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NoFilis' RFID Software: Filling the gaps - with standard applications and IoT-enabled repository

Articles | By Kathrein | 10 December 2015
Software modularity is a guarantee for success Software modularity is a guarantee for success Photo: noFilis

noFilis established AIDC-standard solutions and has launched a new repository for unresolved challenges

noFilis is relying on more than ten years of experience gained through numerous projects with more than 250 customers in 30 countries around the world. This expertise is now available for standard applications, easily solving complex challenges in industrial production and logistics. This is a big step forward for AIDC applications – as it was a common assumption that UHF RFID applications in particular, require time-consuming test and pilot phases. At the same time a repository for cross-enterprise electronic data exchange was developed closing existing gaps in value chains.

Martin Dobler, CTO, and Patrick Hartmann, Global Sales Director, noFilis, in an interview with „RFID im Blick“

Standards are now possible

Martin DoblerMartin Dobler It has almost always been true for AIDC solutions: to integrate an efficient and sustainable solution is hardly possible without detailed piloting – regardless of whether it is an RFID, a GPS or a barcode solution. noFilis has offset this presumption and has launched standard applications to the market. These are tested, all-inclusive packages consisting of hardware, the software Crosstalk and viable integration into relevant business or backend systems. All required parameters and configurations are included in the standard application. Evaluation phases may be dropped. noFilis meets the desire of many companies, especially from the automotive and supplier industry – to order solutions for complex requirements, in the truest sense of the word, from a catalogue. Customers only need to decide, in regards to vehicle distribution for example, how many read points are required in the infrastructure. The appropriate standard application is then pre-configured for the customer and can be installed without extensive time investments.

Save time and money

Of course, the complexity of UHF RFID applications cannot be completely diminished by standard applications. Explicit expertise will still be required to optimally tune all the necessary components with each other. The benefit of standard applications is saving time and money by reducing the complexity of the integration. In order to take this significant step towards a Plug & Play capability of AIDC solutions, deployed solutions had to be analysed to determine which aspects need individual consideration and which are replicable. Once a client request had been resolved in terms of hardware and software, the demand was to create standards to transfer this solution to similar processes of other companies. The result: an accelerated roll-out that reduces costs and almost completely cuts the coordination effort – this applies for preliminary examinations or tests of a customised solution.

Optimal solution for prototypes, pre-production and vehicle distribution

Patrick HartmannPatrick Hartmann noFilis has established standard application solutions that are increasingly in demand in the automotive sector. Mass production is already highly automated. Processes such as prototype development and pre-production tests, as well as vehicle distribution following production still imply a lot of manual activities. Search times for parts and vehicles, documentation of the construction stage and finishing work or dispatching for shipping – these are well known challenges of the automotive industry that can be solved today, by means of standardised RFID or hybrid applications.

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Software modularity is a guarantee for success

noFilis app-based software solution Crosstalk allows companies to only use applications that they actually need. This increases efficiency and reduces expenses. A company may only use the Device Management, for example, if graphical display systems already exist. More extensive solutions, however, are also available, in case a company requires the CrossTalk functionalities in terms of middleware, reporting, business logic and also visualisation of RTLS.

New repository closes last gap

Today, the automotive industry pursues the objective of making certain AIDC read events accessible not only to a back-end system, but for a variety of authorised receiver systems. The reason is, that it is not definitely clear today what the collected data will be needed for. In the future, product recalls or quality management requirements could demand data from the value chain. The available repositories on the market, do not fully meet the required database structures or the scope of fast data access with high data volume. noFilis has collected and analysed the requirements of companies. The result is an EPCIS- compliant event-repository which may close the existing „gap“ in supply chains. Based on this, the next stage will be a object-oriented and a general event repository, focused on the Internet of Things.

Business events instead of single events

The noFilis repository allows the integration of different identification technologies. The new approach allows the consolidation of all collected data in a pool, no longer singularly fed into the backend systems. Consolidated data are standardised. Through compressing numerous UHF data, for example, business events are generated, based on which decisions can be taken for optimisation. A highly topical project with an OEM in the automotive industry shows very clearly how work can be realized across companies within a value chain. The OEM is allowing its business partners insight into the CrossTalk container management app and the carrier stocks. As a consequence, cross-company logistics can be optimised.

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