This, says InfoLogix, provides a platform for true cost reduction and improved customer service.
The computer features an RFID Interrogator, a full function computer running a number of software applications and 802.11b Wi-Fi in a single ergonomic ruggedised package. Up until now, RFID Interrogators and read/write technology lacked the combination of RFID, wireless and an intelligent computer.
RFID technology proposes several challenges, in filtering and transmitting information, that require intensive computing power. InfoLogix claims that using the RFID Super Rugged (SR) Computer at the point of data capture provides the best flexibility in developing RFID systems and applications.
Because RFID is an automatic process, InfoLogix has provided additional features such as audio response and visual display adapters to assist in user confirmation.
"RFID technology has been widely lauded for its potential to provide an unprecedented level of product visibility across the supply chain, and InfoLogix is providing the transport mechanism," said Craig Wilensky, InfoLogix executive vice president. "RFID-enabled systems have the capability to greatly reduce human error in data collection, reduce inventories, improve product availability, identify and reduce loss and waste, and help ensure safety and security. These micro devices can be used in all of our vertical markets."
The SR computer houses a powerful Transmeta Crusoe CPU, as well as an assortment of multiple standard interfaces. The device is fully sealed, even permitting temporary immersion in water. Dust or warehouse debris, claims the company, is not an issue.
Connectors for customised applications and a solid state IDE flash drive to eliminate drive failure due to shock, impact or vibrations are available as options.
"InfoLogix has a deep understanding of the challenges of RFID technology and the expertise needed to enable RFID to improve supply chain performance, said Wilensky. "We provide organisations with architectural and program management leadership, combined with partner driven solution capabilities for successful RFID implementation."
InfoLogix handles all phases of RFID projects and provides a single point of contact for implementation, support and maintenance. An engineering team handles large national roll-outs or single point installations.
RFID certainly promises many advantages. It can help fortify visibility with better data granularity and more timely updates, and goes beyond the traditional bar-code product identification to offer critical information, such as the product source, destination, and expiration date. The technology can also help combat counterfeiting and supply chain security breaches.
But to achieve all these benefits, companies need to first establish the mechanics of exchanging this data, as well as the business rules that will guide its use Otherwise they will be communicating this data along a broken network.