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By Rich Handley

Red Ledge Launches Open RFID- and IIoT-Ready Asset-Management System

Software application and engineering company Red Ledge is launching a new asset-management system (AMS) with open access to all RFID readers, bypassing manufacturers' proprietary application programming interfaces. The AMS also enables access to multiple Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices, including all types of sensor, GPRS and RFID tags.

Andy O'Donnell, Red Ledge's managing director, said in a prepared statement that the Red Ledge RFID-IIoT Asset Management System "leverages the ubiquity of IIoT and the power of RFID to set a new standard for industrial asset connectivity—one that increases the user's ability to track and trace industrial assets exponentially." The first public showing of the new AMS will be provided at the IntraLogisteX supply chain event, to be held in the United Kingdom on Mar. 15-16, 2017.

The RFID-IIoT Asset Management System
The RFID-IIoT AMS is suitable for any organization with assets that are distributed across a wide area on multiple sites, the company reports. It is a fully managed system that checks an item's location, monitors any maintenance for that asset, identifies problems, assigns personnel with the right skillset to solve them and provides a full audit trail for all tracked assets. It can be integrated with mainstream enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, in addition to other enterprise systems.

The number of connected devices is forecast to rise from 10 billion in 2015 to 34 billion by 2020, according to a report by BusinessInsider.com. Almost $6 trillion will be spent on the Internet of Things from now until 2021, the report indicates.

Bristol ID Technologies Expands Management Team

Bristol ID Technologies, a provider of card technologies, has announced that its new president, Jeff Bill, will focus on expanding Bristol's presence through business development and acquisition initiatives. "We are very excited about Jeff joining our team," said Keith Yeates, Bristol ID's CEO, in a prepared statement. "I am confident his wealth of industry experience, proven track record of business development and extensive background in M&A make him the perfect fit for Bristol as we accelerate our growth trajectory in the coming years."

Prior to joining Bristol, Bill worked for Brady Corp. as the general manager of its Security Group business unit. In that role, he led an organization of more than 100 commercial and technical employees and was responsible for its global manufacturing network. Previously, he spent several years working for the Boston Consulting Group, and he also spent nearly a decade at GE Healthcare in a variety of engineering, marketing and project-management roles.

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