RFID Means First-Class Fun At ‘World’s First’ Indoor Doggie Daycare

March 15, 2010

That’s why the “world’s first indoor dog day-care center” uses RFID technology to speed up its canine charges’ entry and exit to the facility, automate billing, and track the park’s usage, all without hiring extra employees.

Thousands of dogs visit Unleashed each week for exercise and play. To keep track of them all, there are two RFID interrogators stationed side by side at each of the park’s two entrances and two exits. Each pair of interrogators is equipped with an RFID reader. Only an authorized RFID read will prompt the gates to unlock and allow a pet to enter or leave the park. Each pet, meanwhile, wears a plastic dog tag with an embedded EPC Gen 2 RFID chip in it. The chips contain unique ID numbers linked to the animals’ specific information, including breed, vaccination history, health records and disposition—all of which the owners provided on their first visit to Unleashed. The ID numbers interact with the center’s back-end software to verify that the dog’s information is up to date; then a third-party financial management provider links the ID numbers to encrypted credit card data. Upon verification, the owner is automatically charged with the cost of the visit.

Thanks to the RFID system, park visitors are spared waiting in long lines to enter, exit, and pay, while Unleashed benefits from higher numbers of satisfied guests. The park has been so successful that it is planning to expand in other areas of the country, using the same RFID system.

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Penske Logistics Turns to RFID for Real-Time Visibility and Management

March 7, 2010

A subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics (www.penskelogistics.com) provides supply chain management and logistics services to leading companies through operations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. It makes sense, then, that the logistics company is deploying an RFID solution to achieve real-time visibility and management of its own trailers and yard assets.

Penske’s primary goals are to reduce inbound and outbound trailer bottlenecks, build an effective yard plan, and enhance operations. To achieve these objectives, the company will use a solution with a combination of passive RFID and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), which will provide updates about where trucks and trailers are located, as well as their status and condition, in real time. Initially, the system will be implemented at Penske’s Garland, Texas facility.

Penske chose this particular solution for several reasons:

    Ability to simultaneously use RFID, GPS, and cellular technologies
    No significant investment in infrastructure required
    Comprehensive functionality to support yard operations

With the browser-based RFID yard system, Penske will be able to dynamically assign trailers to dock doors, quickly give yard workers new tasks based on changing conditions, and benefit from event management and alerting capabilities.
For more information, find the full press release in the Journal of Commerce (http://www.joc.com/node/413157).


RFID Adoption Soars in Retail Sector

March 1, 2010

All over the world, retailers are applying RFID technology throughout the supply chain and in stores to cut costs and boost profits and productivity. In its 2009 report, “Apparel RFID 2009-2019,” IDTechEx (www.idtechex.com) profiled 60 brand owners and retailers that were using RFID. Below are a few examples.
Ralph Lauren (www.ralphlauren.com) is testing woven RFID tags in its merchandise in China. The primary goal: anti-counterfeiting.
Krause Outlet (www.krause-outlet.de/), which sells off-season brand-name clothing bought from retailers, is using RFID to display garments on a 180-degree rotating rack in each store window. Customers can use their mobile phones to reserve clothes and then buy them from a vending machine, or call a hotline and punch in each desired item’s unique ID number.

Charles Vogele Group (http://www.charles-voegele.com/corp/en/home_en), a major European retailer with 851 branches, has RFID-enabled its supply chain with a Checkpoint Systems Merchandise Visibility System. Using EPC Gen 2 labels, garments are tracked at item-level from manufacturer to point-of-sale. The system has resulted in improvements in inventory replenishment, reduction of out-of-stocks, and better on-hand inventory.

Headquartered in Turkey, Eren Holding (http://www.erenholding.com.tr/) manufactures and distributes about two million high-end garments per year through 88 retail fashion stores. The company has improved supply chain traceability by tagging garments at the point of manufacture and tracing them in real time to inventory at retail stores.

While the list goes on, these companies exemplify the range of possibilities for deploying RFID in the retail sector. See a more complete list at http://www.securitypark.co.uk/security_article263551.html.