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Evolution in scanning

As the first brand to offer a full-range of Google certified devices, Taiwanese brand Cipherlab is leading the way in the RFID space. MHD finds out more.

Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) provides the ability to identify, track and trace every product with a serialised number. According to GS1’s report RFID in Retail, the technology can significantly improve inventory management and processes, as well as enhance visibility across the supply chain.

Similar to a barcode, an RFID tag contains unique identifiers which correspond with inventory records. However, RFID offers significant benefits over traditional barcoding, Chin Toh, ANZ Manager at Cipherlab says.

Whereas with regular barcoding, each code has to be individually scanned in order to be registered, RFID scanners operate wirelessly, so you can simply point a scanner at a group of items and it will register every single one without having to individually connect.

“An RFID scanner can scan up to 700 plus items per second, meaning you could even scan an entire room of product in one go,” Chin says.

Cipherlab was founded in 1988 and is a global provider of Automation Identification and Data Capture Solutions (AIDC). The organisation is based in Taiwan, with offices in China, USA and the Netherlands.

Specialising in scanning, mobile computing and business process design, the organisation provides solutions for supply chain and retail as well as other verticals. The business employs more than 300 people ­– including 150 engineers.

“We’ve been in the Australian Market for 20 years now. We have our own factory in Taiwan and develop all our solutions there. From research and development to testing to the final product we carefully develop the best solutions for our customers,” Cesar Lai, Senior Sales Director at CipherLab says.

In addition, Cipherlab has its own in-house software team and ecosystem, ensuring that every client has the support they need to implement the technology. The Cipherlab’s Software Ecosystem (WheeCare, ReMoCloud, Cipherlab Suite) is for device management and helps to maximise efficiency and productivity for users, Cesar says.

The organisation also formed a partnership with Google in 2015, and became the first AIDC provider in the world to gain all Google certifications for this sector.

The certifications ensure that all products are compliant to Google’s standards, they include Mobile Application Distribution Agreement (MADA), Google Mobile Service (GMS), Android Enterprise Recommended (AER) and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).

The partnership ensures that all Cipherlab products are up-to-date with Android OS, ensuring that they are the first devices to receive updates, the apps remain protected and Google ensure that they are always working correctly.

“We have to be compliant with Google’s terms and conditions. We have to build all our devices to a certain ruggedized standard, so that they are suitable for industrial environments in addition to ensuring that we are complying to the standards for regular security updates,” Chin says.

The AER requirement specifies that all devices are built to rugged specifications, including a 1.2 metre drop resistance. They also have an extended lifespan with a 90-day security update that is guaranteed for five years after launch. “This gives our buyers the confidence that their device will remain current and not become outdated in its early life,” Chin says.

Cipherlab’s main offering in this space is the RK25 UHF reader. The solution consists of two different components, the RK25 mobile computer, and the UHF RFID reader.

“The user just simply attaches the RK25 device to the RK25 UHF RFID reader whenever RFID capabilities are needed,” Chin says.

The Cipherlab offering differs from its major competitors in this space in that when the two separate devices are connected the connection is a physical one, rather than through a wireless connection like Bluetooth.

“The physical connection is faster and much more stable, particularly in a warehouse environment where you have a lot of metal so a Bluetooth connection may have a lot of interference,” Chin says.

The RK25 UHF RFID reader can scan with a range of up to eight metres and can scan at 700 plus tags per second with up to nine-hour battery life. If the area that needs to be scanned is more condensed, then it is very simple to tune the radius to the area that you want to be scanned, Chin says.

One of the advantages of using Android over say IOS or Windows, is that many warehouse pickers are very familiar with the interface and the way it works. “People use Android in their everyday life, and they are often very confident users. If they can operate something that they are familiar with then it makes their job a lot easier,” Chin says.

Cipherlab products are available through a number of different resellers in Australia including Wise Systems, Scopelink, Datapel and TracknTrace ­– for a full list, visit page 56.

Please visit www.cipherlab.com for more details and email ausales@cipherlab.com to organise a demo. Alternatively, you can also contact one of Cipherlab’s authorised resellers.

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