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Radiant Celebrates a Milestone, our Customers, and a Great Year

In November, Radiant turned 10! Many of our customers have been with us from the beginning. Following is a brief video with our Top 10 highlights from 2014:

 

 

 

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RFID in Education: Myths vs. Facts

As educators across the county seek to improve student attendance reporting, security and emergency management and IT asset visibility in schools, RFID technology has recently gained popularity among school boards and administrators. In general, RFID benefits schools and communities by:

  • Reducing teacher workload, paperwork and distractions;
  • More quickly alerting school staff as to who is missing, rather than counting those present;
  • Enhancing situational awareness by enabling teachers, principals, hall monitors, and security staff to be aware of an area usage and alerted to breaches or exceptions; and
  • Improving efficiencies in attendance reporting, bus routing and ridership, and IT asset management

 

Like other modern technologies that go mainstream, greater awareness can be joined by a natural skepticism, which is why it’s important to communicate RFID technology’s capabilities and limitations and to implement best practices for their communities. Following are some common myths and facts about RFID technology in schools:

 

Myth: RFID invades privacy

  • RFID is not GPS; it does not track you everywhere.
  • The only information written to an ID badge is a randomly generated number called the Electronic Product Code (EPC), which looks something like this: 0E0129904ABCD11000012345.
  • An EPC is meaningless unless it is associated with identifying information.
  • Data read by RFID readers is placed in a database, and is completely separated from associated identification data stored in another database unique to a school district.

 

Myth: Anyone with an RFID reader can ‘track’ students or access identifying information
Because no identifying information is written to or stored on a badge, anyone with an RFID reader would only be able to read a randomly generated EPC number.

 

Myth: Students can just hand their card to someone else to be “here”.

  • Fraudulent usage can be detected by the system, and administration can be notified.
  • Badges that always appear together throughout a day can be noted.

 

Myth: RFID is new technology that isn’t yet ready for adoption.

  • RFID technology has been in use for over 70 years.

 

BEST PRACTICES
Radiant works with educators and administrators every day to implement technology based on the highest standards of reliability and privacy, which is why we think it’s important to:

  • Implement passive, rather than active, RFID technology in schools. In a nutshell, a passive RFID chip does not contain its own power source and can’t ‘beacon’ its location 24-7. It only transmits a randomly generated EPC code to a reader when it comes within a few feet.
  • Avoid printing identifying information on student badges.
  • Educate parents and guardians about how location information will be used, how long it will be stored in a school database, and campus data security protocols.
  • Make parental opt-out easy.


When implemented with best practices in support of existing accountability methods, passive RFID technology enables teachers, parents, and administrators to achieve greater school awareness.

VAT 6 is Here

icoAssetTrackingVirtual Asset Tracker (VAT), the company’s flagship asset tracking solution software, released version 6.0 on June 30, 2014. Hosted customers automatically received this major version release. 

 

Less Clicking. More Doing with VAT 6: The new version delivers a new user interface and expanded capabilities that makes keeping track of assets faster, easier and more convenient.

 

Highlights are: 

  • Fully responsive design
  • Optimized for iOS and Android devices 
  • Better performance
  • Search from any screen

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Additional features are: 

Automatic Update: Radiant RFID VAT desktop Asset Manager and Mobile Storekeeper clients no longer need administrative permissions for automatic update.

Undo Inventory of an Asset: VAT administrators have the option in the Web Asset Manager to undo the inventory of an asset which has been inventoried in error or accidentally. The undo inventory resets the asset’s previous inspection date and is captured in the asset history.

Mobile Functionality: a mobile friendly version of the VAT Web Portal is supported in VAT 6.0.0 and beyond. Much of the functionality of the desktop browser is available in the Mobile browser, such as asset management and asset transfer. Some functionality is not available in the mobile VAT such as system administration and add-on modules such as Straight Line Depreciation.

 

About VAT: Utilized by Fortune 500 companies, universities and school districts, and large government organizations, Radiant’s Virtual Asset Tracker answers the question, “Where is that…” with minimal human involvement and maximum accuracy. VAT keeps track of expected and exact locations of all types of assets; provides robust reporting and analytics that integrate with popular ERP systems; features an easy-to-use, configurable interface with dashboard-style home screen for convenient asset overview; supports passive and active RFID tags, and works with fixed and mobile handheld RFID scanners and smartphones.

 

Ready to learn more? Tell us a little about your asset tracking and management challenge, and we will follow up.

Why RFID for Asset Management? Our Top 10 List...

Greetings from the Asset Management team at Radiant. One of the most common questions we hear is "Why RFID?" When it comes to managing large numbers of high-value assets, organizations consider RFID technology for a variety of reasons. Below are our Top 10 in a nutshell.

10. Enable true cost control
9. Audit-proof inventory
8. Protect critical information on devices
7. Scale faster and more efficiently
6. Support life cycle management
5. Create a culture of re-use
3. Increase visibility
2. More quickly identify what's lost or missing
1. Vastly reduce human effort -- and error!

 

Do you have a specific or unusual reason? If so,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with your unique asset tracking challenge or story.

Kenny Ratton, Radiant CFO, Presents a Discussion on RFID in IT Environments on 3-6-14

Kenneth Ratton, Radiant RFID co-founder and chief financial officer, will present a discussion on RFID technology in IT environments on Thursday, March 6, 2014 to the Austin chapter of Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), a national professional association of CIOs, IT managers, senior staff, academics, vendors, and consultants.

With millions of IT assets tracked and managed every day through Radiant’s proprietary RFID solution, Ratton brings a vast set of practical insight into selecting and deploying RFID systems in data-intensive environments. The discussion will cover a brief overview of modern RFID technology, best practices for selecting and deploying an RFID system, active versus passive RFID in IT environments, and what’s on the RFID technology horizon.

 

Join us on Twitter (@radiantrfid) for a live Tweet during the event. We'll also follow up with slides from the program on Slideshare.