RFID technology (which stands for “radio-frequency identification”) allows organizations to track assets with a higher level of efficiency, accuracy, and comprehensiveness than ever before.
One of the most valuable benefits for an organization implementing RFID is the significant decrease in the necessary amount of human resources; the data collected with RFID technology is often gathered with no human involvement required. Tracking and controlling inventory items with RFID is not only faster, it’s much more comprehensive and accurate than any other method of inventory management.
Even the manner of deploying the tracking technology are advanced: RFID tags are durable; the tags themselves can withstand even the harshest conditions, in practically any environment.
The benefits of RFID are clear and without question for commercial industries, but there are some unique RFID solutions that have made a great deal of progress in recent years that aren’t as well-known.
A Unique Passive RFID Solution
One of the most unique and unheard of RFID solution’s has to do with scientists in Antarctica that are using a new type of tracking tag to study penguins. Instead of using active RFID tags as they had in the past, these scientists instead used much smaller passive tags. Instead of sending humans around to read and scan the tags (as would be required with active tags), they built a small robotic rover to drive around and do it for them.
In doing so, they have fully embraced a unique RFID solution that allows them to not only obtain the information that they need, but to disturb the animals to a much smaller degree at the same time. The information being provided by these particular tags is more accurate than if they had stuck to “inside the box” methods of data collection.
RFID and Department of Defense Compliance
In order to both make appropriate use of RFID technology and maintain Department of Defense compliance, it is important to partner with a trusted technology and services provider who is capable of tackling both of these issues at the same time. A2B, for example, provides integrated hardware and software solutions that are designed to both meet the unique needs of your organization and maintain DoD compliance at all times.
The Department of Defense requires all of its contractors to meet specific criteria regarding how, where, and why RFID is used. The data that is encoded on an RFID tag must be standardized, for example, both so that the tag only consists of the unique identifier and so that all RFID readers are capable of capturing that data.
A2B’s Role in DoD Compliance
A2B representatives assess both the environment that employees are operating in and the workflow practices being utilized on a daily basis. With that information, the best DoD compliant solution can be recommended to help collect the most accurate data and maintain operational efficiency.
Every last aspect of an RFID system can be adjusted to increase operational workflow and maintain DoD compliance. Everything from form factor to the type of reader to the surfaces that the RFID tags are mounted to can be adjusted, allowing you to minimize loss, locate items and more importantly maintain Department of Defense contracts moving forward.
Cloud-based Enterprise Software
Another way that A2B embraces “outside of the box” thinking and compliance at the same time is with cloud-based enterprise software. The software itself can be accessed on any computer or mobile device on the planet with an active Internet connection and allows for the management of items and assets from a truly mobile perspective. Periodic software updates are also regularly released by A2B, allowing software to remain compliant (even as DoD compliance changes over time) and make use of the latest in RFID technology at the same time.
The A2B RFID tracking system includes all tags, readers and software necessary to capture accurate data in the most straightforward way, all while staying in the good graces of the Department of Defense.