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 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.

  • The cargo with the RFID tag and barcode attached can be then be tracked by passing through devices such as the 'RFID conveyer solution'. This technology could be deployed in airports and warehouses.

  • IBM's Stephen Boden shows off a personal tracking device built around RFID and Ultrawideband technology. Codeveloped by partner Ubisense, which describes itself as a smart-space company, the device allows multiple individuals to be tracked around a room or complex.

    The tag also supports two-way communication using a standard radio channel. Buttons on the tag can be used to send information or unlock doors, and the tag's programmable LED and buzzer could be used to remind a patient to take medication.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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