Admin posted on September 25, 2013 02:43

Tagging weapons and firearms can be challenging to say the least.  The first problem you will probably encounter is all the metal, because it will interfere with most passive RFID tags.  The logical assumption might be to start evaluating tags that are specifically designed for mounting on metal.  You'll soon discover that there typically is not a lot of surface area that is nice and flat to mount a tag to. Additionally, mounting it to the barrel might not be an option because of the heat that might be generated when firing the weapon.  You also need to consider the abuse that the weapon will be subjected to.  Most metal mount RFID tags are not very thin and will likely stick out from the weapon which might interfere with its use or be susceptible to being knocked off. 

Consider other locations on the weapon that might not be metal such as the grip or other areas that might be plastic or a composite material that might not interfere with RFID.  You will probably want to avoid placing RFID tags on components like the stock, because they are often easy to swap out with other components.

Once you have found a suitable location, test viable tag options to ensure you will achieve your desired read range at various orientations.  Also make sure you select a tag that will be durable enough to withstand the cleaning solvents that will be used to clean the weapon.  The last thing you want to happen is for your tags to fall off.

If you are planning on tagging M4's, the following graphic illustrates some testing that we did for the Air Force.  Note the location of the RFID tag in the spine of the grip.

 

For more information about RFID asset tracking or RFID solutions for the military, please visit http://www.inlogic.com/solutions/defense.aspx.


Admin posted on September 18, 2013 02:10

Servers One of the most compelling uses of RFID is in the data center.  You have a dense population of high dollar value, mission critical assets that must be tracked and accounted for.  If you've ever tried to inventory a data center full of servers, you know how time consuming it can be to walk around with a list of serial numbers trying to reconcile the location of each server.  Even if you have implemented a barcode solution, you still have to visually locate and individually scan each barcode.  This process can be overwhelming.  What happens when a server gets moved to a new rack and the system is not updated with the new rack location.  Imagine trying to locate that sever 3 months later when there is a hard drive failure.  It's like looking for a needle in a hay stack. 

By tagging severs with passive RFID tags, entire racks of servers can be reconciled in a matter of seconds, because RFID readers can read multiple tags simultaneously.  Not only do you have immediate visibility of any server that might be missing from the rack, you also have visibility of servers that might have been moved to the rack but not updated in the system.  This allows you to reconcile each rack and deal with exceptions before moving on to the next rack.  Some RFID-based fixed asset tracking software solutions, such as RFTrack.NET also allow you utilize a handheld RFID reader to locate missing assets.  You can simply scan each rack until the missing server(s) are located.  This feature alone could cut man-hours spent locating missing assets from hours of days to minutes or seconds.

For more information about RFID Asset Tracking solutions please visit www.inlogic.com.


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