Mining for Lost Equipment Yields Results with RFID Handheld Device

Managing high-value equipment is a problem due to maintenance schedules. Now a cloud service offers the ability to find tools that need calibrating using RFID.
The NOX Vault Handheld RFID reader
The NOX Vault Handheld RFID reader
June 20, 2011 - PRLog -- Warrenton, Virginia   A geiger counter clicking sound increases its speed as the handheld device approaches the corner of the supply room.  Suddenly, a picture of a tool pops on the device's screen.  Maintenance alert!  This tool is scheduled for calibration!  But where is it?  No tool is visible on the floor.  The operator reaches behind a pile of cardboard, as the clicking geiger-counter sound speeds up.  Success!  The tool was hidden under the boxes.  
RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) tags are simple labels with a micro-antenna embedded in them.  When a NOX Vault handheld reader from SimplyRFID comes near the tag, the reader senses its presence.  It displays information about the tagged item.  If an operator is looking for one specific tool, or perhaps any tool that needs calibrating, the reader can be set for that criteria, and the geiger counter alert sound kicks off.  
Meanwhile, all the tools belonging to a business are defined and described in the database.  That's no problem for SimplyRFID's NOX Online Cloud Service.  The online cloud service keeps records of the RFID-tagged items, noting when they are due for calibration or maintenance.  The service alerts operators as due dates approach.  
"Our NOX Online Cloud Service was originally built for suppliers to the Defense Department," says Carl Brown, President of SimplyRFID.  "We realized that, like many technologies first built for military use, this service fulfilled a compelling need for commercial business."  The SimplyRFID NOX Online Cloud Service and the NOX Vault handheld RFID reader are available from SimplyRFID at

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