February 22, 2010
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a new hospital on the UCLA campus, is developing an RFID system that it hopes will make parking in its garage easier and more convenient for hospital staffers, patients, and guests.
For now, the RFID solution includes a network of sensors mounted at the parking garage’s entry and two exit points. When cars enter and leave the garage, the system records the information and sends it to a back-end software application. From there, UCLA administrators can analyze the data to determine the number of available parking spots on the monitored floors. Future plans include monitoring not only each floor but also each individual parking space.
In the long run, according to UCLA’s Department of Transportation, the data could enable the hospital to optimize the number of parking spots allotted to staff and guests, as well as provide guests with guidance to exact available parking spots. In addition, there are plans to create a mobile application that will show these visitors where available spots in the garage are before even arriving at the hospital, which could encourage the use of alternate transportation if the garage is full. This could keep the medical center from needing to perform the expensive and inconvenient task of expanding parking on the UCLA campus—a bonus, as there is only room for about 2,000 more spaces.
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February 12, 2010
In Penang, Malaysia, more than 800,000 library patrons share about 500,000 copies of reading materials in six public libraries. Now, Penang Public Library has taken steps to better serve its readers by implementing an EPC Global Gen 2 standard-compliant RFID system. It is the first library in Malaysia to upgrade to this system.
The RFID solution leverages a combination of technologies to help Penang Public Library achieve its goal of becoming fully automated. The system uses RFID tags whose readings are taken in a split second; that data is then recorded using an RFID Inventory Management system. With this data, Penang Public Library can take fast, accurate inventory on its vast quantity of library assets.
In addition, library patrons no longer have to wait for librarians to check them in and out using barcode scanners or date stamping. Instead, the solution includes RFID self check-in and check-out stations, which enable library patrons to easily conduct their own transactions, review their account status, and renew books and other materials in real time.
The stations work by having patrons place their items directly on top of the ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader, which instantaneously updates the item and user information in the library system. The reader has a range of up to seven meters—significantly greater than that of a high-frequency (HF) reader. As an anti-theft component of the RFID Library System, the reader also automatically detects tagged books that don’t contain a checkout code and triggers an alarm when items without such a code pass through.