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3 trends to watch when working with the Department of Defense

Posted by James Lusk on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 10:07 AM

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In today’s world of constant technological advances, every industry is experiencing major changes- and ours is no exception. Many companies have welcomed these changes with open arms, adopting new technology and software to help grow their businesses and remain relevant. These companies have experienced more streamlined processes, ultimately resulting in greater efficiency.

With the industry and its requirements constantly changing, we’re always keeping up with trends and making sure that our partners are aware of the changes. It’s important that suppliers to the Department of Defense keep up with these advancements and adapt their strategies as needed.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most important trends you should be aware of when working with the DoD.

RFID compliance is a key focus

About 12 years ago, the DoD made the commitment to implement knowledge-enabled logistics through fully automated visibility and management of assets in support of the warfighter. How? Using RFID technology. Today, the DoD continues to push forward with its vision.

The Department of Defense just launched the distribution portion of its clothing and textiles program and is relying heavily on RFID technology to get the job done. The DoD rewards companies that submit data accurately and in accordance with their RFID requirements. The reward is faster payment, as well as a higher ranking in the rating system, which provides a better chance at winning future contracts. DoD suppliers cannot ignore that RFID compliance is a major focus for the DoD and will continue to be, moving forward.

High-volume contracting vehicles are moving toward Electronic Data Interchange

Most of the high-volume contracting vehicles, such as FedMall, General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), are moving toward Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). EDI is commonly defined as the electronic interchange of business information using a standardized format. The process allows a company to send information to another company electronically, rather than with paper. Many business documents can be exchanged using EDI, but the two most common are purchase orders and invoices.

The bottom line is that electronic conversations are much more efficient. However, many small businesses don’t have this capability. And while some companies aren’t experiencing the stringent label requirements, you can bet they are coming. It is important for small businesses to use a platform that is easily adaptable and is also able to provide them with EDI services.

UID continues to be a driving force

As UID compliance continues to be a driving force for the DoD, it is mandatory that all suppliers with items over $5,000 in value be UID compliant. However, compliance can act as a major obstacle for many companies. Because UID labels and marks are serialized and highly specialized, it is complicated for suppliers to meet the DoD’s requirements. For example, it is difficult for suppliers to complete certain tasks on their own, like creating marks, managing serial numbers and properly inputting data into iRAPT, formerly known as WAWF. To add another layer of difficulty, UID serial numbers should be integrated into the MIL-129 R exterior labels.

Without a software solution like Odyssey, many companies have no idea where to begin, and they often end up wasting money and labor using outside vendors. UID compliance won’t be going away anytime soon, so it is important for suppliers to find long-term, fully scalable solutions for their DoD needs.

DoD suppliers are constantly challenged by evolving transactional military requirements and changing technology. We believe that today’s DoD commerce requires an IT platform that can make sense of requirements and provide an automated environment to easily react and respond in real-time.

Odyssey is a DoD solutions leader and the trusted platform for hundreds of DoD commercial suppliers, non-profit government partners and federal agencies, helping them transform their DoD commerce. You can learn more about how we can help your business here.

 

Topics: Passive RFID, RFID, DoD, DoD approved software, dod compliance, UID compliance

How DoD Suppliers Can Benefit from RFID Technology

Posted by James Lusk on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 15:06 PM

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is commonly defined as the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. Suppliers to the Department of Defense (DoD) know that RFID is a transformational technology that enables automated visibility and assessment management. The technology has changed the way we do business forever and has improved and automated supply chains everywhere.

 There are numerous benefits associated with RFID for both the Department of Defense and its suppliers. According to the DoD, “RFID is a means to facilitate accurate, automated data capture in support of business processes in an integrated DoD supply chain enterprise.”

Every day, suppliers come to us for exactly that reason: to complete their DoD commerce needs in a single, automated DoD-approved software platform. By streamlining supply chains and improving business functions, suppliers will see better business results.

Below is an infographic explaining the top 5 benefits of RFID technology for your company and other DoD suppliers.

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Overview:

Efficiency

Due to wireless scanning, RFID tags can provide information much quicker than barcodes or other systems, and multiple tags can be read at once.

Accuracy

The automated technology requires no human intervention. This lessens the risk of human error that typically comes with manual data logging and product replenishment. Our partners have transformed their DoD commerce by streamlining the entire work-flow process into a review environment, rather than using manual data entry.

Real-Time Updates

Gone are the days of receiving numbers that are days or weeks old. RFID technology tracks and provides real-time data about inventory and products. Using Odyssey’s dashboard, your entire team can view real-time updates and communicate within the platform.

Easier Item Location

Less time spent locating inventory means more time focusing on other important tasks, such as production, fulfilling orders and selling to your customers.

Better Decision Making

Utilizing real-time data and insights leads to better decision making, commonly known as data-informed decision-making (DIDM). Business owners and managers can turn the data they acquire into actions that improve their business.

The Odyssey cloud platform is a DoD approved software that provides one integrated location for all DoD commerce tasks, to be handled in-house, using passive RFID technology. You can learn more about our company here. If you’d like to talk about how Odyssey can help streamline your business operations, feel free to contact us

Topics: Passive RFID, RFID, DoD approved software, DoD, automated data entry, supply chain

The Evolution of Inventory Management

Posted by James Lusk on Wed, Apr 5, 2017 @ 13:04 PM

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Inventory management continues to evolve. Like many other processes, the evolution is driven by the need for greater efficiency and accuracy. Today, suppliers have the ability to use real-time, cloud-based software, like Odyssey, to track and manage inventory and shipments. Let’s take a look at how we got here.

Manual Counting

Inventory management was very primitive before the Industrial Revolution. Some of the first people to rely on inventory management were shopkeepers and merchants, who would count the number of units at the end of each day, determine how many were sold and do their best to forecast future needs. The process of manually counting the physical inventory would often take hours or even days, and as you can imagine, it wasn’t very accurate.

Punch Card System

The Industrial Revolution completely transformed the inventory management process as efficiency and mass production became the main goals of businesses. The punch card system was the “next big thing”, designed by a team at Harvard University in the early 1930’s. The tiny holes in sheets of paper allowed punch cards to correspond with catalog items that were readable by computers. The information would be passed to employees in the storeroom, who would then bring the item up front to the customer. Companies could keep track of which products were being ordered and record inventory and sales data based on the punch cards customers filled out. Unfortunately, this process was too expensive and too slow to remain widely used and to keep up with rising business challenges. 

The Modern Bar Code

The first version of the modern bar code was created in the 1940’s and 1950’s and was composed of ultraviolet light-sensitive ink and reader to track items for sale. As technology improved in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the bar code system became more efficient, affordable and widely adopted. The implantation of more advanced computers and software allowed the modern bar code to flourish for years. At this point, inventory tracking by hand was replaced by scanning products, but inputting information into computers was still done by hand.

Radio Frequency Identification

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology has become a staple in warehouses, factories, and retail stores during the 2000’s. RFID uses a microchip to transmit information about a product, such as type, manufacturer and serial number, to a data collection device. The introduction of RFID technology means that businesses no longer needed to input data by hand and barcode readers could instantly update their databases. The technology is also a game-changer for vendors because they can ensure their products are properly available, and they have constant access to real-time sales data.

The Odyssey team believes that today’s Department of Defense commerce requires an IT platform that can make sense of requirements and provide an automated environment to easily react and respond in real-time. Utilizing the most dynamic cloud- based software levels the playing field for all organizations and users. A five-person company can enjoy the same benefits as a 500-person company. We are always happy to talk to you about your business needs and help you create a more efficient and cost-saving process. You can also watch a demo here.

 

 

Topics: inventory management, RFID, Passive RFID, business technology, cloud computing

4 Benefits of RFID Technology For Business

Posted by James Lusk on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 13:02 PM

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is commonly defined as the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. To put it more clearly, RFID technology serves the same purpose as the bar code on your groceries or the magnetic strip on the back of your credit card; it provides a unique identifier for an object.

While RFID is not completely new, it is being adopted by more companies each year as the technology continues to mature and evolve.  This is because the benefits of RFID technology can be seen throughout a wide variety of industries, all the way from retail to healthcare to transportation and logistics. Each industry has its own demands that RFID technology is helping to meet.  For example, retail companies often use RFID tags to track the quantity of apparel in stock at each store. Healthcare companies use RFID technology to manage medication distribution in hospitals. Logistics companies use RFID every day to create an up-to-date list of what has been put on and removed from its trucks. So, could RFID help your business?

We’ve put together a few reasons why we’re a big fan of the technology.

RFID makes your business efficient.

RFID technology requires a lot less monitoring than its predecessor- the bar code. One reason for this is that it doesn’t require line-of-sight scanning to read tags, meaning that multiple tags can be read at once. Less monitoring and a simpler process means that your employees are free to handle important tasks and focus on productive efforts. Overall, goods and information are handled much more efficiently.

RFID technology prevents errors.

Because of the automatic nature of the technology, no human intervention is necessary to read data. Not only is this more efficient, freeing up employees for other tasks, it also lessens the risk of human error that typically comes with data logging and product replenishment. By cutting out manual processes and replacing them with automated technology, companies often see more accurate results.

RFID provides real-time data.

RFID technology has the ability to track and provide real-time data about inventory and products. This capability is attractive to any industry, especially in today’s world of data-driven decision making. Whether you are tracking warehouse inventory or individual retail products, your company can benefit from the automatic, real-time data collection and analysis that RFID offers. 

RFID offers insights that lead to better decision making.

The access to real-time data and analytics that RFID technology provides allows companies to become better and more accurately informed at all times. Having hard data and insights leads to better decision making, which business owners and managers can turn into actions that improve the business. This is the power of RFID data.


Check out how our RFID technology is helping our clients here.

 

Topics: RFID, Passive RFID, business technology

Privacy and Data Security in the RFID Industry

Posted by Bo McMillan on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 @ 16:12 PM

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If a list of buzzwords was to be created for 2015 (and surely there will be such a list), one of those words will no doubt be “security.” Granted, that particular word could come in a variety of forms: cybersecurity, data security, even data breach, privacy, etc. Large-scale data breaches like what happened to Target, and even our own government, have made people acutely aware of how easily information can be stolen and the need to keep it protected. That need certainly expands to the RFID realm as what we do literally involves specific information being packaged and shipped in easy-to-read labels.

            What Odyssey does then, in light of protecting sensitive information, is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand we seek to be a pioneer in the DoD RFID and smart label realm by using technology and methods, which streamline time, effort, and information for DoD vendors. In other words, the Odyssey software uses emerging technology to make life easier on our clients. That’s good, right? Of course it is. But the reverse of that is the fact that information, especially distilled information that’s meant to be moved easily, affords better opportunities for data to be stolen. We live in a world where efficiency isn’t enough. Privacy has risen to such a great importance that customers and companies are willing to forgo simplicity and efficiency in order to protect their information.

            At the risk of frightening readers out of passive RFID technology, it must be noted that our solutions to these risks will be outlined further in the post and that we consider the privacy of our information of the utmost importance. That being said, passive RFID presents a unique opportunity to those looking to get ahold of information in unauthorized manners. The difference in our passive tags, as opposed to active tags, is that passive tags lay dormant until picked up by a reader or scanner. That data is essentially sitting on the tag waiting to be read. DoD vendors tend to use short-range scanners in their warehouses that read these labels as they enter or exit their facilities, cataloging the boxes and pallets for appropriate tracking. Suppose, for a moment that an outside source, someone looking to steal a supplier’s data for malicious intent, were to use a long-range reader to activate a label and intercept data during shipment. Scary, right? Particularly since something like that doesn’t seem all that difficult to do. “Skimming,” as this is sometimes called, is the reason RFID-blocking wallets exist and are popular amongst travelers. With passive chips being embedded in credit cards, driver’s licenses and passports, those looking to protect their information are buying them up in droves.

            But what about our industry? What about DoD suppliers looking to ship their assets with absolute safety? Surely there are no wallets big enough to put pallets in. So what do we do? Well, several things actually. We believe that a multi-layered security approach is key to protecting our clients. We start by encrypting all data being sent from Odyssey servers, which blocks unauthorized outside access. Next, we ensure that the data on our tags acts as more as a key than a source of vital information. Essentially, the labels only contain a cage code and serial number. No personal information, etc. is included. If a malicious source did attempt to intercept any data from the tags they wouldn’t tell that source much at all. This “key” format, used by the DoD, means the labels simply unlock more information. That information is securely stored in iRAPT, which we have written about in the past.

            The privacy and security landscape is changing all around the world. Our goal is to be one step ahead of the trends, just like we do with technology in our industry. We consider client privacy one of the key services in the complete experience we’ve built with Odyssey’s software.

 

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Topics: RFID, Passive RFID, Data Security

DoD RFID tags and the software that makes it all work

Posted by James Lusk on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 12:05 PM

As radio frequency identification usage continues to increase, and the technology continues to make its way into headlines, we’ve noticed a growing trend in the application of DoD labels and DoD RFID tags. Specifically, RFID is being implemented as an inventory-tracking tool. We’ve previously blogged about clothing retailers, grocery stores and other corporations utilizing tags and readers to control their inventory on an individual level (here, and here). These item-level RFID solutions that offer tracking looks to be the future of product management because it allows singularRFID integrated process assets to be tracked with identification exclusive to those items. Whether it be a pair of shoes or a t-shirt, more and more retailers are using RF solutions to keep track of how much inventory they have, and where that inventory is located at any given time during its lifetime.

            A recent article in RFID Journal announced the integration of item-level tracking to manage uniforms at the Fort Leonard Wood Recruit Training Center. The article specifically discusses the training center’s use of tags and readers when ordering uniform items from the DLA. With the exception of low-cost items such as socks, all assets are individual tagged and tracked to ensure orders to the training center are both accurate and efficiently filled. Once on site, the tags allow individual trainees to pack duffle bags with necessary uniform items. Readers placed at a checkout counter ensure that the trainees have all necessary items before they depart. It’s a solution that makes managing tens of thousands of individual assets possible.

            Despite the timeliness of the article, item-level radio frequency identification isn’t a new technology. Another article written in RFID Journal focused on our Odyssey defense commerce solution software being used at Wellco, a manufacturer of combat boots that provides assets to the U.S. Air Force. This article, written in 2013, describes the process of tags being affixed to individual pairs of boots before being loaded onto cartons that are also given tags. These carton tags are married to the individual Item tags on each pair of boots that comprise the carton Item Level RFID solutionsthrough a process called aggregation. Cartons are then placed on pallets at the tune of about 16 cartons per pallet. You can probably guess the next step. An RFID label is then attached to the pallet and married to all the tags contained within that pallet. The boots can then easily be shipped in bulk while allowing workers to track them on an individual level once they arrive at their destination.

            Wellco’s item-level integration came as a necessity in early 2012 when the DoD requested tags on every pair of boots. So while the change was a necessity, the DoD knew what they were doing asking them to switch to this system. Previously, Wellco, and similar suppliers, would need to both receive and fill orders manually, electronically entering the data. With the sheer volume of boots moving at any given time, manual tracking welcomed the opportunity for errors, some requiring significant amounts of time to locate and rectify. By utilizing Odyssey’s cloud based software platform, along with RF tags and readers, the entire operation’s efficiency increased significantly.

            While Odyssey exclusively operates within the defense industry, we recognized that the benefits of item level tracking via software_integrationradio frequency identification are far-reaching. We live in a connected world, one where people and assets can be moved to different continents in mere hours. Because of this connectivity, both DoD suppliers and retailers are in positions to move massive amounts of inventory to locations all around the world. By using passive RF technology that inventory is assured to arrive in its accurate physical and corresponding data entirety (barring an external incident during the shipping process), in a manner that takes human error out of the equation. As the popularity of the technology continues to grow, we foresee more companies seeing the benefits of RFID for internal purposes and integrating it into their own asset/property management functions. We’re excited to be among the pioneers of this growth as organizations begin to reverse the current positive externalities associated with radio frequency identification.

Topics: DoD approved software, dod compliance, RFID Software, RFID, MIL-STD 129R, Item level RFID, Passive RFID

DoD Approved Software; DoD Commerce and the Internet of Things

Posted by James Lusk on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

If you’ve paid any amount of attention to the tech industry lately you’ve more than likely heard the term “Internet of Things.” The term was first coined in 1999 when commercial and personal use of the Internet was increasing. “IoT,” as it’s commonly referred as, is the idea of electronics, sensors and other devices that allow for networking being implemented into physical objects. The Nike FuelBand, or even the new Apple Watch are great examples of devices within IoT. Of course, smart labels fall directly into this idea, which means we’re completely on board with this connectivity. Odyssey’s proprietary DoD approved software works specifically with tags containing RFID inlays to track assets sent to the DoD. As the Internet of Things comes more into the mainstream, use of RFID and smart labels will become more widespread.DoD_Seal

            Consider Cycle Alert, a system developed for trucks in high-density traffic areas that decrease the risk of accidents with bicyclists. Cycle Alert’s system mounts RFID readers onto trucks and busses that frequent bike-friendly cities. RFID tags are then placed inside the handlebars of bicycles, particularly those that are maintained by the city as public transport. When the tags come within eight feet of the readers on trucks and buses the drivers are not only alerted that the rider is near, but where his or her relative position to the vehicle is.

            Retail stores are also becoming heavily involved in the Internet of Things and smart labels from a logistics and product availability standpoint. We wrote an article back in January on the accelerated adoption of RFID and smart labels in retail clothing stores, but those aren’t the only commercial entities adopting the technology and networking themselves. Grocery stores across the world are now using RFID tags to track their perishable inventory. Scanner are placed on shelves and keep track of how long those good have been on display. Some stores are reporting a reduction of up to 10% on wasted goods, which is a massive number for the industry.

            In a recent article by Tech Republic, they report that 30% of all data from the Internet of Things is driven by sensor devices like RFID, which makes sense considering the ease and cost efficiency of the technology. Smart labels are small and can be applied to almost anything without intruding on aesthetics or design. That same article warns of a “data tsunami,” in which the IoT’s connective nature means data will soon be passed back and forth between more objects than not. Some may find that ridiculous, but that’s the way the industry is headed. Sure, we don’t really need refrigerators that play our MP3s, but what about refrigerators that can tell us if our food is getting old?

            Odyssey is already experiencing this “data tsunami.” The nature of our clients’ DoD Commerce business means a large amount of data DoD Approved Softwareneeds to be efficiently and effectively distilled into something easily readable and action oriented. The use of passive RFID labels, combined with our DoD approved software that marshals all necessary data automatically, means our clients and the DoD can easily keep track of an asset lifecycle through Mil 129 and  Mil 130 compliance.

            So we say bring on the Internet of Things, bring on the data tsunami. We’re prepared, and we’ve made sure our clients are prepared. As this technology becomes more widespread outside of DLA, so will the innovation and adoption, and we’ll continue to be pioneers.

 

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Topics: DoD approved software, dod compliance, MIL-STD-129, MIL-STD 130 N, Passive RFID, contract management, Internet of Things

Passive RFID Technology and the NCAA

Posted by James Lusk on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

We’re knee deep into the NCAA tournament, which means our brackets have long been busted. At least we’re not alone, right? Everyone has felt that bit of pride as we hang our newly inked NCAA Tournamentbracket on the office wall before the initial tip off. Now, those same brackets serve as a monument to our shame, displayed for all to see, with innumerable strikethroughs of our failed match ups. All is not lost, though. We still watch March Madness even when our brackets and teams have failed us. We watch for the thrill of the game, the standout performances and the triumph of the underdog. For those of us who go nuts overs statistics, some recent NCAA changes may bring about better methods of collecting those statistics from student athletes.

            Quietly, and recently, the NCAA announced amongst other high-profile rule changes, that it will consider allowing new technologies to be implemented during games. While the organization didn’t specifically state what types of technologies will be utilized, it’s not difficult to see RFID playing a major role. For decades, the NFL has been putting microphones and radios into the helmets of quarterbacks, captains and stars. It’s now impossible to watch an NFL game and not see iPads, laptops and other devices being used on the sidelines. This is not the case anywhere in the NCAA.

            We speculate RFID technology finding its way into college sports for a number of reasons. The technology itself is economically efficient, meaning schools, particularly those that don’t bring in large sums of money through their athletic programs, can afford it. Secondly, RFID chips are small enough to be sewn into jerseys or even placed into balls without altering gameplay. We’vePassive RFID NHL already seen this in other sports. The NHL, for example, recently used RFID chips during their annual All-Star weekend in January. Chips were embedded into each player’s jersey and into the pucks. These chips were read by scanners placed throughout the arena and provided accurate player data that could be used by the league and journalists.

            The NHL’s foray into RFID technology certainly isn’t the first attempt by a league or team to implement a more efficient way to track statistics. Players in this year’s Super Bowl had RFID chips implanted into their shoulder pads to track data that typically had to be captured manually. Germany, the winners of the 2014 World Cup used the Adidas miCoach system of wearable technology during their training leading up to the tournament. The system allowed for the collection of specific, accurate statistics of performance and allowed coaches to later analyze data and create better, individualized training sessions for their players. The miCoach system currently uses a “smart ball” linked to a smart phone via Bluetooth, but becomes somewhat impractical when you consider Adidas’ smart ball costs upwards of $200 and the sheer number of balls used in training. RFID has the potential to greatly cut down on expenses while not needing to be tied to a specific type of equipment. Like passive RFID, the miCoach system collects data to be read at a later time, negating the need for more expensive active RFID.

            While all the pundits will be busy during March Madness discussing shortening the shotPassive RFID clock or moving the three-point line back, we’re most excited for the potential implementation of technology. Our focus at Odyssey remains championship caliber DoD compliant solutions however; the increasing popularity of passive RFID coupled with a lower barrier to entry is hard to ignore. As wearable technology and analytic-tracking devices become more prevalent, it only makes sense that they would find their way into our sports and ultimately our own internal organizational practices.

Topics: RFID, dod compliance, RFID Software, dod compliance, Passive RFID, iRAPT

Passive RFID growth beyond the DoD

Posted by James Lusk on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

If you’re in the business of passive RFID, and we certainly are, the future looks bright. According to an article from IDTechEx, the passive RFID industry has grown by 1.12 billion tags in 2014 to a total of 6.9 billion. This growth, roughly 17%, would be encouraging in its own right, but other firms are also predicting a similar trend of growth over the next decade or so.DoD approved software

            IDTechEx estimates the total RFID market is worth around $8.89 billion, over $1 billion more than it was worth last year. This is an umbrella figure that includes all forms of RFID tags, readers, software, services, etc. They forecast that the current growth trend would see the industry valued at around $27.31 billion by 2024.

            One of the major industries pushing the adoption of RFID technology is retail, which the new report “RFID Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2014-2024 says will surpass the use of 25 billion tags by 2020. Among the biggest players using RFID tags in retail is Marks & Spencer out of the UK, announcing that it will consume approximately 400 million tags by the end of 2014, which equates to over 30% of this year’s new consumption. That may seem impressive, but those figures pale in comparison to the plans Spain-based clothing company, Zara, has over the next couple of years. The retailer giant is currently in the process of a chain-wide RFID adoption with the goal of utilizing the technology in roughly 2,000 stores. Zara, who also consumed hundreds of millions of tags this year, expects to have 1,000 stores using RFID by the end of the year, with all 2,000 stores operating on RFID by 2016. If these numbers hold true, Zara alone could be using more than a billion tags annually.

            Why are we getting so excited about retail using these tags? We obviously don’t work within that industry, but it’s safe to say that we have vested interest in RFID. Naturally, the more attention this technology receives, the more industries and companies that adopt it, the more innovation we’ll likely see. As we mentioned in our last blog post, RFID technology is still very much evolving and those working with it are pioneering the industry. The more capital that gets put into the industry and the more people who are working to innovate, the quicker this technology will continue to grow.

            Here’s a practical way we envision RFID growing for retail: As of right now, we view retail as the end of an asset’s lifecycle. That is, once someone purchases a shirt, the RFID tag has lived out its current usefulness. With continued adoption, efficiency, and decreasing expense of RFID tags, that technology can be utilized earlier and earlier in the asset’s manufacturing cycle, which is something we do specialize in. Think of it this way: right now, retailers use tags to track on-shelf assets. Coupled with software solutions, RFID technology will let retailers know when they’re running low on large t-shirts so they can order more. But what if they started tracking the raw materials for those large shirts, earlier in the manufacturing cycle? They could better keep track of how much fabric they’ll ultimately need, status of goods in production, shipping, etc. The entirePrivate Cloud SaaS process would streamline costs as it adds visibility to the fabrication process, all while reducing errors.

            While we mainly work with clients on their DoD compliance needs, we also recognize that doesn’t always represent 100% of a company’s revenue. The over arching success and adoption of this technology will allow organizations to  leverage Odyssey’s software to help implement RFID for their own purposes during the manufacturing, inventory and shipping processes. The simple formula is: the more that RFID is adopted and the more cost-efficient it becomes, the more the technology can be implemented earlier in the manufacturing cycle of assets. That means more opportunity for Odyssey to make RFID processes simpler for companies. We like that math.

            At Odyssey, we seek to be amongst the leading RFID pioneers. Our primary goal in building our proprietary software is to make RFID, in its current state, easier to manage. RFID goes a long way in eliminating headaches in item level tracking, but utilizing it correctly can be encumbering. We believe that one of the most important steps we can take is to make the technology more accessible and easier to work with. We’re excited about the direction RFID is headed, and if these numbers hold true, we’ll be excited for quite awhile.

 

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Topics: DoD approved software, RFID, RFID Software, dod compliance, Passive RFID