LogSystems Ltd. was founded in 2004 with the objective of introducing the RFID technology on the Hungarian market and in the Central & Eastern Europe region. The founders of the company are experienced IT specialists decided to solution oriented services and having confidence in the RFID technology’s future. The company’s strategy is to using the founders experiences in the IT business area to find the opportunities, develop end to end solutions, supporting the customers as a consulting company. LogSystems objective is to respond first to the requests for unique, fast and reliable identification of products and goods from warehousing to item level identification, in areas of production automation, sales and supply chain management, to support task automation. As the RFID technology is a new and demanding technology the target customers are the innovative companies which are focusing on creating business advantage from technical and operations excellence. LogSystems focuses on small and medium companies, in short term, but working on developing the relations with larger organizations for long and medium business.
RFID in a nutshell
What is Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)?
RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is a technology that provides wireless identification of people or assets.
A RFID tag is attached to an object and contains information about that object. The basic units of any RFID based systems are small RFID tags – devices which emit RF signals either at periodic intervals (active RFID technology) or when they come in close proximity to an RFID reader (passive RFID technology).
For active RFID solutions, the sensors are mounted at regular intervals throughout a facility, blanketing the entire region in a sensory network, which can pick up the location of a tag anywhere in the system. When the tagged object passes within range of an RFID reader (line of sight is not required), the reader will pick up the wireless signal from the tag and the information can then be transferred to a computer system for processing.
This makes it possible to track objects within a controlled environment, which may be a warehouse, a hospital, a high-security building, or wherever important valuable assets need to be tracked closely. Processes can be automated by including item specific information or instructions within the tag.
RFID value across the industries
RFID is also expected to unlock value across multiple industries. While retail and consumer product companies have been among the first to invest in RFID and the emerging Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards, LogSystems sees tremendous potential in the electronics, automotive, healthcare, retail and pharmaceutical among others.
The following engagements represent tangible examples of RFID benefits:
- A semiconductor manufacturer is deploying RFID in manufacturing and distribution operations, and is beginning to see reduced inventory and logistics costs and improved visibility
- An automobile distributor is deploying RFID as an enabler for import and inventory management, and has improved vehicle location and processing times
A pharmaceutical manufacturer is seeing lower product handling and mate¬rial tracking costs by leveraging RFID and related sensor technology in a temperature-controlled environment
- A food manufacturer is seeking accurate raw material usage tracking and recipe management by leveraging RFID in raw material allocation and manufacturing operations
A book retailer implemented the “intelligent Shop” where the inventory is online collected and the customers are targeted personally inside the shop, based on their prior shopping and the current selections.
- A retailer has identified opportunities to improve on-shelf availability by deploying EPC technology within the store to monitor shelf replenishment.
Most often associated with inventory tracking and supply chain management, RFID applications are growing rapidly. From manufacturing facilities to vehicles, to airport military compounds, store shelves and toll booths, this technology – which has actually been available since 1969 – is steadily (and inevitably) transforming how the world does business
RFID enables users to access information – serial numbers, colors and sources, for example – from a remote location. The technology is based on a relatively simple concept that relies on radio waves to transfer data from a preprogrammed tag to a reader.
- Tags: – active, passive or semi-passive – that store information
- Readers – stationary and handheld – that read/write information from the tags
Companies need confidence in performance and reliability to depend on new technology to manage their businesses. Over the past 24 months, RFID read reliability, tag application, and reader and software performance has improved dramatically; however, there is still room for improvement.
Our partners Impinj and Reva are the leaders on Word Wide level in RFID technology. As strategic partners for these companies LogSystems has the highest level support.
We believe RFID will follow an evolutionary path that is accelerated, but similar to many other technology initiatives that have come before it, such as electronic data interchange, the UPC bar code, point-of-sale systems and global data synchronization. Deployment has already begun with early adopter pilots (Philips, HP, IBM, UPC, Sernam), and broader implementations (Wal Mart, Metro Group, Sony, HP Foxconn,,BGN) and will accelerate toward expansion where open standards, technology stability, enhanced solution options and lower implementation costs combine to drive a critical mass of adoption.
An RFID system consists of a tag made up of a microchip with an antenna, and an interrogator or reader with an antenna. The reader sends out electromagnetic waves. The tag antenna is tuned to receive these waves.
A passive RFID tag draws power from the field created by the reader and uses it to power the microchip’s circuits. The chip then modulates the waves that the tag sends back to the reader, which converts the new waves into digital data.
What is the difference between low-, high-, and ultra-high frequencies?
Just as your radio tunes in to different frequencies to hear different channels, RFID tags and readers have to be tuned to the same frequency to communicate. RFID systems use many different frequencies, but generally the most common are low-frequency (around 125 KHz), high-frequency (13.56 MHz) and ultra-high-frequency or UHF (860-960 MHz). Microwave (2.45 GHz) is also used in some applications. Radio waves behave differently at different frequencies, so you have to choose the right frequency for the right application.
Do all countries use the same frequencies?
Most countries have assigned the 125 kHz or 134 kHz area of the radio spectrum for low-frequency systems, and 13.56 MHz is used around the world for high-frequency systems. But UHF RFID systems have only been around since the mid-1990s, and countries have not agreed on a single area of the UHF spectrum for RFID. Europe uses 868 MHz for UHF, while the U.S. uses 915 MHz. Until recently, Japan did not allow any use of the UHF spectrum for RFID, but it is looking to open up the 960 MHz area for RFID. Many other devices use the UHF spectrum, so it will take years for all governments to agree on a single UHF band for RFID. Governments also regulate the power of the readers to limit interference with other devices. Some groups, such as the Global Commerce Initiative, are trying to encourage governments to agree on frequencies and output. Tag and reader makers are also trying to develop systems that can work at more than one frequency, in order to get around the problem.
EPC Gen 2 And EPC Mark
What is EPC Gen 2?
Gen 2 is the shorthand name given to EPCglobal’s second-generation EPC protocol. It was designed to work internationally and has other enhancements such as a dense reader mode of operation, which prevents readers from interfering with one another when many are used in close proximity to one another.
Why is EPC Gen 2 important?
Gen 2 was designed to work internationally and has other enhancements that are significant, but the real benefit of Gen 2 is that it works anywhere in the world and major manufacturers of chips and tags have lined up behind it. That competition will drive up volume and drive down price. The first Gen 2 tags arrived on the market in the third quarter of 2005 and several companies, including Avery Dennison and UPM Rafsec, announced low-priced tags. Lower prices and the ability of tags to work internationally will drive adoption.
Meeting the Mark
EPCglobal Certification Testing-What it Means, Why it Matters
Key to market proliferation of UHF Gen 2-compliant products is the EPCglobal program to certify the hardware that implements the standard. This includes the testing of tag chips, readers, and printer/encoders with embedded reader modules. Products that pass the tests conducted by MET Laboratories (an independent 3rd-party lab contracted by EPCglobal) earn the EPCglobal certification marks, “seals of approval” indicating the products’ adherence to the stringent requirements of the standard. Says EPCglobal president Chris Adcock, “We want to enable companies that are implementing EPCglobal Standards in their businesses to have easy access to unbiased, objective and reliable information about EPC hardware. This way, companies will be better able to focus on their business at hand and have confidence in the products they select for EPC implementations.”
To this end, EPCglobal has defined three phases of certification: compliance, interoperability, and performanceeach of which is described below.
Compliance testing verifies that products comply with the UHF Gen 2 standard, and products bearing the certification mark are your assurance that they have been rigorously tested against EPCglobal standards. Monza is the first tag chip to achieve certification, while Speedway was one of first readers certified for operation in all modes of the Gen 2 standard, including “dense reader mode”. The dense reader mode was designed specifically for environments such as distribution centers and warehouses where a high number of readers must operate without interfering with each other. Shown below are the compliance marks for Impinj’s Monza tag chips (left) and the Speedway reader (right).
Interoperability testing builds on the compliance certification and verifies the ability of different compliance-certified Gen 2 components to work together. Interoperability is a cornerstone of Impinjs product development efforts. Despite the obvious advantages of assuring interoperability among products, not all RFID vendors have been able to achieve this level of certification. In fact, Impinj is the only company to have earned Gen 2 interoperability certification for both tag chips and readers. By earning both certifications, we can assure our customers that their Impinj-powered tags and readers interoperate flawlessly with other Gen 2 certified products. Shown below are the interoperability marks for Impinjs Monza tag chips (left) and the Speedway reader (right).
Clearly, certified UHF Gen 2 interoperability is a major milestone in the development of RFID systems. As important as that is, though, performance is still what matters most to RFID deployments. RFID hardware must have a high degree of receptivity, meaning both tags and readers are not only extremely sensitive to each other’s signals, they are also able to reject the interference from other RF sources operating in the area. EPCglobal, recognizing the critical importance of receptivity to system performance, created a working group to address these and other issues. In the process of defining minimum requirements, they’ll address not only the performance of tags applied to various classes of productssuch RF-friendly materials as paper, plastic, wood and so forth, as well as more problematic materials such as liquids and metalsbut also the key aspects of tag performance: sensitivity, interference rejection, orientation, electrostatic discharge (ESD) and others parameters. Once the objectives are defined, the EPCglobal Hardware Action Group will draft the specifications for performance testing. And this will complete the promise outlined by the framers of the UHF Gen 2 standard.
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The promise of RFID
RFID technology introduces a wide range of new capabilities with the potential not only to optimize current business processes, but ultimately create new ways of doing business that are anticipated to deliver unprecedented value, within and across company boundaries.
Unlike barcodes, RFID can read multiple tags at one time, with no line of sight required. RFID tags are less vulnerable to damage, and offer significantly higher data capability to capture detailed product information. RFID also offers the potential for read/write capability – makings tags reusable.
Among these capabilities, RFID can help:
- Expedite transaction processing by eliminating the need for line of sight and manual scanning that is associated with the use of bar codes or other manual data collection processes.
- Improve value chain visibility and inventory control by creating the ability to “see” the location of actual products and other assets – in realtime
- Enable track and trace authentication through the identification of discrete items at the various points in the lifecycle
- Power “triggered” processes or automation in business areas like replenishment, manufacturing and operations
- Improve data collection accuracy for the purpose of business intelligence and realtime decision-making
By relaying data about location, design and history to a remote automated reader, RFID technology has the potential to radically improve the effectiveness of tasks as varied as inventory control, production, check in and check out, and homeland security. Using RFID, organizations can track products, parts and services in the warehouse and on the assembly line on the road, in the store and at baggage counters in planes, trains, ships and ports, and in the field.
The ability to lower costs and heighten efficiencies tighter compliance with health, safety and security mandates better customer care and more satisfying returns from the assets that drive operations. The key is to start now -and start smart.
Whether you’re deploying RFID to meet a retailer or goverment mandate, or to improve efficiencies within your own company, LogSystems can provide the technical and business expertise you need.
We can help you to:
- define the business case for deploying RFID
- reengineer business processes
- install the interrogators
- advise on how to tag product or assets
- and integrate the data from the RFID system to support the new business processes
We have experience integrating RFID data into enterprise (ERPs) or warehouse management systems (WMSs).
Our Logistics Partner
Softwarehouse Ltd., our strategic partner is a Hungarian rising company, developer and supplier of a complex Logistics solution, the first on the Hungarian market containing RFID integration. The main philosophy of our enterprise is the sale of solutions that ensure our clients’ lasting competitive edge.
World leader RFID chip supplier, and the designer of the Speedway reader, leader in the RFID reader market
Inventor and manufacturer of the TAP (Tag Acquisition Processor), the ultimate middleware tool for RFID networks.
Printronix is the leader in enterprise printing solutions for the industrial marketplace and distribution supply chain providing network integrated multi-technology printers to businesses worldwide.
MTI Wireless Edge Ltd. delivers fixed wireless communication solutions in up to 40 GHz frequency range. Thirty years of extensive experience in the engineering and supply of military antennas and antenna systems, give MTI its wireless edge.
UPM Raflatac is a globally leading supplier of p sensitive labelstock and manufacturer of RFI frequency identification) tags and inlays. La from UPM Raflatac and new-generation Rafs products meet the needs of demanding applic a vast array of end-uses.
Confidex, headquartered in Tampere, Finland, is a fast growing company with unique expertise in RFID design, manufacturing and system engineering. The company’s highly experienced team has enabled Confidex to quickly become the trusted partner for major vendors and end-users in the RFID industry.
Confidex targets growing RFID applications in asset tracking and public transportation – as well as emerging sectors such as postal and petrochemical applications.
SOLUTION PROVIDER PARNERS
Logistics solution provider. They developed a Warehouse Management Information System with RFID capabilities.
In the phase of implementation LogSystems is working with local allied partners, using external resources for development and installation.