Industrial IoT More Than Tags and Sensors

double exposure of hand showing Internet of things (IoT) word diThe industrial Internet of Things (IoT) relies on more than just RFID tags and smart sensors: An entire infrastructure of reliable networks and powerful analytics tools will be needed to make the industrial IoT work. In a recent article over at IoT blog site Readwrite, Jason Andersen, vice president of business line management at Stratus Technologies, has outlined some of the ways companies must respond to the complexity of the industrial IoT. As Andersen writes, “bigger problems with more expensive equipment require bigger solutions with more intricate, more connected technology.”

Challenges for Industrial IoT

Many manufacturing operations are running older operational equipment and new information technology separately, but that may be unsustainable. The industrial IoT brings those two worlds together, but requires a new type of infrastructure that is virtualized, easy to use, and always on. It also requires standards and better IT security. Continue reading

NHFPC will issue new guidelines on Central Sterile Supply Department Management Regulations

20160331043618695 The creation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, processes and standards plays a critical role in safety and efficiency in the healthcare industry. For example, to improve patient safety and reduce medical device-related errors, injuries, and deaths, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a new requirement, Unique Device Identification (UDI), to improve identification and tracking of medical devices. Under UDI, every medical device in use in the U.S. will have a unique code embedded within it and displayed on its packaging. By tracking these codes in a central database and recording reports of adverse events, the FDA will be able to identify product problems faster, target recalls more accurately, and reduce related errors, injuries, and deaths. To comply with these new regulations, medical device manufacturers must be able to capture, enrich, and manage accurate device attributes from their enterprise databases so they can then submit accurate, consistent, complete, and timely data to the FDA Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).

With the same objectives to strengthen the supervision and management of medical devices and the sterile process in China, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) has recently revised the Central Sterile Supply Department Management Regulations which will be released soon. These new guidelines will help define and ensure traceability and auditability of sterile medical devices as well as a system to ensure data accuracy and continuous process improvement of the sterilization management. Continue reading

Extracting the real value from RFID for IoT

RFID-value-for-IOTInternet of Things (IoT) is the driver for digital transformation, the idea of increasing connectivity among people, devices, data and other various items has taken the digital world by storm over the past couple of years. IoT is fueled by the network of devices we use and their connection to each other — which enables access to an abundance of information. However, these fragmented pieces of data are of no value until rationalized.

As part of the device mesh, RFID has contributed greatly to the emergence of the IoT. And thanks to Xerafy, it’s innovative tags are constantly breaking boundaries to enable greater traceability of assets in various conditions and environments, allowing more businesses to adopt auto ID into their operational workflow.

To better capitalize on RFID technology, businesses need to stretch their perspective of RFID to view it as more than merely a physical tracking method. The enhanced ability to obtain up to the minute and historical data to make timely and precise decisions allows us to completely transform the industries and value chains.

The increased transparency reduces costly uncertainties through a greater ability to control or enhance business processes. More than just data collection, the entire solution is a source for data monitoring. With the interconnectivity between the device mesh, various fragments of information either be accessed locally or be can be stored within a centralized database whereby the pieces of data can be analogized and connected to rationalize various issues.

Here’s an infographic on how RFID benefits field service management.

Time for a Time-Sensitive IoT Standard

iotblog1.22We’ve written before about the need for more collaboration when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT). Without more standardization around actually moving data from “things” to back-end databases, we could wind up with a tangle of siloed solutions.

RFID is already playing a major role in the development of the IoT. In the applications where Xerafy has the most experience – such as tagging assets and equipment in challenging environments like oil fields and operating rooms – RFID tags provide a way to collect and transmit real-time asset data that can then be turned into actionable business information, even when network availability is inconsistent or non-existent.

The IEEE 802 committee has begun work on one possible solution involving Time-Sensitive Networks (TSNs). Continue reading

A Look Ahead at 2016

Comp_8091157047Last year was a busy one for Xerafy and for the RFID market in general. We unveiled the industry’s smallest RFID tag, the XXS series, which will expand the universe of RFID embedded applications by making it possible to tag even very small instruments and assets. We also introduced an innovative breakthrough with the world’s first ultra-high frequency UHF RFID tag that revolutionizes the way pipes are identified during drilling operations, enabling real-time access to accurate information and improved asset utilization at drilling sites.

According to a recent report by IDTechEx Research, about 6.5 billion UHF tags will be sold in 2015, with two-thirds of them for retail. Retailers are quick to realise revenue and gross margin improvements by using RFID to improve inventory visibility and now more customers are looking into data analytics to improve performance in myraid arenas.

As we enter into 2016, we expect to see even more activity around the technology trends we’ve been talking about all year — smaller tags, Big Data analysis, cloud connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) — as well as accelerated RFID market growth in the industries. Continue reading