RFID is quickly making its way into electronic devices, something that is evidenced by the amount of new RFID-enabled gadgets being unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. I didn’t make the trip to CES, since my schedule takes me to the NRF Big Show in New York next week. However, word out of the CES show is that RFID is more prevalent than ever.
ThingMagic, for example, has announced that its Mercury6 (M6) RFID reader is part of the ng Connect Program’s Connected Service Vehicle, which showcases a full suite of cloud-based services designed to deliver office productivity to vehicle-based workers.
In this concept vehicle, ThingMagic readers are used to support work order based inventory management and tool tracking applications to illustrate aspects of a typical service visit.
Twelve proof of concept demo vehicles are on display at CES in the Alcatel-Lucent booth. The solution is being targeted to the more than 9 million fleet vehicles operating in the U.S.
“We’re honored to join the ecosystem of innovative, market-shaping companies in the ng Connect program,” says Bernd Schoner, vice president of business development at Trimble’s ThingMagic Division. “Using the vehicle as the basic point of data capture can enhance productivity. Uploading asset information from the vehicle to a central data aggregation layer for anywhere, anytime consumption by a variety of applications is the future.”
The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent, is a multi-industry ecosystem dedicated to the creation of the new generation connected user experience. ng Connect is comprised of more than 190 companies including leading network, consumer electronics, application and content providers.
As a collaborating member of the ng Connect program, Trimble is providing the development platform for in-vehicle RFID solutions and sensor technology for high-volume commercial, industrial and enterprise applications. Achievements in the automotive market include receiving the Ford World Excellence Award for contributions to a first- to-market RFID-enabled solution designed to help contractors track and manage their tools.