RFID Tags come in a number of form factors from basic SmartLabels (printable tags) to reusable tags that have various types of encapsulation based on their intended application. What is common with all tags is that they have an RFID ‘inlay’. It is the inlay that holds the chip and antenna which is the mechanism to send and receive encoded data as illustrated below. Writing the unique Tag ID number to an inlay is called ‘Commissioning’. With that said there are a number of ways to commission a tag using either RFID enabled printers, handheld interrogators or fixed Readers.
The Tag Commissioning Module is a series of functions (as listed below) that enables the commissioning and association of tags to objects in enterprise systems such as Products, Assets, people, etc.:
❖Commission / Map ** see below
Using a fixed reader and a single antenna, the ‘Commission/Map’ feature from the TagNet browser interface enables repetitive and consistent commissioning of matched sets of tags (where required) for large asset populations.
The approach is for an associate to place one or more asset tags onto the antenna (shown to right) and using the TagNet [Commission/Map] feature navigate the steps that will a) write the same TagID (aka EPC) to all asset tags as a matched set, b) associate that TagID to the Asset # and c) register into location inventory.
After the matched set has been commissioned they should be marked with the Asset # and attached to the object without delay to prevent the tags from being mixed up and applied wrongfully. Given that all assets can encounter rough handling in their given role, a key consideration is to find location(s) whereas the tags will not be damaged during its life cycle.
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