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RFID News Roundup

Supply Insight, Brady Worldwide partner on RFID item-tracking system ••• Frost & Sullivan says omnichannel retailers increasingly deploying RFID to manage customer experience ••• Armstrong International offers RFID-enabled steam trap ••• Avnet acquires Softweb Solutions, offers IoT applications ••• Nordic Semiconductor intros cellular IoT module ••• IoT company KORE acquires eSIM provider ASPIDER-NGI.
By Rich Handley
Dec 20, 2018

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Supply Insight, Brady Worldwide; Frost & Sullivan; Armstrong International; Avnet, Softweb Solutions; Nordic Semiconductor; KORE Wireless, and ASPIDER-NGI.

Supply Insight, Brady Worldwide Partner on RFID Item-Tracking System

A partnership between Brady Worldwide and Supply Insight Inc. has integrated Brady's CenSys Internet of Things (IoT) reader into Supply Insight's Turnkey Total Tracking (TTT) real-time location system (RTLS) solution via instantaneous IoT messaging. This combination is intended to help companies reduce costs, re-purpose employees and manage productive tasks.

"As a pioneer in RFID platforms since 2004," said Brock Hotaling, Supply Insight's CEO, in a prepared statement, "we discovered that in spite of huge RFID operational advantages, many businesses were shut out of RFID RTLS due to budget or complexity. TTT, with its unmatched simplicity and affordability, has removed those barriers by combining Brady CenSys and mobile BYOD readers, plus app, mobile device, tags, AWS secure portal and intelligence dashboard, in a true turnkey package, all for under $5,000."

"Typical fixed RFID readers can cost several thousand dollars each. Combine that with infrastructure and software, and the cost investment becomes too much for most small to medium businesses," said Wesley Columbia, Brady's global strategy and marketing manager, in the prepared statement. "Requiring only power and Wi-Fi connection, CenSys offers both great performance and value at the sub-$1,000 price point and is uniquely simple to install and configure."

Features include batch tag commissioning, check-in and checkout, mass transfers, a Geiger-counter finder, image synchronization, location movement trace, instant cycle counts, inter-facility "lost and found" matchmaking, lot tracking, deferred remote-site synchronization, sealed-container scanning of serialized internal items, queries, data import and export, and optional smart alerts on reorder points or expiration dates.

"Censys provides relevant location data to update customers or manage high-value items," Columbia said in the prepared statement. "Adding Supply Insight's integrated location history becomes invaluable for critical business scenarios." Placing a Censys at each chokepoint can eliminate downtime, stolen property and botched operations typical of work-in-process or sample-tracking. The device can be placed on a tool crib or workstation to ensure the availability of items.

"A demonstrable quick ROI for any size business has finally been achieved for an RFID tracking RTLS system," said Linda Thomas, Supply Insight's owner and co-founder, in the prepared statement. "By integrating cycle counts from BYOD readers with instant data from the world's leading IoT fixed reader, the Turnkey Total Tracking solution brings to RFID tracking the simplicity of a cable box set-up, and barcode affordability."

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