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SencorpWhite Adds RFID to Medical Storage Unit
The company's MicroVert secure device for dispensing high-value supplies, pharmaceuticals or blood now comes equipped with RFID, to automatically identify what is removed and returned, and to manage inventory.
The software offers several options, says Brian Urban, SencorpWhite's CEO, and can be custom-configured for a particular application. For example, if a company wants to ensure that those products nearest their expiration date are used first, the system can alert a user to return an item taken and replace it with one carrying an earlier expiration date. If a user removes more objects than requested, or takes the wrong item entirely, it can alert him or her to that discrepancy as well. Once the worker closes the door, all data related to that transaction is then sent to the cloud-based server (which can also reside on the user's back-end system), where the software stores that information. If the employee wishes to return an item to the MicroVert, he or she must again provide the proper ID, select a prompt on the screen indicating an item is being returned, open the door and replace the item. The reader will then identify that product, enabling the software to update its status.
SencorpWhite chose to install UHF RFID technology—as opposed to high-frequency (HF) readers and tags—with the system since that would allow it to operate with any EPC Gen 2 UHF tags that drugmakers or other product manufacturers may choose to attach to products in the future. Currently, users must apply the UHF EPC Gen 2 tags, provided by SencorpWhite, themselves.
The MicroVert unit also comes with temperature-monitoring capability, so that the device's temperature sensor data can be sent to the back-end system via a cable, cellular or Wi-Fi connection. In the future, Turri says, the firm may provide temperature-based RFID tags that would track the temperatures to which a product is exposed while outside the MicroVert, and then transmit that temperature data via RFID to the MicroVert reader once that item is returned to the machine. In that way, he explains, the software could then update that product's shelf life, based on the temperatures to which it has been exposed, along with the duration of that exposure.
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