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RFID Portable Data collector

RFID Portable Data collector

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Published by CoreRFID
Simple, affordable technology is a key to success with RFID. CoreRFID have created the Portable Data Collector
(PDC) software system in order to make it possible to introduce RFID based data collection applications quickly
and cheaply, revolutionising asset management.
Simple, affordable technology is a key to success with RFID. CoreRFID have created the Portable Data Collector
(PDC) software system in order to make it possible to introduce RFID based data collection applications quickly
and cheaply, revolutionising asset management.

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Published by: CoreRFID on Sep 30, 2008
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Track, Manage & Succeed
 
The CoreRFID Portable Data Collector
PDC provides a low-cost, flexible software systemfor RFID data collection.
Taking advantage of RFID technology needs the right software solutions as well as the right reader and tagtechnology.Simple, affordable technology is a key to success with RFID. CoreRFID have created the Portable Data Collector (PDC) software system in order to make it possible to introduce RFID based data collection applications quicklyand cheaply, revolutionising asset management.
CoreRFID PDC Technology
CoreRFID provide a wide range of supporting technology for RFIDapplications including Personal Digital Assistants, RFID tags andreaders. The PDC application is designed for applications used to track and manage assets.At the heart of the system is an easy to use application running on aPDA, mobile phone or portable computer. RFID tags are attached toeach asset. The PDC application generates a pre-programmedschedule for the user to follow, reading information from tags andadding data related to the asset as necessary. Once the pre-programmed schedule has been completed by the user, the datacollected is uploaded via a GPRS or WiFi connection to a company server or database, so providing managers and supportstaff with immediate access to critical information about corporate assets.Almost any asset can be tagged from a computer to a ladder, from a van to a vending machine. Each tag acts as an electronicpassport, giving access to all the information needed to identify an asset, its location, service history and status.CoreRFID provide RFID tags that can be used in normal office environments or in situations that require high resistance tomechanical, electrical or environmental stresses. As a result the PDC system can be used for both equipment rental and plantmaintenance applications as well as conventional asset management. Harsh conditions of extreme temperature, humidity,chemical exposure, electrical or magnetic fields or vibration can all be coped with.
“The PDC system provides easy to use prompting for safety inspections of plant at many different sites, helping us to meet our commitments to improving safety at work.”
Keith Gordon,Head of Health & Safety,Galliford Morgan Joint Venture
 
 
The benefits are increased accuracy, improved productivity and better accountability   from better information on assets wherever they are
.The PDC System
Users of the system have a PDA equipped with an RFID reader and the PDC application. Assets are identified with thenecessary RFID tags.The PDC system can be used by any operator with the appropriate unique identity tag and associated personal identitynumber. After logging on, the user can scan the tag of any asset. The system displays the schedule of activities relating to theasset to the user. From then on it is simply a matter of following the on-screen menu and completing the input boxes asrequired.Because data is collected at the point of action accuracy is improved and theneed for supporting paperwork is removed. Direct entry of data and automaticcollection of information from the tags reduces the risk of mistakes intranscribing information.Because both the user and the asset are identified during data collection aclear chain of accountability is established, improving the ability of organisations to audit their asset information handling. Because the asset tagmust be scanned before data is entered the risk of errors in data collection for assets is much reduced.Data is stored in the PDA as each inspection or maintenance action isundertaken. At the end of the day, data is collected from the PDA across a WiFior GPRS link allowing the system to be used on a location by location or distributed basis.The data entered for each asset can be used to update maintenance schedules,asset registers, or rental billing systems as necessary. Data from the PDCapplication can be easily imported into common business applications such asSAGE and SAP or into database solutions such as Oracle or Microsoft SQLServer.From the data collected it is possible to identify which actions have beencarried out on which asset by which user. Detailed reports enable managersand support staff to keep plant and equipment operating to their full potential.The audit trail of actions allows businesses to demonstrate their conformanceto regulatory regimes and legislation.The CoreRFID PDC is a robust, flexible, system that is easy to customise, simpleto introduce and straightforward to integrate with existing businessapplications.PDC is fully supported by CoreRFID.CoreRFID is happy to provide advice on the selection of appropriate tagtechnology, formats for tag coding, and the readers best suited to the customer’s applications. CoreRFID helps users to ensurethat the right combination of technologies is chosen to meet the cost and performance requirements of the environmentwhere the application is intended to be used.
The Benefits
The PDC system provides immediateaccess to up to date information onassets. The key benefits are:
 
Rugged & easy of use
 
Reduced paperwork 
 
Time-stamped data
 
Improves productivity
 
Increases accountability
 
Dramatically reduces errors
 
Improves customer information
 
Secure collection of data
 
Uses widely available hardware
 
Low initial cost
 
Simple integration with other IT
 
Automatic report generationUsing CoreRFID PDC for asset datacollection lets your equipment work harder for you and your customers.

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