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Asset and personnel tracking system from Electro-Com

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AXCESS asset and personnel tracking system combines asset and people identification with the ability to functionally link an asset to a person.

AXCESS active RFID tags placed on assets and people allow strategically positioned readers to automatically track and monitor movement throughout a facility without human interaction.

By linking an asset ID to an employee ID, people can carry their laptops or tools with them, allowing employees to forego physical searches.

Benefits of the ActiveTag asset and personnel tracking system:

  • Greater visibility within the facility
  • Increased security
  • Greater control of critical IT assets
  • Added convenience with hands-free identification
  • Easily installed on existing network infrastructure
  • Integrated network digital video allows for automatic recording of a triggered event

Industries using ActiveTag asset and personnel tracking:

  • Corporate facilities
  • Government facilities
  • Prisons
  • Warehouse and distribution yards
  • Airports
  • Hospitals

This flexibility of the AXCESS asset and personnel tracking system comes from the use of dual frequencies for wake-up and data transmission; low frequency (LF) on wake up (132 kHz) and high frequency (HF) for transmission (315 MHz or 433 MHz).

Tag transmission at HF encounters minimal interference and penetrates all materials except metal, enabling reliable tag transmission. This also enables long range tag reads at distances over 35 feet using omni-directional antennas, hence no line of sight required.

The AXCESS tracking system provides unique features such as multi-tag read which allows for multiple tags to be read simultaneously, and Functional Linkage which permits decision and control based on tying two or more tag reads together (e.g. person to laptop, driver to vehicle, trailer to cargo, etc).

The AXECSS system can be easily integrated into most systems. Numerous standard communications protocols are currently supported, including serial (RS-232), network (Ethernet TCP/IP) and Wiegand (SIA 26-bit standard). However, the system can easily be adapted to virtually any standard or proprietary communications protocol.

How the system works

The AXCESS ActiveTag system is a wireless RFID tag communications system comprised of activators, activation antennas, receivers and small battery powered radio transponders or tags. In a typical installation, the tag is awakened by a low frequency (LF) 132 kHz radio activation signal generated by a small radio transmitter, the activator, connected to an antenna located in the pavement, in the ceiling or wall, above a doorway etc.

Upon activation, the tag transmits a high frequency (HF) radio signal (either 315 MHz or 433 MHz) containing, at a minimum, its pre-programmed ID number that uniquely identifies the source of each transmission.

Receivers convert the tag signals into data and then pass the information on to a host computer or controller running application software. Numerous standard communications protocols are currently supported, including serial (RS-232), network (Ethernet TCP/IP) and Wiegand (SIA 26-bit standard).

However, the AXCESS asset and personnel tracking system can easily be adapted to virtually any standard or proprietary communications protocol. The receiver also supports user configurable decision logic, relay control and output filtering capabilities.

System Components

Asset Tags – The many different asset tags are high performance active RFID tags based on patented automatic identification technology. The tags can be affixed to virtually any asset (laptops, computers, peripherals, electronic equipment, pallets, inventory items, etc) for effective long-range asset tracking throughout the enterprise or supply chain.

Personnel Credential Tags – The personnel credential tag provides convenient, hands free identification of personnel for access control, people tracking and resource management applications. Tag signals can travel long distances around and through walls, clothing, luggage and even people. Multiple tags can be read at distances over 35 feet inside a typical facility.

Antenna – There are different antennas available for different applications. Each antenna connects directly to the activator to create discrete coverage zones for a variety of applications including asset and personnel tracking.

Receiver – The serial receiver is a network capable general purpose receiver that detects tag signals, converts them into data, and forwards the information to a controller or host application.

The IP network receiver adds a LAN interface to the basic serial receiver to provide Ethernet connectivity across the enterprise. Any number of receivers can be networked throughout multiple facilities to enable enterprise-wide monitoring and tracking of assets, personnel and other mission.

Activator – The activator is the cornerstone of the ActiveTag control point architecture. The activator is a stand alone transmitter that connects directly to an application specific antenna to provide a low frequency activation signal that awakens tags as they pass through the antenna’s field.

The activator writes its location ID to the tag, which is then re-transmitted, along with the tags unique ID, to provide the tags precise location at the time of activation. By adjusting the power output on the activator, the activation area can be expanded or reduced, thus creating control points from a few feet in diameter to tens of feet across.

AXCESS asset and personnel tracking system is available from Electro-Com.

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