Stratum Global provides a complete integrated RFID software solution suite called TagNet. This suite consists of server components and “client” application modules for RFID deployment within any organization.
DocuTrack is designed to identify documents, files, folders or binders that have been labeled with RFID Tags. DocuTrack is a mobile application deployed on a handheld computer / reader combination that enables a user to identify the location of tagged documents and allow reporting about them. In addition, once an RFID tag is associated to a document or other item - any other meaningful information about that item, such as description, images, conditions, etc. is held in an Asset/Record Management system. Additionally, emails or text messages can be sent to the appropriate personnel when documents travel outside acceptable zones so that action can be taken, if necessary.
Timely inspection and maintenance of capital assets is crucial to most businesses today. Whether assets are in your IT facility or in the middle of nowhere, the process is often manual and is typically a difficult and labor intensive effort for most organizations. Having an RFID solution that provides asset identification, location management, Geiger counter locating and inspection reporting for maintaining those assets can drive significant resource savings to the bottom line. Stratum Global’s Inspection Reporting solution is part of the AssetTrack mobile family. Designed to reside on mobile RFID handheld readers, ultimate flexibility is provided with instant asset information residing in TagNet’s RFID repository that can be synchronized with any existing enterprise asset management system. Improve productivity and invest less time performing labor intensive tasks that can be easily automated…
Inspection Reporting is a highly flexible rules based workflow application that enables RFID field inspection of any type of asset via RFID. The rules engine resides on Stratum’s TagNet Server and enables an administrator to configure a very specific workflow of questions (known as Prompts) for an inspector to act upon when inspecting a given asset. These prompts enable the configured decision tree that given a response to a prompt, will trigger further questions to the inspector. Based upon the inspection responses, Inspection Reporting will invoke that proper action such as instructing the onboard camera to take a picture or sending an email alert or SMS message to a supervisor. Having visibility to fixed assets, inventory or any other object readily available on a mobile device can provide valuable information to any organization.
Electronic Enspection of Assets Anywhere
Construction sites can cover a wide variety of topographies including open storage yards, busy jobsites as well as equipment trailers across multiple locations. The movement and accounting of assets & personnel is critical to maintaining schedules and profitability. RFID can provide a key role in ensuring access controlled areas remain that way and that assets do not walk away without authorization. Operationally, RFID read zones are established within a location or at designated points such as an entranceway, gate or elevator. As assets or personnel move about, those movements are sensed, recorded and alerts (events) can be sent to a desktop browser or directly to an existing PDA or Smartphone. Management is able to receive event notifications & alerts while they are on the move with existing technology.
In today’s enterprise, data centers often contain an insurmountable amount of IT assets. For most organizations, managing those assets is an expensive and time consuming task. According to an Aberdeen survey of lost IT assets1, roughly 50 percent of all companies utilize manual labor for intensive and error-prone processes to conduct inventory and track IT assets — a less than prudent use of this highly skilled staff. Even with enterprise asset management systems in place , staff are typically required to physically handle each asset and manually record asset information, configurations and inspection notes greatly increasing the chance for error. In addition, asset tracking is mandatory in many organizations. Government regulations require enterprises to track IT assets in order to comply with tax laws as well as laws that protect sensitive customer data.
Initial opportunity for RFID was identified to enhance the experience of the Casino’s VIP guests and to automatically recognize special guests. RFID passive technology was first implemented for “VIP” notification to staff to insure the highest levels of service for their guests. Imagine the pride a VIP experiences when they arrive at the Valet Parking Stand and are greeted by name (the VIP parking sticker on their car is actually an RFID tag that, when read, displays the VIP’s photo and name to the Attendant). The Casino’s CIO knew that once RFID technology was installed successfully in one area, the ability to scale the technology throughout the facility would leverage their investment and further improve their ROI. Scalability would offer complete control and timing to address critical operational needs, such as Inventory Management and process controls. They turned to TagNet to provide the exact enterprise platform that was required to accomplish this.
RFID Asset Management of Guestroom Amenities
RFID was also incorporated to protect the significant investments that were made in creating this beautiful facility. Reducing the loss of high-value, in-room hotel assets were top priorities for the management team. Incorporating TagNet and passive RFID technology, tracking of flat screen TV's, iPod docking clock radios, bed duvets, scales, hair dryers, coffee makers and robes ensures that these assets no longer disappear. As any such assets pass through RFID portals positioned at elevator banks, visual alerts including the asset's room and floor are displayed. This allowed the hotel to implement a policy of associating a guest’s room with the missing items. In addition, the RFID solution has also reduced the risk of employee theft. There is a zero tolerance policy in place today for those employees caught by the system, which more importantly acts as an even stronger deterrent to others who may consider leaving with assets. RFID now recovers assets that historically have left the building. TagNet’s Physical Inventory module is also in place to manage assets within the rooms and reduces counting time considerably. Historically it could take at least 20 minutes per room; now the physical inventory can be performed in less than five minutes. Guest service also benefits from a significant reduction in asset loss thus providing a new guest’s arrival with the full guest experience as designed with each room. Today, the Casino and Hotel continues to look at ways that RFID can enhance their guest’s total experience. The foundation is in place for future requirements which could range from liquor/food tracking to inspection reporting and maintenance scheduling. “It’s all about a single RFID software platform investment with complete flexibility of RFID technologies and ROI based use cases,” suggests Alan Christensen, CTO of Stratum Global. “Object visibility with event management provides the foundation for our customers' successes." They can mix and match RFID technologies based upon the functional requirements, offering flexibility that is completely scalable. RFID is bringing significant value by providing visibility to objects as they move throughout the facility. Stratum Global provides a release supported, platform agnostic RFID Enterprise Platform which allows all RFID initiatives to be considered while investing incrementally… “Start Small, Think Big,” is Stratum Global’s strategy for RFID adoption, delivering a phased approach to deployment, with a primary focus on customers' Return on Investment. Scale the RFID solution as the organization needs to.