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Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
Laura Celia - How to find a needle in a haystack
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  • 1. Implementation of RFID as an improvement in the management of a scientific collection: the case of Institut Català de Paleontologia [email_address]
  • 2. 1. Paleowhat?? ICP presentation 2. Our scientific collection 3. Our problems are your problems 4. Tracking the collection: solutions 5. Looking for providers 6. Application of RFID in the ICP
  • 3. 1. Paleowhat?? ICP presentation Institut Català de Paleontologia Government of Catalonia (Research department) Heir of an older Institut, created in 1969 We are a research centre, not a museum www.icp.cat
  • 4. We carry out all stages of paleontology Preparation Storage Excavation Documentation Research
  • 5. Research departments: university Depot warehouse: Sabadell Preparation labs: university Exhibition + collection: Sabadell Where are we? 4 homes:
  • 6. 2. Our scientific collection Used to investigate (not exhibit) 200.000 specimens From 240.000.000 to 10.000 years From Iberian Peninsula, France, North Africa, USA
  • 7. How do fossils arrive to ICP? 22.000 fossils / year
  • 8. 200 requests/year 8.000 fossils
  • 9. 3. Our problems are your problems 50 years with no unified criteria of documentation - In terms of documentation - In terms of conservation Locations: many human errors It ’ s like finding a needle in a haystack!
  • 10. 4. Tracking the collection: solutions Daily work No specific knowledge External company Software implementation
  • 11. Gross cost: 36.000 €/year Lower investment (economic & psychological)
  • 12. New technologies: different options 1. Barcodes Linear 2D QR Datamatrix EAN
  • 13. “ Visual contact ”
  • 14.  
  • 15. 2. RFID
  • 16.
    • - Presence of metal (bounces the signal)
    • Presence of liquid (reduces the signal)
    • Bad use (breaks the chip)
    • Presence of potent frequency inhibitors
    Problems: Above 70 o C Bellow -20 o C
  • 17. No “ visual contact ”
  • 18. 5. Looking for providers
    • - Internet tracking
    • Finding references through friendly channels
    • Contacting with companies that already use it successfully
    • Contacting with associations of providers
    Short list with 8 providers
    • - Previous experience in RFID
    • Degree of specialization
    • Physical proximity to the ICP
    • Company size and age
    • Quality of the information obtained in the sector
    2 providers
  • 19.  
  • 20. 6. Application of RFID in the ICP Our goal: to design, develop, implement and integrate a RFID solution for the unequivocal identification and inventory of the specimens of ICP collection
  • 21. Schedule:
    • - Project start: July 19 th
    • - Analysis and design: from July 19 th to August 1 st
    • - August: holidays
    • - September: inauguration of the new museum
    • - Project review and corrections: from October 6 th to 22 nd
    • - Final project acceptance: October 25 th
    • - Software development: until November 25 th
    • - Test: from November 25 th to December 3 rd
    • Validation: until December 17 th
    • At the end of 2010, the project should be finished
  • 22. Customized versus standard products
  • 23. How to save information in a tag? Types of RFID tags used 1. For lego pieces
  • 24. 20 x 12 mm Adhesive 60.000 2. For macrofossils 65 x 45 mm Non adhesive 70.000 Institut Català de Paleontologia M. Crusafont IPS: Element: Taxó: Jaciment: Edat: Ubicació:
  • 25. 3. For boxes (locations) 85 x 25 mm Non adhesive 3.000
  • 26. How we read the information?
  • 27. Costs Micro: 0,12 € / unit Macro and boxes: 0,16 € / unit Software: it depends on the number of simultaneous users
  • 28. Thank you very much!

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