Wireless Applications

Axcess Introduces Smart Wireless Sticker

April 9, 2008

The Dot-based wireless device provides automatic item identification, location, data logging, and condition sensing for items up to a 1000 ft. away.


DALLAS /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Axcess International Inc., a leading provider of wireless business-activity monitoring solutions, announced the "industry's first Smart Wireless Sticker." It provides automatic item identification, locating, tracking, protecting, data logging, and condition sensing for items up to 1000 ft. away, at a cost of less than $10 per sticker. The "wireless computer on a sticker" combines traditional bar codes, Electronic Product Code (EPC) RFID, long-range RFID tracking, and wireless sensing in a small electronic label easily adhered to most any object. It is designed to enhance data management in product manufacturing, product automatic identification in shipping, automatic inventory and protection of enterprise assets, and visibility into the condition of perishables and pharmaceuticals throughout the shipping process. Axcess' newest application, based on its proven Dot micro-wireless technology platform, will be demonstrated at the annual RFID Live Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas from April 16 to 18, in booth #718.

Imagine a peel and stick wireless computer applied to your car's windshield, warehouse boxes, palettes, laptops, perishable shipments, and more. Not only has Axcess introduced a wireless computer in the form of the industry's "first Smart Wireless Sticker," but also it has developed the smallest wireless computer to combine the following technological capabilities:

  • Printing on the sticker for visual identification
  • Bar code application for short-range manual identification
  • EPC-standard passive wireless RFID communications, supporting applications in the retail supply chain, including the Wal-Mart mandate
  • Long-range active wireless communications for automobile identification, tracking, sensing, and protection
  • Short-range active wireless read/write manifesting that tracks the history of equipment repair
  • Temperature sensing, data logging, and wireless transfer of the condition of produce, IT equipment, and other temperature-sensitive items

This significant, low-cost introduction to the wireless market offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Easy electronic programming
  • Easy and reliable adherence to items, boxes, assets and vehicles
  • Simultaneous communicates to multiple standards-based infrastructures
  • Tamper-resistant and re-usable packaging, if needed;
  • Real-time data storage and transmission over a low-cost wireless network
  • Store and forward user-defined programmable information
  • Tag wake-up and alert transmission at designated temperature ranges
  • Pinpoint identification of where perishables went bad to assign accountability
  • Rich feature/function set for a price point under $10

Sensors Added to Axcess' Dot Platform
By adding a condition-monitoring sensor to its Dot platform and developing the Smart Wireless Sticker, Axcess has solved the industry's problem of the size and placement of sensors, getting data off sensors.

The following scenarios exemplify two of countless situations in which the Smart Wireless Sticker will improve the way business is done today.

Problem Solved for Perishable Food
A shipment of bananas is tracked from a warehouse on a truck en route to its destination. The "wireless computer on the sticker" logs the temperatures en route. When the shipment reaches the distribution center dock door, the stored data is automatically off-loaded and processed by the system, indicating a spike in temperature occurred along the way and alerting personnel that the shipment's freshness has been compromised. Clear accountability is documented for every shipment.

Problem Solved for Data Centers
A data center is wirelessly monitoring its server inventory, tracking any movements and detecting any unwarranted temperature changes with the equipment. As often happens, a server begins to fail and overheat. The "wireless computer on the sticker" wakes up and sends an alert to designated persons. The server's functions are off-loaded, thereby avoiding any service impact to customers and further maintenance issues for the company.

"Industry has a common set of requirements for wirelessly enabling things in the enterprise to improve efficiency, productivity, security, and safety," stated Allan Griebenow, Axcess International's CEO and President. "Bar code product data needs to be identifiable via wireless over longer ranges. Assets need to be located, tracked, inventoried, and protected automatically. Sensing needs to be portable and available on discrete products. Until now, industry had conceived of something called a Smart Active Label, or SAL. The Smart Wireless Sticker leapfrogs that by delivering short- and long-range wireless communications plus sensor logging, all combined in a very small, very low-cost, easy to attach, standards-based wireless sticker."

Axcess will demonstrate its wireless solutions at the RFID Live Conference and Exhibition at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, from April 16 to 18, in booth #718. To set up an appointment with a representative at the show, email (sales@axcessinc.com) or call 800-588-6080 or 972-407-6080. Roberto Ivon, Director of Technology at Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico, is a featured speaker at the preconference seminar on April 16 at 11:00 a.m. and will discuss how Axcess' RFID technology stops the theft of laptops and projectors and tracks the location of assets on their campuses.

About Dot Platform
Dot, "the world's smallest, most powerful, lowest cost battery-powered wireless computer," is based on a revolutionary system-on-a-chip technology design. Axcess' invention combines a processor, memory, and wireless communications in one chip about the size of a grain of rice. It is as powerful as the first personal digital assistants. It runs for years on a watch battery, stores at least three pages of information in memory, and communicates to the world at high-speed, all at a low cost. Within this single, low-cost chip, Dot combines the beneficial elements of today's monolithic technologies, such as RFID, RTLS, and wireless sensing. Dot technology incorporates a battery-powered, software-definable wireless receiver that is compatible with multiple global regulations, including the EPC Class I and Gen II (passive RFID) standard.

The active RFID and RTLS portions of Dot's capabilities are built on and are backwardly compatible with the existing Axcess 433 MHz platform, which automatically activates tags on demand to transmit micro-wireless messages as needed from 1 to 1000 ft. to hidden palm-size receivers. The receivers are connected via standard network (either 802.11X wireless or wired) simultaneously to the enterprise system software and the existing security alarm equipment. The system supports standalone middleware and end-user software provided by Axcess under the e-Supervisor label or via an easy connection to third-party middleware and software solutions.

Dot is a one-of-a-kind hybrid—a single wireless source—common to multiple industry standards and supporting virtually all industries, including manufacturing, the enterprise, oil and gas, utilities, education, government, and the military.

Axcess offers a developer's kit royalty free to licensed registered developers. Opening the architecture is expected to add to the already broad use of Dot technology.

About Axcess
Axcess International Inc. delivers wireless intelligence through real-time business-activity monitoring solutions that improve productivity, security, safety, and revenue growth. The systems derive wireless intelligence from automatic, advanced workforce management; workflow management; asset monitoring; and distributed sensing. Its revolutionary and patented Dot micro-wireless technology platform combines RFID, RTLS, and wireless sensing for better decision making and control throughout the enterprise. Axcess is a portfolio company of Amphion Innovations plc.


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