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By Rich Handley

A2B Tracking Announces Software Support for Fixed RFID Gateways

A2B Tracking has announced support for its fixed RFID gateway readers to provide automated asset-tracking visibility. By taking advantage of chokepoints or egresses, such as doorways within a warehouse or an office environment, users can leverage Impinj fixed RFID readers at these key points to capture and monitor all asset movements. This technology provides "always-on" inventory-tracking capability to record the last known locations of assets, as well as the direction of asset movements.

A2B's Tracking Asset Management platform allows for the tracking of single or multiple items on a cart, pallet jack or forklift as they flow throughout an area of operation. The Impinj Gateway can automatically read a group of RFID tags as the assets to which they are attached move through a chokepoint. All inventory movement is recorded and tracked, providing a complete audit history.

This automated asset-tracking system can monitor assets as they move throughout a facility, without the need for human intervention. According to the company, the system helps to improve the accuracy and visibility of asset and inventory management, while boosting operational efficiencies.

Once an item moves beyond the fixed reader's range, a user can utilize A2B's mobile RFID technology. Mobile readers, using a smartphone or touch computer, can quickly and easily navigate a facility. A2B's proprietary Pro-Locate feature interrogates a facility for a missing asset, by searching an area with RFID until the software reports a successful find. Pro-Locate reduces search times for missing assets from many hours down to just a few minutes, the company reports.

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