RFID improves blood monitoring in pilot test – Related Stories – AABB SmartBrief

RFID improves blood monitoring in pilot test – Related Stories – AABB SmartBrief.


The mission-critical RFID journey continues: this time around in the transfusion medicine field.


Great article by Claire from RFID Journal on the work we’ve been doing in the Transfusion Medicine supply chain. Read about it below, and check out www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php for more information.

Consortium Pilot Finds RFID Improves Efficiency of Blood Supply Chain

An interesting snippet from the piece that captures the essence of the overall solution:

The consortium found that the use of RFID during the pilot resulted in a 33 percent reduction in reconciliation issues or misplaced products at the blood-donation points, as well as an 87 percent decrease in reconciliation issues or misplaced products when blood arrived at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s headquarters. In addition, efficiency during final inventory check-in at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin increased by 63 percent. At the hospital, product visibility was improved and the correct blood product was delivered to patient bedsides without a single error, for a total of 144 transfusions.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!


Talking mission-critical RFID with Impinj


I had an opportunity recently to talk to the awesome folks at Impinj and share some thoughts around the solutions we’ve been working on – check it out at http://www.impinj.com/blog/ and drop us a note if you have any thoughts / comments or questions,




Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant First in the Industry to Debut Auto-ID Foreign Material Exclusion Tracking Program


Another feather in S3Edge’s cap as we enable yet another mission-critical Auto-ID solution (in the Energy vertical)  for compliance and tracking – in this case delivered and administered by our partner Access Solutions & Siemens (ive in operation since April of this year) for FME services at  Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point reactor.

Here’s a gist of what is being said about the new automation system for tool and personnel tracking (STARtrac) powered by S3Edge’s Spotlight software.


“Our system is the first of its kind in the nuclear industry,” explained Velma Brunt, one of two FME accountability technicians in the steam generator work area. “Basically how it works is we scan the individual’s badge and the tools they’re carrying into the work area. Once the person is ready to exit, we rescan their badge and tools. The system automatically alerts us of any materials left behind.”

Over 15,000 tools in the plant were Auto-ID enabled in advance of the EPU project. Many hand tools were equipped with radio frequency identification microchips for efficient scanning. The rest were laser-imprinted with bar codes or marked with identification numbers. Doug Sodaro, PTN’s safety manager, hopes the program will be a great tool in keeping the plant team in Prevention mode. “We use a lot of materials on a daily basis, which means we have to constantly mitigate FME risks. This tool is very useful in that it allows us to have Strong Ownership & Accountability over FME.”

To read the entire edition of Turrkey Point Nuclear News from April, check out the PDF from our partners website –> http://accesssolutions.site.aplus.net/userfiles/file/ptn_nuclear_news_SHORT.pdf



Healthcare IT News: RFID consortium to bring blood product tracking technology to market

Healthcare IT News

Another write-up on the RFID-based Blood Product Tracking System we are bringing to the market – enjoy!




Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium selects S3Edge to commercialize RFID and barcode based Blood Product Tracking suite of applications


The Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium today announced that S3Edge would exclusively be leading the commercialization*  efforts of the Blood Center and Hospital applications that have been designed and built by the consortium members (BloodCenter of Wisconsin, SysLogic, Inc., S3Edge Inc., Carter Bloodcare, Mississippi Blood Services, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mississippi Baptist Health System, University of Wisconsin Madison – RFID Laboratory, and Mediware Corp.) over the last 5 years.

  1. Read the entire press-release here
  2. Goto http://www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php to learn more

The applications that have been piloted at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin & the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with promising results will help Blood Centers & Hospital Blood Banks worldwide enforce compliance with standard operating procedures while improving operational efficiency across operations in Blood Centers and Hospital blood banks.

Some highlights from the Press-release:

Thanks to the outstanding work of the entire consortium team, we have successfully piloted the new system to track blood products as they move from fixed and mobile donation sites, through the blood center and to distribution. After 24 weeks of running the system in a pilot mode here at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, we have seen process efficiency and traceability gains, as well as marked improvements in reconciliation”, said Lynne Briggs, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for BloodCenter of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Portrait  “The RFID system provided equivalent capabilities to those of IPR in terms of detecting and resolving process errors. It additionally provided the blood bank staff real-time visibility for blood products in transit from the hospital blood bank to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department.” said Dr. Thomas J. Raife, MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director, UIHC DeGowin Blood Center.

 “This effort represents the culmination of years of hard work by the consortium members in bringing a much needed innovation to the market in a collaborative manner. We are pleased to see S3Edge taking the next steps to ensure that the cumulative efforts of the consortium benefit the transfusion medicine industry as a whole”, said Rodeina Davis who was the principal investigator for the STTR grant, and a luminary in the transfusion medicine field recognized for her role in advancing this new technology from idea to adoption.

Today’s announcement solidifies our commitment not just to create compelling technology, but to realize the vision of creating a successful product for the transfusion medicine industry. We look forward to completing the requirements for the 510(k) clearance and facilitate the technology’s potential to transform current operations in the transfusion medicine industry for all end-users” said Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based information systems consulting and services firm.

To learn more about the solution(s) please visit our website at www.s3edge.com , swing by the S3Edge booth (#579) at the AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO 2012 if you are in the Boston area from October 6-9th, 2012.or drop us a line at info@s3edge.com

Meanwhile, for the folks with a curious bent here’s a fun time-line of how this project evolved over the years and has become a beacon of successful public-private-academic partnerships can succeed with the right team…enjoy!


Until the post, take care and hope to see you in Boston!



*The RFID blood product tracking system is pending 510(k) submission and is not yet commercially available in the US

In it to win it!

Source: iStockPhoto

A marathon runner is what comes to mind when I think about what the year has meant to us – it’s been a while since I posted an update on all the activity out here in S3Edge land and I can tell you the last 8 months have been…well a marathon!

We’ve been heads down working away at deploying mission-critical auto-ID based solutions across verticals and I can tell you that the customers we have live in deployment this year are large enterprise accounts across Manufacturing, Logistics, Healthcare, Energy & Financial – a couple of which are Fortune 50 accounts – using our SW in a live production environment as their primary system, and  tracking hundreds of thousands of assets across their operations.

Over the next few months, I hope to bring you more news / details about these deployments which I am extremely proud of and I think would mean a lot to the industry as a whole in terms of the benefits they are seeing. So stay tuned for more – we are as they say In it to win it and there’s lots of interesting deployments from the land of mission-critical auto-ID solutions leading the way in getting to the finish line!

2011 in review (the RTVS blog ;))

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Seasons Greetings & Happy Holidays from the S3Edge team!

As another great year winds down, time to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our friends and supporters, as we look forward to a productive and successful continuum into 2012!



Best wishes for the year ahead!



RIP Charlie Walton


Source: VentureBeat

Sad day for the industry earlier this week, but a day of remembrance and gratitude to a man who rarely gets talked about as the inventor of RFID; Hat-tip and kudos to behind-the-scenes inventors who have created entire industries and eco-systems that have in turn created countless opportunities for others!

Here’s the link to a great piece by Dean Takahashi from Venture Beat on Charlie’s story, and loss of a technology sensei:

Charlie Walton, inventor of RFID, passes away at 89

Rest in peace Charlie Walton.

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