Radio Frequency Identification Systems and Solutions

Verasset is a certified supplier of UHF RFID solutions used for identifying, locating, and authenticating items. We supply, install, and support RFID equipment and tags, and integrate with asset management and data capture software applications to automate the tracking and management of assets.

Our RFID Solutions can be customized, or provided as a turn-key implementation. Verasset has expertise in:

  • RFID Label and Tag Selection- Choosing the proper RFID tag for your application and environmental conditions is a complex task that requires expertise and knowledge of RFID physics and RFID tag sustainability.
  • RFID Label and Tag Application- We can affix a variety of RFID tags to your equipment while performing a physical inventory. We will determine which tags to use on different asset types, and where they should be affixed for best readability and lifespan.
  • RFID Hardware- Verasset is a certified, award winning supplier of fixed and mobile RFID hardware
  • RFID Software- Verasset provides RFID enabled asset management systems and integrates with legacy systems
  • RFID Site Surveys- Verasset performs RFID site surveys and uses the results to formulate a detailed RFID implementation plan. A site survey will determine how many RFID readers you need, where readers should be installed within your facilities, and accounts for network accessibility, power, and interference such as EMP (electromagnetic pulse).
  • RFID Installation- Verasset installs RFID hardware such as; readers, antennas, and portals. We do installations of all sizes and in many different environments.
  • Mobile RFID Systems- Verasset resells the PinPoint application, which is a mobile data collection application that is installed on a mobile computer, and utilizes barcode, RFID, and GPS technologies to automate physical inventory and data capture activities.
  • Awarded Largest RFID Deployment of the Year from Impinj 

Verasset is a certified reseller of RFID hardware. We install fixed RFID hardware and train customers on the use of the equipment. RFID Equipment available from Verasset includes:

  • Convergence CS101 portable handheld RFID scanner
  • Impinj Speedway stationary RFID reader
  • Impinj xPortal – combination RFID detector and RFID antenna
  • Free-standing RFID enclosures from Jamison Door

RFID Hardware

An RFID site survey is a physical survey of the premises where the use of RFID equipment is planned to be implemented. A survey identifies optimal locations for the physical installation of RFID readers and antennae.

When considering the use of RFID equipment, it can be difficult to predict the propagation of radio waves while detecting the presence of interfering signals without conducting a site survey. Regardless of the antennae technology, radio waves do not travel the same distance in all directions. Walls, doors, infrastructure (metal, shafts, etc.), people, and other obstacles offer varying degrees of attenuation, which cause the radio frequency (RF) radiation pattern to be irregular and somewhat unpredictable.

As a result, an RFID site survey should be performed to understand fully the behavior of radio waves within a facility. The goal of an RFID site survey is to gather enough information and data to determine the number and placement of RFID portals (readers and antennae) that will provide the coverage required, as well as to identify any necessary power and network connectivity points.

During the site survey, decisions can be made regarding mounting of fixed readers as well as optimum placement of antennae at controlled capture points. The need and complexity of an RFID site survey will vary depending on the size of the facility and the work that is to be accomplished. Afterwards, actual equipment is tested under similar conditions, and then finally a report is generated and submitted for approval prior to order and implementation stages.

Verasset installs fixed RFID readers and antenna. We have experience in very large installations and have received awards from industry leading manufacturers, including Impinj 2011 Largest Deployment of the Year.

Past Installation Highlights Include:

University Campus with 40 Buildings 

  • Completed a physical inventory of 30,000 assets using a variety of RFID tag types
  • Installed 980 stationary Impinj Portals
  • Integrated the RFID portals with BizTalk RFID

 

First Response Organization

  • Completed a physical inventory of emergency response and fire rescue equipment
  • Counted and tagged 10,000 items using a diverse variety of RFID tag types
  • Types of equipment included; vehicles, hoses, nozzles, oxygen tanks, diving equipment, portable biomedical, ladders, axes, spanner wrenches and a variety of hazmat equipment
  • Counted and tagged medicines and controlled substances

 

Law Enforcement Agency 

  • Completed a physical inventory and reconciliation of all agency assets
  • Counted and tagged 5,000 items using a diverse variety of RFID tag types
  • Types of equipment included vehicles (and all items and accessories within each vehicle), weapons, equipment, computers, and furniture
  • Inventory count and tagging spanned multiple locations including mutiple police departments, jails, courthouse, field services offices, training offices and ranges, and sub-stations

Verasset offers an extensive line of RFID tags and labels that can withstand almost any environment, as well as any attachment process. We provide the proper advice when choosing RFID tags suited to your unique requirements including:

  • RFID Tags specifically designed for Laptops and IT equipment
  • Ruggedized RFID tags encapsulated for harsh Environment
  • Metal mountable and chemical resistant RFID tags
  • Custom and standard RFID antenna / inlay design

We also provide guidance with methods of affixing RFID tags to objects. Options include: 

  • Peel and stick RFID labels
  • Mechanical attachment
  • Adhesive (from removal to marine grade)
  • Hand and/or twist tie
  • Embedded

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is the most automated and accurate means of tracking assets and consumable inventory available today. The technology consists of two basic components- a tag that is applied to property that is being tracked, and a reader that is used to detect the tag when it is within range.

Stationary or Fixed Readers are strategically mounted throughout a facility and will detect RFID tags when they come within range. This is an automated means to track the movement of tagged assets throughout a facility.

When stationary readers are configured with a smart backend system, the benefits are limitless as you can alert personnel when items are improperly removed in real time, make use of underutilized equipment, locate assets when they are needed, etc.

A Portable or Mobile Reader is built into a mobile computer and can be used anywhere. Mobile readers are generally used to conduct physical inventory. Taking inventory using RFID technology saves on time and manpower as tag detection is automated, many tags can be read at once, and it does not require direct line of sight.

RFID Tags are made up of an electronic chip and an antenna. The chip receives a signal from a reader using its antenna, sends its unique ID back to the reader, which in turn communicates with some intelligent software and makes decisions based on predefined conditions.

Proper RFID tag selection and application plays an important role in RFID implementation. There are countless environmental conditions that can impact tag performance and readability. Verasset has extensive experience in tag selection and application as we consider all environmental conditions they will be subjected to, duplicate these conditions, and test each tags performance in them.

Watch Verasset perform a fixed asset inventory using RFID technology:

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