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  1. 1. Inventory & Asset Management How Wireless Technology Can Add Values 2005 Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo Victor Chen Bell Canada Enterprise Wireless Solutions
  2. 2. Wireless Technologies and Business Applications RFID Asset Tracking Supply Chain Inventory Management Wireless LAN Data Collection Mobile Devices Fixed Readers EPC Standard Barcode Active Tags Data Communication Wireless Switch Mobility Access Ports
  3. 3. Bridging Wireless Technologies and Business Applications Wireless Data Collection Wireless Data Communication Data Management and Processing Asset & Location Tracking Asset Management Inventory Management in Supply Chain Applying Mobility to Business and Operational Process Handheld Devices, RFID, Barcode WLAN Infrastructure WWAN Network Application Software
  4. 4. Enterprise Asset Management Managing assets that are owned or leased by organizations IT Equipment Restrictive “Mobile” Tools Facilities Production Assets Fleet <ul><li>Needs and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Manage all assets critical to the performance of the organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the organization’s assets operate at optimum efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Address budgetary and services issues . Protect significant investment in assets. </li></ul><ul><li>To be aware of the location, condition, availability and utilization of equipment and capital assets. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve asset accountability and regulatory requirement (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Customer’s Justification for an Effective Enterprise Asset Management Solution Legal Requirement Revenue Enhancement Cost Reduction Outsourcing Initiative Risk Mitigation Competitive Advantage Justification Physical Assets <ul><li>Managed 3 rd parties operating or maintaining assets </li></ul><ul><li>Comply with regulations </li></ul><ul><li>Improve customer satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Improve public record/image </li></ul><ul><li>Create a better work place </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce risk of non-compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Retain knowledge of workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Improve employee satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce asset acquisition costs </li></ul><ul><li>Manage costs to budget </li></ul><ul><li>Improve efficiency of operation </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce maintenance backlog </li></ul>Achieve higher service levels with the same or lower budget and resources Comply with health and safety requirements
  6. 6. Wireless Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Solution <ul><li>Applies enterprise mobility to the EAM process to improve productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the organization’s assets and operations at optimum efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile EAM solution provides workers with critical information at the point of activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Enable faster and accurate distributed assets information to transmitted back to the EAM system. </li></ul>Mobile Portion EAM Portion Wireless Switch 802.11 WLAN Access Ports EAM System Server EAM Application Software Switch Rugged Mobile Computers (Barcode and./or RFID) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System RFID Infrastructure: Readers and Tags Key Components Enterprise Asset Management or similar function backend software WLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless Switches OR Rugged Mobile Computers: WLAN 802.11 enabled
  7. 7. Case: Managing Mobile Firefight Equipment <ul><li>Enable customer to efficiently track its assets across the province </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a real-time inventory view of all its assets – with single press of a button </li></ul><ul><li>Improve asset tracking and management capability </li></ul><ul><li>Improve resource usage </li></ul>Benefits to Customer <ul><li>An Active Tag RFID solution capable of close to 100% read accuracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Solution comprises of an Active RFID tag, Mobile and Fixed RFID readers and custom developed software. </li></ul>Solution <ul><li>Required to respond quickly to forest fire </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment were manually identified, and individually counted and recorded </li></ul><ul><li>Lengthy asset management process </li></ul><ul><li>Time consuming and error-pronged </li></ul><ul><li>Wasting fire fighting recourses </li></ul><ul><li>Lost or misplaces mobile equipment </li></ul>Problem Customer Type: Forest Fire Suppression Agency
  8. 8. Asset and Location Tracking (Wi-Fi/WLAN based)
  9. 9. Why assets tracking is needed? <ul><ul><li>Ensure availability of assets critical to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is it Now ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where is the closest piece of equipment I need ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What was its last location ? History ? Utilization ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How many of each type of equipment are out there and where are they ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impact on business and operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Productivity loss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase in capital and expense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeopardizing customer service </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Asset and Location Tracking Solution <ul><li>Combines the 802.11 wireless networking technology with location information. </li></ul><ul><li>Leverages standard WLAN access points without the need for RF antennas and receivers. </li></ul><ul><li>Location capability: up to 1m average accuracy (4 to 6 access point signals) </li></ul><ul><li>Fast deployment and lower system deployment cost. </li></ul>Wireless Switch 802.11 WLAN Access Ports Applications Server Asset Tracking and Locating Software Switch Wi-Fi Tracking Tag Positioning Engine software 802.11 WLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless Switch Wi-Fi location tracking tag (battery powered active radio tag) Key Components
  11. 11. Tracking Assets and Patients in Hospital Improve patient care and increase productivity of medical staff <ul><li>Medical Equipment Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Find misplaced equipment, increase utilization and reduce new purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor utilization and long-term needs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce theft and accidental losses </li></ul><ul><li>Patients Tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Being used in a long-term care facility to track over 100 patients. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve “wanderers” quality of life by reducing lock downs requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>Receive alarms based on patient movements and profiles. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Location Tracking Applications <ul><li>Visitor guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Truck/baggage cart tracking </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking portable medical equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking patients and caregivers </li></ul><ul><li>Location-enabling hand-held bar code scanners </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking lift trucks, personnel for improved workflows </li></ul><ul><li>Increase asset and equipment visibility </li></ul>Warehousing and Manufacturing Healthcare Airports Security <ul><li>Visitor Management </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel Assignment </li></ul><ul><li>Asset Alarming </li></ul>DATA VOICE WLAN 802.11 LOCATION
  13. 13. Inventory Management in Supply Chain
  14. 14. Supply Chain and Inventory Management Distribution Centers and Warehouses Manufacturing Plants Raw Material Facilities Retail Stores Inventory Flow in a Supply Chain (Raw materials, work-in-progress and finished inventory) Consumers Supplying the right products At the right moment At minimal cost To achieve objectives of SCM In the right quantities
  15. 15. Key Solution Components <ul><li>Tags (or Transponders) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active vs. Passive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Only vs. Read/Write </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequency (LF, HF, UHF, Microwave) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Range </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Readers </li></ul><ul><li>Middleware </li></ul><ul><li>Application Software </li></ul>Key Drivers New Technology New Standards Industry Mandates New Economics Business Applications What is Driving RFID today?
  16. 16. EPC/RFID Solutions <ul><li>EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Solutions can help organizations boost productivity, improve customer service, and lower costs </li></ul>Solutions Description Warehousing - Automated Shipping & Receiving Tagging items at the case and pallet level with RFID tags. Readers placed at warehouse dock doors record the items loaded and unloaded from trucks; backend system verifies contents against PO and ASN. Retail - Item-Level Shelf Monitoring Tagging at the item-level, along with ‘smart shelves’ – units with RFID readers built in, provide immediate feedback for replenishment, in addition to notification of misplaced items. Manufacturing - Work-In-Process Tracking High value items and highly regulated items that require data gathered at various points in the production line are excellent targets for RFID tagging. Record safety test data at each step in the process, automatically.
  17. 17. EPC Class 1 Label Packaged Product Encode/Apply Printer Manufacturing (Crate/Box Level) Warehouses and Distribution Center (Pallet Level) Retail Outlet (Unit Level) ExpressVu boxes with EPC Class 1 Labels Antennas Shelves Application of RFID in Inventory Management EPC RFID Portal and EPC RFID tags
  18. 18. Why are Organizations Looking at EPC/RFID? <ul><li>Visibility of real time info </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in supply chain volatility </li></ul><ul><li>Lead time reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Improved supply chain throughput </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory days on hand </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safety stock </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Transit inventory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recurring inventory carrying costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion management </li></ul></ul></ul>Inventory <ul><li>Access to outbound load density through better information, planning and improved throughput </li></ul><ul><li>Freight costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse logistics costs </li></ul>Transport <ul><li>Increased throughput </li></ul><ul><li>Better tracking and tracing of assets </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer assets required </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Utilization of assets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depreciation of charge on distribution owned </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Total distribution of asset base </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brand management </li></ul></ul></ul>Assets <ul><li>More time to complete manual processes </li></ul><ul><li>Improved validation and audit processes </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labour productivity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supply chain throughput </li></ul></ul></ul>Labour <ul><li>Better tracking and tracing of high value items </li></ul><ul><li>Access to real time info flow </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced human error </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Error related shrink </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internal/external theft </li></ul></ul></ul>Shrink Variables Benefits Levers Impacted Component
  19. 19. The Power of Wireless Technologies Barcode RFID Wireless Data Collection & Communication Technologies Business Applications Major Customer Benefits Increase Supply Chain Management efficiency Increase workers’ productivity Increase data recording accuracy Reduce inventory cost Enhance assets tracking capability Increase inventory control efficiency Enterprise Asset Management Software Warehouse Management Systems Software Applications Software Combining with To deliver Increase asset management efficiency Asset Management Asset & Location Tracking Inventory Management in Supply Chain WLAN WWAN To support Applying Mobility to Business and Operational Process
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