RFID in Europe Magazine Febuary 2016

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RFID in Europe AISBL is a not-for-profit organization established in 2012. RFID in Europe's principle goal is to promote the adoption of Radio Frequency Identification and related technology solutions enabling small and medium sized organizations throughout Europe to gain competitive advantage through their best use. RFID in Europe connects with European end-users, operators, solution providers, universities, research establishments, non-government and government organizations and all other European stakeholders through own initiatives and promotion of national projects via our international network. RFID in Europe is an extension of a European Commission FP7 Thematic Network called RACE networkRFID initiated in 2009.

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Martela identifies furniture with RFID 

Martela has launched a system that improves the speed and accuracy of office furniture inventory take at customer sites significantly. The system implemented by Vilant Systems is based on RFID tags that are attached to furniture. Space is inventoried with handheld RFID readers that pick up tagged furniture efficiently also from longer distances. The system improves the design and planning process of office upgrades or moving. It also improves inventory accuracy for book keeping.

The system reduces human error during inventory and it speeds up the inventory take process significantly. It is normal that the office layout lives while employees do small changes and inventory records are out of date quickly. With the new system a normal office room can be inventoried in 10 seconds. Due to the accurate and up to date inventory record, office moving and upgrade planning is improved. The customer also receives accurate furniture inventory records for book keeping.

The RFID tags are attached to Martela furniture already in production. Old furniture will be tagged with RFID tags during the first inventory take. Martela employees take the office furniture inventory with handheld RFID readers. Vilant’s RFID software updates Martela’s inventory applications with the inventory data. Martela’s customers can focus on their core business by outsourcing office furniture maintenance and inventory take to Martela.

The office environment is a new application area for RFID, but similar asset tracking systems have been implemented for industrial applications. Railway wagons, air freight containers and roller cages have been RFID tagged, for example. RFID-technology is well suitable for the fast identification of large item quantities.

Service and new business Manager Erkki Forsström of Martela is fond of the system: ”This system will revolutionize the furniture management and service industry. Our customers won’t believe their eyes when the see the speed of the inventory process.”

Martela’s system is based on Vilant Server 5 –RFID software products. RFID tags are supplied by UPM Raflatac and RFID handhelds by NordicID.

Contact details: Ville Lukkari, Vilant Systems Oy, Tel.: +358 (0)44 539 2712, ville.lukkari@vilant.com