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.
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