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Tenna Brings IoT, RFID to Industrial Asset Tracking
The company, formerly known as BuildSourced, aims to provide a single platform for all asset tracking on civil construction or other sites, to manage everything from a screwdriver to a crane, as well as personnel.
The company's goal, Conti says, "is to take the challenge out of delivering construction projects on time and cost-effectively," with the technology that helps them manage the materials that they need and that the bill for, both onsite and off. Several construction firms are currently piloting the technology by tracking tagged items as they pass through gates at the entrance and exit of their worksites, as well as monitoring the real-time locations of items within parts of the sites.
Approximately 70 percent of Tenna's existing customers have expressed an interest in upgrading their solution to include the RFID and other IoT-based data. Most are construction companies; however, the solution is also designed for the oil and gas, manufacturing and agricultural markets.
If items are being inspected or maintained, their tags could be read using a handheld interrogator. Users would simply read each tag, enter such data as what service they are conducting, take a picture of the item if needed, input details about its condition, and pair that information with the location via the user's GPS data on his or her handheld reader. The system can also include RFID-enabled badges that workers wear, which can be read to update their own location or status with specific inventory. This, for instance, would enable workers to borrow specific tools or equipment and be linked to those items as they were being used.
The software can not only store and analyze data about where the items are located, but also track how long an asset has been in use, based on its location or status. This can help to automate the scheduling of maintenance or inspection. In addition, the system can track whether an item has been properly inspected and alert a worker in the event that he or she sread the tag of an item requiring inspection prior to reuse.
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