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GuardRFID Brings RTLS to Remote Locations

Solar-powered readers and exciters are designed to be easy and low-cost to install in areas where there may be no power or internet connectivity, to enable the locating of individuals or things within a meter or less at a distance of up to 400 meters.
By Claire Swedberg

According to the company, the technology not only reduces labor hours that workers would otherwise spend searching for assets, but can also prevent loss before it occurs. For instance, Abji says, in one case a company was able to detect when a large piece of equipment valued at $440,000 was being removed from the site, based on the exciter and reader data collected as the tagged item approached the exit. The company was then able to prevent that equipment's removal.

At manufacturing facilities, the system provides RTLS functionality in large areas in which products are being assembled. The read data as the products move through assembly or onto a finished goods storage yard enables the manufacturer to better manage its work-in-progress.

GuardRFID's Zahir Abji
"This provides companies with a beginning-to-end view into their production cycle," Abji says. The company can also equip a customer's management or staff with a GuardRFID mobile app, he adds, on which they can gain location data while moving around a facility in a forklift or on foot.

Both the SPTR and SPTE can operate for up to five days without exposure to sunlight or daylight, Abji says, before they would need to be recharged. The AllGuard Real-time Location Platform system is commercially available now, and is being deployed by GuardRFID's partners.

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