RFID Arms and ammunition tracking using IOT technology

RFID Arms and ammunition tracking using IOT technology

The internet of things is a fascinating topic. Novels can be written about the many benefits of this technology. If you’re unfamiliar with the internet of things, it essentially means that everything with an on/off switch- especially those with an internet connection- are interconnected. They can all connect with one another, interact, and exchange data. In the 21st century, the internet of things is a concept that can apply to most things we use every day from coffee pots to cell phones. A central concept of the internet of things is Radio-frequency Identification (RFID). In this article, we’ll define RFID and discuss RFID on arms and ammunition.

RFID is a concept that allows objects to be tracked. Electromagnetic fields are used to instantly both identify and track specific tags attached to certain objects. This works because embedded within an RFID tag is both a transmitter and a receiver. This allows it to receive, store, process, and transmit information. Passive RFID tags are embedded in many of the objects that we purchase today and can be used to track any assets and nearby lost items, such as keys and remotes. However, one of the hottest topics related to both internet of things and RFID is RFID on arms and ammunition.

Several countries around the world, as well as the United Nations, have called for the RFID on arms and ammunition. Special RFID tags have been developed in order for accurate weapons tracking, as these tags must withstand heat, dust, shock stresses, and more. Using this technology on weapons and ammunition would allow biometric tracking. In essence, it could help groups like the military, law enforcement, and security teams to track their armories in real time.

Private Citizens in South Africa may also feel more comfortable if they tag their arms and ammunition as you will know where it is in case of theft. Recovery of your weapon will become possible as well as real time monitoring such as recordings such as cocking, shots fired and reloading of the weapon.

RFID in Healthcare Asset Management can prevent huge losses

RFID in Healthcare Asset Management can prevent huge losses

The loss and underutilisation of mobile healthcare assets costs the healthcare sector millions of rands each year. Particularly for acute hospitals, it’s a challenging task to keep track of equipment with staff clocking up hours and kilometres searching for available devices or out-of-service equipment. RFiD Discovery provides an affordable and scalable Asset Tracking solution that enables users to improve the management of medical devices and other assets. The system is ideal for tracking medical devices, beds, mattresses, wheelchairs, gas cylinders, laptops and communication devices.

How does RFID in Healthcare Asset Management work?

Active RFID For accurate real-time location tracking each medical device is fitted with an active RFID tag which transmits its unique ID at pre-set intervals. Signals are picked up by a network of fixed readers or by handheld readers. Location data is then transferred to a central database, which can be integrated with the trust’s asset management database. Passive RFID Due to their lower cost, UHF tags can be attached to all assets and often replace existing asset labels. Tags are detected with a specialist RFID trolley or handheld readers, enabling fast and accurate auditing for improved inventory management.

GS1 asset labelling is totally flexible and can range from simply providing compliant labels and label printers on to a complete RFID track and trace system to support your inventory and asset management. Labels are designed to meet a high specification required of the medical industry in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.

Passive RFID tags will replace the existing asset labels. The RFID will incorporate a GS1 barcode carrying a Global Asset Identifier (GIAI). When read by a scanner, the label broadcasts its unique ID. Signals are picked up by the scanner and sent to a central database, which records the location of the asset.

Tags are ideal for identifying any type of asset including medical services, beds, wheelchairs, fire extinguishers, gas bottles, PCs and communication devices.