Monthly Archives: July 2010

Another jewel in the S3Edge crown – we are now a part of the Microsoft Virtual TS (Technology Specialist) Group of Professionals for the Application Platform

Today was another milestone for our little company – I will now be a part of a WW organization called the Microsoft VTS Program that works with the Microsoft Field Technology Specialists to assist closely with deploying solutions on the Application platform (BizTalk, BizTalk RFID, SQL, and AppFabric), with a specific focus on <you guessed it ;)> RFID-based solutions 🙂

To be nominated as one of the new “vertical” market technology specialist for the RFID area is indeed very special and we are honored to be a part of this high-power group of partners, often considered the ‘expert’s expert’ in the areas they specialize in!

Looking forward to adding end-user value and thank you Microsoft for this recognition!

 

Cheers!

 

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Access Solutions and S3Edge announce partnership to expand Access’s FME S.T.A.R.trac(SM) system and deliver an Industry Solution (focused on tool tagging and FME services) for the Energy industry.

Last week, we jointly announced our our partnership Access Solutions, the leader in FME services for the power industry to provide a comprehensive Barcode & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Foreign Material Exclusion (FME) solution. This extends Access’s existing FME solution with Auto-ID technology on the S3Edge Spotlight asset tracking platform for automated tracking of tools and providing a way to enhance existing FME processes with higher operational efficiency, and real-time audit trails.

This is yet another example of how an industry leader (Access Solutions) in a vertical market (Energy) is partnering with us to deliver an enterprise-scale RFID solution for their customers leveraging each others industry expertise, and creating joint value for end-users!

 

Here’s the press release for your perusal, and ping me or Eric at Access (details below) if you’d like to find out more or looking to solve a similar problem.

Access Solutions and S3Edge announce partnership to expand comprehensive Barcode & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based Foreign Material Exclusion (FME) solution

The Energy Industry’s first RFID control system built for automating FME processes will now directly address the need for enterprise-scale deployment, while significantly increasing accountability data and reducing the time taken to process workers in and out of controlled work areas.

Portland, OR June 30, 2010

Access Solutions, the leader in FME services for the power industry, today formally announced its strategic partnership with S3Edge, a leading provider of packaged real-time visibility and control solutions. Close on the heels of its field tests, Access Solutions’ focus on FME integrity and tradition of innovation continues through the re-architecting of it’s FME S.T.A.R.trac(SM) system, designed to exceed enterprise-level demands surrounding multiple read-points, high volume and nuclear-grade reliability.

Comprised of leading edge computer, Barcode and RFID hardware and software, the system is designed to track tools, materials, components and personnel, thereby maintaining FME integrity, identified by the power industry as a critical concern. Central to the systems’ capabilities, is the ability to automate the lifecycle of tool management from warehouse facilities to tool cribs to FME control zones and back, while enforcing FME policies and identifying exceptions as they occur in real-time. These include:

  • Advanced tool tagging and tethering services with image capture capabilities
  • Tools, material, and components check-in / checkout with personnel verification
  • Automated track and trace of tools and personnel through their lifecycle
  • Flexible reporting on-demand with site-specific customization options
  • Capture of usage statistics to support site-specific metrics
  • Reduced storage through electronic archival of FME data

For clients deploying FME S.T.A.R.trac(SM), the system will result in increased productivity, reduced labor costs, increased audit accuracy, enhanced key-item auditing and the ability to accurately and rapidly track consumables. “We are extremely pleased to team up with S3Edge to put this exciting system development into the hands of our clients. Our unified, best-of-breed approach, which brings together Access Solutions’ deep domain expertise in the FME industry and S3Edge’s Spotlight technology for RFID-based asset tracking, as well as their systems integration bench strength and expertise, will deliver unparalleled levels of efficiencies across the enterprise,” said Kelvin Mann, President & CEO of Access Solutions. “FME S.T.A.R.trac(SM) truly represents the next big evolution in FME control and we are proud to be at the leading edge,” he added.

“Our partnership with Access Solutions in delivering a commercial off-the shelf application such as FME S.T.A.R.trac(SM), will shorten time to deployment and increase overall value for enterprises deploying this technology for their FME needs. S3Edge looks forward to working in tandem with the Access Solutions team to deploy domain-specific, scalable technology solutions of value to end-users” said Mark Anastas, President, S3Edge Inc.

For more information and to schedule a complimentary initial evaluation, please visit us at
www.AccessSolutions.net/contact.php or call 503.759.9100.


About Access Solutions

Access Solutions provides the power generation industry’s leading Foreign Material Exclusion services and professional personnel. Leveraging its proprietary methodologies and experiences from over 100 projects nationwide and abroad, Access Solutions offers Total FME Ownership of critical components, FME advisory and site assessment services, advanced tool tethering and an exciting new, game-changing RFID technology platform that substantially increases efficiencies of the FME process. They offer the first, full-cycle RFID-native, Enterprise FME/Asset Management system designed to track tools, materials, components and personnel for fossil and nuclear power generation maintenance cycles.

Learn more about Access Solutions at (www.AccessSolutions.net) or their Blog (http://FMEservices.wordpress.com)

About S3Edge
S3Edge is a software product company that provides packaged, RFID-based asset tracking solutions for automation and error proofing of supply chain operations. Spotlight, S3Edge’s software product enables enterprises to configure and view assets, zones, alerts, and reports and to track and obtain trends on asset movement within their organizations. The S3Edge product and solution suites are built ground up on the Microsoft BizTalk RFID (Server and Mobile) platforms in addition to deeply leveraging Windows Mobile / CE, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows Server platforms. An integral part of the S3Edge business applications are the device providers for various hardware vendors (fixed, mobile, fork-lift and active RFID readers) that are provided as part of the overall solution.

To learn more about S3Edge, visit their website (www.s3edge.com) and Blog (https://rtvs.wordpress.com)

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“Technology needs to support and help enhance our processes, vs. try and force fit what we need into an approach that’s based on how the technology works” – a simple, yet elegant business model.

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Been a while since I posted – it’s been busy with some exciting things coming up (and will  share) over the next few months including (you heard it here first :))another book deal with yet another author from the S3Edge stable – but the opportunity to share an ‘aha’ moment that I recently had was too good to pass up and hence the brief post.

In previous posts, we’ve discussed why examples of enterprise-ready commercial off the shelves (COTS) solutions for vertical markets are few and far in-between for our nascent industry – Before you start screaming in protest, I am referring to the lack of ‘total solutions’ (encompassing software + hardware systems) when compared to hardware technology (that’s been around for decades and has matured quite significantly in terms of enterprise-readiness), and how one might go about addressing the same.

To refresh your memories, here are the posts I am referring to:

 

Now while all of the above address a bunch of areas from a perspective of process, software, and technology, a recent conversation with one of our industry partners (with deep domain expertise in how things are done in a particular vertical market via years and years of ‘doing it’), had me shaking my head in terms of how we missed articulating this simple, yet extremely critical aspect that’s been holding this industry back….Which essentially is this impedance mismatch between vertical market expertise and the technology expertise…. What do I mean by that? Well quite simply put, today you have a fractured, and often a ‘blind men and the elephant’ industry solution landscape that looks something like this:

  • RFID solution vendors who offer ‘end-end’ packaged offerings based on 1 or 2 deployments in the vertical market 
  • Vertical market leaders with deep domain expertise, claiming RFID capabilities that are often no more than a check-box integration of the technology
  • <and then you have the hardware ecosystem who continue to blaze their own, often mysterious strategies, but we won’t go there today ;)>

Now, if you are a logical person (like almost all of us are) you would think this is easy to fix – get the 2 parties to work with each other and leveage their skill-sets!! But it’s sadly not that simple – and having been in the trenches myself, I can completely empathize as to why this is hard – quite often you see conflicting, and mysterious agendas from the different parties at work when different parties come together and try and march towards something each one considers it to be his or her own master-piece, or simply put their corner of the workd – And control / power are age old human behaviors that the RFID industry should not and cannot really change 😉

But that does not mean you don’t try – At S3Edge, our core belief has always been that technology works only if it’s an unobtrusive enabler i.e. a tool that can be used to make a business process better, faster, and more efficient vs. replace or worse re-engineer the way things need to be done – and that’s the statement I leave you with today as our “business model” (a term that imo is an oxymoron in this day and age of social computing – and a separate topic for discussion by itself); A model and core belief that has worked (as we saw with the Toll Global Logistics case-study – where they are the 3PL expert and we are the humble RFID technology experts), and is continuing to work as espoused by the title statement of this blog (by one of our industry partners).

And we’ll continue to put more effort into this as this is the only way we know to add real value to end-users at the end of the day. 

Stay tuned for more details on the partner and industry solution we are launching – more on that next week!

 

Cheers

 

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