News from Kathrein Solutions IoT
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is the largest integrated health and social care trust in the United Kingdom, providing health services to 340,000 citizens in the Greater Belfast area. The Trust files, stores, retrieves and manages almost 4,000,000 health records across six record libraries and with external storage providers. During 2015 the Trust commissioned a Health Records Digitisation Strategy for its acute sites. This provided a clear understanding of the Trust’s management, storage and use of patient health information together with a roadmap to achieve its objective to become paper-lite by 2020. The tracking and management of medical records was identified as an area in which investment in technology would drive a number of benefits.
Kathrein is starting a global collaboration in the field of electronic vehicle identification (EVI) with Tönnjes E.A.S.T., the leading German licence plate manufacturer. Both companies have been working together for years in the development of new technologies. In their joint projects, Kathrein contributes its expertise in the field of RFID technology, Tönnjes E.A.S.T. is a specialist for the integration of the required transponders into vehicle licence plates or windscreens.
Positive business casedue to scalable solution
In order to effectively and costefficiently realise roll-outs of this magnitude in plants worldwide, all interfaces and system components have to be defined and coordinated with each other. The required hardware and software has to be available in a standardised fashion. In order to achieve comparable and stable functions in all RFID applications worldwide, an internal shared service was established in the central IT. The advantage for the specialist sections in the plants is that an experienced RFID team is placed at disposal to support them during the implementations. Moreover, a central IT infrastructure can be used that may develop into a positive business case in a timely manner due to scaling effects.
Communities and road maintenance companies have a strong interest in quickly accessing relevant operational data without major effort. The RFID tags integrated into the nonwoven geotextiles of Provlies are linked with applications such as digital atlases, automatic traffic count, construction journals, sewer network maps and weather information. In addition, modules for condition assessment, construction or construction supervision can be integrated.
Kathrein starts with the next generation of RFID systems!
The requirements for modern identification systems are increasingly defined by ERP architectures. Compared to a large percentage of RFID systems being equipped either with a serial or proprietary port, only a few percent are equipped with a slow and not network-ready protocol today. The reason lies in a constant need for optimisation and efficiency gains in a production and logistics environment.