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Time for a Tune Up: Car & Data Center Maintenance

Whether you’re operating a vehicle or a data center facility, a few commonalities exist that keep things running smoothly and on the right track.

 

  1. Scheduled Maintenance

 

In a vehicle, these tasks consist of fluid checks and various inspections. In a data center, procedures like deep cleaning, zinc whisker remediation and CFD analysis are essential.

 

  1. The Warranty

 

Car parts and data center equipment usually come with manufacturer standards and recommendations. For a vehicle, this might include a particular oil to be used for the engine. In a data center, the air containment ratio is typically outlined for the longest life of a CRAC unit.

 

  1. The Inventory

 

Missing a spare tire or a server when you need it most is enough to bring any road trip or database migration to a screeching halt. An accurate account of what’s in your rig or DC is immeasurably helpful.

 

 

Don’t Let the Wheels Fall Off

 

EDP partners with a team of specialists to clean and maintain your data center in accordance with warranty and equipment requirements. Their patented asset management system can efficiently identify, track, and manage all of your IT assets faster and more accurately than traditional methodologies.

 

Get in the driver’s seat of your data center and contact us today.

 

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Be Like LuluLemon: Put RFID in Retail like a Pro

RFID and Retail: At RFID Journal Live 2017, LuluLemon received the “Best Retail RFID Implementation” for using RFID technology to improve supply chain and store operations.

 

More specifically, LuluLemon increased inventory accuracy and visibility as well as improved customer experience. In addition, they utilized RFID to create an advanced easy-pay system that synced brick-and-mortar and digital purchases/online pick-up.

 

RFID and retail

 

The biggest goal for the brand was better inventory management through in-store locationing in all 300 of its North American stores.

 

Unified Commerce

 

Understanding the location of every item in retail opens new doors.  LuluLemon knows – if it is not on the shelf, you can’t sell it, and the Inmotion always-on inventory system ensures that the information about “out of stocks” is immediate, and low stock alerts are fast and accurate.

 

Moreover, assisting customers through accurate real-time wayfinding enhances store experience, and RFID enables retail to take advantage of speed and efficiency. Inmotion is at the forefront of express and assisted check-out systems using RFID in-person and online.

 

Inmotion can help you get the right product to the right person at the right time – every time – and sync the digital with the physical for the ultimate inventory solution.

 

Start your RFID retail implementation project today. Contact us now.

 

Original article here.

Retail’s Biggest Disruptor – Digital-First Retail

A recent study just revealed retail’s biggest disruptor, and it’s not ecommerce. It’s a phenomenon called digital-first retail.

 

Today, in the retail sphere, consumers’ paths to purchase are being constantly and dramatically influenced by digital channels in a variety of locations, including in-store via displays, mobile engagement and other interactive experiences. And while ecommerce comprises approximately 10% of sales for the average retail company, digitally influenced brick & mortar sales are estimated to be more than five times that.

 

Interactive online content on personal and in-store mobile devices is becoming an increasingly powerful tool to influence the buyers’ journey and communicate brand stories.

 

digital-first retail

 

Become a Disruptor

 

Inmotion’s team of experts will work with you to develop your digital influence in-store.

 

In creating an improved retail experience for the consumer, Inmotion allows the branding and product interaction to be intensely personal. Various technologies are synced so that the consumer is able to be absorbed in a web-like experience via responsive smartscreen while holding the product.

 

Brand context, technical specifications, and social trending data can be delivered with each product selection so that the customer experiences the product’s story. Inmotion also provides marketing, store managers, and floor staff access to real-time visitor and buying trends. Analytics are provided in daily reports that show consumer activity prior to purchase and promotional effectiveness.

 

Build your vision with us. Get started now.

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Tracking Medical Assets & Preventing the Next Superbug

Mobile devices like tablets and handheld monitoring equipment are becoming more and more visible in the healthcare industry, providing easy access to patient data and secure channels for peer collaboration.

 

tracking medical assets

 

But, according to a new study, approximately 70% of healthcare workers’ mobile devices harbor dangerous bacteria.

 

Because these pieces of technology are routinely handled in conjunction with contamination, placed near faces, and housed in warm, dark pockets, they breed disease, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Over 2 million patients in the United States contract these expensive and hard-to-treat infections.

 

Proper disinfection, cleaning and sanitation of this (and all) equipment is absolutely necessary. It is equally essential that these processes are tracked and recorded as they are completed as well as routinely scheduled.

 

However, just within this past decade, hospitals and healthcare facilities relied only on paper-based reporting for their asset-tracking needs.

 

Making Modern Medicine More Modern

 

EnaSys offers a complete and automated asset-tracking solution that incorporates proper disinfecting and cleaning methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner to capture all physical infrastructure assets from deployment to decommissioning and from wheelchairs to tablets.

 

Our asset-tracking system provides completes tracking and typically provides a payback of just over a year and is supported by multi-level services to help you successfully deploy your program. Just as importantly, it accomplishes this in one-tenth of the time of traditional methods. This allows you to audit more frequently, reduce costs, and prevent the next superbug from spreading.

 

Request a quote for your medical center today.

 

Original article here.

5 Digital Signage Trends – 2018

Retailers must stay ahead of the technological curve to be successful. Inmotion can help you create an innovative strategy for the future by thinking about tomorrow – today.

 

 

  1. Trickier tech

 

Tomorrow’s equipment will need to respond quickly and interact not only with users but also with other tech like cameras, mobile devices, sensors, apps and more without delay. Not only does this require advanced engineering but also massive data processing capability.

 

  1. Smarter service

 

Smart analysis and promotion of linked products, services, and other solutions will be significantly accelerated. Experiences will be personalized with unique data and dimensions. Recognition software for vocal and facial features will be incorporated into daily retail life.

 

  1. AI advertising

 

Artificial intelligence will take the wheel for large-scale marketing and advertising. AI with the aptitude to manage and monitor digital signage can display content to particular audiences using a wide variety of indicators instantaneously.

 

  1. Rigorous reporting

 

Harvested data will be automatically translated into digestible figures for key decision-makers, increasing efficiency and optimizing workflow.

 

  1. Short staff

 

Digital signage offers unique communication pathways in place of human-to-human contact – eliminating lines and checkouts while reworking the shopping experience.

 

In creating an improved retail experience for the consumer, Inmotion allows the branding and product interaction to be intensely personal. Various technologies are synced so that the consumer is able to be absorbed in a web-like experience via responsive smartscreen while holding the product.

 

Brand context, technical specifications, and social trending data can be delivered with each product selection so that the customer experiences the product’s story. Inmotion also provides marketing, store managers, and floor staff access to real-time visitor and buying trends. Analytics are provided in daily reports that show consumer activity prior to purchase and promotional effectiveness.

 

Contact us yesterday to get started on your digital signage project or to learn more about digital signage trends 2018. Your future self will thank you.

 

Original article here.

Getting Attached: 5 Ways to Attach RFID Tags

RFID tags can attach to different surface types using a variety of mounting techniques. Depending on the material, improper attachment can cause read rates to decline, impacting user ability to track and manage assets.

 

attach RFID tags

 

  1. Film Adhesive

 

Film adhesive is quick and easy to apply. It is the least expensive method and, as a result, it is used in the majority of RFID tags today. It is especially useful for fixed assets.

 

  1. Foam Adhesive

 

Foam adhesive is a more rugged solution. It is stronger than film and the preferred application technique for more durable assets but also for those that remain fixed.

 

  1. Epoxy Adhesive

 

Epoxy adhesive is the strongest adherent, typically utilized to cover embedded tags or affix tags to assets that experience significant travel and wear-and-tear.

 

  1. Screw/Rivet

 

Screw and/or rivet adhesive is often used in tandem with a more durable tag and requires tools to affix and remove.

 

  1. Wire/Cable Tie

 

Wire and cable ties are implemented when the above options are not workable. This method works well for unusually shaped items, like cables and other hard-to-tag items, but it is not very durable.

 

Contact us to learn more about how to attach RFID tags and to discuss which solution is right for your application.

 

Original article here.

No Failsafe: Data Centers without Backup

Two governmental data centers in India have been storing information for more than a decade without any backup systems whatsoever.

 

The area of Karnataka is prone to earthquakes, power failure, and other disruptive events. Despite this reality, a “disaster recovery site” and physical copies via tape media are only just now being discussed.

 

It is believed that housing the large amount of data outside of India and away from seismic risk is cost-prohibitive and contributing to the delay in securing and implementing a backup plan.

 

Don’t Gamble with Data

 

Operating a sizeable data pipeline without physical backups and proper organizational techniques in place is risky. Engineered Data Products and Tri-Optic can help your facility manage and safeguard its backup tape library while lowering costs as well.

 

 

Label quality is critical to data management and, in many ways, represents one of the most important components of any media library. For over 25 years, Tri-Optic has been the world leader in Media Label Technology, offering T10000, LTO, 3480, 3592, 9840, DLT, SDLT, 8mm AIT, 4mm and Optical bar code labels. We continue to research and develop the newest technology for media bar code label printing in order to give you the highest quality media labels on the market.

 

At Tri-Optic, we know the importance of bar codes to your scalable tape library and have made it our business to manufacture only professional quality sequential bar coded labels. We have worked with the world’s leading storage library manufacturers to create media bar code labels that meet and exceed their stringent standards.
We recognize that quality barcodes, accurate filing and easy readability is vital to speed data storage and retrieval, and through the use of proven color coding filing methods and Grade A bar code quality ,Tri-Optic has maintained its position as the supplier of choice.

 

Contact us today to learn more.

 

Original article here

 

RAIN RFID: Seven Applications You’ve Probably Already Used & Don’t Know It

RAIN RFID, designed by Impinj, connects everyday items to the internet with effortless, wireless technology to connect the physical with the digital. Even if the names do not sound familiar, you’ve likely interacted with at least one of their tracking applications.

 

 

  1. Do you fly Delta Airlines?

 

RAIN tracks baggage at 344 locations across the globe. That’s 120 million bags each year at an accuracy rate of 99.9%, all with hands-free scanning and live updates via mobile app.

 

  1. Have you changed in a smart fitting room?

 

RAIN, with the help of Inmotion, enhances the customer experience of several brands by providing fast, simple access to product information like size and color availability as well as smart mirrors that can help you accessorize and purchase.

 

  1. Are you an on-demand delivery customer?

 

RAIN RFID helps to deliver goods and meals in less than an hour in several major metropolitan areas.

 

  1. Did you undergo surgery lately?

 

A number of medical facilities in the southeast United States have deployed smart disposal systems in operating rooms to track inventory use and disposal in an effort to be better prepared for procedures and to bill patients more accurately.

 

  1. Do you like sushi?

 

Several sushi restaurants in the northwest United States have embraced the trend of “conveyor-belt sushi,” which rotates carefully around the restaurant. RFID tech in the plates ensure that the sushi doesn’t circulate too long and lose freshness, that the most popular dishes are continuously crafted by the chefs, and that each customer tab is correct.

 

  1. Have you crossed a border recently?

 

Both the Mexican and Canadian borders as well as several United States’ borders utilize “Enhanced Drivers’ Licenses, embedded with RAIN technology to eliminate the need for a passport or other identifying documentation.

 

  1. Do you drink Coca-Cola?

 

The Coke Freestyle machine found at many restaurants around the world uses RAIN RFID to monitor over 12 million user transactions a day and provide updates on dispenser operation and product consumption data so that the soda machine never runs dry.  Coke has even used EDP’s inMotion tracking in home refrigerators.

 

 

Want to try your own RFID application? Contact us to see the possibilities or to find out more about item intelligence.

 

Original article here.

Site Secure: Top 4 Data Center Best Practices

It seems nearly every week there are dozens of headlines for security breaches, compliance violations, and covert theft in the tech industry. Often, these aren’t advanced cybersecurity efforts, but simplistic security holes that are overlooked and undervalued.

 

Don’t make the same mistakes.

 

Based on security shortcomings and resulting losses over the past year, Mission Critical Magazine compiled four major data center best practices to start on today.

 

  1. Physical Security
  • Problem: Hacks, theft, and loss are happening at a significant rate inside the organization as well as outside of it.
  • Solution: Our personal access package includes software and hardware to record, supervise, and control access within any facility. Read more.

 

  1. Expert Advice
  • Problem: Data center management is complex enough without adding security components.
  • Solution: Experienced professionals not only produce a more well-rounded security plan but they also implement it far more efficiently. Talk with a pro.

 

  1. Health Check Up
  • Problem: Fluctuations in temperature and airflow are normal to some extent, but it is often difficult to determine the cause immediately.
  • Solution: Our data center maintenance team can help you delineate a baseline of essential measurements and potential causes for changes – normal or nefarious. Sign up here.

 

  1. Alerts & Alarms
  • Problem: Assets are changing hands without a clear record of possession
  • Solution: Our asset-tracking software and hardware provides detailed check-in and check-out functionality as well as chain-of-custody reporting and event alert options. Take a look.

 

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Stable Tracking: Don’t Put Your Data Out to Pasture

Researchers in Canada are using RFID technology to track contact with horses to prevent the spread of equine and human disease.

 

 

Horses and staff members have each been outfitted with an RFID tags that collect data as they make contact with other tags. The risk for infection is then evaluated based on confined areas, interaction order, and length of contact.

 

If this model proves successful, the intent is to migrate the solution to hospitals and medical facilities, where health care professionals can track potentially contagious patients to better understand the transmission of illness.

 

Whether you’re tracking horses, humans, or any valuable assets, EnaSys by EDP offers a complete and automated asset-tracking solution that incorporates proper methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner to capture all high-value assets and their respective details.

 

Our asset-tracking system provides complete tracking, a strong ROI and permanent cost savings – all with the process taking 10% of the time of traditional methods.  This enables you to track more often, reducing shrinkage and identifying issues quickly.   Other capabilities such as checking in and out, life-cycle record keeping, and chain of custody are available as well.  With an experienced technical team, EnaSys will ensure a proper installation and provide support going forward.

 

Interested? Just say hay to learn more.

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