The use and implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has been spreading like wildfire. Its use allows executive management from numerous industries to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Facilities management is a perfect industry in which the exploitation of RFID technology is extremely valuable, offering a high return. Enjoy the thrid portion of our four-part blog series as we sit down with Patrick Garrity, Project Manager and Sales Engineer with Eagle Technology.
What is the five-node system?
The five-node system is what we call our location hierarchy. When Eagle Technology and Dataflo develop a strategy, the team develops an organizational structure that breaks down the location provided by the RFID tag. For example, a hospital’s IV tree may be located on a multi-building campus. By “pinging” the RFID tag, the five-node system will be able to locate the asset by which building, what floor, what room number and even the area of the room.
This same location-tree breakdown can be applied to arena venues, manufacturing facilities, educational campuses, and the like.
How does RFID help me manage assets?
Implementing a CMMS solution with RFID capabilities opens new doors to easier and more cost effective ways to maintain and manage your organizations assets. Couple this with a detailed location tree like ProTeus MMX and mthree’s five-node system, and you gain access to an amazing loss-prevention tool. The ability to better manage inventory control and asset allocation appears right at your fingertips.
Many organizations, especially healthcare facilities, often run into problems with easily manageable issues like over-ordering, misplacement and hoarding by employees. In a busy hospital, particular assets like IV trees or wheelchairs are in high demand. Often these items are hoarded by employees so that their department does not run out at an inopportune time; meanwhile, another department does not have enough. By running a simple query, the location of every wheelchair or IV tree can be displayed in real-time. Now those high demand assets can be allocated properly, as well as located in case of an emergency.
In the case of security, high-priced items like laptops, projectors, and mobile ultrasound machines could be a large monetary loss if one was removed or misplaced. Many educational facilities worry about these types of assets being removed from a department or the campus, but RFID can ease that concern. Real-time RFID tracking provides the current location of all of your assets, and can trigger alarms when that item is leaving its designated range. A detailed location tree, like the five-node system, allows you to decide if an assets range is as small as an area in a room or as large as the entire campus.
RFID systems can benefit just about every industry, and can be used in so many ways. Media carts in office buildings or colleges are often shared by a whole department or floor. With an RFID solution your employees don’t have to spend an hour running from room to room, or calling everyone in that department to find out who has it and where. ProTeus MMX and mthree together can protect assets from loss and theft, save time when maintenance is needed, aide in allocation of assets, and reduce costs caused by over ordering.
In our next article, we’ll closeout our 4 part series on RFID.
Have a question about RFID? Contact our RFID expert, Pat Garrity directly, or call one of our other team members at 1-800-388-3268 (North America) or +1-262-241-3845 (outside North America). We can discuss how an RFID solution may be right to help with your facilities.