RFID and asset tags combine to control remote packages

Thursday, 27 December, 2007

Siemens and Free2move have deployed the Siemens Wireless Asset Tracking (SWAT) at Siemens' Malaysian headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

Combining passive RFID personnel cards and long-range asset tags, the system allows asset movements to be controlled according to a central policy. For example, a policy could prohibit an asset from entering a particular secure zone.

This first deployment encompasses 700 computer notebooks and 10 doors.

Michael Yong, senior sales manager of Siemens Building Technologies, says, "The ability, not only to secure the building, but also to secure critical high value assets inside the building, is a much sought after feature."

"In industrial workplaces, the value of assets and the highly critical information they contain, represent a significant corporate risk. Hence, we foresee great market demand for this capability."

Siemens and Free2move will jointly market the SWAT system.

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