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  • ARG-US RFID for Monitoring and Tracking Nuclear Materials: The Operating Experience
    Published January 2014
    Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy's Packaging Certification Program, Argonne National Laboratory has developed a monitoring and tracking system for nuclear materials based on radio frequency identification technology. The system, called ARG-US, has been in field-testing and deployments at selected DOE sites since 2010. This paper, written by Brian Craig, John Lee, Hanchung Tsai, Yung Liu and Jim Shuler, describes the operating experience of ARG-US at three sites—the Savannah River Site, the Nevada National Security Site and Oak Ridge National Laboratory—in both storage and off-site transportation applications. (12 pages)
    Tags: Energy
  • Comprehensive Nuclear Material Surveillance With a Radiation Detector-Equipped ARG-US RFID System
    Published January 2014
    The tracking of sensitive nuclear materials can be achieved with RFID technology, significantly improving operational efficiency at nuclear and radiological facilities. This document, from Argonne National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy, explains how the ARG-US system—designed for use in managing sensitive nuclear and radioactive materials—utilizes sensor tags to continuously monitor the health of nuclear materials' packaging, triggering alarms when necessary to authorized users via a secured local network or the Internet. In conjunction with in-vehicle cellular and satellite communication packages and GPS receivers, the ARG-US platform can also monitor and track assets in transit. (12 pages)
    Tags: Energy
  • Monitoring Critical Facilities Via Advanced RF Devices
    Published January 2014
    The ability to monitor critical environmental parameters at nuclear plants, particularly during and after a disruptive accident, is vital for the safety of plant personnel, rescue and recovery crews, and surrounding communities. Argonne National Laboratory's Hanchung Tsai and Yung Y. Liu, and the U.S. Department of Energy's James Shuler, discuss how an RFID-based system known as ARG-US may be modified and adapted for this purpose, and how the solution has been used to monitor and track sensitive nuclear materials packages at DOE sites. (7 pages)
    Tags: Energy
  • Best IT Asset Management Through Smart RFID Software
    Published December 2013
    Art Barton, RFTrail's director of RFID strategies, discusses how CIOs, finance managers, IT managers and others responsible for managing the IT assets of their organizations are experiencing the pressure to cut costs, enhance IT asset security, increase regulatory compliance and improve their IT asset-auditing procedures. In response to these growing demands, organizations are increasingly turning to RFID-enabled IT asset-tracking and management systems to help achieve these goals.
  • Better Data-Center IT Asset Management Through Smart RFID Software
    Published December 2013
    Art Barton, RFTrail's director of RFID strategies, explains how IT asset managers and facilities managers at data centers worldwide are being challenged to cut costs, increase regulatory compliance of their IT assets, and improve auditing procedures. This white paper also outlines how, in response to these growing demands, organizations are turning to RFID-enabled IT asset-tracking and -management systems for innovative and effective ways in which to achieve these goals. (7 pages)
  • Deploying Intelligent Work-in-Process Through RFID
    Published November 2013
    Entigral's L. Allen Bennett offers tips on how to identify the need for and then position an RFID-based solution for intelligent work-in-process (WIP). Bennett addresses aspects that plant managers should consider when designing, implementing and using RFID solutions: knowing the current process, its timing, its strengths and improvement needs; understanding the physics of RFID, as well as a facility's environmental conditions; and recognizing how to identify, minimize and handle exceptions. (5 pages)
  • Drive Value Across Your Supply Chain With Chip-Based RFID Serialization
    Published November 2013
    As major retailers deploy item-level RFID and require their suppliers to do the same, brand owners must find a low-cost, reliable way to implement serialization. Because this concept is new for most suppliers, it has the potential to disrupt existing packaging and labeling business processes, especially when the supply chain extends across geographical boundaries. Zebra Technologies explains why chip-based RFID serialization offers a simpler, more cost-effective solution for deploying item-level tagging (7 pages)
  • A Simpler Architecture: How to Stop a 2.4 GHz RF Link From Hopping Your MCU and Your Development Process
    Published November 2013
    In consumer and industrial applications, end users appreciate the convenience of cable-free connectivity, and the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band is often a suitable choice. Protocols of technologies such as Bluetooth or ZigBee are robust enough to overcome the interference that 2.4 GHz transceivers encounter, but these protocols are feature-rich, which means they are applicable to a wide range of applications, but are over-specified for simpler applications. What's more, the microcontroller (MCU), normally intended for other functions, must deal with the heavy overhead of running a large protocol software stack. To address these shortcomings, AMS' Prashant Dekate discusses a transceiver architecture that removes almost all processing overhead from the MCU and allows for an easy and quick implementation of the radio network. (6 pages)
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