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SMS India Uses RFID to Audit Its Office Equipment

The provider of metal-processing equipment and services is applying Tageos tamper-proof passive tags to 210,000 items and using handheld readers to take inventory.
By Claire Swedberg
Feb 11, 2013SMS India Pvt. Ltd, a division of SMS Siemag, is implementing an RFID-based solution that enables the company to track 210,000 pieces of furniture, IT equipment and other assets in three nine-story office buildings. The system, provided by Perfect RFID, has gone live in SMS India's headquarters in Gurgaon, while tagging is still underway at two other sites, in Chennai and Calcutta. By using handheld RFID readers and Perfect RFID asset-tracking software, the company can complete the inventory of all furniture, electronic equipment and other assets on a single floor in 30 minutes, whereas a bar-code-based solution had required at least a full day, says Sakun Ahuja, the founder and CEO of Perfect RFID.

SMS India, like its parent company, is a provider of equipment and services for metal-processing mills and plants. There are 210,000 assets—including furniture, computers and phones—dispersed among SMS India's three office buildings. Company policy requires that SMS India perform bi-annual audits of those assets, but the task has been extremely time-consuming.

Perfect RFID's Sakun Ahuja
Initially the company attached bar-coded labels to items such as chairs, monitors and desks, however scanning bar codes was inefficient since it required finding the labels to gain a line of sight for scanning, and its staff didn't like the aesthetics of bar-code labels attached to office furniture or other assets. The company then began seeking an RFID-based solution to make the auditing process faster and enable labels identifying each item to be better hidden from view.

Perfect RFID was launched in the United States in 2007 by former Motorola executives, including Ahuja. The company's management found there was a need for the technology in the Indian market and moved the company there in 2010. Perfect RFID predominantly provides its RFID-based software for asset tracking and provides an auditing service by sending its own staff, equipped with handheld readers, periodically to customer sites, to manage inventory tracking. However, SMS India wanted to manage the inventory data on its own back-end system, so Perfect RFID provided asset-tracking software (developed by Redex Technologies) and integrated it with SMS India's SAP software, and also supplied Nordic ID PL3000 Cross Dipole readers and passive EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tags.


Reader 2013-02-20 04:50:16 AM
Noeen Maqbool Time is money and your system is saving a lot of time

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