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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  • 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

  • Retail is one of the most keen adopters of RFID. Here, IBM demonstrates a 'slap and ship' approach

    The equipment can be used to print off labels containing both RFID tags and bar codes, which can then be scanned manually, using the handheld reader shown here, or automatically.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

Topic: Networking

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