RFID keeps rental equipment in check - Embedded.com

RFID keeps rental equipment in check

LONDON — Arnlea Systems (Aberdeen, Scotland), a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) and mobile information solutions, has won a five figure contract from AMEC Internal Asset Management, the mobile rental equipment company that forms part of the AMEC Group, to deliver an RFID-enabled mobile rental plant and equipment tracking system.

The contract follows previous RFID-enabled mobile maintenance solutions delivered to AMEC and recent successful trials by a leading oil and gas company of Arnlea’s mobile rental equipment tracking system.

Dougie Wilkinson, Area Manager for AMEC, said,”We needed a system that could electronically identify each item of rental equipment, and deliver this information to the existing asset management software, effectively connecting each item of equipment to its data held in the asset management system. Given the size of our depots and the wide range of equipment we deliver, we needed a mobile system that was flexible, very easy to use, and capable of connecting to several different asset management software systems.”

Arnlea Systems delivered a combination of handheld ‘PocketPC’ computers, electronic RFID tags, and their mobileTrack and DataGateway software.

The company has also delivered its 200th RFID-enabled project to Nautronix, a provider of wireless 'through water' communications technology solutions to the defence, oil and gas, marine and ocean science industries.

In 2001 Arnlea made substantial investments in research and development and also purchased from Indala (previously Motorola) their global industrial RFID business.

The company designs and assembles a range of mobile RFID reader/writer products, working with other Scottish companies to manufacture these products. These products incorporate Arnlea’s expertise applying RFID technology to metal items for operation in potentially explosive environments.

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