What is RFID?
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked.
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Asset Tracking Case Study: Toronto Car Dealership
A car dealership in Toronto has deployed an anti-theft solution powered by Impinj. The system, provided by AVS Key and Inventory Solutions Inc., utilizes an RFID system from Ship2Save that incorporates Impinj RFID interrogators, antennas and tags.
As a provider of luxury vehicles, the dealership was often a target of organized crime. The thieves would take the car for a test drive and switch out the key with a fake one. They would then return after the dealership had closed—and sometimes while it was still open—and steal the car by loading it onto a truck. Car theft was costing the dealership about $420,000 per year.
AVS’ anti-theft system includes a custom-built key cabinet with an automatic lock. Each of the approximately 200 keys within the cabinet has a tamper-proof RFID tag affixed to it featuring an Impinj tag chip storing an encrypted unique ID number. The tag becomes inoperable if anyone attempts to remove it from the key, which also breaks the antenna in the process. Built into the cabinet is an Impinj Speedway reader that constantly captures the ID numbers of those tags.
To take a key, an employee presents the locked cabinet with an ID card that is read by the Impinj Speedway reader. The reader verifies the individual’s authorization to remove keys, and then unlocks the cabinet door. Data is transmitted to the back-end, notifying the system of who has taken which keys. Each employee is authorized to take no more than a specified quantity of keys, and only for a limited period of time. If the key is not returned to the cabinet at the appropriate time, or if more keys are removed than the number permitted, the software instructs the system to send an alert to designated parties within the company.
With greater insight into who is in possession of a vehicle’s key and when keys are not returned, the dealership is now able to protect their inventory from would-be thieves.
Source: RFID Journal
Asset Tracking Case Study: Cisco Systems
With a proven track record of leveraging new technologies to solve business problems, Cisco Systems took a big step forward in choosing RFID technology to track and manage the corporation’s continuously growing collection of IT assets around the United States.
Before deciding on RFID, the company created a task force to find an asset tracking solution that incorporated the needs of all stakeholders. During their research it was found that Cisco employees had a lack of awareness of how to correctly move assets between locations. The committee found that Cisco was in need of an RFID system that could automatically track asset movement and eliminate manual recording processes for more accurate and simplified tracking of equipment.
Cisco partnered with RFID Global Solution to build a system to adapt to the variety of surface types and sizes that needed to be cataloged. At a central receiving facility, each item receives an RFID tag with a unique ID number and is then shipped to its final location. Items are checked-in as they move through an RFID-enabled doorway or are scanned with a handheld device. When selecting readers for Cisco’s 28 facilities throughout the United States, RFID Global Solution found that the advanced capabilities of Impinj’s Speedway Revolution fixed RFID reader could better handle the larger doorways that saw heavier traffic of tagged items.
The project has been a success. Cisco employees are now able to locate assets much faster than before and each site has been able to cut its cycle-count time from a few weeks to a few hours. In addition to more accurate inventory counts and easier device location, managers are able to set alerts to assets that are not meant to leave the lab or need frequent calibration for easier monitoring. Cisco expects to see a return on its RFID investment within 24 to 36 months.
Asset Tracking Case Study: Alli-solutions and Metalcraft
Alli-Solutions and Metalcraft, two technology companies, set out to help auto auctions track vehicles as they move throughout the auction lots. Using Metalcrafts RFID products, Alli-Solutions created the DogBone Vehicle Tracking System, a platform designed to track, locate and manage storage in large areas such as auctions.
The vehicle tracking system uses Metalcraft UHF RFID windshield tags featuring Impinj Monza 4 RFID tag chips. The windshield tags are placed on the windows interior, and are read by RFID readers placed around the auction site.
The implementation of RFID resulted in paperless, real-time tracking of vehicles on the lot. Auctions using this system saw a reduction in labor and insurance costs associated with locating missing inventory. DogBone can also be used to track business assets such as forklifts, helping to further optimize business processes, reduce costs, and bring efficiencies to all aspects of the auction business.
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