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

Get the FAQ on RFID for Healthcare Use

Nipic_1672496_20110211165446558137RFID technology is catching on within the healthcare industry, and it’s not hard to understand why many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are looking forward to this RFID revolution. The healthcare industry is a particularly sensitive one that not only deals with strict regulations, but also the mandate to make patient safety the utmost priority when introducing a new technology into its system.

While many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are starting to adopt RFID technology, a handful still remain uncertain of the potential benefits that RFID can provide.  Without the right knowledge of how RFID technology works in the medical field to increase productivity, to enhance patient safety and to minimize unnecessary waste, it can be daunting for one to jump on the bandwagon.

Here are some of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on RFID in healthcare. The FAQ addresses various concerns including the standards governing the use of RFID for surgical instrument tracking, advantages of using the RFID technology, as well as methods of attaching RFID tags securely to surgical instruments.

For more information on RFID on healthcare applications, you may also refer to FAQ on Xerafy’s XS RFID Tag for Healthcare.

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