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  • Editing Team 17:16 on October 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Examples of RFID Applications in Construction Industry 

    Nowadays RFID technology is widely used in various industries including construction sector. Here are some examples of how construction companies can take advantage of this technology:

    Project Management

    Australian solutions provider Industrial Automation Group has supplied an RFID solution to a global oil company for a major construction project of building a refinery in a remote region of Western Australia. Required equipment will travel many hundreds of miles to the site.

    The company, says Henk de Graaf, managing director of Industrial Automation Group, seeks a method for monitoring the project once it is underway — to see actual products moving, view where they were located and receive alerts if anything is not onsite when expected, or is located in the wrong place.

    Tool and Equipment Management

    Tools and equipment often get lost on large construction sites. To solve this problem, North American Construction Group (NACG) decided to deploy RFID technology to track the thousands of high-value assets that its crews use at construction sites throughout western Canada.

    Searching for assets used to be a time-consuming task for NACG’s workers, for they had to physically check inventory levels and write down serial numbers on a piece of paper, and they may have to dig through the snow in order to determine what was there in cold winter. But with the RFID system in place, the company is able to know on a daily where assets are located, thereby reducing the need to order or rent new items as replacements for equipment that cannot be located.

    Workforce Management

    RFID can also be used to track workforce. ADR Software has provided an RFID solution for tracking the number of workers on job sites as well as their identities. With the solution, construction projects’ managers and supervisors can capture the identity of each worker entering or leaving a site by deploying RFID readers on portals to read EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tags attached to hardhats.

    The solution can provide a user with such details as which the number of workers at that location, whether those personnel have the necessary training or certification required to be there, and the workers’ zip codes, thereby enabling a user to know how many local jobs were created by that project.

    Enhancing Safety

    RFID solution also provides such information as which workers have gone belowground on sites in which trenches or tunnels, for example, are being dug. Thus, in the event that an emergency occurs, supervisors would know, in real time, who was below grade.

    General contractor DPR Construction is using RFID primarily to manage building safety and access at the construction site. The solution enables the general contractor to ensure that all individuals are safely evacuated during an emergency and prevent site access by unauthorized personnel.

  • Editing Team 02:06 on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Famous Manhattan Hotel Installs UHF-RFID Uniform System to Streamline Operations 


    The New York Palace is a famous hotel in Manhattan which has 813 guest rooms and 86 suites, including the prominent Towers accommodations, showcasing exceptional views of the city skyline, elegant furnishings and enhanced features. In addition to full concierge services and a lengthy list of in-room amenities, The Palace offers 22,000 square feet of unique meeting and event space, a fitness center and spa; and a convenient location that positions the property as an ideal choice among Midtown luxury hotels for business or leisure guests.

    Recently, the hotel is undergoing some upgrades in many areas. The renovation will cost $140,000,000, establishing the hotel as a new luxury stand bearer in New York City.

    In addition to sophisticated, modern design elements, the property operators also wanted to streamline operations and create a more efficient hotel. One part of the property’s transformation included automation of the uniform system that delivers garments to more than 1,000 employees.

    In this case, an UHF-RFID uniform system from InvoTech Systems and a high-speed White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system are installed in the hotel. InvoTech’s Uniform System communicates with the White Conveyors U-Pick-It uniform delivery system to reduce labor and operating expenses by automating management of over 10,000 uniforms at The New York Palace. With RFID technology, the hotel is able to increase efficiency and automate manual processes such as uniform tracking, management and delivery.

  • Editing Team 16:54 on February 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Traka RFID-enabled iPad Lockers Simplify Tablet Management 

    Traka-iPad-locker-tablet-management-rfid-blogTraka, the access management specialist, is exhibiting the latest generation of its iPad locker technology at BETT 2013 with its Intelligent iPad Locker and Simple iPad Locker products.

    The Traka Intelligent iPad Locker uses RFID tagging technology to automate the process of issuing iPad tablets to students and employees, ensuring that they are returned and stored securely at the end of each day, which saves much manual labor.

    As tablets become commonplace in the classroom — whether student-owned or supplied by the school — the burden of responsibility often falls upon the teachers. The Traka Intelligent iPad Locker alleviates the pressure on teaching staff to manually sign out and track devices, offering an at-a-glance view of current tablet ownership at any time via powerful operating software.

    Each locker is static, featuring 30 individual compartments — each offering iPad data synchronization and battery charging capability to ensure iPads are always fit for use. The Traka locker is also able to detect that the device has been returned correctly, and has not been exchanged for a book or other object of similar size.

    Key features of this technology include:

    ■Real-time tracking: Teachers and IT staff can view the live status of all tablets within a locker, and which students are in possession.

    ■Curfew alerts: Curfew alerts can be triggered that warn that an iPad has not been returned by a specific time.

    ■Historical data: Should a device become damaged, its previous users can be easily identified.

    ■Quarantine: Damaged iPads can also be locked down remotely.

    Traka is also launching its Simple iPad Locker, a cut-down implementation of its locker technology. This static, six-door metal locker can house five iPads behind each door, and it retains a dedicated drawer to house a MacBook.

  • Editing Team 09:07 on October 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Norwegian Company Uses RFID to Track Logistics 

    Norwegian-Recycler-track-logistics-recyclable-materials-RFID-blogNorsk Resirk is a non-profit Norwegian company that processes discarded plastic bottles and aluminum cans. It has completed the first phase of a plan to utilize UHF RFID tags and readers to improve its management of recyclable materials.

    Initially, the firm is reading RFID labels attached to plastic bags containing the recyclables at one of its plants. Now, the company has a long-term goal: to have the tags read by bottle- and can-collection sites at the point at which the bags are filled, interrogated again by truck drivers transporting those bags, and finally read a third time at all three of Norsk Resirk’s plants.

    In that way, the company will be able to know when and where empty bottles and cans are picked up and delivered, in addition to who may be responsible if the recyclables fail to reach their destination.

    By reading RFID tags on those sacks as they arrive at the plant, the firm saves thousands of dollars by better knowing how many bags were received, and from whom, and then paying users accordingly.

    Norsk Resirk’s logistics and operations controller, Martin Ludvigsen says, in the future, when Norsk Resirk installs RFID readers at all three plants, more data will be available to identify instances of incorrect goods deliveries. “This is important,” he explains, “because when bags are delivered to the wrong channel, they go right into the production facilities, and the articles will not be counted, leaving the deposit point (DP) without a correct payment.”

    Besides, having the data, Norsk Resirk will also be able to conduct business analytics, such as comparing how bags of recyclable bottles and cans were received from which locations.

    Ludvigsen predicts that the RFID solution—once it is installed at all three of its plants, as well as at the DPs—will save the company tens of millions of Norwegian kroner (about six kroner equals one U.S. dollar).”A single plant installation saves money in the chain of logistics regarding its area,” he notes, “but we need to install the solution at all plants and DPs to close any possibility of losing bags in any area.”

  • Editing Team 08:33 on October 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Should Retailers Adopt RFID? 

    retailer-tag-rfid-blogMany retailers may have a common concern: when it comes to RFID, am I ahead of, behind or out of the game? Clearly, RFID adoption is on their minds.

    In order to be competitive in the marketplace, retailers must have high inventory accuracy. According to studies from Auburn University and the University of Arkansas, RFID can improve inventory accuracy from an industry average of 60% or less to more than 95%. And if retailers can improve the inventory accuracy to 95%, many retail problems are solved or reduced — out-of-stocks go down, safety stock or unnecessary stock declines, and sales and/or margins improve.

    Now the answers to the retailers’ question are clear: If you have fully deployed RFID throughout your stores — tagging all items in all stores — you are ahead. If you have not started considering potential uses for RFID in your stores, you are behind.

    Over the past few years, there have been a significant number of retailers adopting RFID, particularly those in apparel (both specialty and department stores). Yet the number of retailers not deploying the technology is still large, too.

    However, the fact is that any retailer without RFID has an inventory accuracy problem. Many retailers know they have a problem but do not want to admit it, while others even fail to realize it — they look at existing data and assume all is well, yet in fact they are relying on bad information. There are still some retailers who realize they have a problem and spend lots of resources trying to correct it. They typically hire more workers to manually scan the barcodes on items, which is expensive and inefficient.

    To solve a problem, one needs to acknowledge the problem. Then good data is needed to fix the problem. Finally it comes to addressing the related cost concerns. Tracking items with RFID provides good data and is more cost-effective than increasing labor resources.

    In the near future, retailers will require RFID to be competitive. It’s time for all retailers to ask, “Am I using or planning to use RFID to improve inventory accuracy?” If the answer is no, it’s time to take steps to get into the game.

  • Editing Team 18:15 on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    New RFID Handheld Used in Waste Recycling Management 

    Nephsystem-Technologies-N260-handheld-waste-recycling-management-rfid-blogNephsystem Technologies is offering its bundle of RFID system technology designed for use in rugged environments, such as waste management applications.

    The RFID bundle consists of a rugged handheld PDA accompanied by a low frequency RFID transponder mounted to recycle bins. Bins are scanned and weighed right at the curb, and the system tallies credits for households that are above average for recycling.

    The N260 series handheld RFID based system combines with other wireless, locating systems including GPS and Barcode scanner, plus its optional GPRS transmitter, to accurately identify a recycling bin by its household.

    The same PDA can also be used in parallel as a board computer and supports the truck driver with the GPS function and built-in car navigation option.

  • Editing Team 16:40 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Skillweb’s NFC Attendance Solution Now Works on Android Phones 


    The UK-based company Skillweb has announced that its mobile attendance solution, SmartTask Attend, can now be used on Android smartphones. The solution is already available on BlackBerry devices.

    It uses NFC tags or QR codes to allow employees to swipe or scan with their smartphones to record their attendance when they enter and leave the workplace. As to employers, the solution enables them to quickly record and monitor the time and departure of each employee in real time, so that they can make sure all appointments are being met and carried out.

    Private and public sector organizations can now trial the application for 30 days on Google Play, before making the decision to adopt the technology for their worker’s Android devices.

  • Editing Team 10:14 on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Trimble Adopts RFID to its AllTrak Asset and Tool Management System 

    Trimble-Nomad-rfid-blogTrimble introduced a new version of its Trimble AllTrak Asset and Tool Management System. It includes an RFID scanner for its Trimble Nomad outdoor rugged handheld computer which runs the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system. With RFID capabilities, the AllTrak System allows building construction contractors to more easily track and manage their jobsite assets and tools. In addition, the system increases return on investment by improving asset utilization and monitoring equipment to avoid losses.

    According to the announcement, using the Trimble Nomad with the new RFID scanner, contractors can perform a variety of functions such as asset check-in, check-out, transfers and inventory validation much faster than traditional bar code scanning by interfacing with small passive RFID tags fixed to the assets. With an effective range of 3 to 4 feet, RFID technology does not require line of sight for the tag to be read, making it an ideal technology for reading the tags of multiple assets that are in a pickup, service truck or tool crib. Users can also attach the ThingMagic USB RFID Reader to a desktop or laptop when a portable solution is not required.

    Trimble reports that by utilizing the popular RFID tag protocols “UHF EPC Gen2” or “ISO18000-6C”, the new Trimble AllTrak System is specifically designed for general contractors, as well as concrete, steel, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and site prep subcontractors who use tools with embedded or attached RFID tags that support these protocols. Trimble AllTrak distributors can also provide RFID tags that can be attached to assets.

    “With the acquisition of ThingMagic, we were able to bring their experience in RFID technology to existing platforms within the Trimble Building Construction portfolio of hardware and software solutions,” said Pat Bohle, general manager of Trimble’s Building Construction Division. “We chose the Trimble AllTrak System as the first product in the portfolio due to the logical affinity of delivering increased productivity to the process of tracking the physical whereabouts of tools and jobsite assets.”

    Trimble AllTrak with RFID support is available now through Trimble’s Authorized Distributors of layout solutions for MEP and Structures contractors.

  • Editing Team 15:42 on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Danish Manufacturer Uses RFID to Better Manage Shipping Containers 

    Danish-manufacturer-manage-shipping-container-RFID-blogFærch Plast is a Danish manufacturer of plastic containers used for packaged food products. It ships its products to customers using reusable steel cages. However, with thousands of customers around the world, it was difficult for Færch Plast to manage the return of tens of thousands of cages.

    In order to track the locations of the shipping containers in a more efficient way, the company decided to deploy an RFID solution from Impinj. Færch Plast applied RFID tags to 25,000 of their shipping cages.

    At the company’s Danish plant, after cages have been loaded with product, an Impinj Speedway Revolution RFID reader reads the RFID tag’s ID number and records it in the Prosign software. A barcode label is also affixed to the loaded cage, and workers scan the barcode and RFID tag with a Psion Workabout Pro 3 RFID handheld reader which is based on the Impinj Indy RFID reader chip. The number from the barcode and the RFID tag are linked together in the Prosign software.

    When a customer places an order, warehouse workers retrieve a cage loaded with product from storage and scan the barcode, making a record in the software of the cage’s date and time of shipment. When the storage containers are returned to Færch Plast’s warehouses, a Speedway Revolution reader interrogates the container’s RFID tag and register that the cage has been returned.

    The Prosign software is able to show how many cages are at each customer site and how long they have been there, allowing Færch Plast to notify customers of the exact number of cages they need to return.

    Since implementing the RFID system, the company projects they will not need to purchase additional shipping containers because they are able to better manage their current containers.

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