Global Company Leverages RFID for Tracking Art Assets

June 17, 2014 Lea DeJarlais

A large, anonymous global company was in search of a solution that would enable the tracking of individual pieces of art that it owns and displays in different locations around the world. With approximately 600 pieces installed across the globe, keeping track of these assets was a difficult task that became nearly impossible if the artwork was moved or removed. The company approached a US-based solution provider to implement an RFID tracking solution.

The artwork had already been tagged with UHF RFID tags, but the current system in use was not intuitive and was becoming outdated; moreover, the readers did not always operate as required and the handhelds provided only a limited amount of data to the user tracking the piece of art. The solution provider suggested the  TSL 1128 Bluetooth UHF RFID handheld reader, featuring the Impinj Indy R2000 reader chip, for tracking the art assets. Because this handheld can be connected to most mobile devices, including iPhones and iPods, the solution provider was able to develop software for the devices that leveraged some of the features available, like using the camera to take pictures of the artwork and zooming in on current pictures. The solution also uses the device's GPS sensors to add location information to each piece of artwork. The solution has already enabled the company to locate missing artwork, and see at any time where a piece of artwork is located.

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Source: RFID Journal



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