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Case: RFID Automate Inbound & Outbound Operation

CHALLENGE

It is normal practice to count individual inbound and outbound products in logistics operation.  However, the counting process is time consuming and has high potential for error because of manual operation.  In order to increase the efficiency in this process, Identify has developed a solution to automate inbound and outbound activities.

SOLUTION

The RFID readers are installed at the inbound and outbound stations.  Before moving the product out or into the warehouse, the staff just downloads the deliver document into our software.  When the products which are embedded with RFID tag pass the RFID reader, the readers will automatically scan the RFID tag in the products and send their information into our system.  Our system will compare the physical products against those in the document.  Any discrepancies will be highlighted before the products are delivered to end user to avoid any mistakes on product delivery.  This can reduce the request for order rectification from some clients.  In addition, our system will update product status either RECEIVING or DISPATCHING into the system without human intervention.

RESULTS

  • Eliminate human operation on scanning product inbound and outbound operation.
  • Reduce work force on data entry because information is automatically recorded into the system
  • Reduce operation time

Case: RFID Self Service Kiosk

CHALLENGE

Currently most of the university students are using RFID technology as student identification cards.  In order to maximize the benefits of RFID technology, Identify has developed a RFID self service kiosk to reduce the routine task on printing academic document. 

SOLUTION

Besides PC and printer like most of the kiosk, our kiosk is also embedded with RFID reader and EDC terminal.  We use a RFID reader which also supports NFC standard.  The RFID reader is designed to verify student status.  The student needs to have his RFID student card to be scanned by the RFID reader before printing any academic document.   The system will verify the status of the student card with the university data base.   Later, he has to make payment for his request through EDC terminal.  Upon reading his card by the EDC terminal, our kiosk will link this payment transaction with the bank.  When the verification and payment is completed, the kiosk will automatically print out the request academic documents.  All the process to get academic document can be completed within one station by the student himself, no need for any university staff. 

OTHERS

RFID IMPLEMENTATION

RFID is recognized as an innovation that can change the way of managing business and supply chain and it has gained the attention from many organizations.  It is widely believed that RFID can contribute plenty of benefits.  In order to fully gain the benefits of RFID, it is essential for the organizations to pay attention to RFID implementation.    

Besides the established RFID solutions that we have offered, Identify also offers RFID consulting service for RFID projects in other areas.  We always realize that the effective RFID deployment is important in order to capture the benefits of RFID technology.  For any RFID implementations, we always follow the below framework. 

RFID Hard Tag

RFD hard tag is a type of RFID tag which is designed for special purpose.  Basically, it has RFID chip and antenna for communicating with the reader.    However, it has special housing for special purpose such as RFID tag for extreme high temperature, RFID tag for harsh environment or RFID tag for very long reading distance.     

We have provided various types of RFID hard tag on each request.  Feel free to contact us for any request on RFID label 

  Visual marking On Metal Protection Against Water & Dust High Temp
RFID Hard Tag
Yes: Laser Marking Yes Yes Yes (upto 200 C)
RFID Hard Tag On metal
No No Yes Yes
RFID PVC Card
Yes: Card Printer No No No

RFID TUNNEL

Description

When there is a need for massive readings, RFID tunnel is the productive solution.  The main feature of the RFID tunnel is to quickly identify large numbers of RFID tagged objects simultaneously by passing the objects through the tunnel.  It is developed to read boxes with RFID tags inside.  The antenna configurations maximize reading inside and minimize reading outside of the tunnel.  All the information captured is displayed on the control screen which can be used to correctly direct your product

How it works

The RFID tunnel is developed for industrial automation applications.  We have employed a long range RFID reader with multiple antennas for RFID tunnel.  The reader is connected through the system via LAN network in order to ensure data communication.  All the reading information captured is displayed on any PCs which are connected the RFID tunnel. The tunnel can verify the discordances between the reading result with the quantities indicated by the system.  There is the possibility of installing photo sensors for multiple logic control of RFID readers and do the automatic conveyor system.

  • Protocols: EPC C1G2
  • Frequency: UHF 920-925 Mhz
  • Antenna: Circular
  • Computer interface: TCP/IP

Benefits

  • Reduce scanning time in each box.
  • High reading ability
  • Real time
  • Early error detection. Automate compare the physical products with the items listed in the document to confirm product delivery.

Applications:

  • Fashion
  • Medical product

2 Port Antenna RFID Reader (Sargas)

Description  

This UHF Long Range Reader is a small, high performance networked 2 port reader.  The reader is capable of reading more than 750 tags per second with the appropriate antenna.  With the multiple connectors including USB ports, SD card slot, HDMI port and I/O port allow this reader to support a wide variety of applications.

Key Technica Data

  • Dimensions:  87 mm x 80 mm x 24 mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight : 0.17 kg 
  • Computer Interface:
    • RJ45 (10/100 Base-T Ethernet)
    • USB
    • GPIO interface: 8 pin terminal block
    • Micro SD Card
    • Micro HDMI Video Port
  • RF Interface: External Interface Two SMA-
  • RF Output Power:  0 dBm to 30 dBm(1 W)
  • Operating frequency: 920-925  MHz
  • Supported transponders: EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Gen 2 / ISO 18000-6C (Upgrade Code) 
  • External DC Power:  5 VDC, Maximum 15 W
  • Operating temperature: -40 °C to 60 °C
  • Storage temperature: -40 °C to 85 °C  
  • Standard conformity:
    • EN 302 208 v3
    • FCC 47 CFR Part 15
    • IC RSS-GEN, RSS-210
    • ROHS Complicant, IEC60950-1 (ed-2), CA-10430-UL

RFID VEHICLE VISIBILITY SOLUTION

Description

Identify RFID Fleet Visibility Solution is a fully automated, accurate and robust RFID enabled solution.  Each vehicle is fitted with a passive RFID tag and fixed RFID readers are used to seamlessly capture entry, exit or internal movements of individual vehicle.  The authorized person can effectively monitor the status of a particular vehicle.  The solution has three modules including entry/exit, loading/unloading and weighting modules and is designed in a modular format.  It can be chosen to track both truck and truck trailer or one of them.   Additionally, the solution can be selected implement only entry and exit module or the whole system including entry/exit, loading/unloading and weighting modules.

How it works

Identify has developed a RFID fleet visibility solution for fleet management which includes hardware, middleware and software and consists of different modules which can be purchased separately according to the customer’s needs.

  • Entrance and Exit management module: This module is related to the process of registration upon arrival and departure.
  • Loading and uploading module: All processes occurring from loading or unloading the trucks to storage process including start loading, loading complete, and lock seal.
  • Weighting module:  After loading complete, all carriers are moved to weighbridge to confirm weight before departure.  This module also covers the operation on tare weight and the calculate net weight for each truck

RFID tags are mounted on either trucks or its trailer or both.  The fixed RFID readers are placed at strategic locations such as entry/ exit gates, weigh bridges, and loading/unloading areas. This allows complete automated wireless identification of vehicles without impacting existing vehicle processes.  As vehicles pass through a certain section, the transponder sends data to the reader. Through the reader’s antenna, all information about the vehicle is passed to the server.  The detected raw RFID data is processed and can be used to drive multiple of applications. For example, the RFID gate readers can report the time that the vehicle passes through the entry or exit gate.  The RFID reader at the weight bridge can automate weighting operation, while the RFID reader at the loading bay can be used to enhance the loading activity. 

Benefits

  • No manual operation is required
  • Provides error free in data gathering process.  Automatic identification and notification whenever vehicle enters, exits, loads or weights.
  • Only authorized vehicles are allowed
  • Enable real-time traffic monitoring and control congestion management
  • Ability to track a vehicle’s progress through each station
  • Full information on vehicle location and movements
  • Reduced vehicle and asset idle times
  • Tracking and identifying the driver of vehicles with photos
  • Accessing historical data to identify and eliminate operational bottlenecks
  • Accurate details of the vehicles in each status

Applications:

  • Hand free vehicle access control
  • Hand free weighbridge operation
  • Internal logistic management within the distribution center
  • Hand free loading operation

RFID POOL ASSET SOLUTION (MEDICAL)

Description

Keeping track of your pool medical equipment can be challenging, especially when logging their locations relies on manual process.  Efficient organizing this asset is a must to guarantee optimal reliability throughout the operation. If the asset cannot be found, this can cause serious impact on the operation.  This is the reason why the comprehensive system for the registration of asset flows is required.

Identify RFID Pool Asset Management is a proven solution to deliver a quick return on investment (ROI). This solution allows for automation of paper work associated with despatch and receipt, so you can optimise the utilization your assets and improve your service levels. Accurate stock level of this asset can allow you to invest in higher quality pool assets which provide longer life cycles.

How it works

To track the pool asset, we employ radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve the management of these assets. Each pool asset is firmly attached with an RFID tag which can identify individual pieces of equipment.  The RFID readers are installed in the entrance and departure points of these assets and the key destinations.  To determine the complete flow of the asset, the information of the particular asset is used.  The system process is activated via the reader at the departure area, where the HN of the patient using with these assets is manually recorded into the system.  When the assets are returned from the usage and read by the RFID reader at the entrance.  The information is sent back to a central database where it can be analysed. This system allows you to determine how many pool assets have been dispatched to a particular HN so you know which patient to contact for their return.  The software will calculate the charge on the using of these assets for particular patient.  This will help the hospital to be able to bill the patient properly unlike before where there is no usage information.  The system also notifies the asset which is needed to be calibrated to ensure the asset is used in the good condition.

Benefits

  • Track and trace of all assets
  • Reduction of working capital through accurate stock management
  • Clear visibility on stock levels
  • Maximises the use of your available pool assets
  • Helps prevent your assets getting lost or stolen
  • Conduct annual asset inventory in seconds. No need to stop operation for days or weeks for yearly inventory checking
  • Identifies shortages or oversized stock for better management
  • Find your optimal asset utilization ratio.  Save your investment in the expensive buffers. 
  • Improve your safety.  Eliminate human error to make your operation safer in using the equipment in good conditions.

Applications:

  • Pool assets in hospital

RFID INTELLIGENT CABINET SOLUTION

Description

Managing medical supplies and devices is a demanding task.  The manufacturers have developed numerous intricate distribution models, which heavily rely on the field inventory staff.  Hospital customer services call to sale representatives inquiring about the particular piece of inventory.  A field inventory staff needs to deliver that product to the RIGHT hospital on the RIGHT time.  Unlike the retail sector where a stock-out usually means a lost sale but the stock-out in the health industry must be avoided at all expenses because this puts patient safety at risk.  Besides, the challenge for field inventory staff is product visibility.  Traditionally the product status is manually recorded by field inventory staff which proves to be less productive.  In many cases an implant can sit as consigned inventory at a hospital for years.

Identify RFID Intelligent Cabinet Solution presents the most proactive solution for automating inventory management on site.  Our solution connects RFID reader with IOT technology.  When the devices are connected to the internet, they become an extension of our system.  We can eliminate all manual recording and turn this process to be paperless.  The status of the device can be informed in the real time manner without increasing operation cost on the on-site inspection.

How it works

We have employed both Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and IOT technologies for this solution.  Each device is affixed with RFID tag.  Our software will associate RFID tag with key product information such as SKU and its expiry date.  We have both short range and long range RFID readers in our cabinet.  The short range reader is designed to increase the security while the long range reader is employed for tracking purpose.  Only the authorized person with the right RFID card, can access to this cabinet through the short range reader.  The long range reader will scan all devices in the cabinet on schedule.  After reading the tags, all tag ID is sent to cloud server for data analysis.

This system allows you to monitor the devices on sites without assigning someone to manually count the devices on site as usual.  The system also notifies the devices which are needed to be replenished and the items with low movement.  This information will help you to plan the stock on each site.  It also highlights the items which are going to expire in order to ensure patient safety.

This system allows you to monitor the devices on sites without assigning someone to manually count the devices on site as usual.  The system also notifies the devices which are needed to be replenished and the items with low movement.  This information will help you to plan the stock on each site.  It also highlights the items which are going to expire in order to ensure patient safety.

Benefits

  • Reduce travelling expense to each site
  • Improve patient safety by notifying the expired product
  • Eliminate human error on stock counting
  • Clear visibility on stock levels of each site which can result in the better understanding on client usage in each site. 
  • Helps prevent your assets getting lost or stolen only the authorized person can access the cabinet
  • Identifies shortages or oversized stock for better management
  • Find your optimal asset utilization ratio.  Save your investment in the expensive buffers. 

Applications:

  • Medical product

PRODUCT: HF

Network RFID Reader

Description  

This network reader a cost effective alternative to traditional access control solutions. The fast Ethernet interface (10BASE-T / 100BASE-TX) allows an easy integration into IP-based network infrastructures with CAT-5 cables.   It combines the functions of an intelligent controller with Ethernet interface and a RFID smart card reader in one compact device.  This reader supports passive transponder according to ISO / IEC 14443 type A and type B, ISO / IEC 15693 and communicates with NFC devices (ISO / IEC 18092).

Key Technica Data

  • Dimensions: 84 mm x 84 mm x 22 mm  
  • Housing: Plastic ASA / Front panel: acrylic glass
  • Weight approx. 150 g
  • Interface: TCP/IP
  • Protection class: IP 54
  • RF Transmitting power 250 mW ± 2 dB
  • Supply voltage Power over Ethernet (PoE), IEEE802.3af; alternative: ext. power supply 24V up to 48 V DC ± 10%
  • Current consumption maximum 2.6 W (IEEE802.3af  Powered Devices Class: 1)
  • Operating frequency 13.56 MHz
  • Supported transponders: ISO 14443-A, ISO 14443-B, ISO 15693, and NFC tags  
    • Mifare® classic (mini,1k,4k), Mifare® UltraLight, Mifare® DESfire, Smart MX, my-dTM proximity, my-dTM move
    • I-CODE SLI, my-dTM vicinity, STM LRI512, Tag-it HFI, etc.
    • NFC Type 1, 2 and 4
  • Reading / Writing distance typical: 3 up to 5 cm
  • Operating temperature:  –20 °C up to +55 °C
  • Storage temperature: –40 °C up to +85 °C
  • Relative air humidity: 95 % (non condensing)
  • Standard conformity:
    • Radio license: Europe EN 300 330   USA FCC 47 CFR Part 15   Canada IC RSS-GEN, RSS-210, RSS-212 EMC EN 300 489
    • Safety   Low voltage EN 60950  
    • Human Exposure EN 50364 Environment RoHS-2002/95/EC  WEEE-2002/96/EC

Sony USB NFC Reader

Description  

The RC-S380/s product is capable of communicating with the devices that comform to the NFC forum specifications and with various contactless IC cards, including FeliCaTM and ISO/IEC 14443 A/B.  The reader is compatible with Window Embedded standard7 SP1, Window Embedded POS Ready and Window Embedded 8.1

Key Technica Data

  • Dimensions: 60 mm x 11 mm x 100 mm  
  • Weight approx. 36 g
  • Interface: USB
  • Operating frequency 13.56 MHz
  • Supply voltage: DC 5V Max, 200 mA during operation
  • Supported transponders: ISO 14443-A, ISO 14443-B, ISO 18092  
    • FeliCa standard, FeliCa Lite, FeliCa Lite-S, FeliCa Link, FeliCa Plug (NFC Dynamic Tag), Mobile FeliCa IC mobile phone
    •  Mifare Classic, Mifare Ultralight/Ultralight C, Mifare DESFire/DESFire eV1, Mifare Plus, SmartMX
    • Jewel/Topaz
  • Reading / Writing distance typical: 5 mm
  • Operating temperature:  5 °C up to 35 °C
  • Storage temperature: –20 °C up to +60 °C
  • Standard conformity:
    • Japan: AC-12005
    • USA: FCC ID: AK8RRCS380
    • Canada: IC Certification No: 409B-RCS380
    • Europe: CE R&TTE (1999/5/EC)