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RFID News Roundup

Intelligent InSites intros Business Intelligence solution, new consulting service; Xerafy announces Global Trak, a broadband on-, off-metal EPC RFID tag; HID Global adds flexible broadband UHF tag to portfolio; retail tech provider I Love Velvet intros solution for mobile NFC payments; Cachapuz Bilanciai RFID solution optimizes logistics at Indian cement plant.
Dec 01, 2011The following are news announcements made during the past week.

Intelligent InSites Intros Business Intelligence Solution, New Consulting Service
Intelligent InSites, a provider of enterprise real-time location system (RTLS) software designed to help hospitals improve patient satisfaction and operational performance while supporting multiple RFID and RTLS technologies, has introduced a solution called Business Intelligence (BI). This software application is designed to provide operators with easy-to-use data mining so they can more easily analyze contextual data stored in the BI database. The goal, according to Intelligent InSites, is to help users analyze trends, identify process-improvement opportunities and report on key performance indicators (KPIs). The Intelligent InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform culls information collected from various automatic-identification technologies—such as RFID tags—to help hospitals visualize the location and status of assets, track equipment-utilization rates and generate rules-based notifications and alerts. The BI application lets health-care practitioners analyze data and create their own reports without having to rely on the IT staff, and provides interactive, easy-to-use dashboards and reports to visualize and understand enterprise data—within a single hospital and across multiple medical facilities—in order to identify trends, perform benchmarking and optimize performance. Data-mining algorithms can enable a deep-dive analysis of years of historical data, including the location, status, condition and interactions of tracked assets, patients and employees, the company reports, without impacting RTLS performance. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is utilizing RTLS technology to gain a better handle on its mobile and portable equipment, thereby improving inventory management and reducing rental costs (see RFID: The Key to Knowledge). "The enterprise data-mining and powerful analytics of Business Intelligence allows us to improve operational processes across our healthcare enterprise with actionable information," said Clint Abernathy, the hospital's administrative director of operations, in a prepared statement, "and we see tremendous value in this increased ability to support information-driven decision-making."

In other news, Intelligent InSites has announced a new consulting service designed to help health-care organizations identify the impact of RTLS and related technologies on their core processes and workflows. RTLS+ Value Analysis is a consulting engagement, accomplished with the aid of independent consultants, that includes in-depth customer interviews, as well as extensive data analysis to help an organization better understand its specific challenges, and to put a quantifiable value on how RFID and RTLS technologies might help each specific department or workflow. Example areas for improvement include "right-sized" equipment inventories (based on optimized equipment utilization), reduced rental expenses (based on real-time equipment tracking and improved rentals management) and increased value-added time for nursing staff. At the conclusion of the Value Analysis project, the RTLS+ Value Impact Report provides concrete opportunities for improvement, hard-dollar impacts, and a recommended roadmap to implement RTLS solutions and RTLS+ enabled process improvements.

Xerafy Announces Global Trak, a Broadband On-, Off-Metal EPC RFID Tag
RFID metal tag provider Xerafy has introduced Global Trak, a broadband- RFID tag that, according to the company, is suitable for such applications as source tagging of IT server blades and assets, global supply chain warehousing and enterprise-wide asset management. Global Trak is compliant with the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, and offers performance across the entire ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID frequency band: 860 MHz to 960 MHz. The Global Trak tag has a small footprint, measuring 1.50 inches by 0.50 inch by 0.15 inch (38 millimeters by 12.7 millimeters by 3.8 millimeters) and weighing 0.09 ounce (2.6 grams). It features a built-in tethering hole that Xerafy says eases deployment and enables fast attachment with a standard tie-wrap. The tag has read-range capability of up to 8 feet on metal and 6 feet off metal. Xerafy also offers custom encoding and label-printing services for tag commissioning, the company reports, which includes wraparound labels for improved security and identification. "We designed the Global Trak to offer our customers a cost-effective RFID tag solution across frequency borders," said Dennis Khoo, Xerafy's CEO, in a prepared statement. "Complementing the Trak family of tags, the Global Trak performs well on and off metal and can be read on both sides when the tag hangs in free space." The tag was introduced at the RFID Journal LIVE! Latin America (LatAm) 2011 conference and exhibition, held last week in Mexico City.

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