Documented RFP design with evaluation criteria and structured procedures. This typically contains the project requirements, which are usually technical in nature. Other factors, eg. time and costings may also be included. These preliminary procedures are used to test the general viability of the project.
Feasibility & Proof of Concept Studies
Design and successful demonstration of the key project requirement(s) using off-the-shelf system components. Regulatory and standards compliant methods are used even at this early stage of the process. The potential impact of the RFID system on current processes and operations is also considered. Feasibility results are documented in a concise report.
Product Evaluation & Selection
Establish the most appropriate frequency of operation (LF, HF, UHF or Microwave) for the project specification. This dictates the type of tag/inlay, reader and antenna combination. Subsequent tests on system components are used to select the best components which meet performance requirements at the most competitive prices. A fully comprehensive, yet concise report is produced after the evaluation procedure, as an aid to the selection process.
Preliminary Pilots & Trials
These stages are realised extensions based on the PoC and Evaluation studies. Following preliminary site-survey studies of applicable sites, small scale pilots are used to demonstrate the feasibility of in-situ (scalable) solutions. These may or may not be integrated into the customer’s network and instead operate on a segregated network for test and evaluation purposes. System performance at this stage is indicative of actual performance on full deployment and therefore a lot of optimisation work is usually carried out in order to achieve maximum performance.
Hardware & Software (Middleware) Integration
Data generated by networks of readers is subsequently processed by existing enterprise (middleware) software to produce information that can be acted upon. Such software would typically be provided by Microsoft, Oracle, SAP etc. RFIDiom can help to identify, test and recommend the best middleware solution for your requirements.
Full System Deployment Management
Full system deployment is a scaled-up implementation of the Pilot phase of an RFID project. Lessons learnt there must be carried forward and acted upon during the full project rollout stage. In addition to this, the full system deployment of an RFID solution is fraught with logistical, practical and financial problems if not carried out properly and systematically. For this reason, RFIDiom provides a highly knowledgeable and experienced team of RFID consultants to assist with the careful management of this particularly crucial phase.
End-Use Training & Optimisation
As part of the ‘hand-off’ procedure, this phase involves the education and training of customer personnel with primary interactions with the system. This usually includes basic operational training of hardware management and software (middleware) management. Further optimisation of the solution may be carried out in order to achieve the highest levels of performance from each of the sub-systems. Some examples of optimisation work include the fine-tuning of antenna positions; middleware optimisation; reader algorithm adjustments and network infrastructure optimisations etc.
Post-Implementation Review & Maintenance
A quarterly performance audit of a deployed RFID system can help to ‘iron-out’ any remaining issues. These issues usually arise due to unforeseen conditions and/or undocumented process changes by the client. Performance audits can be useful in further optimisation and maintenance of the system as a whole.