Latest Publications Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:41 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Confidex introduces Myvia platform for personalized travel experiences Myvia combines real-time locating for travel hubs with predictive intelligence.
  • Transform the journey - make your station a real destination
    Myvia always starts from the travel experience. We have designed a comprehensive platform addressing the key objectives of transport operators.
  • Boost concession revenues and loyalty
    Increase turnover in all retail units. Myvia platform allows you to run in-house and third-party ads to increase your revenue. Monetize your existing assets with efficient targeting.
  • Take your operational efficiency to the next era
    Myvia provides a better customer experience by providing you and your customers with relevant, accurate information in real-time.

Myvia real-time locating is built on our "Confidex Links" business-grade NFC solution for Smart Industries, as well as Confidex Viking, our modular industrial grade beacon family. The Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon sets the standard for industrial asset tracking, indoor and outdoor locating, as well as sensor telemetry.

With these proven hardware fundamentals, Myvia is founded on over a decade's experience in industrial wireless identification.

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RFID Case Study by Cisper: from barcode to RFID


The transport company was looking for a solution for a project in their storage depot, where on a daily base a large number of packages are being divided and optimized to known recipients. Incoming packages are repackaged to reduce load. After repackaging, the new load list has to be made for the customer, for the transporter and for customs.

The transport company previously used barcode scanners for this task, which took a lot of time and led to errors. To automate this process and reduce handling errors and deliveries, saving time and money, they wanted to have an RFID based solution.


With RFID it is possible to work quickly and efficiently. Our project partner gave a demo of their software and the transport company was thrilled.

  • All incoming goods are being scanned and get an RFID label.
  • After the packages are being repackaged they are put on a pallet.
  • Once a pallet is completed, it will be embedded in the RFID tunnel.
  • All RFID labels on the packages are recognized by the RFID antennas in the tunnel. Also the packages that are inside the large pallet.
  • The software checks whether all these packages have the same recipient, but also notice if goods cannot be transported together.
  • If something isn’t correct, employees will see an error message and have the chance to correct it.
  • Employees can use RFID scanners, provided by Cisper, to search for individual boxes.
  • If everything is correct, a master label (packing list) will automatically be compiled for this pallet, which will list all the available packages. Also all individual packages can be tracked with the packing list.


Due to the RFID solution, the search for packages is easier, faster and there are less errors. There is a good chance that the transport company will integrate RFID in more processes later.

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Smartrac Showcases What the ‘Internet of Your Things’ Has in Store Smartrac
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SML presents new miniaturised Retail RFID inlay powered by UCODE 8 Chip The GB4U8 RFID inlay developed for in-store and retail supply chain use only measures 42x16mm.

Dean FrewDean Frew “Our global technology team at SML is working tirelessly to be on the forefront of all RFID technology advances so that we can deliver innovative solutions to our retailer and brand owner customers who are working just as hard to transform their operations to RFID,” said Dean Frew, Chief Technology Officer and Sr. Vice President of RFID Solutions for SML Group. “While other companies may design an inlay using the NXP UCODE 8, SML has achieved a step-function change in performance with this very small form factor inlay resulting in faster encoding speeds and more accurate stock counts in store and supply chain environments.”

With GB4U8’s small inlay size, broad use case applicability, strong read performance and shattering previous price/performance ratios for tags, the new RFID tag has set the new benchmark for RFID tags in retail.

The new SML inlay also has the advantage of being able to fit on the vast majority of tagged products at a retailer, improving the consistency of read performance for inventory tracking in large scale retail deployments.

In addition to supporting apparel/footwear/home product segments, the new tag also supports other retail product areas such as cosmetics and fragrance, sporting goods, wine and spirits, pharmaceutical and food.

“We are extremely impressed with this latest performance provided out of the UCODE 8 chip from NXP. It has helped us to bring to market the world’s highest performing inlay for the retail industry,” adds Dr. Jeremy Liu, RFID Technology Innovations Manager, SML Group.

“Our use case and lab testing have shown this breakthrough design enables more than 30% performance improvement over inlays of similar size on the market today enabling the technology to be even more effective in stores and supply chains.”

To learn more, visit SML in Booth #938 at NRF 2018 from January 14-16, 2018 held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC.

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Orlando train tickets, a French success story French company successfully met the challenge, it is because his team dissected everything.

The customer satisfaction, a major concern.

Inaugurated in 2014, the first Sunrail lines have everything to prove to satisfy passengers in their daily rides. Yet, in only few months, the rail line company got a bad reputation about the one-way tickets. The reason? A reading problem at the automatic controlling machine to the point where riders were reluctant to use those machines.

In fact, many chips were not read and the paper was fragile, which generated a high scrap rate. And even if trains are comfortable and the staff is pleasant, the passenger experience was spoiled by those big lonely minutes wasted in front of a refractory machine. Inevitably, disappointed riders preferred to use other transport modes.

A true problem for Sunrail, especially since this dysfunction was a financial pit with high compensation costs. So they had to react.

Replace the machines ? Too expensive. It was better to concentrate on the consumables and find a new supplier serious and competent, able to supply reliable tickets. The riders trust was at stake.

Rethink the RFID ticket to ensure performance

If AXEM Technology has been contacted by his partner from the USA, it is because the whole ticket had to be rethought, while ensuring the compatibilities with the structures in place. In fact, the importance of the paper quality was clear, but they had to find a supplier also able to control and optimize the RFID performances.

And to get it done, AXEM Technology teams started by literally dissecting the former ticket to analyze it point by point.

Philippe MondonPhilippe Mondon “We then realized that some specifications could get optimized. Besides the paper quality, the chip and the antenna also had to get improved”, remembers Philippe MONDON, CEO of the company. “Few months only after the first contacts, we were sending samples to be tested on the field. Then in April 2017, the first 450.000 tickets were deployed in the Sunrail stations”.

Since then, the French supplier AXEM Technology, supplies all the commuter train tickets of the Orlando area. This contract, with a minimum duration of 5 years, represents around 1.5 million pieces/year.

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SML Leverages Leadership in RFID Apparel and Footwear to Enter New Markets

These segments share the same major challenges and resultant pain points with assortment inventory accuracy that has been found inside the Apparel and Footwear segment.

Dean FrewDean Frew “Our market analysis shows that all of these segments have significant issues with inventory accuracy, and when you combine state of the art RFID tag technology with best in class item-level inventory management functionality, unprecedented results are easily available,” said Dean Frew, CTO/SVP RFID Solutions, SML Group.

Smartphone sales and accessory sales are in the billions of dollars. Inventory management has been difficult for stores with missing accessories and phone models at the retail level when customers are waiting to buy. SML has delivered an excellent solution to one of the top retailers in UK with hundreds of stores working in realtime to help a mobile phone provider reduce out of stock items, increase sales and reduce shrink.

Fragrance is one of the top sellers with high shrink rates. SML now has unique tagging and packaging solutions for this category that has been traditionally challenging due to liquids, metal content in foil/packaging. SML also has unique tagging solutions for eye-wear to ensure display compliance and auto replenishments for on-shelf availability.

In addition to the above segments, Wine & Spirits, Food, and Pharma also have significant pain points around brand authentication, verification, and diversion avoidance. With unique RFID tagging solutions designed to address traditionally tough categories, utilizing many years of know-how on product packaging design, inlay design, tag placement the SML Clarity™ High-Definition Enterprise Solutions Offers a world class offering to new tangential RFID markets that will increase sales, reduce shrink and enable emerging omnichannel models.

Case studies demonstrate that the Clarity™ solution greatly improves inventory accuracy, with retailers experiencing greater than 98 percent accuracy. Clarity™ has been designed to enable full operational control and new inventory management processes based on years of in-store experience.

“Retailers attending NRF 2018 can visit SML booth #938 and talk to our experts about how retailers around the globe are finding value using SML RFID technology and solutions,” said Mr. Frew.

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Caen RFID presents industrial UHF RFID handheld reader iRFID500 The iRFID500 is designed to streamline business processes like tracking assets such as drill pipes or tools, monitoring maintenance tasks and planning, and demonstrating regulatory compliance.

Built around the CAEN RFID qIDmini Reader, the iRFID500 has been created to work seamlessly with Android, Windows, or Apple smartphones and tablets for a greater range of functionality. The iRFID500 is invaluable for supporting operations such as inventory management, tracking and tracing and maintenance planning.

Bluetooth capability permits to link the iRFID500 to a smart mobile device to enable workers to view, share, and save data directly from the hazardous or industrial area.  

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Schreiner ProTech to Show New RFID-Label for Forward-Thinking Container Management The ((rfid))-DistaFerr ESD LongRange label for use on ESD containers of all types and antistatic levels delivers read range of about seven meters.

Modular manufacturing in Industry 4.0 scenarios can only be implemented by means of a holistic RFID concept. In conventional mass production operations, the parts to be processed typically still arrive at the respective assembly stations in containers via a Kanban system with barcode expansion card functionality – an equally complex and error-prone logistics system. By contrast, containers equipped with RFID labels that enable complete bulk data acquisition, guarantee end-to-end batch or lot tracking, and make optimized empties management possible due to real-time inventory information provide a forward-thinking solution. However, the diversity of container sizes and, specifically, ESD materials on which conventional RFID labels do not optimally function poses a challenge.

Schreiner ProTech has therefore extended its ESD RFID label family by the ((rfid))-DistaFerr ESD LongRange label. The new label is specifically designed for use on ESD containers of all types and antistatic levels, and delivers read range of about seven meters. As a result, it meets the recommendation of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) for ESD container marking. Another new product in the portfolio is a hybrid label that combines NFC technology with RFID UHF technology. This RFID label enables both long-range reading in manufacturing and logistics, and smartphone-based reading at customer sites.

Trade fair visitors will have the opportunity to gain a first-hand impression of how easily RFID labels can be dispensed by watching the operation of a label applicator directly at Schreiner ProTech’s booth.

In a technical presentation at the LogiMAT Forum, RFID expert Frank Linti will describe the challenges which Industry 4.0 poses to logistics and production of the future and what a supply chain networked and optimized down to the manufacturing cell by means of IoT (Internet of Things) can look like. He will show a process chain using smart RFID containers or assemblies in the manufacturing cells of the future and explain how RFID as a key to smart cross-functional communication between production, assembly and manufacturing logistics can work.

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Covering all bases in healthcare with RFID from Feig Electronic Feig Electronic provides RFID reader solutions for the healthcare industry to identify, track, locate, and authenticate medical equipment, healthcare supplies, and more.

By Andreas Löw, Marketing & Corporate Communication, Feig Electronic

Efficient inventory management

Enabling accurate tracking solutions for medical supplies and equipment allows hospitals to focus on what they do best: patient care. RFID-based inventory systems monitor the current stock levels of various assets which are used in hospitals and laboratories, such as medicine and reagents, blood and plasma bags, surgical instruments, textiles, and much more.

Typically, intelligent cabinets or smart shelves are the basis for such inventory systems. These systems use mid range or long range readers, multiplexers, and customised antennas which are installed on cabinets and shelves for permanent inventory of the assets. Access to these shelves or cabinets is managed by an additional access control system which is also based on RFID.

Feig readers support ClearStream software

Feig Electronic continues its drive for straightforward RFID reader configuration and operation by announcing native support for Portable Technology Solutions’ (PTS) ClearStream RFID software, the user configurable fixed RFID software that can be set up in minutes to track assets and inventory tags.

Now, Feig readers work out of the box with ClearStream’s updated version 4.1 software, allowing immediate use of fixed readers - from the simplest reader operations to flexible coverage for the most complex customised enterprise systems.

“PTS is expanding the portfolio of readers supported by ClearStream RFID, which recognises Feig’s growing role as a leading supplier of readers,” says Brad Horn, CEO and Co-Founder of PTS. “This is significant for us as it signals increasing use of the expanded portfolio of Feig HF and UHF readers which are available to the market.”

Since every Feig product utilises the common API, ClearStream is compatible with all Feig RFID readers. The full RFID portfolio paves the way for future product applications as use cases continue to grow.

“RFID Canada, the Canadian distributor for Feig Electronic, has worked with ClearStream for years and has provided solutions for healthcare and asset management,” reports Bob Moroz, President of RFID Canada. “We focus on making RFID easy for customers to use, and the combination of Feig and ClearSteam makes implementing an RFID system simple and straightforward.”

ClearStream’s RFID software supports the Feig UHF RFID reader portfolio, including the LRU1002, LRU3000, LRU3500, MRU102, and MU02 units.

Greater patient safety and care

The aim of the system is to provide accurate patient identification, monitor patients status, and provide alerts at the point of care. Every patient in hospital wants to leave as soon as possible, so every patient has to receive the best possible care in the shortest possible amount of time. Using RFID for patient identification helps to provide the best possible care thanks to optimised processes.

This begins with the 100 percent clear assignment of patient files to the corresponding patient as the basis for any treatment and ends with the arrangement of a perfect sequence of treatment steps for the patient. RFID monitored treatment steps flag up existing bottlenecks and show how the hospital can best make use of its own capacities to realise treatment which is both fast and secure.

Identification of medical equipment

An identification system allows users to easily comply with UDI, safety, and audit regulations, and to track medical equipment location, status, and utilisation. Just as you have to install an inventory management system for assets like medicine or blood bags, a management system for the identification of medical equipment like ventilators or beds is also necessary.

To achieve perfect patient safety and care, you have to know which medical equipment is really ready for use and where it is – whether it is in use, out for maintenance, or in stock. Optimisation of logistical processes like bed logistics is another scenario which benefits from using RFID technology.

Secure monitoring of consumables

Handling consumables is part of the daily work of a hospital, including providing the right consumables and ensuring the rejection of reagents which have expired their shelf life. For the use of medical equipment like ventilators or other devices in the operation room, several hoses, lasers, or other consumables have to be connected. These consumables have to be clean and of the right size in order to prevent treatment errors. Each consumable is equipped with a tag which is read by an RFID reader which is installed in the medical device. The reader identifies each consumable and sends an alert if an incorrect or already used consumable is connected.

Reagents for automatic diagnostics are controlled in the same way: when the expiration date of a reagent approaches, the RFID-based system sends a message informing the staff of this, and once the expiration date has been reached the system will no longer automatically dispense the reagent.

Battery-less temperature monitoring

Passive battery-less RFID technology has led to adoption by a wide range of industries ranging from asset management and automation, to process and production control, to supply chain management. However, sensor data collection applications have traditionally always required battery power.

Recently, RFMicron, a Texas-based technology company which developes smart passive sensors, has created a battery-free, single-chip RFID sensor IC to support temperature, pressure, and moisture sensing data capture solutions. Feig’s UHF readers support the RFMicron Magnus S family of ICs for RFID tags. The new temperature- sensing chip features RFMicron’s patented Chameleon technology that enables a single-chip solution without the need for a battery, microcontroller, or wiring, which is ideal for lower cost, reduced maintenance applications.

Working together, Feig UHF RFID readers and RFMicron temperature sensors enable an ideal RFID temperature monitoring solution for advanced wireless data capture applications in the emerging IoT. For example, in the healthcare industry, data can be captured and stored in the RFID tag memory and uploaded to online medical records. Similarly, automated, real-time temperature monitoring is suitable for improved cold supply chain management.

Case Study: Sunnybrook Hospital relies on RFID in the OR

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, based in Toronto, Canada, uses RFID technology to safely identify patients, to avoid confusion, and to optimise management processes. In 2015, system integrator RFID Canada installed UHF long range readers from Feig Electronic in the adjacent areas and transitions of 19 operating rooms. There are two transponders attached to the cover of each patient's file for identification. The aim is to track the approximately 13,500 annual surgical patients on their way to surgical preparation, to the operating theater, to the recovery room, and subsequently back to the ward.

RFID makes it possible to locate patients in the operating room in real time – so numerous improvements to patient care are feasible. In addition, family members are quickly informed of the status of the operation without having to involve additional human resources.

This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of RFID & Wireless IoT GlobalDownload your personal digital copy of the magazine now and gain exclusive insight into more use cases and the potential of RFID & Wireless IoT technologies for process optimisation in different industries.

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Managing 4 million health records with RFID by Kathrein Solutions The RFID-based IoT solution allows the Health Records staff to retrieve and file records at a faster rate.

Written by Joanne O‘Doherty, Manager, Kinsetsu

The Trust maintains many IT systems which hold patient health information – however its overarching patient record is in paper form. By improving medical records management the Trust could reduce the time and cost associated with storing records and locating lost records. When medical records are not available, patient care is delayed and hence timely access to records enables improved patient safety and patient outcomes for the Trust.

Scanning 66,000 barcodes manually is time consuming and labour intensive

One of the Trust's largest acute sites, the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, was managing 180,000 active records using barcode technology. With some 22,000 records in active flow every month the process was manually intensive – when a record was requested staff would locate it, scan its barcode and upon return the record and its corresponding location/shelf barcodes were scanned again.

Records were also filed alpha-numerically adding to the time taken to store and retrieve records. On this site staff were manually scanning around 66,000 barcodes per month. As the number and size of patient records increased over time the manual process of locating and managing records using barcodes had become increasingly unproductive and time consuming and the Trust saw a significant increase in staff time spent searching for records.

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End-to-End IoT Ecosystems for Localisation and Condition Monitoring The entire facility is outfitted using the same wireless infrastructure, thereby keeping implementation costs low and optimizing the entire operation.

By Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product Management, HID Global

Increasing connectivity of both everyday life and working life

There are key drivers to making a true IoT ecosystem a reality, and an increase in internet connectivity is one of them. Our daily lives at home and at work are online – connectivity is everywhere. Power source density is increasing. Battery life is improving year on year. Electronics are using less power. Miniaturization is dominating manufacturing. Furthermore, sensor technology which can detect temperature, motion pressure, and force is powering new productivity solutions. Lastly, data is king. Organizations are using analytics to make definitive business decisions.

Visibility of assets in real-time supports decision making

Passive RFID will continue to be a valuable option for many industrial applications. As industry operations evolve, demands arise for the real-time visibility of assets and items to optimize the workplace by understanding an item’s current location as well as the past, present or future condition of critical equipment. To fulfill these needs, active tags based on Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) and other technologies are being adopted. Organizations need an end-to-end ecosystem to collect, aggregate, and manage real-time data into useful information to drive mission critical decisions.

Easily locate and manage assets

Companies like HID Global address a growing demand for accurate, real-time visibility of the location of an organization’s assets and item management to improve operational efficiency across different functions – such as the ability to track assets including their historical path location to within one-meter accuracy. Industrial or healthcare organizations need to find tools in a factory, hangar, or expansive work areas throughout a building or across multi-building facilities.

From ladders and carts to emergency hospital equipment, implementing a simplified robust RTLS can save valuable time by locating the required items and having the right tools available to be productive. Production and inventory management processes are automated to gauge equipment utilization and personnel accountability, and to increase locational awareness of products and tools. Location services can also be used to optimize building utilization and management.

Organizations can quickly analyze occupancy rates for health and safety compliance, or empower facility & security personnel to react quickly during emergencies with immediate occupancy data.

Achieve optimal performance and equipment health

Lost capacity and equipment downtime are the biggest threats to a manufacturing operation. In many cases, organizations need increased visibility of equipment performance using multiple data points to monitor and react quickly to critical events. Using instant information, creating predictive and actionable analysis in a meaningful format is achievable. Armed with valuable equipment data, operators immediately know when equipment fails, therefore improving the operational workflows and performance efficiencies across the organization.

A one system seamless experience is achievable

The entire facility is outfitted using the same wireless infrastructure, thereby keeping implementation costs low and optimizing the entire operation. The HID Location Services and Condition Monitoring system, enabled by Bluvision, combines the power of Bluetooth Smart (BLE) beacons, BLE to Wi-Fi gateways, and a cloud service portal. Together, these technologies deliver a seamless operational experience across the organization and turn beacons into true Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.

  • Seamless experience – Sensor Beacons (Beeks™) are available in multiple form factors to deploy across many applications. They support multiple beacon protocols including both iBeacon and Eddystone and use cases, with the longest battery life on the market.
  • Easy to deploy – the cloud service platform easily integrates into existing business application systems using REST APIs to customize data streams, dashboards, and reports. The complete system requires minimal infrastructure that is compact, easy, and quick to install. Additional investment in costly complex servers, antennas, or other ancillary equipment is no longer required.
  • Superior accuracy – streamlined proprietary technology is architected into compact components to provide industry-leading precision, despite challenging environments. Blufi Gateways are used to communicate the beacon location and sensor data directly to the HID Bluzone Cloud Service portal via BLE and Wi-Fi. Experience powerful performance and accuracy without the complexity.
  • Highly secure – leveraging end-toend AES encryption, data transferred within the platform is kept secure. Communication between beacons, BluFi, and the Bluzone cloud portal is encrypted with strong AES 256 bit and SSL/TLS algorithms. Additionally, strict policies are set to aggregate and create autonomous tag data to prevent personal traceability.

This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of RFID & Wireless IoT Global. Download your personal digital copy of the magazine now and gain exclusive insight into more use cases and the potential of RFID & Wireless IoT technologies for process optimisation in different industries.

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Fingerprint Solutions Take Smartcards to the Next Level The Korean Woori Bank ordered several thousand ISO-certified fingerprint ID smart cards for its VIP customers.

Yiwen Jin, Managing Director, B-Id, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global

Fingerprint cards for ID, banking, and access

B-Id has been pushing the development of ISO-certified, battery-based biometric fingerprint cards for ID, banking, and access applications for several years. Now, market-ready solutions are deployed in real use cases around the world. Yiwen Jin, Managing Director, B-Id, shares an insight:

Yiwen Jin Yiwen Jin

“In early 2016, we were able to present the first smart cards with integrated fingerprint sensors that were powered by a rechargeable battery. We also solved the challenge of cards whose battery charge dropped below a certain voltage level that prevented further recharging. Adjustment of the circuits removed this obstacle. Today, we can offer reliable, energy-efficient fingerprint ID smart card solutions for multiple applications – including currently deployed applications for cab driver authentication in Istanbul, a credit and debit card for VIP customers of a Korean bank, and employee identification at the UN office in Geneva.”

Read the full use case published in the December 2017 issue of RFID & Wireless IoT Global. Download your personal digital copy of the magazine now and gain exclusive insight into more use cases and the potential of RFID & Wireless IoT technologies for process optimisation in different industries.

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Tel Aviv Yafo: A Smart City Plan For Every City Pillar Tel Aviv Yafo implements intelligent systems at all levels: from infrastructure and transport to energy, community, and security.

Liora Shechter, CIO, Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global

A natural development into a Smart City

“The city of Tel Aviv Yafo has a long-standing tradition of deploying technological innovations. However, becoming a smart city was never the ultimate goal. As the deployment of smart services and applications expanded rapidly, Tel Aviv Yafo naturally became a smart city,” Liora Shechter, CIO, Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality, explains. “Our vision is based on connected information and advanced, innovative technologies and the involvement of the city’s residents and other parties such as the municipality, academic institutions, and private companies. Via smart city applications, Tel Aviv Yafo aims to improve operational efficiency, the quality of life, the local economy, and a sustainable environment.”

Hence, the municipality developed a smart city plan for every city pillar, ranging from infrastructure and transportation to water, energy, and sanitation to community, education, and security.

DigiTel Residents Club for citizen participation

All Tel Aviv Yafo residents aged 13 and older can register to receive a DigiTel card. Based on their unique profile, the city offers them personalised information regarding special deals or events at cultural venues, in sports arenas and other places, for example. Additionally, club members can also carry out transactions with the municipality at any time and from any place. The information is delivered via different channels, including personal emails, text messages, and a personal resident account.

Liora Shechter adds: “We register a high level of citizen engagement. 167,000 residents are already club members. The registrations are increasing. As of now, we have reached 60 percent of potential city residents.”

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Smart City Barcelona Becomes an Information Broker Rather than starting disparate technology projects, the municipality has to take the larger view of how to design the city’s infrastructure.

Yolanda Gordo, Jordi Ortuño, and Jordi Cirera of Ajuntament de Barcelona, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global

Data connected with the Sentilo platform

The basis for all smart city projects in Barcelona is the collection of data. This approach is facilitated by one of the first city IoT platforms, Sentilo. The platform allows for the gathering and processing, data from various sensors. The development of Sentilo began in 2011. The platform was launched at the 2013 Barcelona IoT Congress and went open source in 2014.

“Sentilo enabled us to go from technology field tests to city-wide, connected application projects. What‘s important is not the sensors, but the application using them. Sentilo makes it easier to build the applications and deploy the data. It just connects everything – nothing more, nothing less,” Jordi Cirera states.

15,000 sensors for Barcelona utilities

Today, Sentilo manages 15,000 sensors in Barcelona, most of which are smart meters in municipal buildings and photovoltaic power generators. Connecting city utilities enables the administration to analyse the energy efficiency of buildings and areas. Through the sensors, the municipality found out that in some municipal buildings, the air conditioning was running throughout the night. The next step will be connecting smart water meters in buildings, especially in public pools, in order to trace leaks. In addition, there are currently over 100 noise sensors deployed throughout the city and more are installed whenever public works are completed.

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]]> (PR RFID & Wireless IoT Global) Use Cases Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:00:55 +0100
SSI Schaefer implements a logistics center for pharmaceutical products in Sweden : Clearly structured storage areas, ultra-modern technologies and an efficient WMS ensure fast, reliable order processing at the  logistics center for pharmaceutical products.

Delicate products, complete traceability and complex environments place high demands on the intralogistics in the field of Healthcare & Cosmetics. Postnord TPL AB, a Postnord subsidiary, prepares for the future with SSI Schaefer. From Norrköping, the logistics provider handles the distribution of pharmaceutical products for Apotek Hjärtat AB and supplies to 390 pharmacies throughout Sweden. With a market share of 30%, Apotek Hjärtat AB is the second largest provider on the Swedish pharmacy market. The extensive process automation in the new pharmaceutical logistics center will enable Postnord TPL AB to reduce the production costs per order line and increase the service level to strengthen the market position of Apotek Hjärtat AB.

To satisfy these requirements, SSI Schaefer implements a solution for a turnkey system with efficient automation systems and state-of-the-art technologies including the automatic picking system A-Frame, the one-level shuttle system Cuby and the Schäfer Carousel System. Warehouse management and coordinated process control of order handling is realized by the proven, efficient logistics software WAMAS® by SSI Schaefer, which will be implemented at Postnord TPL AB in the current release.

The flexible, ultra-modern intralogistics solution by SSI Schaefer will make Postnord TPL AB fit for the future. The system concept also takes into consideration the expected future order growth and is especially designed to fulfill the increasing volume of picking e-commerce orders.  

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