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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.
The Express product allows customers to print off a bar-code label with an RFID chip on the back, which can then be stuck to cargo by hand.
Operators can scan the barcodes using a handheld reader, manually key them into an Intel-based PC or select them from a preloaded file.