Photos: Inside Big Blue's new RFID centre

Photos: Inside Big Blue's new RFID centre

Summary: Dublin campus takes a craic at track and trace...

TOPICS: Networking

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  • Dublin campus takes a craic at track and trace...

    IBM recently unveiled an RFID Centre of Excellence at its Dublin technology campus. The centre houses a 20-strong team, on hand to show customers and would-be early adopters how the track and trace technology can be used in a real-life situation.

    The Dublin RFID campus is IBM's 20th worldwide and the second in Europe, after its La Gaude centre in France. IBM's Irish centre will be the company's largest dedicated facility, the company said.

    IBM has already thrown its weight and a considerable amount of its cash behind RFID - some $250m over five years.

    Colm Shorten, manager of the RFID centre, said the facility is designed to take the mystery out of the technology for the tag-curious. "Clients are saying, 'OK, we've heard about it, now we want to see it'," he said. "This is hands-on."

    Photo credit: IBM

  • The Dublin centre is showcasing one of the most potentially controversial applications of RFID: people tracking.

    This tag, pictured worn around the neck of an IBM demonstrator, can help companies locate their workers. Tags such as these currently cost around $100, although prices are expected to halve within the next 12 months.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

  • The location of the tags is then displayed graphically on a PC – here, the positions of five tag-wearing IBM workers are displayed onscreen.

    According to IBM, one global petroleum company is already using this product to track the whereabouts of staff on an oil rig.

    In the event of an emergency, each staff member can be located or the system can be used to set up a system of permissions and warnings – for example, should an unqualified staff member stray into a potentially dangerous area of the rig, the relevant personnel can be notified and accidents averted.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

Topic: Networking

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