Businesses can use algorithms to find actionable information in this mass of data generated by business transactions, sensor information and tagged goods in the field and across the supply chain. This allows companies to respond to subtle changes in operations much faster, whether those are fluctuations in demand or changes in the way assets or equipment are performing in the field. Continue reading

Are You Ready for Industrial Revolution 4.0?

industry4slider-300x131With the meteoric rise of wireless, RFID and sensor technologies and the development of the Internet and cloud-based services, the industrial internet is already taking shape and will cause a disruptive paradigm shift in the Industrial Revolution.

The first Industrial Revolution started when the first mechanical loom was introduced in 1784. It wasn’t until 1905 when the second industrial revolution began with mass production based on division of labor, powered by electric energy. It wasn’t until the start of the 1970s when the industry was introduced to electronics and information technology for a further automation of production. With each industrial revolution, the gap is shorter and we are now embarking on Revolution 4.0 where technology enables machines and products to take an active role in creating new efficiencies and operational improvements. Although there is a transition period, moving to these cyber-physical production systems is going to happen quicker than you think.
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Technology Innovation and IP Protection

auth-featDeveloping innovative technology is a complex, time consuming and very expensive process. Despite the challenges, Xerafy is committed to developing innovative technologies for the benefit of its customers and the public. Unsurprisingly, Xerafy is known in the RFID marketplace for its groundbreaking breakthroughs including being the first in the world to introduce: 1) the game changing metal label, 2) the smallest RFID tag that can be used even for surgical instruments tracking, 3) an embedded RFID tag for the extremely harsh application in oil and gas downhole pipe identification.

Xerafy’s innovations have allowed it to obtain broad patent protection for most of its tags worldwide. At the same time, Xerafy’s key focus has always been on our customers and meeting market challenges. There comes a time, however, when it becomes necessary for an innovative company to safeguard its innovation and intellectual property, particularly against competitors who want to utilize Xerafy’s innovation without taking a license to Xerafy’s patents. Continue reading

New Views on RFID in the IoT

20140903045702787A good sign that any emerging technology is getting close to widescale adoption is when it starts getting covered regularly in the business media, instead of only in tech websites and discussion groups. That’s why we took notice when CFO Magazine recently published an opinion article on the Internet of Things. The tone of the article is that it is not a question if businesses will use IoT systems, only when.

Most of the article focuses on the IT architecture challenges to Internet of Things systems. We’ll add that RFID is a key enabling technology for overcoming many of the obstacles. Xerafy innovation have been enabling the Internet of Things for some time now, in large part through the industries where Xerafy developed new data capture technology for previously deemed challenging or impossible applications in Healthcare and Oil & Gas markets. The RFID tags create smart and connected industries and enable an entirely new possibilities and capabilities in monitoring, control, optimization, and autonomy. Continue reading