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Inventory & Asset Management How Wireless Technology Can Add Values 2005 Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo Victor Chen Bell Canada Enterprise Wireless Solutions.

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1 Inventory & Asset Management How Wireless Technology Can Add Values 2005 Wireless & Mobile WorldExpo Victor Chen Bell Canada Enterprise Wireless Solutions

2 Wireless Technologies and Business Applications RFID Asset Tracking Supply Chain Inventory Management Wireless LAN Data Collection Mobile Devices Fixed Readers EPC Standard Barcode Active Tags Data Communication Wireless Switch Mobility Access Ports

3 Bridging Wireless Technologies and Business Applications Wireless Data Collection Wireless Data Communication Data Management and Processing Asset & Location Tracking Asset Management Inventory Management in Supply Chain Applying Mobility to Business and Operational Process Handheld Devices, RFID, Barcode WLAN Infrastructure WWAN Network WLAN Infrastructure WWAN Network Application Software

4 Enterprise Asset Management Managing assets that are owned or leased by organizations IT Equipment Restrictive “Mobile” Tools Facilities Production Assets Fleet Needs and Challenges Manage all assets critical to the performance of the organizations. Keep the organization’s assets operate at optimum efficiency. Address budgetary and services issues. Protect significant investment in assets. To be aware of the location, condition, availability and utilization of equipment and capital assets. Improve asset accountability and regulatory requirement (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley).

5 Customer’s Justification for an Effective Enterprise Asset Management Solution Comply with health and safety requirements Achieve higher service levels with the same or lower budget and resources Reduce asset acquisition costs Manage costs to budget Improve efficiency of operation Reduce maintenance backlog Managed 3 rd parties operating or maintaining assets Comply with regulations Reduce risk of non-compliance Retain knowledge of workforce Improve employee satisfaction Improve customer satisfaction Improve public record/image Create a better work place Legal Requirement Revenue Enhancement Cost Reduction Outsourcing Initiative Risk Mitigation Competitive Advantage Justification Physical Assets

6 Wireless Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Solution  Applies enterprise mobility to the EAM process to improve productivity.  Keep the organization’s assets and operations at optimum efficiency.  Mobile EAM solution provides workers with critical information at the point of activity.  Enable faster and accurate distributed assets information to transmitted back to the EAM system. Mobile PortionEAM Portion Wireless Switch WLAN Access Ports EAM System Server EAM Application Software Switch Key Components Enterprise Asset Management or similar function backend software Rugged Mobile Computers: WLAN enabled WLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless Switches OR RFID Infrastructure: Readers and Tags Rugged Mobile Computers (Barcode and./or RFID) Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System

7 Case: Managing Mobile Firefight Equipment Customer Type: Forest Fire Suppression Agency Problem Required to respond quickly to forest fire Equipment were manually identified, and individually counted and recorded Lengthy asset management process Time consuming and error-pronged Wasting fire fighting recourses Lost or misplaces mobile equipment Solution An Active Tag RFID solution capable of close to 100% read accuracy. Solution comprises of an Active RFID tag, Mobile and Fixed RFID readers and custom developed software. Benefits to Customer Enable customer to efficiently track its assets across the province Provide a real-time inventory view of all its assets – with single press of a button Improve asset tracking and management capability Improve resource usage

8 Asset and Location Tracking (Wi-Fi/WLAN based)

9 Why assets tracking is needed? Ensure availability of assets critical to operations Where is it Now ? Where is the closest piece of equipment I need ? What was its last location ? History ? Utilization ? How many of each type of equipment are out there and where are they ? Impact on business and operations Productivity loss Increase in capital and expense Jeopardizing customer service

10 Asset and Location Tracking Solution  Combines the wireless networking technology with location information.  Leverages standard WLAN access points without the need for RF antennas and receivers.  Location capability: up to 1m average accuracy (4 to 6 access point signals)  Fast deployment and lower system deployment cost. Wireless Switch WLAN Access Ports Applications Server Asset Tracking and Locating Software Switch Key Components Wi-Fi location tracking tag (battery powered active radio tag) Positioning Engine software WLAN Infrastructure: Access Ports and Wireless Switch Wi-Fi Tracking Tag

11 Tracking Assets and Patients in Hospital Improve patient care and increase productivity of medical staff Medical Equipment Tracking Find misplaced equipment, increase utilization and reduce new purchases Monitor utilization and long- term needs Reduce theft and accidental losses Patients Tracking Being used in a long-term care facility to track over 100 patients. Improve “wanderers” quality of life by reducing lock downs requirement. Receive alarms based on patient movements and profiles.

12 Location Tracking Applications  Visitor guidance  Personnel tracking  Truck/baggage cart tracking  Tracking portable medical equipment  Tracking patients and caregivers  Location-enabling hand-held bar code scanners  Tracking lift trucks, personnel for improved workflows  Increase asset and equipment visibility Warehousing and Manufacturing Healthcare Airports Security  Visitor Management  Personnel Assignment  Asset Alarming DATA VOICE WLAN LOCATION

13 Inventory Management in Supply Chain

14 Supply Chain and Inventory Management Distribution Centers and Warehouses Manufacturing Plants Raw Material Facilities Retail Stores Inventory Flow in a Supply Chain (Raw materials, work-in-progress and finished inventory) Consumers Supplying the right products Supplying the right products At the right moment At the right moment At minimal cost At minimal cost To achieve objective s of SCM In the right quantities

15 Key Solution Components Tags (or Transponders) : Active vs. Passive Read Only vs. Read/Write Frequency (LF, HF, UHF, Microwave) Read Range Data Capacity Readers Middleware Application Software Tags (or Transponders) : Active vs. Passive Read Only vs. Read/Write Frequency (LF, HF, UHF, Microwave) Read Range Data Capacity Readers Middleware Application Software Key Drivers New Technology New Standards Industry Mandates New Economics Business Applications What is Driving RFID today?

16 EPC/RFID Solutions EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Solutions can help organizations boost productivity, improve customer service, and lower costs SolutionsDescription Warehousing - Automated Shipping & Receiving Warehousing - Automated Shipping & Receiving Tagging items at the case and pallet level with RFID tags. Readers placed at warehouse dock doors record the items loaded and unloaded from trucks; backend system verifies contents against PO and ASN. Retail - Item-Level Shelf Monitoring Retail - Item-Level Shelf Monitoring Tagging at the item-level, along with ‘smart shelves’ – units with RFID readers built in, provide immediate feedback for replenishment, in addition to notification of misplaced items. Manufacturing - Work-In-Process Tracking Manufacturing - Work-In-Process Tracking High value items and highly regulated items that require data gathered at various points in the production line are excellent targets for RFID tagging. Record safety test data at each step in the process, automatically.

17 EPC Class 1 Label Packaged Product Encode/Apply Printer Manufacturing (Crate/Box Level) Warehouses and Distribution Center (Pallet Level) Retail Outlet (Unit Level) ExpressVu boxes with EPC Class 1 Labels Antennas Shelves Application of RFID in Inventory Management EPC RFID Portal and EPC RFID tags

18 Why are Organizations Looking at EPC/RFID? ComponentLevers ImpactedVariables Benefits Inventory Inventory days on hand Safety stock Transit inventory Recurring inventory carrying costs Promotion management Visibility of real time info Decrease in supply chain volatility Lead time reduction Improved supply chain throughput Shrink Error related shrink Internal/external theft Better tracking and tracing of high value items Access to real time info flow Reduced human error Labour Labour productivity Supply chain throughput More time to complete manual processes Improved validation and audit processes Assets Utilization of assets Depreciation of charge on distribution owned Total distribution of asset base Brand management Increased throughput Better tracking and tracing of assets Fewer assets required Transport Freight costs Reverse logistics costs Access to outbound load density through better information, planning and improved throughput

19 The Power of Wireless Technologies Barcode RFID Wireless Data Collection & Communication Technologies Business Applications Major Customer Benefits Increase Supply Chain Management efficiency Increase workers’ productivity Increase data recording accuracy Reduce inventory cost Enhance assets tracking capability Increase inventory control efficiency Enterprise Asset Management Software Warehouse Management Systems Software Enterprise Asset Management Software Warehouse Management Systems Software Applications Software Combining with To deliver Increase asset management efficiency Asset Management Asset & Location Tracking Inventory Management in Supply Chain WLAN WWAN WLAN WWAN To support Applying Mobility to Business and Operational Process

20 Thank You


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