What is RFID?


How does RFID work?

After the RFID is scanned and processed, the collected data may use your wireless network (WLAN; Wi-Fi) for transferal to a management system or software. This method replaces internal storage to manually transfer, saving time and reporting current data. Wireless access points (WAPs) are crucial for RFID solutions because poor placement means poor results.

RFID Data Needs Reliable Wireless Connectivity

If you have supply away from your network or storage in a backroom and basement, chances are that the wireless signal is weak or nonexistent. If you have a functioning reader for entry access, the ideal signal strength may not be possible from its location. WAPs don’t have to be an inconvenience for RFID and TriTech can fix it with the Netscout™ AirMagnet.

Certified to use the Netscout™ AirMagnet, TriTech is able to perform a site survey to analyze your wireless network’s availability. By creating heat maps during the evaluation, we are informed with such a level of detail that identifies sources of interference and areas to resituate your WAPs for optimal signal strength.

Wireless networking signal strength

Who Uses RFID? How do they use it?

  • Internal Use and Personnel. Badge readers and cards for access control and monitoring of restricted areas. Industries include government, financial services, and hospitality. Credentials secure against unauthorized entry and track employee location.
  • Retail and Sales/Point of Sale. Inventory management for real-time data sent to a central management system, enforcing omnichannel outreach. Up-to-date data of displayed product can be compared to registered sales, discovering stolen or lost items.

    Omnichannel is a unified customer experience by integrating physical and digital engagement, combining definitions from the New Oxford American Dictionary and digital strategist David Sealey. Product stock can be updated on your website, mobile application, across social media, and at your physical location.

  • Manufacturing and Shipments. Logistics of supply chain management for delivering and receiving parties. Data is recorded between the point of origin and point of consumption, estimating time arrival and destination checkpoints. Inventory can be tracked and identified for availability and management.
  • Healthcare and Temporary Identification. RFID printers for wristbands with identity of patients. Printed identification bracelets are much more legible than handwriting and endurable than pen. Access control to non-public offices, pharmaceuticals, and confidential information.
  • Education and Shared/Internal Resources. Asset tracking for monitoring of materials. The distribution of supplies can be located into a data log and controlled to prevent theft, misplacement, or damage.
  • Analytics and Statistics. Study and examine data to better predict patterns and trends of consumers and couriers. Managers will make orders more precisely while marketers and researchers evaluate the data to better accuracy.

RFID Applications & Support in Wisconsin

Is RFID right for your business? Will transitioning from barcode to RFID be difficult?

TriTech is one of the only RFID solutions and wireless services in Milwaukee with authorization for the Netscout™ AirMagnet. With this beneficial tool, we create and develop reliable RFID solutions for business in southeastern Wisconsin.

To learn more about RFID and our service offerings, contact TriTech today at (262) 717-0037 or toll-free 24/7 at (800) 891-3388.

Device management and mobile security in the workplace

BYOD [bring your own device] smartphone with business attire

Bring your own device (BYOD) is a business trend of permitting employees to professionally use their personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

Last week was Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, produced by the GSMA, and a headline from Wired.com describes perfectly the evolving importance of the mobile ecosystem: “Phones don’t rule Mobile World Congress. The Internet does.”

Connectivity is crucial and research has consistently shown that businesses are integrating mobile devices more and more every year. If you aren’t exactly sure how BYOD works and have concerns, we’ll explain what your business could gain and how your network can stay secure with a customized BYOD strategy from TriTech.

BYOD [bring your own device] smartphone with business attire

Benefits of BYOD

An employee’s laptop connected to your corporate network for email is an example of BYOD; simple trend with substantial benefits. An effect from Consumerization of IT, a BYOD policy targets the same goal between businesses and employees: convenience.

  • Increased productivity. Employees are working with electronics that they are familiar with and can do so afterhours.
  • Preferred technology. Employees work with what they picked out on their own.
  • Decreased spending. Businesses are spared the cost of technology purchases and updates because employees already own or have the appropriate devices. Funds and time are also saved from training.
  • Management software. Mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM) are detailed below.

Benefits of MDM & EMM

Mobile device management controls and oversees the physical BYOD devices, application operations, network activity, and data availability. Enterprise mobility management controls and oversees wireless networks, MDM, and any other business computing functions that BYOD devices operate with.

  • Reduced downtime. Watch network traffic and restrict user access.
  • Increased security. Less data theft and viruses from intentional breaches.
  • Compliance reports. Settings to notify violators and take action if needed.
  • Permissions. Restrictions can limit and prevent the access, modification, or distribution of documents, files, folders, and drives – based on the user, device, or application.

monitoring security BYOD on MDM, EMM software

MDM & EMM for BYOD Risks

Every pro has a con that businesses hope to avoid with accessibility. Luckily, there are corporate device managers for BYOD to handle such risks.

Hardware loss
Problem: Stolen and misplaced electronics isn’t just costly when buying a replacement but also when you don’t know who has access to your business’ network.
Solution: GPS trackers and remote wiping.

Network congestion
Problem: Slow and failed retrieval of requests due to too many devices being connected.
Solution: App usage, monitoring what and how.

Accidental threats
Problem: An employee’s device can be compromised without you or them aware, opening your network and data unknowingly.
Solution: Network Access Control (NAC) and encryption.

MDM Solutions for Your Business

TriTech can help your business with BYOD integration and EMM services in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Madison, and across Wisconsin. To learn more, call TriTech today at (262) 717-0037 or toll-free (800) 891-3388.