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 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

  • One typical example of machine-reading environment is a conveyor belt, with RFID readers built into a structure housing the belt itself.

    The equipment on display can read around 40 tags per second, meaning a box such as this can have its contents scanned almost instantaneously. Once the unique tags on the codes are read, they are checked against a database containing product details. Information can then be recorded and displayed instantly on a PC or handheld.

    Technology such as this is already in use in the retail sector, in warehouses or distribution centres.

    Retail is set to be one of the biggest users of RFID for some time to come according to recent research. The retail/consumer goods industry has spent $230m on equipping pallets and cases with RFID.

    Photo credit: Jo Best

Topic: Networking

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