RFID. What is it?
Thursday, June 25, 2015
AscentERP and RFID:
Transact and Transcend
How is this technology platform integrated with
AscentERP to transact business events and how will future platform capabilities
enable companies to transcend current operational bounds?
a brief RFID primer for those who are unfamiliar with the technology:
RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, has been
around since WWII. It was created by the British to clearly differentiate
the Allies’ aircraft from those of the Axis. Even today, the safety,
routing, and efficiency of the world’s Air Traffic Management systems rely on
RFID technology. As they say, “you can’t manage what you can’t see.”
Unlike the aircraft’s bulky transponder, the
RFID tag that AscentERP deploys is contained within an adhesive label or other
small form factor construction. There is no battery.
Just an onboard capacitor, when within the range of a RFID sensor,
stores enough energy for a pen tip-sized chip to power up. The RFID
sensor, or reader, is what generates the energy field, powers up the chip, and
identifies the tag’s unique code. In a distribution facility, for
example, each item can be uniquely identified and tracked as it is processed
through a RFID station or as it passes by, usually within 7 - 10 feet, a RFID
how does AscentERP integrate with the RFID platform?
AscentERP deploys an Edge Server on the client’s
premises that runs our RFID Middleware. The RFID Middleware is
configured to manage all of the RFID sensors in the client’s facility.
To transact a business event with RFID, AscentERP triggers a
specific RFID station via the edge server. In turn, the middleware
activates the RFID sensor, identifies the tag (s) within the field, and returns
the unique code (s) to AscentERP. All this happens within a few seconds
whether there is 1 or more items in the field. Unlike handheld
barcode readers that can read one item a second and require item manipulation
for a line of sight reads, RFID sensors can read up to 1000 items per second
regardless of the items’ orientation as long as all items are within the
confined energy field. So, for business events where one or more items
need to be added to a transaction, RFID does it fast and accurately.
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