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Asset Tracking White Papers

  • Choosing the Optimum Architecture for UWB RTLS
    Published June 2013
    Real-time locating systems (RTLS) operating in the ultra-wideband domain are becoming more common in many applications, ranging from automated student attendance verification to tool tracking for major aircraft manufacturers. UWB offers many attributes enabling it to provide new capabilities not possible with traditional RTLS technology. Zebra Technologies explains how the choice of UWB RTLS architecture can impact a user's ability to achieve a solid return on investment. (6 pages)
  • Yard Management: An Operator's Perspective
    Published June 2013
    Transportation-management consultant Charles H. Kerr reviews the major segments of yard-management systems (YMS) and discusses key points that should be considered when choosing such a solution. The application of real-time locating system (RTLS) and RFID tech¬nologies is supported by some YMS products, which enhances solutions for larger and more complex yard operations. Kerr discusses gate management, yard operations, switcher productivity and dock-door management, and explains how an effective YMS provides planning, management and execution in the yard, facilitating increased flow velocity of goods moving through the supply chain. (6 pages)
  • Evaluation of Commercially Available UHF RFID Tag Technology for Animal Ear Tagging
    Published February 2013
    Grant Pugh, of the New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group, outlines findings from research undertaken by his firm, conducted over a period of 12 months, that assessed 400 commercially available tags sourced from four manufacturers, in order to determine if passive UHF RFID ear tags on livestock meet or exceed the performance specifications established by NAIT for use on animals in New Zealand. (28 pages)
  • Industrial Track and Trace: Choosing the Technology that Measures Up to Your Application Demands
    Published November 2012
    Track-and-trace technologies are designed to quickly identify issues or inconsistencies early in production, to promote customer retention and boost cost savings on inventory, labor and replacement products. This white paper, from Turck, provides a detailed comparison between RFID and vision identification technologies, describing the individual operating principles, assessing performance capabilities and identifying application suitability. (5 pages)
  • Building Value from Visibility
    Published October 2012
    This Forrester Consulting thought-leadership paper, commissioned by Zebra Technologies, explores how well the term ''Internet of Things'' resonates with global enterprises, the timelines that corporations have for implementing IoT applications and solutions, the benefits and challenges associated with solution deployment, and which third-party partners businesses seek assistance from while deploying such systems. The study's methodology included an online survey of 646 global enterprise IT decision makers in specific industries, including manufacturing; health care; oil, gas and petroleum; retail and hospitality; transportation and logistics; and government. (18 pages)
  • Understanding RTLS
    Published August 2012
    Real-time location system (RTLS) technologies are precise positioning systems that enable a user to not only identify and track many types of key objects—such as assets, tools, equipment, containers, work in process, individuals and animals—but also provide this information in real time, through automatic and continuous feedback. In this white paper, Zebra Technologies and VDC Research explain what RTLS technology is, how it's used and what a company needs to know before deploying an RTLS solution. (12 pages)
  • 2.4 GHz RFID-enabled Solution Deployed by China Post in Domestic Mail: Quality of Service Measurement
    Published May 2012
    The Shanghai Research Institute of China Post (SRI) sought to improve the quality of service for domestic mail delivery. China Post required a solution offering good performance, cost efficiency and easy implementation, and that would cause no changes or interference with daily operations. This article describes key points of the 2.4 GHz RFID-enabled solution chosen for this task, as well as its deployment by China Post in measuring the quality of domestic mail delivery. (13 pages)
  • Unchaining the Value of RFID for a Fast ROI
    Published April 2012
    This white paper explains how RFID can deliver a return on investment in a number of applications, including asset tracking, item-level inventory management, WIP and RTI tracking and optimizing shipping and receiving.
  • RFID in Vehicles
    Published February 2012
    Fritz Esker, a contributing writer for KioskMarketplace.com, explains how new uses for radio frequency identification technology allow companies to offer self-service rentals and track deliveries more effectively. (3 pages)
  • Baggage Self-check-in: The Latest Airport Innovation
    Published February 2012
    Richard Slawsky, a contributing editor for KioskMarketplace.com, outlines how enabling airline passengers to tag their luggage can reduce costs and wait times. (3 pages)
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