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By Beth Bacheldor

William Frick & Co. Releases RFID-based Asset-Tracking Android App

William Frick & Co. has announced a new Android app that lets users create digitized and automated custom forms, while also providing secure data collection through ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID, Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID and bar codes, for the purpose of managing assets. The app is designed to turn mobile devices into scanners, the company reports, in order to provide digital support to workflows, increase productivity and save time.

The SmartCAT Forms mobile app
The SmartCAT Forms mobile app can collect data using the device's GPS and camera functions, and features pull-down menus compatible with the device's touchscreen. All collected data is securely transmitted to a cloud-based storage database, where it can then be downloaded by administrators or accessed by other users with appropriate permissions. The app also works offline, according to William Frick & Co., making it suitable for asset management in remote areas.

The new mobile app is part of William Frick & Co.'s line of SmartCAT products, such as its SmartCAT Asset Tracking System, first unveiled in 2013 (see William Frick Offers Municipalities a Low-Cost Solution for Tracking City Assets), which includes a ruggedized handheld passive UHF RFID reader, software loaded on that device to manage the collected data, and SmartMARK UHF RFID tags.

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