RFID is an acronym for Radio Frequency Identification.
Invisi-Tag's RFID System consists of a Reader (transmitter), Antennas, a Tag (transponder) and Mobile Device (Google Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.) The tag consists of a microchip and an antenna. The system performs as follows: the reader sends out radio waves to the tag. The tag is designed to absorb the radio waves, start up the chip and send its own signal back with its own unique code. Then the software on the mobile device intercepts the unique code. Once retrieved, the unique code can be used to represent a tool, equipment, office furniture, assets etc. Now you are able to use the system to detect any item and easily view it on your mobile device.
GPS is used to pinpoint an accurate location of any object. It requires a monthly service fee and a cost for implementation. RFID is more of a detection system. It is used to notify the user if the item is present or not. The system detects the items that are within a certain proximity. This proximity can be based upon several factors. These factors are based upon the placement of the RFID System.
Barcode is slowly starting to become obsolete. Barcodes require the user to scan one item at a time. The downside of using barcodes is that any bit of damage can render the label useless. The labels can be smeared, faded, torn or even destroyed and it is no longer functional. RFID is actually 10 times better than barcode. RFID tags can withstand rugged environments, insuring they will always be detected. Even if an RFID label is smeared, faded or torn, the tag will be detected. Also, RFID does not require scanning one item at a time. Multiple tags can be detected all at once. Our system can detect between 80 – 120 tags in a matter of seconds. Lastly, the lifetime on an RFID tag, since being passive, is virtually infinite.
There is a wide variety of applications that RFID is used for. The most common applications of RFID are:
- Mobil Speedpass (Gas Station)
- Access Control
- Retail and Apparel
- Supply Chains
Invisi-Tag primarily focuses on mobile asset tracking, from equipment assets to fixed assets in a warehouse or office.
RFID technology has benefits in many areas, from tracking work in progress to speeding up processes in a warehouse. Invisi-Tag Systems will also improve productivity in your mobile department. It will keep track of your assets/equipment while they are being loaded and unloaded off of vehicles/trucks, making sure that every item is accounted for. As the technology becomes standardized, it will be used in more and more applications.
The focus will be to:
- Reduce administrative error
- Reduce labor costs associated with scanning bar codes
- Reduce labor costs in time wasted on double/triple checking for items
- Decrease internal theft
- Limit employee errors
- Increase overall inventory levels
- Increase accountability for equipment
- Increase productivity
- Increase profits
- System gives 100% accurate information, every time
There is no minimum or typical read range with RFID tags because the read range depends on if the tag itself is active or passive. Active tags are battery powered so they typically can be detected from longer ranges up to 300 feet or even more. The read range for passive tags depends on the frequency of the operation, the output power of the reader and the interference from the environment in which it is working.
We at Invisi-Tag have integrated the best combination of RFID tags and readers for our system. Our In-Vehicle System will allow items within an enclosed trailer to be detected up to 20-30 feet. Our Portable System, which allows the user to walk around detecting items in their warehouse or office, will detect items up to 10 feet.
These different types of tags were created to allow detection of various items all with different material surfaces. RFID itself uses radio waves to detect the tags but a limitation on the system is that radio waves cannot penetrate through metal. The metal tags are used to assist in the detection of the tag on any metal surface or heavily dense metals. Non-metal tags are used to detect any equipment that is wood, plastic, cardboard, etc. and that can pretty much adhere to those surfaces. The properties of radio waves do not limit detection on those types of materials.
Invisi-Tag's In-Vehicle System is designed to fit as an accessory into your vehicle. The system would tap into 12V harness of the truck and power the system whenever the truck was on.
In order to determine what is loaded or unloaded on your vehicle, every truck or trailer would need a system.
Invisi-Tag has developed a Portable System which allows for fixed assets to be detected. Once all equipment/assets are tagged, a person can walk around with the Portable System in their warehouse and detect all items that are present. Once detected, the mobile device will update and give you a visual notification of what is present and what is not.
All of Invisi-Tag's systems are guaranteed to improve productivity. For more details in system features, please refer to the product page.
All Invisi-Tag Systems come with the job report feature. Job reports are created and stored on the mobile device. These reports save as a text file and are easily accessible. It can be viewed on the tablet itself, sent via email to view on a computer, or the file can be taken directly off the tablet by plugging the tablet into a computer.
Invisi-Tag offers an Enterprise Edition that stores all of the customers' information/reports. All the information will be backed up to allow the customer to have all relevant information at their disposal. Each customer will have their own unique login and will be able to view any and every information/reports that were pushed to the cloud.