The National Institute of Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is deploying RFID to track and simplify the management of long-term biomedical samples that must be stored at subzero temperatures.
NIBSC tested RFID technology for more than two million hours without a failure over a period of two years. The solution utilizes a new tag unveiled by HID Global that is designed to meet a critical need in the cryopreservation industry.
In a partnership with Cryogatt Systems Ltd., HID developed tags for use at extremely low temperatures in fertility clinics, research laboratories and other storage facilities. The tags are capable of surviving the harshness of storage at temperatures of -196° C, -321° F.
The solution deployed by NIBSC delivers accurate data down to the precise vessel, thus optimizing storage space. Pick lists are now simple to create, enabling an accurate pull of samples when needed, and retrieval is now, on average, two to five times faster while maintaining sample safety. Additionally, access to detailed and accurate information has significantly enhanced quality system auditing.