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RFID Site Survey

Our industry-leading RFID engineers will come to you to optimize your supply chain.

Purpose of an RFID Site Survey

The ultimate purpose of an RFID Site Survey is to validate that a customer’s requirements for an RFID enabled system can be met through:

  • The physical installation of RFID reader equipment and tags at strategic points in the facility
  • The configuration of the software solution that will interface with this hardware
  • Translation of the events generated by the hardware into meaningful information for the end users

RFID Site Surveys are completed by experienced RFID Engineers and include:

  • On-site visits to each location within the facility that have been identified as areas that need RFID read points
    •  If these areas have not yet been identified the engineer will work with the end users to identify the requirements they are trying to satisfy in order to make a recommendation for what areas to target for RFID in order to best make use of the technology
  • The engineer brings various RFID test equipment along in order to test performance in the customer’s environment
    • This ensures that the installed system will perform as expected
    • This also helps to identify any environmental interference that may be present at the location
  • The engineer will identify and document the physical characteristics of the environment
  • The engineer will validate that the proposed install locations adhere to the limitations of the RFID gear
  • The engineer will gather photographs of the various locations for inclusion in the Survey Documentation
  • The engineer will identify and document the recommended mounting locations for all readers and antennas
  • These recommendations will be based on experience gained from previous installations in order to maximize the performance of the installed system
  • The engineer documents the critical parameters of each read point using the RFID Site Survey Form
  • The ultimate deliverable of the activity is a detailed document that outlines specifically how the RFID equipment should be physically installed and how the software system should be configured so that the customer requirements are met

Solving challenges and making it work for your business is our #1 priority.

AB&R®’s Solution Process

Site Survey & SRDS

Phase I

In Phase I, AB&R® experts analyze your operation and environment to begin developing a solution. It starts with a site survey which allows our team to understand exactly where your pain points lie. Once the site survey is complete, we move into the System Requirement & Design Study (SRDS). During the SRDS our technical team will determine exactly what hardware and software work best in your environment. In this sample SRDS, we examine a proposed solution for a company that wants to better track their fabrication employee’s progress. The current system has them manually entering updates.

Pilot

Phase II

Once all the data is gathered from Phase I, the pilot phase can begin. At this point, our team of engineers will begin placing and testing equipment. As the solution is tested, more data accumulates, and our team will make the adjustments to achieve the expected outcome.

Implementation

Phase III

The problem has been assessed, a solution has been developed, and rigorously tested. We are ready for Phase III, full implementation. This includes installing all of the hardware, wiring, software, and training your team to comfortably handle all of the new tools they’ll be using on a regular basis. AB&R® provides future follow up strategies to validate the performance of the solution and evaluation of ROI.

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Solving challenges and making it work for your business is our #1 priority.

AB&R®’s Solution Process

Site Survey & SRDS

Phase I

In Phase I, AB&R® experts analyze your operation and environment to begin developing a solution. It starts with a site survey which allows our team to understand exactly where your pain points lie. Once the site survey is complete, we move into the System Requirement & Design Study (SRDS). During the SRDS our technical team will determine exactly what hardware and software work best in your environment. In this sample SRDS, we examine a proposed solution for a company that wants to better track their fabrication employee’s progress. The current system has them manually entering updates.

Pilot

Phase II

Once all the data is gathered from Phase I, the pilot phase can begin. At this point, our team of engineers will begin placing and testing equipment. As the solution is tested, more data accumulates, and our team will make the adjustments to achieve the expected outcome.

Implementation

Phase III

The problem has been assessed, a solution has been developed, and rigorously tested. We are ready for Phase III, full implementation. This includes installing all of the hardware, wiring, software, and training your team to comfortably handle all of the new tools they’ll be using on a regular basis. AB&R® provides future follow up strategies to validate the performance of the solution and evaluation of ROI.

Blog Posts

Read the latest blogs on Asset Tracking & Management Solutions