Automatically keep track of your RFID-tag-labeled inventory from anywhere in the world:
You're in California, and you want to keep track of your RFID tag labeled inventory in your warehouse in New Jersey? With Controlbot technology, you can do this, and you don't have to make a big investment in IT and RFID infrastructure. Controlbot technology allows you to attach RFID readers to mobile robots, control the robots, and download tag data using any internet browser.
Imagine the possibilities -- set the robot to patrol on a continuous or daily schedule, and dynamically see what is happening to your inventory on a near-real time basis. Or alternatively program the robot to locate an item, and bring it to an appropriate location.
Minimal infrastructure is needed: RFID tagged inventory, WiFi coverage of the warehouse (easy with low-cost 802.11 network repeaters), a controlbot equipped robot with an RFID tag reader, a web browser, and some software. This Wal-Mart RFID web page, which shows Wal-Mart personnel going through stockrooms with hand-held RFID scanners, gives a good idea of the functions that could be automated using Controlbot technology.
Applications include :
Warehouse and stockrooms - Sure you scan the incoming and outgoing inventory with RFID scanners, but what happens to your inventory in between. Is it really where you think it is? Has it been misplaced or has there been "shrinkage"? Now you'll know
Appropriate storage - Is perishable inventory being stored at the right temperature? Put a temperature sensor on the robot, and cross-correlate the temperature results with the temperature sensitivity of your RFID tagged inventory.
Instant site visit - Want to look around and see what has happened to that box? Put an internet web cam on your robot, and just look at your web browser. Now you can see exactly why the inventory is being damaged in storage.
Low-volume or remote warehouses - Put appropriate material handling equipment on your robot, and control the whole operation from a different site.