Air Force Unit Employs RFID

July 21, 2009
The 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base will track information technology assets using radio frequency identification (RFID)

The 375th Medical Group at Scott Air Force Base has deployed AssetGather software and handheld radio frequency identification (RFID) readers to enable rapid inventorying of thousands of IT Assets dispersed across two thousand rooms in various buildings.

The Scott AFB Medical Center uses a large amount of IT equipment in its hospitals and pharmacies to help deliver medical and dental services to its beneficiaries, said AssetTrack. Even though organizations like the 375th Medical Group have a fair assessment of what assets they own, over a period of time, assets were getting moved and sometimes temporarily misplaced within the organization. This caused the required periodic audits which were manually intensive, to be very time consuming and potentially error-prone, as they involved manual reading of serial numbers and updates in spreadsheets or existing enterprise systems.

AssetPulse deployed its AssetGather product to address the inefficiencies and possible inaccuracies in the system. The Web-based AssetGather software provides up-to-date asset and inventory reports by integrating with a range of automatic identification technologies. These technologies include passive, semi-passive, and active RFID, as well as bar codes. Tracking IT assets using RFID was a high priority project within the Medical Center, and as a preliminary step Scott AFB decided to use EPC Gen2 passive RFID technology with handheld readers.

“We are pleased that the Confidex Steelwave UHF EPC Gen2 Passive RFID tag was recognized as a leading performer by AssetPulse and Scott AFB Medical Center,” said Bill Compitello, director of sales at Confidex. “AssetPulse’s AssetGather software effectively leverages the performance of the Confidex Steelwave to provide Scott AFB Medical Center an exceptional overall solution.”

Apart from inventory scans and audits, the system will also allow the Scott AFB Medical Center personnel to perform physical searches of batches of assets when they are due for replacement at the end of their life-cycle.

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