Inspection Tags and Equipment Tags use RFID
Equipment tags and inspection tags are important and unique things – not only do they provide essential information that is needed for our safety, but they also are specialized in the fact that every safety tag goes along with its own machine or item.
While the information on an equipment tag might be backed up and stored in a centralized location such as a log book or computer, the information is typically not passed with the same ease that we expect from other data gathering processes – until now. Companies are now starting to use radio frequency identification (RFID) based technology to upgrade inspection tags and equipment tags that are so common today.
By implementing this new technology, completing an inventory and ensuring that equipment is up to code is done in real time, which is essential for some services like fire departments and medical services that use equipment tags but are rushed by emergency calls.
RFID enabled equipment tags are linked to a central tracking computer that can be installed in an ambulance or other vehicle, and as the computer reads tag data, personnel can quickly review their inventory to make sure all of the needed tools and supplies are on board and ready to go. Warning messages would be displayed on the computer for the driver if anything is missing, giving the crew an opportunity to pack the item before they leave.
The tracking also helps crews when packing up. By tracking the location of each item, knowing what truck it is on, and if it has been taken out into the field, service crews can easily see if anything has been packed up by another responding team on a different vehicle or even forgotten and left behind all together.
These improved inspection tags can serve as a huge time and cost saving measure for the often cash strapped hospitals, EMS crews, and fire departments that stand to benefit most from the RFID technology. Not only will there be less missing equipment, but these services will also save the time and expense of having to physically perform the inventory taking process.