Posts Tagged ‘RFID’

How do you scan an RFID tag with an Android device?

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Some time ago we blogged about the way to scan an RFID tag with an iPhone and received a lot of great feedback from our users, team and on Twitter. This was something many found helpful and would actually use as a step-by-step guide. We all know it, some “small” things can be tricky at first. But once you learn something, you just know it and it all comes naturally.

This time, we’re looking into scanning an RFID tag with an Android device. Overall, the procedure is similar to doing it with an iPhone however there’s a few special things to take a note of. So here we go…  (more…)

What could machine-to-machine (M2M) tech mean for safety?

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Machines TalkingIt’s fascinating to consider how ideas around the “Internet of Things” or “machine-to-machine” technology or a “smart-grid” of connected devices could affect safety and compliance in the future. According to one recent study, the potential is absolutely huge when it comes to harnessing machine-to-machine (M2M) tech for environmental compliance, but what if safety is your primary concern?

We blogged about the Internet of Things in the past. Many people associate RFID, Near Field Communications (NFC), or even barcodes as having paved the way for it to happen. Others say a world where technology has connected physical objects to the digital world is already here. Perhaps it depends on your perspective, and what you expect from such concepts.

But the idea of connecting machines to machines within a safety system, and enabling smart communications between them, presents interesting possibilities. Could M2M technologies one day lead to lower lockout/tagout, fall protection, or industrial machinery violations? (more…)

Thinking outside the box with RFID, smartphones and technology

Friday, January 18th, 2013

marioPutting technology such as cloud computing, smartphones and RFID tags to work for better safety and compliance is like second nature to us. It’s what we work on every day, and what we talk about with the safety professionals who come to us with problems to solve.

But once in a while, you come across highly unique projects that demonstrate just how truly flexible and limitless these technologies can be. If you look into RFID, for example, you’ll find countless industrial uses that may or may not relate directly to safety, but highlight the many ways it can be applied to solving problems. In many cases, it starts with creativity.

And sometimes, it’s more about fun than solving anything… (more…)

Safety trends, culture and the ‘Internet of Things’

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Safety & Technology Trends 2013Safety trends for the year ahead have been covered and shared, and perhaps they’ll keep coming. The same can be said about technology trends and predictions. Rather than repeat them all, we wanted to highlight a few favourites.

In this post, we’re taking a closer look at the forward-looking statements that really stood out to us. From the continued mobile revolution to the “Internet of Things,” here are some of the talked-about trends that we found most exciting… (more…)

RFID in action: Convenience and safety in transit

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
BREEZE turnstile

The transit turnstiles in Atlanta - Simply "Tap to Exit"!

At Field ID, we’ve been using Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) with inspection software for safety directors to help them tag and track equipment, manage employee training and certifications, and run efficient safety audits on facilities and jobsites. But RFID technology has many other uses as well. For example, on a recent trip to Atlanta for an AWRF conference, the Field ID team used RFID cards to travel around the city on the MARTA rapid transit system (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). (more…)

Safety inspections with Near Field Communication (NFC) and RFID

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
NFC Apps within the Android Market

NFC Apps within the Android Market

We’ve been interested in RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) for quite some time. As makers of inspection software that works seamlessly with RFID, mobile devices and the web, the idea that more and more mobile devices will include NFC readers is very exciting.

Just this month, ABI Research analyst John Devlin told USA Today that he expects the number of NFC-enabled handsets on the market to grow from 34 million this year to 80 million next year. In the same article, Gartner analyst predicted NFC growth in handsets passing 100 million this year.

Last month, our COO Shaun Ricci blogged about our discovery that a Samsung Galaxy S ll, running a simple NFC reader from the Android Market, could quickly and easily scan a piece of safety equipment. Today, Field ID CEO is featured in a new video demonstration. Somen shows just how easy it is to use an NFC reader for safety inspections.

View the demonstration below or on our YouTube channel.

You’ll probably hear more about NFC this year. Many may associate the technology with solutions such as mobile payments, as Somen notes in the video. At Field ID, we’re constantly looking at how contactless technologies like NFC can improve safety management from a software perspective, and from our users’ perspectives.

Santa expands use of Field ID for fall protection

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

We are excited to announce that after last years initial deployment of Field ID for Santa’s sleigh compliance, the his North Pole operations will be renewing and expanding their use of Field ID into 2012. Initially, Santa started using Field ID for sleigh maintenance and manufacturing safety compliance. The next phase of the roll out started shortly after OSHA made changes to the rules around residential fall protection. Although Santa runs a global operation on Christmas Eve, the fact that he goes house to house and from country to country actually means he must comply with several residential and fall protection regulations, across many different jurisdictions. Santa’s expanded safety management program will ensure he’s compliant throughout the year and around the world.

It’s not all magic

Many people might assume that because Santa can harness magic he is exempt from OSHA rules and other safety compliance regulations around the globe. This is not true.

“Yes, magic plays a role in our operation,” noted Santa, “but magic only gets us from house to house.”

The truth is that once Santa gets to any house, he still has to take the same fall protection precautions that any person working at heights would. If anything, Santa is under even more pressure to meet regulatory requirements than the average safety manager – whether working at home or on location at sites around the globe. Away from home, he’s under the microscope because enforcement agencies don’t want him to set a bad example. After all, the average person simply can’t rely on magic to prevent injury. Up north, Santa must comply with NPSHA (North Pole Safety and Health Administration). As we discovered last year, the NPSHA is even more strict than OSHA when it comes to safety managment.

The safety of the elf team

Health and Safety Manager

HSE Manager Yukon

After being promoted to North Pole Health and Safety manager years ago, Yukon Cornelius needed a way to track all of the Christmas team’s fall protection. Many people don’t know this, but the work fo Santa’s Elves doesn’t stop when all of the toys are made. They travel with him on Christmas Eve as well to assist in delivering presents to all the good girls and boys.

Hundreds of elves assist in this magical night. Each elf has a harness and self-retracting lifeline that needs to be inspected for safety before they leave the North Pole on Christmas Eve. And throughout the journey that night, the elf safety team must quickly and efficiently conduct onsite inspections at regular intervals (usually performed when Santa has stopped to deliver a notably large load, such as those present shipments destined for children living in apartment buildings).

Yukon uses Field ID, RFID tags and mobile devices to inspect each piece of fall arrest equipment and assign them to each unique elf.  Not only does Yukon ensure the safety of his team with Field ID, he ensures that he keeps track of the equipment and enforces loss protection.

“Christmas should be a happy time for everyone, including the elves that are on duty that night,” said Yukon. “When my team goes out, I need the peace of mind that comes with electronic inspection and safety management. I know my guys and girls will be safe out there, regardless of the weather. And the fact that Field ID lets me manage safety in the cloud, in real time, lets me tap into that peace of mind from anywhere, anytime.”

We at Field ID are extremely excited that Santa has chosen to expand his Field ID deployment. We’re also very excited to include Yukon on the beta testing for our iPad app in early 2012.

Happy Holidays from our entire team at Field ID!