Photos: Tracking people with VoIP and RFID

Photos: Tracking people with VoIP and RFID

Summary: IBM has opened an RFID facility in Dublin specialising in asset management. Some of the applications on show include a VoIP-enabled RFID device that could supersede the pager, so we went to take a look

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • The size and shape of the RFID tags vary depending on their application. IBM has developed some tags (such as the white one, third from the left) to be worn around the wrists of hospital patients. Other tag (such as the black one that is fourth from the left, have been designed specifically to be embedded in car tyres

  • IBM has trialed RFID Portal technology in the Dublin centre to track the movement of devices such as laptops in and out of the office. Devices carrying an RFID tag are tracked as they pass through the portal and an alarm sounds if the action has not been authorised.

    According to IBM, similar portals are used in Hong Kong Airport to track luggage.

  • For smaller companies that cannot afford to invest in a full RFID implementation, IBM has developed the Express RFID Slap and Ship system. This cuts the cost of tagging devices.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and

Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.

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