Using RFID tags to track mobile assets

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This request for help was originally submitted to the Research Assistant on I am looking into using RFID tags to track mobile devices (laptops, Blackberrys PDA's etc) that my org gives to employee into and out of multiple campus and satellite locations. My goal is to remove the manual process of issuing laptop cards that security manually checks on exiting a building and automate the process. The idea is to also link to the Identity and Access management portal in terms of it being something that you can request from the catalogue of services.

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Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems (RTLSs), which use the 802.11 protocol to track connected devices, could be poised to grab some of the market generally associated with RFID tracking, allowing some enterprises to leverage their existing wireless networks to track devices, shipments, and even people.

RFID technology has been around for a while, so there are lots of vendors and technology providers worldwide. So, in an effort to be brief, let’s just focus this reply on U.S.-based providers of RFID technologies and systems (noted here).

If it wasn’t for Wal-Mart, we would not be having this conversation,” said Badri Devalla, principal architect with Infosys, a global consulting and information technology services company, who spoke about the future of RFID technology at a recent Wharton Emerging Technologies conference.

This white paper outlines the keys to investigating RFID in your supply chain applications, differentiators for RFID tags, steps to test tags in your unique applications and other ways to derive maximum benefits from this powerful advanced data capture technology. It also outlines seven steps that you can use to ensure a more successful RFID deployment:

An old ad for Dunkin Donuts has the store manager drag himself out of bed early in the morning, groaning “Time to make the doughnuts.” In the same spirit, we advise readers that, yes, it is time to redesign the database and data architecture for RFID — and to consider DB2 when they do so.

Do You Know Where Your Assets Are? Maximizing ROI with RFID Asset Management

This white paper will examine asset tracking with RFID technology by providing:
* A brief overview of technologies available;
* An explanation of how passive UHF RFID can be used for asset tracking;
* An exploration of who’s using RFID and why;
* A discussion about deciding what to track and making a business case for RFID;
* A guide to choosing the right RFID partners.

Last week, Microsoft made available a private beta for Microsoft BizTalk RFID Mobile, with general availability expected in late this year. It is said to simplify development of mobile applications that expose real-time RFID-based business information.

Good news is that the Mobile Client Software Factory (MC-SF) from Microsoft’s Patterns & Practices group makes this ideal solution a reality with the introduction of a custom user control that you can use as the base class for yours.

BizTalk Server 2006 R2, released in September, includes radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, increased interoperability and an enterprise service bus (ESB).

Why RFID security issues are cause for corporate concern.

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