an active RFID scenario,
the area to be monitored is divided into zones and a reader placed
in each zone such that when a tag is seen by a reader, its location
is known based on the zone definitions. Resolution for the zones
can vary and is adjustable via software based on the asset being
type and the make up of the surrounding environment. In a passive
RFID application, portals would be set up at the entrances, exits
or pinch points to a given area, such that the
tagged asset can only enter or leave the area by passing within
the field of the reader. Additionally, bar code readers could
be used to capture asset information and provide to the system
via the MRM software. This assumes that a bar code is placed
on each asset, and that the operation or process provides means
for manual scanning of the bar code.
Whether active or passive RFID, the readers receive
the tag beacon and after some initial filtering for data management,
transmit the tag information to our data capture software. This
software runs on a personal computer/server and the communication
from the reader can be via Serial, Ethernet or 802.11 wireless.
A time stamp is assigned to the tag id information, and the software
allows for additional levels of filtering, while ultimately storing
the data into industry standard Microsoft SQL format. The MRM
software then accesses this information from the SQL database
to execute its monitoring, management and reporting functions.
Using a complimentary EAI tool, MRM can be interfaced to a customer's
ERP, WMS, security or other application, allowing the enterprise
to gain visibility to, and make use of the captured information.
The RFID and Mobile
Resource Management (MRM) solution offered by RadiantWave is capable of providing complete
visibility for the improved management of mobile resources
and assets, such as pallets, containers, totes, equipment,
and vehicles. Running as a thin-client application, the solution
has the ability to provide:
Location of any mobile resource.
status and asset life history.
user-definable warnings and alerts.
and enforcement of service schedules.
of assets through manufacturing or repair cycles.
and effective exporting to Excel and Word.
management information and dashboard.