Improving Supply Chain Efficiency with Smart RFID Integration
What is RFID?
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader’s interrogating radio waves. Active tags have a local power source (such as a battery) and may operate hundreds of meters from the RFID reader. Unlike a barcode, the tag need not be within the line of sight of the reader, so it may be embedded in the tracked object. RFID is one method for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC).
RFID tags are used in many industries, for example, an RFID tag attached to an automobile during production can be used to track its progress through the assembly line; RFID-tagged pharmaceuticals can be tracked through warehouses; and implanting RFID microchips in livestock and pets allows for positive identification of animals.
How is data collected?
Collecting data that you need is much easier than you think! This can be either manual or automated. Wireless technology makes printing and collecting data flexible, portable and reliable. Hand-held or Fixed scanners capture the data from the RFID Tag as it moves through the process to track progress, movement and location.
Just as easily, RFID tags can be printed and attached to the produce allowing for an even more automated tracking mechanism. RFID readers stationed strategically, will record the products movement throughout of the facility.
The Vu360 Solution
RFID in Agriculture
In the world of agriculture, RFID technology can track produce as it’s processed into a shippable batch. The information is carried forward and a new tag is printed for the batch indicating all the characteristics of the produce which has gone into that specific batch.
Vu360’s VuFresh agriculture software systems include a data base which stores everything you need to know about the product and the operation. Our solutions offer a wide range of functionality and flexibility for any size farm. The Vu360 Software is unique in the Industry that it can work with both Barcode Systems as well RFID tags seamlessly, thus providing most efficient solution to meet any specific requirements.
RFID in Healthcare
Within the healthcare industry hospitals and other small clinic facilities, have the opportunity to track patients throughout their stay which makes it easier for staff and eliminates human error. Not only can our RFID technology track patients, but it tracks assets as well.
Our sophisticated software utilizes both active and passive RFID readers which allows staff to instantly locate consumables such as pharmaceuticals, laundry, equipment and more. With our automated alerts, staff can be notified if an asset is missing from a room or if an asset is located in a space in which it should not be.
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RFID in Warehouse Management
Integrated RFID technology makes it easy to track, monitor and ship inventory. Vu360 RFID capabilities are based upon Advanced IoT (Internet of Things) Platform which allows any number of Fixed or Mobile, as well as Active and Passive RFID readers to be connected to the system for easy and efficient deployment for any type of facility.
At the same time seamless operation between active and passive readers allow workflows to be easily managed across moveable or fixed assets, inventory as well as personnel. The IoT platform also ensures that data can be exchanged between RFID system and other equipment or even barcodes for seamless tracking of assets, inventory or personnel.
- Real-time view of all inventory and location
- Real-time view of movement from store to packing to shipping
- No more pickup or shipping errors; i.e. manual support
- Improved order accuracy with every shipment
- Real time view of personnel
- Real time View of fixed or moveable assets
- Ability to work with Vu360 or other third part applications based on standardized data exchange
- Ability to Import Floor Plans etc. for better visualization