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ID Integration, InfinID Offer Active RFID System for Aerospace and Government Sectors

The technology is being tested by two aerospace companies to track the movements of work-in-progress or tools, by forwarding read data across a mesh network to a single gateway reader.
By Claire Swedberg

To track products being serviced, tags are being attached to large, moveable carts on which products are transported. By tracking each tagged cart's location, the company can now view where an item is at any given time, and learn which phase of servicing is currently being performed, based on the workstation's location. Additionally, the company can be alerted to or view any potential problems, such as an extended dwell time at a particular workstation, which could indicate that a delay has occurred.

The technology cost is about half the price of a passive RFID solution, Moe says, because although the tags are more expensive than passive tags, no other hardware is required, with the exception of the gateway device. As such, the RFID reader portals required for a passive RFID system are unnecessary. ID Integration also sells passive RFID solutions, he adds, stating, "We're not exclusive to one technology, but the V-Tag seems to fit a certain niche."

At the Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, in Indiana, InfinID's V-Tags were placed in manikins representing dead or injured people, which were dispersed around a simulated disaster area as part of training exercises.
The V-Tag has been in use for several years, Stygar says, in field trials for government deployments. Initially, it was tested by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to track blood and vaccines at Fort McCoy's Regional Training Site (RTS) Medical location, where medical reserve troops are trained. Because the tags also come with temperature and shock sensors, they were able to transmit not only location but also temperature data, thereby ensuring that the perishable products stayed within a safe temperature threshold during mock medical responses.

InfinID, in conjunction with systems integrator VerdaSee Solutions also installed 300 V-Tags for use in manikins for a Disaster Training Exercises at the Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex, in Indiana. The tags were placed in manikins representing dead or injured individuals, which were then dispersed around a simulated disaster area. InfinID also placed an Omni-ID Prox passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag within the case of each V-Tag. so that personnel in the field could use a handheld reader to confirm a manikin's identity, if necessary. Fixed tags were attached to light poles in the staging area. Each night, the Army staff could utilize VerdaSee's Vital-asset software to locate all manikins. In one instance, after the base searched manually for a missing manikin for several days, the system was able to quickly locate it within a concrete tunnel, covered by five mattresses in a collapsed parking structure.

Both government trials concluded in 2014, when funding was exhausted.

With the newly commercially released solution, ID Integration's customers can purchase the system, including tags, gateway and software, or purchase a software development kit (SDK) so that users can customize their own software integration.

ID Integration and InfinID will exhibit the V-Tag solution next week in booth 748 at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, being held in San Diego, Calif.

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