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Eldorado Research Institute Project Saves Lives via RFID
An RFID system to ensure the correct usage of security equipment in the electrical sector won the Best Poster award at this year's IEEE conference, which was co-located with RFID Journal LIVE! 2019.
The project's major challenge, according to its creators, was to obtain high-gain tags by combining a well-tuned antenna design with RFID chips offering stable impedances and high gain. From a reader's point-of-view, the challenge was to select compact, high-gain antennas and define their best positioning.
"In principle, the system works by alerting the operator locally about not using or misusing the equipment," Baracat explains. "After a certain number of alerts defined in the control application, the system records the deviations and, if media is available, that information is automatically sent to the Control Center, which can then take whatever action it deems relevant."
The goal is to integrate the RFID solution with the user company's enterprise resource planning system. "This integration is planned and will be addressed during the second phase of the project," Baracat says. "In principle, the database will be local, but it is predicted that it will use new cloud-computing technologies in the future."
According to Flávia, the middleware collects, processes and stores data received by a gateway (a reading device installed by the energy distributor). "After the information is collected from the tags, the data is sent to a central office that will produce the exception lists, graphs and statistics of the results," Baracat explains. "Management and control applications were developed during the first phase by Nodetech, a partner company on this project. "During the next phase, new features will be added and development will be conducted by Eldorado."
"The Best Poster award received at the IEEE conference at RFID Journal LIVE!, as well as the recognition of the project as an innovative solution for the area of personal protection equipment," Flávia states, "encourages the partnership between the Eldorado Research Institute and the Equatorial Group."
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