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Combining E-paper and NFC RFID Technologies to Enhance Medical Asset Management and Tracking
The need for specialized scanners with wireless tag technology has resulted in far slower market uptake than was originally envisaged; there is a great deal of scope for e-paper to help make up the shortfall.
Using EPDs in Health Care
In situations for which the cost of what you're tracking is high—as is the case with vaccines or donated organs—it's relatively straightforward to justify the investment in technology that helps protect against the loss or spoilage of these items. The same is true in a hospital environment, when you consider the risk of legal action if a patient is incorrectly identified and accidentally given the wrong treatment.
This technology is equally well-suited to other asset-management contexts, such as the storing of laboratory equipment or test instrumentation. Here, the wireless tagging element provides each item's exact location at any given time, while the EPD enables warehouse workers to view data such as when it was last serviced or calibrated. There is even the option here to restrict the updating of the EPD to certain authorized personnel, to minimize the prospect of erroneous information being recorded.
An Ideal Complement for NFC RFID Tags
EPD specialist Pervasive Displays is collaborating with recognized leaders in NFC RFID technology to position itself at the forefront of such deployments—supplying integrated solutions that add the extra dimension to wireless tags, which will drive this sector forward.
Scott Soong is the CEO of Pervasive Displays and has more than a decade of experience in software, in addition to 12 years working in displays businesses. During his career, Scott has been a founding partner at four startup companies, including Pervasive Displays. Scott sits on the board of several other technology businesses as a consulting partner. He was a board member of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), which looks to provide children in developing countries with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. Scott has an MBA degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a BA degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
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