Project Everest

RFID Makes a logistical nightmare a dream!

Kai Faulkner
Kai Faulkner | Jul 10, 2017 | in Ideas Box

I have just shared this idea with the ERS team, but it is definitely worthy of a bigger picture Ideas Box post.
RFID is a really cool technology that is really simple in its operation. consisting of 2 parts, a passive tag (can be inset in plastic like a credit card: paywave, or a paper sticky tag) and an active reader. The reader makes contact with the antenna on the RFID tag, passes though it, picks up the unique code and then comes back to the reader all in a split second. Countless applications for the technology to be used at low cost and in the more premium market alike.

I work in a library, and RFID forms the centre piece of our operations. In the library we use them to identify every book in there, borrower records, last time the book was repaired etc It has revolutionised the way libraries operate and cut down staffing operation times significantly. It has also made systems like book retrieval robots possible.

Another application I heard while talking to a guy who started a new business that took off really quickly, is putting the tags in school uniform items and a reader in the lost property bin so when a lost item is put in the bin the parents get an email sent to them and told that their childs item has been found.

Just recently I did an assignment on "traceability" within the fast fashion industry and its uses as we can trace items from 'cradle' to 'grave' I've attached the presentation slides below so take a read through this. Could really be applied to any projects within the PE scope. Any questions about it ask away!

edited on 10th July 2017, 11:07 by Kai Faulkner

Edan Baker Jul 11, 2017

Hi Kai! Long-time listener, first-time caller. Do you think you could apply this tech to human implanting? Similar to the guy who did the opal card implant?

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Kai Faulkner Jul 12, 2017

ahoy there!
Really good point, I know many do see human implanting as the future, its a little too 'black mirror' for me at this point in time, but I definitely see the potential in it.

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Alex Piatek Jul 25, 2017

The Water Infrastructure project could utilise this technology, when plumbers arrive at the property for a plumbing service. The team will be able to track the existing repairs, if the customer has been paying their bills, tracking plumber work stats, etc.

The Everest Recycling Solutions project adopting the bin collection idea, could use it for verifying if bins have been collected and making sure the driver of the bin truck is utilising their time right, as they receiving a hourly wage.

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