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Application Embeds RTLS in RFID readers to Add Location Tracking to Passive RFID Tags and Barcode.

Ekahau, the american specialist in Wi-Fi-based Real Time Location Systems (RTLS), today announced that, in conjunction with Nordic ID (Finland), it has developed a solution for adding location information to passive RFID and barcode labels. The Ekahau-Nordic ID solution is used to track low-cost assets like surgical implements, drug supplies, and other inventory.

Since 2002, Ekahau’s RTLS technology has enabled users to track any assets in real-time throughout a hospital campuses using active Wi-Fi tags. Now Ekahau’s RTLS is also capable of tracking passive RFID and barcode labels, as well as managing, storing and viewing assets and their respective location history in the same database.

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The scanner’s location is determined via RTLS and then associated with RFID/barcode information on the asset being scanned. The location and asset information can then be viewed and managed with the software, which lets users see asset locations on a real-time map , generate asset reports and audit trails, and alert users if any items are low or in the wrong location.

Arttu Huhtiniemi, Vice President of Product Management at Ekahau explained: « Previously there were two primary ways to keep track of RFID and barcode assets: the first was to manually input the location on a piece of paper or database – which is resource-intensive and is prone to human error. The second alternative, only available for RFID, has been to install costly reader gates throughout the facility. The Ekahau-Nordic ID solution changes the game without installing any additional hardware. All you need is Ekahau software and Nordic ID handheld scanners. With those, you can walk into a room and press a button on the scanner to audit and put your assets in the database and on the map. »

More information : www.ekahau.com/passive