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By Rich Handley

Computype Invests New Resources to Develop RFID Technology

Computype is investing resources to develop new RFID technologies. The company has previously collaborated in the global diagnostics industry with tracking solutions comprising functional histology slide labels, outsourced bar-coding services and label automation systems. The transition from a bar code or label to improved data connectivity, offered through the utilization of RFID, enables tighter process controls of automated platforms and associated consumables, the company explains, ensuring heightened efficiency and accuracy in patient diagnosis.

"The expectation of connectivity is prevalent within the global diagnostics industry," said Sarah Richardson, the VP and general Manager of Computype's Global Healthcare Business Unit, in a prepared statement. "Through leveraging RFID, consumables in diagnostic devices prove to be more connected to their environment, opening the architecture of what can easily be achieved in consumable auditing and management."

RFID infrastructure enables consumables to communicate with an associated device and communicate critical, real-time information like temperature, volume or remaining life back to a centralized database or on-device storage. This helps to ensure that tests are performed accurately and efficiently.

"Close relationships to our customers provide us with the intel and inspiration to come back to our lab and develop solutions based on the real world goals and challenges of our customers," said Mike Sanislo, Computype's VP of RFID systems, in the prepared statement. "Our customers are telling us there is a definite fit for RFID within their systems, and they need a development partner who can guide them through the commissioning process and ensure all the components are in place for optimization."

The Computype RFID solution includes hardware, software, consumables, a development kit and face-to-face human interaction. While the radio signals of RFID wavelengths may be invisible, ensuring a dedicated RFID resource for proper implementation is critical to the success in fully optimizing the technology.

"RFID isn't something you just take out of a box and power on," said Josh Miller, Computype's senior RFID product manager, in the prepared statement. "Each system is going to be unique based on customer processes and systems, so having a dedicated resource to ensure proper customization and system development is crucial."

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