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iTrace for Blood Centers receives FDA 510(k) clearance

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Auto-ID based tracking system developed as a result of a National Institute of Health STTR Grant secures FDA 510(k) pre-market clearance, SysLogic initiates transfer to S3Edge.

Read the entire press-release here

Goto http://www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php to learn more

“This effort represents the culmination of years of hard work by Rodeina Davis (principle investigator for the STTR grant, and a luminary in the transfusion medicine field), and the consortium members in bringing a much
needed innovation to the market in a collaborative manner. The FDA 510(k) clearance and commercialization will ensure that the cumulative efforts of the consortium benefit the transfusion medicine industry as a whole”,
said Lynne Briggs VP and CIO at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “Our pilot of iTrace for Blood Centers showed marked improvements in efficiency and accuracy in reconciling and tracking blood products from collections
through distribution”.

“We are happy to now initiate the transfer of the 510K clearance to S3Edge to enable further commercialization of iTrace for Blood Centers. Today’s announcement showcases our commitment not just to create compelling
technology, but to realize the vision of creating a successful product for the transfusion medicine industry” said Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based information systems consulting and
services firm, one of the founding members of the consortium and awardee of the STTR grant.

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“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 to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department. We are excited by the potential of this technology to further improve transfusion safety in operating rooms because of its hands-free non-invasive nature” said Dr. Thomas J. Raife, MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director, UIHC DeGowin Blood Center.

“As the exclusive commercialization partner selected by the RFID Consortium, this is an exciting development that enables us to broadly market and deploy iTrace for Blood Centers. We look forward to completing the requirements for the transfer of the 510K from SysLogic and bringing this solution to the market. This significant milestone could not have happened without the efforts, guidance and leadership of the consortium. We look forward to working in tandem with this team of health care stakeholders and distinguished researchers
to ensure Blood Centers around the world can take full advantage of this new system”, said Mark Anastas, President of S3Edge Inc.

Carrier makes excellent manufacturing even better with RFID based software from S3Edge to streamline operations and logistics at their manufacturing facility

Carrier Collierville, named by Industry Week as a top manufacturing plant in the nation (2011), has improved shipping productivity by 33%, and error reductions by 80 – 90% – due to the new auto ID based air-conditioner tracking system, and will keynote the upcoming RFID Journal Live 2013 event.

S3Edge is  extremely pleased to announce that Carrier Corporation, a Fortune 50 company that’s part of United Technologies will be keynoting at the upcoming RFID Journal Live event to talk about the mission-critical solution they’ve deployed in production with our software and hardware from our partners (Impinj, Xploretech, SMARTRAC, Xerafy, and Motorola).

Below is the description of the keynote session on May 1st at RFID Journal Live 2013, the world’s largest RFID event in Orlando, Florida.

How Carrier Made Excellent Manufacturing Even Better With RFID
Carrier, a leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. and a provider of technology to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. In January 2012, the company’s 900,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, located in Collierville, Tenn., was named one of IndustryWeek’s top-10 Best Plants in North America for 2011. In September 2011, the plant deployed an RFID system to create an automated shipping and component verification solution in a high-volume and high-velocity environment. Hear how the solution was designed and implemented, how it reduced truck-loading errors by more than 80 percent and how it boosted shipping productivity by 33 percent, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual savings. In addition, learn what’s ahead for RFID at Carrier.

Speaker:

Balaji Suresh, Materials Manager, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier

If you are in Orlando this week, and would like to discuss this in more detail, drop me a note.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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“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

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

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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!

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

Cheers

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

The SANDY Files

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Last week, we did a press-release around the release of SANDY (our internal codename for Spotlight Android) at the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks Conference) .

Based on initial feedback received, we believe that this development is a significant leap forward in enabling not just health-care of transfusion medicine RFID applications on the mobile phone, but a game-changer to the deployment of mobile RFID apps overall.  Hence, a brief FAQ to to throw additional light on what this announcement actually means and you can also sign up for a Demo at our website  (http://www.s3edge.com/registration.php) if this piqued your curiosity,

So, w/o any further ado, here is the SANDY faq (also available @ http://www.s3edge.com/products_spotlight_android.php)

What is Spotlight for Android?

Spotlight for Android is a set of apps and services deployed on Android based phones and tablets, that connect to Spotlight Server thus enabling cross-platform mission-critical asset tracking applications.

When is it available?

A Beta of Spotlight for Android is available on the Google Nexus S today. Future plans for Nexus Prime on Android Ice-Cream Sandwich are underway.

What applications can I use on Spotlight for Android today?

Spotlight for Android will support the same set of horizontal Auto-ID applications supported on Spotlight Mobile – these include Commission, De-commission, Trace, Audit RFID tags.

Spotlight for Android will also fully support the set of Transfusion Medicine RFID apps as part of the S3Edge Healthcare Industry Solution, These include Create, Pack, Load, Ship, Audi, Trace, Delete, Return, Import, Checkin.

Can Spotlight for Android be used for other RFID-based asset tracking applications across verticals?

Absolutely – the architecture of the Spotlight Mobile platform lends itself to customization across various vertical asset tracking scenarios and requirements. Both the applications themselves and the UI look and feel can be customized and deployed in a declarative manner based on your business-specific process flows and error handling needs.

What Auto-ID technologies will Spotlight for Android work with?

Current Android platform support is centered on “NFC” (Near-field communication) technology that includes HF (High-Frequency) RFID capabilities. Barcodes and QR codes are supported as data-input to Spotlight for Android mobile apps as well.

Will other types of RFID / Auto-ID devices continue to be supported on Spotlight? And will they work in concert with or Plug and Play with the new device?

Spotlight from the ground up has been designed to support and manage a wide range of RFID and Auto-ID technologies across various form-factors (handheld, fixed, pad, tunnel readers, etc.). In following the rich tradition of heterogeneous Auto-ID device support in the base Spotlight product from S3Edge, The Nexus S from Google will be the 36th such device to be supported – and this list will only continue to grow in the future. All of these devices (from HF, to UHF, Barcode, Active, UWB, and sensor devices) will all continue to work in concert with and can Plug n Play with each other as data sources for applications deployed (and managed) on the S3Edge Spotlight server and mobile platforms.

Can apps built on Spotlight for Android be used on Android-based tablets as well?

Yes – the deployment model of the underlying Spotlight platform allows for apps to be deployed on phones or tablets, seamlessly.

Will SANDY be cloud-enabled from the get-go and what are the various modes that applications built on SANDY can run in?

The Spotlight architecture supports a cloud-based deployment architecture that simplifies data collection at local sites and allows for and significantly simpler data-exchange and integration pattern with subscribing line-of business applications as well as applications on tablets.

Apps built on SANDY can be used in Paddle mode to read and post tags to subscribing apps, or can be used to execute stand-alone business processes on the phone (such as Pack, Ship, Audit etc.) that can then be be sent to various back-end applications or synced offline as needed.

The following pictorial depicts this deployment architecture:

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And finally, Why is this such a BIG deal for adoption of RFID-based mobile apps?

There are lots of reasons why this development is a game-changer for customers looking to deploy RFID-based applications in addition to the fact that a Smartphone is now a ubiquitous device that’s carried on person by a working professional. Some of the more significant reasons for why the Spotlight for Android platform is a revolutionary RFID reader can be described as follows:

  1. Is more than twice as fast as the current readers
  2. Has better battery life than any reader on the market
  3. Is half as light as any reader on the market
  4. Has ubiquitous network connectivity and location detection
  5. Has a display screen that can also be used as an input device
  6. Costs less than half of any commercially shipping reader
  7. Has been tested by of millions of users already
  8. Is a mainstream consumer device supported by major corporations

And of course, the fact that we are going to see mass proliferation of NFC-enabled devices in the near future (40M phones projected by end of 2012) will help this along as well Smile 

In summary, we believe this is a significant advancement in enabling RFID and Auto-ID based apps across various verticals and invite you to join us sign up for a demo at  http://www.s3edge.com/registration.php to learn more and understand how this might help with your asset tracking needs.

Cheers!

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Presser: S3Edge Unveils Support for RFID Applications on Google Android-based Smartphones and Tablets

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Transfusion medicine RFID apps running on Google Nexus S smartphone showcased at the American Association of Blood Banks Annual Conference

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Spotlight for Android, a set of apps and services deployed on Android-based smartphones and tablets, was launched by S3Edge Inc. at the recently concluded American Association of Blood Banks Annual Conference 2011 in San Diego.

“The ubiquity of the Smartphone in today’s connected world, and their potential to directly impact day-day operations in a healthcare environment was a critical factor in enabling support for Android-based apps in our Spotlight suite of applications. Customers now have the freedom to run their RFID-based asset tracking applications on multiple devices across platforms due to the significant investments we continue to make in the base Spotlight product,” said Mark Anastas, President of S3Edge Inc.

“S3Edge continues to raise the bar in the area of software innovation to address customer needs. The support for Android-based devices for our transfusion medicine RFID applications will give healthcare professionals in our field an easy, well-understand interface to quickly adopt a new set of auto-ID applications aimed at cutting costs and eliminating errors in the blood supply chain,” said Clive Hohberger, PhD, RFID Systems Architect at the Blood Center of Wisconsin, and recipient of the ICCBBA One World Award at AABB 2011 for his significant contribution to the understanding and application of international information standards in transfusion and transplantation medicine. “This new-paradigm is going to be the game-changer in the adoption of RFID based applications in Healthcare,” he added.

A Beta of Spotlight for Android is available today. Mobile RFID Applications supported for Healthcare include Create, Pack, Load, Ship, Audit, Trace, Delete, Return, Import, and Check-in; these apps can be customized for material tracking applications in discrete manufacturing, warehouse operations, and tool-tracking.

To learn more please visit www.s3edge.com and sign up for a demo.

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Say Hello! to SANDY (Spotlight for Android)

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Piqued your curiosity? Smile

Sign up at http://www.s3edge.com/registration.php to learn more and watch this space and the site for more breaking updates on this innovative and ground-breaking development from the guys who live and breathe mission-critical Auto-ID software.

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Join us at the Unitech Booth next Tuesday (9/13) @ the RFID in Healthcare Event in Chicago

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We will be demoing our Industry Solution for Healthcare at the Unitech booth at the RFID in Healthcare Event coming Tuesday– look forward to seeing you there if you are in attendance.

Also, do not miss the talk by our customer (Blood Center of Wisconsin) discussing the Transfusion Medicine RFID solution we are deploying at Blood Centers and Hospitals.

2:45 PM

Vein-to-Vein Implementation of HF RFID in Blood Collection Through Transfusion

ISO 18000-3m1 13.56 MHz RFID tags have been accepted by the International Society for Blood Transfusion and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as data carriers to augment ISBT128 bar-code data on blood products. This is the first FDA-permitted implementation of RFID in all phases of blood banking. In this session, learn about RFID technology and equipment selection, as well as FDA-required RF safety testing, integration with the blood enterprise-computing system, RFID tag performance and tag survivability issues. The presenter will also discuss the benefits and deployment issues at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa Health Center.

Speakers:

Alfonso Gutierrez, UW RFID Lab Director and Director,UWEBC Research and Education
Clive P. Hohberger, Ph.D, RFID Systems Architect,BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Takeaways:

• How the use of RFID can result in significant ROI over the use of bar codes in blood-center operations, through labor savings and error reduction
• How RFID use integrates with existing ISBT128 global bar-code data structures
• Why tag design and survivability are a problem due to blood centrifugation and irradiation

The Road to Mission-Critical RFID begins this fall!

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Its September already, and been a while since I posted due to all the fun stuff we have been working on. The months ahead promise to be one of the most exciting periods in the life of our little company, with a bunch of interesting (and impactful) deployments and events lined up – leading to some significant milestone being notched up in deploying Mission-Critical RFID solutions.

These include:

  • One of the first (if not the first) Mission-Critical RFID Solution roll-out – at a Fortune 50 company no less – where the S3Edge Industry Solution will be deployed in production 24×7,  as a primary enterprise-wide solution in a cluster-aware “hot-hot” environment (uptime, quick recovery, scalability in action for the first time) across production lines and shipping docks in a discrete manufacturing environment. (Hint: the final product that is being tracked may well be installed in your homes Winking smile)
  • Pilot applications deployed in production – both at blood centers and hospitals – in the transfusion medicine supply chain (see www.transfusionmedicinerfid.org to learn more about this important initiative to track blood bags in the nations blood supply chain, and provide point of care safety during transfusions). If you are in the mid-west area, swing by and say hello at the RFID in Healthcare Event @ Chicago (September 13th), where I can be found at the Unitech booth.
  • A go-live of our tool-tracking solution for compliance and safety of personnel in nuclear plants in a large nuclear facility – yet another Mission-Critical solution in action
  • And on a different note, the release of the much-awaited BizTalk 2010 Unleashed book, where yours truly had the honor of co-authoring the RFID chapters on BizTalk RFID Server, and BizTalk RFID Mobile – stay tuned for sample pages from these chapters Smile

Lots to look forward to in what promises to be an exciting and eventful Fall season – drop me a note as always if you are interested in learning more about the above initiatives or just stay tuned for updates!

Cheers!

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