Tracking Guns with RFID

January 29, 2013 Joey McFarland

Tracking Guns with RFID

American Tactical Imports (ATI) and AmChar Wholesale, two gun distributors, are beginning to use RFID technology to track guns as they enter their facilities, are placed in locked storage, and finally are sold to retailers.

To comply with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), wholesalers and distributers of firearms must maintain impeccable records of all weapons entering and exiting their facilities.  The firearms industry traditionally tracks sales in a paper notebook, but facilities are subject to random inspections and record-keeping mistakes can lead to fines or a business shutdown.

Over the last year, ATI and AmChar have worked with integrator AdvanTech to install an RFID-enabled firearm-tracking solution in their shared warehouse.  Weapons sent to the warehouse are affixed with tags from Avery Dennison containing Impinj Monza RFID chips, applied by the manufacturer.  Impinj Speedway Revolution RFID readers power read zones at chokepoints including at dock doors and near the storage cages.  AdvanTech’s software tracks when firearms are received, stored or shipped.  When items are leaving the facility, the software compares tag reads to customer orders and will alert management of any mistakes.

RFID will reduce manual record-keeping while tracking firearms more efficiently, reducing shipment errors and safeguarding against infractions from the ATF. Learn more about the system in the full article.

Tags from Avery Dennison powered by Monza chips are ideal for asset tracking applications for a variety of market sectors. Hear about Avery’s latest offerings in this webinar.

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