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RFID Asset Tracking & Warehouse Management


RFID (radio frequency identification) Asset tracking and ware house management is the use of Radio frequency waves to locate the position of an asset. It involves employing a radio transmitter (reader) and receivers (tags) that are mounted on the assets, the communication between the reader and the tag enables the location of the tag to be identified hence the movement and location of each asset can be tracked with ease. warehouse

Although many companies are now using sophisticated Warehouse Management Systems integrated with Supply Chain Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the movement and tracking of goods through the manufacturing and supply chain process is still a complex procedure which is difficult to manage. In many instances, the goods being distributed to the retailer must go through one or more third party distribution processes, before they reach their final destination.

The Barcode Limitation

Currently, most material tracking systems employ two-dimensional barcodes that must be close to and within the "line of sight" of the barcode reader. This requires manual scanning or a conveyor-like process to position the barcode and scanner. Barcodes can run the risk of getting wet or scratched due to mishandling or a harsh environment, which often prevents accurate reading by the scanner. Manual intervention is labor intensive, costly, and error-prone. In addition, scheduled scanning or manual methods cannot ensure the inventory remains up-to-date due to oversights, errors and internal shrinkage.

The RFID Advantage

Using NIRVANA RFID's solution, inventory can be updated in real time without product movement, scanning or human involvement. Our fully automated system allows inventory status to be determined and shipping & receiving documents to be generated automatically. The system can also trigger automatic orders for products that are low in inventory.

Benefits of using NIRVANA RFID Systems include:

  • Total asset visibility
  • Full inventory history
  • Reduced inventory-stocking levels, facilitating Just-in-Time deliveries
  • Full process control for products in the facility
  • Reduced lead-time and cross docking time
  • Improved sort/pick rate
  • Reduction is storage and shelf space
  • Improved security
  • Reduced errors
  • Overall reduced cost of operations.

As in many other RFID solutions, there are primarily two different approaches to Warehouse Inventory Management;

a.)    Using passive RFID tags - Passive tags have no power source; however when a reader sends a single a magnetic coil inside the RFID tag is "powered" allowing the tag to transmit its information.

b.)    Using active RFID tags - Active tags are able to transmit data directly to an RFID reader. A variety of factors will impact the decision to utilize a specific tag type including environmental conditions, application, and required read accuracy.

The full solution for the Inventory tracking application will contain three main RFID components:

  1. RFID Tags
  2. RFID Readers
  3. Software to collect and manage the RFID data.
RFID Product Solution Pyramid

Security and Safety: We live in a time of heightened security. RFID is used to track items and people in and out of secure and sensitive areas. RFID is used to monitor and control vehicle access and individual access to specified areas. NIRVANA RFID has a complete cross-section of RFID technologies that address virtually any security requirement and software to provide reporting and accurate audit details for any environment. RFID is also used by first responders to track individual movement and locate valuable assets within a monitored area.

Hence the difficulties in locating assets in the building is entirely eradicated and an unauthorized access to assets can be monitored and alerts issued in cases of theft.

Valuable Assets: RFID is used to track and locate valuable assets such as computer and computer room equipment. Museums and art galleries are using RFID to track and secure valuable artifacts. It can be used to monitor continuous custody of critical or valuable items. Continuous and verified chain of custody is critical in a number of fields including law enforcement.

NIRVANA RFID has a full range of asset tracking solutions that can be customized for almost any need. Our software makes it easy to get an RFID installation operational quickly.

Contact Us today to get your assets on our secure RFID systems!

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