In 1986, the principles of Wireless Data Systems designed and implemented a data collection system that utilized portable data terminals, a cable connected RFID reader, and specially packaged RFID chips. The system was used to validate tires on 300,000+ tractor-trailer trucks nationwide.
Since the early 1990's, Wireless Data Systems' primary data collection application TopShelf® and its predecessor, WebBase™, were equipped to receive item-identification data from many sources, including data transmitted from activated RFID chips/tags.
RFID enabled TopShelf® features include:
Working with the TopShelf® Integration Manager, clients may receive shipping detail regarding RFID tagged packages from their partners/suppliers and receive those shipments by passing the RFID-tagged packages through stationary tag-reading fields in the dock areas.
Containers used to pick and ship items are RFID-tagged and used to track groups of items throughout the facility. Read points may involve stationary RFID readers, or portable readers carried by workers.
"Slap and Ship" compliance is supported by proper application of bar coded RFID shipping labels and portable or fixed station readers. All of the data collection points are managed and orchestrated by the TopShelf® modules and their real-time data collection methods.
FIXED ASSET TRACKING
From reusable warehouse pallets, carts, totes, office furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment and medical equipment, to airline universal load devices (ULDs), the use of RFID tags for asset tracking has providing the greatest impact on efficiency and cost savings.
WDS' TopShelf® application empowers the use of RFID for asset tracking in multiple operations including small office buildings, large multi-facility campuses, hospitals and medical facilities, and airlines' baggage handling.