The Evolution of Active RFID
In today’s highly complex and dynamic business environments, the ability to automate asset management can vastly improve an organization’s performance. Active RFID tags provide the ability to completely automate processes including asset location, conducting regular inventory counts and tracking personnel across facilities. All resulting in decreased labor costs and increased inventory and location accuracy.
Panasonic has a family of Active RFID tags along with simple, accurate asset location services that allow your assets to constantly communicate with your existing ERP systems.
- Asset location services and individual status – communication between hardware and software adds real-time intelligence to your enterprise asset management solution (EAM), eliminating the need to conduct time consuming and inaccurate manual tasks
- Greater process control and enhanced asset lifecycle management – track assets from the time of arrival in your organization through to decommission
- Efficient retrieval of inventory – elimination of redundancy and over purchasing, which erodes man-hours and hinders bottom lines
Innovating For Customer Needs
The Power 400/415 was the industry’s first active RFID tag built with embedded passive technology. We listen to and understand customer needs and design products to meet those needs. Therefore, all of our active tags contain a passive RFID chip that enables three valuable functionalities:
- Extended battery life – the ability to turn off the active signal during shipping results in extended battery life and eliminates the need for special traveling certifications
- Configurable beaconing – a passive reader can easily be used to change the active beaconing rate to extend battery life and improve responsiveness
- Asset Lifecycle Management – assets can always be located using either Active or Passive functionality
Technological Expertise Built Into Every Product
We have the most expansive RFID tag portfolio in the industry. Why is that important? Our team of RF engineers and scientists have accumulated an unmatched breadth and depth of knowledge. Combined with our customer-driven focus we develop hardware that meets the practical business needs of industry.
With hundreds of thousands of active tags already deployed in some of the harshest environments on earth, our team applied that field experience and state-of-the-art technology into expanding our portfolio to create the most progressive line of active tags on the market.
Faster tag acquisition rates provide our customers with greater reliability of tag reads in a dense population, such as where personnel muster. We achieve this by using FSK modulation (over the simpler ASK used by competitors) across all our active tags, resulting in less signal collision in high traffic areas. Addressing customers’ concerns about battery life, we configured our Power 60/65 and Power 100/115 tags to be able to use the same robust battery on which the Power 400/415 operates. Our customers also experience greater read ranges and the need for less infrastructure since we built our active tags to operate over 433MHz frequency versus WiFi used by the competition.
IT / Data Centers
How many hours is your staff spending conducting inventory counts? Are your inventory records out of date due to the time required to count? Are you able to track and assess your assets throughout their lifecycle?
What would the impact on your business be if you could automate all of the above?
Logiscend offers a powerful combination of passive and active RFID to create the most cost-effective IT/ Data Center Asset Management Solution. By placing the Power 100 active tag on each rack, along with the less expensive passive tags on individual servers and modules, you have a customized solution that provides real time asset location and individual asset status. Continuous asset visibility and real time inventory counts help data centers eliminate expensive equipment redundancy and over provisioning. With the addition of optional sensors, the Power 100 can deliver environmental data, from motion to temperature sensing, that is critical to the operation of your data center.
How much does it cost when you lose or can’t find equipment? How costly is production downtime when you encounter an unexpected inventory shortage? Are you able to locate all of your workers in a timely manner in the event of an emergency?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know where your assets, from pipes to people, are when you need them?
Logiscend’s family of active tags allows you to rely on one provider ensuring consistent technology to cover your complete yard asset management from MRO to Supply Chain to Personnel.
With the abundance of high value assets spread around wide areas or multiple yards, active RFID is the ideal anti-counterfeit solution to ensure utility product authenticity. In addition, our active tags are unique in that they also use passive RFID technology providing the added benefit of location to location tracking of your assets.
Options such as motion and temperature sensors as well as ATEX certification make this a very robust asset management solution for energy and utility companies.
From simple track and trace to complete process control, Panasonic offers asset management solutions across manufacturing industries. We used that knowledge to design the smaller form factor Power 100 making it ideal for the automated tracking of skids and lids, moveable equipment, finished goods and RTIs. In a warehouse setting, the Power 100 provides asset location services which can direct workers to an asset’s location to eliminate wasted time searching the entire warehouse.
The same asset location service is built into our Power 60 tag that was designed for tracking employees throughout a large facility. With an integrated emergency call button, this product is ideal for maintaining employee safety.