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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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A Luxurious Getaway at Your Local Store: Retail Innovation

Retailers, particularly specialty stores, hope to challenge online shopping by becoming more.

 

What exactly does “more” mean?

 

Using a destination mindset, shops are adding features and functions that an online purchasing portal cannot possibly provide – food, fun, and social interaction. As a result, the store evolves from a “place to buy” to an entire experience.

 

Because physical store locations cannot typically compete with online venues in convenience or cost, they must differentiate in other ways and become a destination that consumers seek to visit, not just purchase.

 

Entertainment, community and engagement are key – whether unique inventory, interactive technology, or innovative events. The “sell” in this instance is significantly more subtle and yet more effective

 

Why “more”?

 

The goal of the in-store getaway is to attract Generation Z, those born after 1995 and the largest consumer group in history. This age bracket has always had online shopping available and is difficult to lure into a brick-and-mortar store.

 

Speaking to digital natives and beyond requires an offering that transcends the ease and immediacy of ecommerce, one that is more like the interactive experience they have become used to.

 

While particularly popular among high-end or independent retailers, chains and franchises are also experimenting with offerings like group classes, on-site expert panels, and refreshments.

 

As a result, the path to purchase isn’t necessarily lengthened from its linear format, but rather expanded into an ecosystem – building positive brand associations and loyalty beyond the product or service purchased in the now.

 

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 technologies and sensory engagement that can help transform a retail store into a desirable and memorable destination.  Inmotion creates is a critical part of a complete interactive immersive experience.

 

To learn more, visit our website or contact us about building your experience today.

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Mind Your Business – Asset Tracking Solution

Often, IT assets are some of the most valuable within a company  – PCs, laptops, phones, tablets, and smart equipment are not only costly but also store valuable data.

 

A detailed plan must be in place for the tracking, purchasing, using, sharing, and finally, decommissioning, of these assets for an IT department and an entire business to truly be secure.

 

 

The Benefits

 

  1. Make Better Decisions

 

  • Choices like when to purchase in face of planned obsolescence can be easily tracked and plotted.

 

  1. Get Organized

 

  • Eliminate time, resources, and stress wondering who is responsible for an asset and where it has gone.

 

  1. Stay Compliant

 

  • Easily make notes of industry or sector regulations and requirements for particular devices and ensure they are up to code.

 

  1. Become Efficient

 

  • Combing the power of hardware and software leads to a more efficient inventory audit – more accuracy, faster process with less time and fewer people.

 

  1. Streamline

 

  • Use a clear-cut asset-tracking procedure for yearly audits as well as more frequent inventories.

 

  1. Stop Internal Crime and Overall Shrinkage

 

  • With an asset-tracking system, fraud, theft, and loss are reduced significantly as managerial oversight and professional responsibility increase.

 

One study showed that approximately 15% of assets are not accounted for RIGHT NOW. Current methods of tracking are error-prone and time-consuming. There is significant liability that exists when corporate property is misplaced or, worse still, improperly removed. The potential loss of sensitive information as well as expensive or irreplaceable items puts organizations at serious security and regulatory risk.

 

 

EnaSys high-value asset tracking delivers a comprehensive solution that is intuitive to use and provides comprehensive results. EnaSys allows user to not only frequently audit their assets in a fraction of the time of normal methodologies, but it provides a chain-of-custody report for each asset from inception to disposal. Integrating with an organization’s enterprise asset database, one can be fully aware of how the asset has moved within and between rooms, buildings and locations. Alerts can be employed to signal movement, whether unauthorized or permissible, to ensure compliance with company or regulatory compliance.

 

Contact us for a complimentary consultation, and we’ll help you mind your business.

 

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Smooth Criminal: Hacker Talks His Way inside a Data Center

A financial entity recently hired a professional to test its security. This consultant was well-known reformed cybercriminal Kevin Mitnick, who spent nearly a decade in prison for hacking and has since started his own organization.

 

 

He and his company specialize in exploiting and revealing security holes so that businesses can harden their processes. The credit bureau that hired him likely anticipated he would attempt to subvert their digital weak points and prepared accordingly.

 

Instead, he walked right into the building.

 

By setting an appointment with a sales person under false pretenses, he was given a tour and gained access to the inner workings of the building by cloning a single access badge. Afterward, he noted that the “human factor is usually the easiest way in.”

 

Don’t let this happen at your facility.

 

Inmotion Personnel Verification™ is a comprehensive system for verifying the credentials of military and police forces to provide instant access to critical user information at key locations.

 

Using Passive RFID technology, Inmotion Personnel Verification confirms the authenticity level of an individual based on the wireless response from the detection of multiple, defined user items. Personnel property such as uniforms, protective gear, head gear, weapons, and identification cards are used to communicate the authenticity level while the system offers other critical profile and functional information.

 

Encrypted data is managed from fixed and remote locations and can be integrated with surveillance monitoring, RFID antennae locations in the field, building sites, and formal check points.

 

Learn more – contact us

 

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Trash Talk: RFID in Garbage Collection

A city in England is outfitting 35,000 of its trash cans with RFID microchips to determine if residents are “contaminating” their recycling bins.

 

RFID in garbage collection

 

In this process, the bin is lifted off the ground either by machine arm or human trash collector. As it is emptied, the microchip is scanned by an antenna on the garage truck door. This portal records an identification number registered to individual households.

 

As sorting takes place, both in the truck and at the facility, waste management organizations and the local governments are taking note of recycling efforts.

 

In addition, statistics such as pick-up time are recorded in real-time, optimizing waste collection efforts in the area.

 

Don’t treat your assets like trash.

 

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

 

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 and reduce costs.

 

Put your outdated system in the garbage – learn more or contact us today.

 

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Tape Storage Provides an Impressive 557% Return on Investment

Over a 10-year period, the average tape storage solution yields over $13 million in approximate cost savings.

 

tape storage

 

LTO tape is the basis for a wide variety of high-capacity and performance-intensive products and applications today, but a recent study sought to discover its true strategic value.

 

In addition to the $13 million in savings over a 10-year period, LTO solutions provide significant value by:

 

  • Lessening total cost of ownership
  • Reducing necessity of solution expenditures (in failure events, for example)
  • Decreasing IT operational costs
  • Increasing productivity
  • Accommodating fast-growth data
  • Retaining information reliably
  • Providing high-integrity storage
  • Having low startup and maintenance costs

 

 

Compared with disk-based storage, organizations save an additional $400,000 by opting for tape. As a result, LTO tape provides the best economic value as a long-term data retention solution.

 

 

How Can I Save Even More?

 

Optimize your tape label storage system with Tri-Optic.

 

Label quality is critical to data management, and in many ways, it 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. We continue to research and develop the newest technology for label printing in order to give you the highest quality media labels on the market.

 

At Tri-Optic, we know the importance of both barcode and RFID labels to your scalable tape library. We have worked with the world’s leading storage library manufacturers to create media labels that meet and exceed the most stringent standards.

 

To read the full study, click here.

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Signs Take Flight: Digital Signage Design Strategy Inspired by Airports

Digital signage within airports offers several design cues:

 

  1. Less is More

Clear meaning leads to easy interpretation. Large images, interesting symbols, and minimal text are essential to attention and conversion. Moreover, a single, well-placed sign with a targeted message is typically more effective than a signage cluster.

 

  1. Contrast is Key

Contrast not only aids in readability but a bold aesthetic also catches the eyes of consumers whether in-store on the path to purchase or passing by a nearby area. In a shared space, a sharp brand messages are more noticeable and engaging.

 

  1. Location, Location, Location

Within a wayfinding framework, signage must be placed at or before crucial decision points, whether that is the direction to take to an airport terminal or which accessories to select and pair in the changing room.

 

  1. Be Data-Driven

Providing crucial content is extremely important. Within an airport, this might be departure and arrival times; within a retail environment, this might be colors and sizes currently in stock.

 

  1. Think “Interactive”

Touch screens, voice response and other interactive features go beyond distribution of visual content to bring a brand story (or an airport terminal) to life.

 

Inmotion has decades of experience providing equipment and tailoring content for some of the largest and most well-recognized American brands. Inmotion’s digital signage system has been developed to be scalable, easy to deploy, and intuitive with built-in tech support for any level of complexity.

 

Want to get your digital signage plan off the ground?

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Old MacDonald Had an RFID Reader: RFID in Farming and Food

RFID in Farming and Food

 

Players in the international farming and food industry are implementing ultra-high frequency RFID to improve monitoring of animal health, meat storage, and more.

 

A farm in Germany has begun tracking its pigs from breeding to slaughter, providing valuable data to breeders, farm and factory personnel, and consumers through portals and sensors across locations as well as handheld sensors for staff members.

 

 

RFID chips are attached to existing ear tags, recording food consumption, barn exit or entry, general health, and eventual slaughter. Tasks like “fattening” are monitored internally, while details like origin, slaughter date, and meat packaging are broadcasted externally.

 

Thus far, the project has provided valuable insight into the swine lifecycle as well as reliable identification and record of each and every piglet.

 

Tracking in a rugged environment requires special considerations.  The EnaSys asset tracking system offers a complete and automated asset-tracking solution that incorporates proper methodologies in a reliable, integrated manner while meeting the necessities of operating in harsh conditions . Our asset-tracking system is intuitive to use and typically provides a payback of just over a year. It 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 and reduce costs.

 

So whether tracking IT equipment or piglets, EnaSys is an asset-tracking system on which you can bet the farm.

 

Read the original article here or contact us for more information

Data Center Demand by Region

Data Center Demand by Region:
Which areas of the United States saw the largest DC demand in 2016?


 

Data center demand is projected to soar in 2017 due to increasing Cloud usage and mobile data streaming. One the best ways to pinpoint where those DC “hotspots” will be is to examine real estate and land development records from 2016.

 

In 2016, the top 4 data center markets by growth were:

  • Northern Virginia
  • Northern California
  • Chicago
  • Dallas-Fort Worth

 

Projects in DFW alone include:

  • Raging Wire
  • T5
  • Facebook
  • Digital Realty
  • QTS
  • Equinix
  • Cyrus One

 

As a result, rack density within these new or expanding facilities is rapidly growing as is housing of other critical assets.

 

EnaSys high-value asset tracking delivers a comprehensive solution designed for the data center environment. It is intuitive to use and allows users to not only frequently audit their assets in 1/10th the time of normal methodologies, but it also provides a chain-of-custody report for each asset from inception to disposal.

 

Integrating with an organization’s enterprise asset database, one can be fully aware of how the asset has moved within and between rooms, buildings and locations. Alerts can be employed to signal movement, whether unauthorized or permissible, to ensure compliance with company or regulatory compliance.

 

Whether you are building, buying, or just better equipping your data center or other mission-critical facility, the EnaSys asset tracking system is your solution.

 

Learn more or contact us 

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EnaSys Asset Management System

 

asset management system

Control Your Assets

  • Improve count accuracy
  • Reduce loss
  • Know location
  • Capture history
  • Inventory in 1/10th the time
  • Optimize with RFID

 

Customized Reporting

  • Dynamic search queries, simple or complex
  • Unique field formats and viewing capabilities
  • Automated export
  • Full support

 


Pre-built reports:

 

Last Seen Since

  • Select a date range, assets not accounted for in that period will be listed

 

Not Scanned Since

  • Select a date range, assets not scanned in that period will be listed

 

Not Tagged

  • Assets in system but without tags will be listed

 

Last Inventory and Location

  • Comprehensive listing of last location and most recent inventory for each asset will be provided

 


 

Check-in & Check-out

  • Assign assets to users
  • Bundle assets
  • Search assets
  • Establish hierarchies
  • Allocate asset responsibility
  • Create entry and exit points
  • Track movement

 

Additional Enhancements

  • Identify misplaced assets
  • Intuitive search experience
  • Friendly user interface

 

Control your assets with EnaSys.  It’s simple, reliable, and supported by a US-based team to answer all your questions. EnaSys was designed to work in any environment where assets need tracking.  An intuitive asset management system that is easy to use, it will provide a quick payback by saving considerable time and money.

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