Best Practices for Passive RFID Asset Tracking

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Join Impinj and Miles Technologies as we discuss the critical components and challenges associated with surveying, deploying, and managing a successful asset tracking solution using passive RFID technology.

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Best Practices for Passive RFID Asset Tracking

  1. 1. Welcome! We will begin shortly Best Practices for Passive RFID Asset Tracking Brought to you by www.rfidassettracking.comSeptember 26, 2012
  2. 2. Today’s Presenters & Agenda Impinj RFID • About Impinj • Trends in Asset Tracking • RFID Benefits Tracy Hillstrom Sr. Product Line Manager Readers & Antennas Miles Technologies • Select the right technology and tag • Link asset to tag in database • Setup read zones for use cases • Configure system to count and locate • Data is the key Tom O’Boyle Corporate Vice President Miles Technologies, Inc.September 26, 2012
  3. 3. About Impinj, Inc. Leading provider of UHF RFID solutions for identifying, locating, and authenticating items •Innovative product portfolio • Tag chips • Reader chips • Readers & Antennas •Enabling numerous industries • Retail • Pharmaceutical • Food and beverage • Consumer electronicsSeptember 26, 2012 © Impinj. Inc. 2012
  4. 4. Led by Partners, Powered by ImpinjSeptember 26, 2012 © Impinj. Inc. 2012
  5. 5. Trends in Asset Tracking with Passive RFID  Why are you here? ◦ Large facility ◦ Mobile assets ◦ High value (either in cost or time value) ◦ Can’t find them when you need them!  Why are your current practices not working? ◦ It relies on human beings, who are error prone.  You are not alone. ◦ Many are looking for a fully automated solution that operates without human intervention  Asset Tracking is a commonly deployed RFID application (VDC Research) Outside of retail apparel ILT, asset management is the largest application for passive UHF systems and a center for future growth across all industries/verticals. ~ Michael Liard, VDC ResearchSeptember 26, 2012 © Impinj. Inc. 2012
  6. 6. RFID Benefits  What is RFID? RFID is a margin enhancing technology  RFID Advantages – it supports more portable data and automation, driving gains in accuracy,  Best implementation practice efficiency, and business intelligence.September 26, 2012 © Impinj. Inc. 2012
  7. 7. About Miles Technologies History of Excellence - 1st RFID Install in 1999 - Certifications with all leading RFID Manufacturers - RFID Implementations • Real Time Location Systems with Passive • Asset Tracking Systems • Room Level Accuracy Some of Our CustomersSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  8. 8. What are the Steps to Success for your RFID Asset Tracking Project? 1. Select the right technology and tag 2. Link asset to tag in database 3. Setup read zones for use cases 4. Configure system to count and locate 5. Data is the keySeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  9. 9. RFID Asset Tracking Main System Considerations • What type of assets?September 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  10. 10. RFID Asset Tracking Location accuracy and resolution determines technology and cost • Active RFID can give X,Y location mapping of asset (like GPS) but costs can be high • Passive RFID can give room or shelf level accuracy, but not an X,Y location Most customers choose passive RFID as the best balance of location information and costSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  11. 11. Passive Location Tracking • No battery • Reader energy charges chip and reflects • True read range varies - 8 foot typical • “Last Seen” technologySeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  12. 12. How to Select the Right RFID Tag 1. Asset Types and Tags a. Size and location of tags is key to readability b. Smaller the tag, the smaller the read zone c. Metal mount tags are needed for metal based assets d. Attachment options include adhesive, mechanical, welds, and embeddedSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  13. 13. How to Link an RFID Tag to an Asset 2. RFID Tag ID Association a. Must link an RFID tag ID to asset b. Use Pre-encoded tags – writing tags is dangerous c. In many cases use barcode as simple input method d. Forces a real inventory as assets need to be found to be taggedSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  14. 14. How to Link an RFID Tag to an AssetSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  15. 15. How to Layout a Read Zone 3. Read Zone Layout a) Spacing between zones b) Size of zone and antennas needed c) Direction of Travel d) Antennas on BOTH sides of doors e) Top vs. side mountSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  16. 16. Tight Read Zones in WarehouseSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  17. 17. Office / Hospital EnvironmentsSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  18. 18. 4. Locating and Counting a) Finding an asset quickly b) Using “Locator” mode with handhelds c) Counting a location for audit purposesSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  19. 19. Operator Taking Physical InventorySeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  20. 20. Physical Inventory Handheld ScreenSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  21. 21. 5. It’s all about the data a) Import asset details – don’t free form enter b) Lookups and queries should be simple c) Every movement is a transaction – so audit trail for each asset is in a history table d) Export the dataSeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  22. 22. RFID Asset Tracking Summary 1. Select the right technology and tag 2. Link asset to tag in database 3. Setup read zones for use cases 4. Configure system to count and locate 5. Data is the keySeptember 26, 2012 © Miles Technologies, Inc. 2012
  23. 23. Questions & Answers? Tom O’Boyle Corporate Vice President Email: sales@milestechinc.com Tele: 1-800-783-2132 Web: www.milestechinc.com Tracy Hillstrom Sr. Product Line Manager – Readers & Antennas Email: Tracy.hillstrom@impinj.com Tele: 1-866-467-4650 www.impinj.comSeptember 26, 2012

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