Tech Talk: RFIDs

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Tech Talk: RFIDs

  1. 1. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Presenter: Victoria Raskovich
  2. 2. What is an RFID?  Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders  An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves
  3. 3. What is an RFID?  Similar to bar codes but able to be read by radio transmission instead of by a light source  Comprised of a microchip and antenna  RFID is in use all around us: 1) Pets with an ID tag 2) EZPass 3) Paid for gas using SpeedPass
  4. 4. How is This Technology Monitored?  Radio Waves are identified  You can see patients, etc on a Web-based enterprise platform that turns location data into real-time business logic
  5. 5. How Does This Technology Apply to Me?  Crothall Services Group – healthcare support services company  Have hospital facilities that use this technology (Cleveland Clinics Foundation)
  6. 6. How Does This Technology Apply to Me?  Automatic asset and people tracking allows health care professionals to quickly locate patients, caregivers, and medical equipment  With patients often scheduled for multiple procedures, knowledge of their location helps optimize the patient-care process
  7. 7. Who Uses RFIDs?  Home Depot  Gap  Proctor & Gamble  Prada  Target  Wal-Mart  Casinos in Las Vegas
  8. 8. What Are the Benefits?  Emergency management - more efficient and faster emergency response  Patient monitoring - better patient safety and increased throughput  Operational costs - can be significantly reduced  Workflow management - better staff utilization
  9. 9. What Are the Benefits?  Increased asset utilization: Poor use of assets may cause many high-value assets to go underused  Hospitals continue to overspend on new and rental assets  The ability to find assets instantaneously and improve their flow through hospital  RFIDs capture data faster than bar-coding  Bar-coding – depends on position of the label
  10. 10. What Are the Limitations?  Cost – burden of system implementation costs  Customer is the one that benefits  Privacy Issues  Global Frequency Standard is yet to be agreed upon  Most likely will be UHF (ultra high frequency)
  11. 11. Companies Providing RFID Solutions Ekahau’s solution allows businesses to keep track of valuable assets and equipment, improve the overall workflow, and improve the levels of corporate security and customer service. AeroScout's enterprise visibility solutions use standard Wi-Fi wireless networks to accurately locate and manage assets and people in multiple environments. The AeroScout system includes indoor and outdoor real-time asset location (RTLS).
  12. 12. Resources  http://www.ekahau.com  http://www.aeroscout.com  http://www.ferret.com.au/articles/ad/ 0c0213ad.asp (Pros and Cons on a larger scale project)  http://www.zebra.com/id/zebra/na/en /index/rfid/faqs/rfid_bar_codes.html (RFID’s vs. barcoding)

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