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  • Editing Team 11:03 on December 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    IBM Employs RFID to Enforce Hand Washing in Hospitals 

    As we all know, hospitals are hotbeds to dangerous bacteria like MRSA, yet such bacterial infections can be easily stopped if hospital workers wash their hands on a regular basis. To solve this problem, IBM and OhioHealth have teamed up to fight infection with the implementation of RFID technology to help improve compliance with hand washing standards at 100 times faster than previous surveillance methods.

    Employers will use badges that have an integrated RFID chip, where this RFID badge will “talk” to sensors placed in different locations throughout the building. Should someone happen to walk into a patient’s room, and leaves without washing their hands, the sensor will detect the situation as such, and report to the central server.

    How it works:

    1. Wireless sensors are used to detect when hospital staff enter and exit patient rooms.

    2. RFID and other sensors are located at hand-washing stations in patient rooms and hallways connected through a wireless mesh network. They capture time-stamped information on use of each hand washing station.

    3. Hand-washing data is streamed from sensors through cloud-based technology where it is analyzed and stored.

    4. The information is streamed from the cloud to be used for real-time feedback, on demand reports, presentations and compliance studies by hospital administrators to take corrective action where necessary.


  • Editing Team 12:01 on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Using RFID and Other Technologies to Track Global Food Supply Chain Is Essential 

    Europe-horsemeat-scandal-global-food-supply-chain-RFID-blogRecently, Europe is engulfed in horsemeat scandal — spot checks conducted by Irish beef inspectors led consumers across Europe to realize that they might not be getting beef when purchasing beef products. In fact, one inspection found that about a third of hamburger meat was composed of horsemeat, and not beef. This case is evidence that the global food supply chain is just too complex to monitor without RFID and other technologies.

    The issue here is simple: It is expensive to track every animal using pen and paper, inspect every animal crossing borders, and create a chain of custody showing where the meat used in a particular product originated.

    The world’s food supply chain crisscrosses countries and continents. Monitoring billions of dollars’ worth of food moving from one place to another is impossible with the systems currently being used. This leaves gaping holes for unscrupulous businesses to exploit, potentially putting tens of thousands of people at risk.

    The time has come to use RFID and other automatic data-capture technologies to monitor animals and food shipments. Small farms may say that they can’t afford the technology. But tags are becoming cheaper, and there are systems hosted in the cloud that enable users to read tags via their mobile phones and then upload that information, so it can be shared with business partners and government regulators.

    If there’s an international effort to standardize both RFID’s use for food tracking and the systems utilized for sharing data, the cost will be a lot less than the cost of having people swear off beef because they no longer trust that what they get is pure and safe.

  • Editing Team 01:14 on October 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Using RFID to Reduce Energy Consumption in Data Center 

    reduce-data-center-energy-comsumption-rfid-blogThe New York Times once published an article titled “Power, Pollution and the Internet”, which said “Data centers (in the U.S.) used about 76 billion kilowatt-hours in 2010, or roughly 2% of all electricity was used in the country that year.”

    But it’s not the only problem. Many data centers are overcooled, since IT departments don’t want to risk infuriating customers by having servers overheat and go down. In fact, some estimates are that for every megawatt directed toward powering a data center, another 0.5 megawatt is consumed in maintaining proper temperature levels. And as it’s impossible to know the temperature at any one location within a room, most companies simply turn the air conditioning up high.

    Companies can choose to use environmental sensors which can track temperatures around server racks, but they cost much. On the other hand, wireless monitoring systems that leverage RFID and sensor technologies can be installed quickly and cost less. They can gather environmental information in real time.

    In 2008, California’s Franchise Tax Board, in Sacramento, deployed an RFID-based environmental-monitoring system. With the RFID system in place, the company saw cooling costs drop by nearly 75%.

    Microsoft has also installed over 700 RFID sensors to track temperatures on individual racks and shelves within its data centers around the world, enabling it to monitor the temperature or humidity levels around every rack of servers.

    In addition, Microsoft Research has developed software, allowing sensor data to be visualized on a map. The map displays the data center’s layout, highlighting any hot zones in real time. It also stores information that can be used for business analytics in the event that Microsoft chooses to evaluate the data center’s condition at a particular time in the past.

    In that way, when the temperature threshold is exceeded at any specific location, an alert will be given. The company uses this information to evaluate the conditions throughout the data center, and to adjust temperatures or fan speeds. What’s more, an overheated server can be powered down, or data can be redirected to a different server.

    All in all, companies can benefit a lot from RFID-based environmental-monitoring system, both in cutting energy costs and delivering a quick return on investment.

  • Editing Team 09:22 on September 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Smart RFID Wristband Kiosk Enhanced Guests Experience at Denver Water Park 

    smart-wristband-kiosk-rfid-blogPrecision Dynamics Corp. has announced the successful installation of its PDC Smart RFID Wristband Kiosk used for self-service locker rentals at the Hyland Hills Water World in Denver, Colo.

    Guests read the instruction on the touchscreen monitor of the kiosk and select their favorite size of locker and inserted their payment into the machine. Then the kiosk will program and dispense a waterproof, RFID-enabled Smart Band wristband, allowing users to access to their assigned locker by presenting their wristband to the RFID reader on each locker.

    In addition to this, it is said that the PDC Smart RFID Wristband Kiosk, when used with PDC Smart Band Wristbands, can be programmed to perform a variety of other functions, such as self-service ticketing, fast-pass upgrades, locker and tube rentals, cashless POS for food, beverage and retail sales, keyless hotel room entry, social media integration, electronic access control, photo management systems, and customer loyalty programs.

    “We’ve been sold on the concept for a while, but we wanted to see first-hand our customers’ reaction to the Smart Kiosk,” said Bob Owens, the park’s manager. “Since the pilot was so successful at moving guests into the park quickly, we’re looking into adding more convenient functions to the kiosk for our next season.”

  • 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 10:38 on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Monitoring System to Track Workforce at Construction Sites 

    ADR-Workforce-Moniter-construction-rfid-blogADR Software (ADR) provides automated workforce monitoring services to the commercial construction industry using a proprietary, on-site tracking infrastructure and anywhere-anytime web-based reporting application. The company has introduced Sharepoint integration capabilities for this automated Workforce Monitor service.

    The system uses RFID tags, embedded in all-weather job stickers affixed to ordinary hard hats and ID badges, to track the comings and goings of workers on commercial construction job sites, throughout the day without delays, interruptions or intrusions. Since the system is non-contact oriented, traffic flow is unaffected and productivity is in increase. Workforce Monitor is currently monitoring over 20,000 workers at construction sites throughout the United States.

    With this RFID monitoring system, general contractors, owners, project managers and sub-contractors can do a lot of things, including making real-time workforce decision, creating accurate and timely project workforce documentation, meeting contractual security obligations, improving safety awareness and response readiness as well as reducing exposure to financial risk.

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