RFID Medical Cabinets Benchmarked Head-to-Head

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ODIN labs evaluates RFID-enabled Smart Cabinets against 12 criteria

ODIN technologies, the leader in RFID research, deployment and infrastructure software, has released the industry's first benchmark on RFID-enabled Smart Cabinets for use in hospital, university and healthcare settings. The RFID Medical Smart-Cabinet Benchmark™ compares performance of the leading RFID medical cabinets available in the market today. The report is the first objective, third party analysis of the smart-cabinet product landscape and is the 10th installment in ODIN's RFID Benchmark Series™.

The benchmark provides insight into what is important in RFID smart-cabinet selection from a healthcare end-user perspective. It answers such questions as:

  •     What performance characteristics are important in an RFID Medical Cabinet?
  •     Which user applications are supported in commercial, off-the-shelf systems?
  •     What technical and business differences exist between vendors?
  •     What questions do you need to ask vendors when buying RFID Medical Cabinets?

ODIN reached out to twenty vendors about the availability of RFID-enabled smart cabinets and found that most offer only custom-built solutions or prototypes and not production units. This research provides telling commentary on the current competitive landscape for RFID medical smart cabinets. The benchmark restricted testing to vendors who can provide products in production quantities today.

"The goal of the RFID Medical Smart-Cabinet Benchmark™ is to provide end users with an objective analysis and comprehensive framework for selecting RFID-enabled medical cabinets," commented Diana Hage who oversaw the testing for ODIN technologies. "Healthcare and pharmaceutical manufacturers are looking for ways to automate inventory tracking and replenishment to ensure the right materials are available when needed. This report enables end users to better evaluate vendors by understanding the critical performance factors when selecting an RFID medical cabinet to accurately track medical devices, test samples, assets and pharmaceuticals."

Tests Included
Using both scientific and common use case tests to characterize and compare RFID reader performance, the benchmark provides end users with information to make the best reader selection decision for their respective businesses.

The six scientific tests include:

  •     Material dependency
  •     Orientation sensitivity
  •     Null spot testing
  •     Product density
  •     RF leakage
  •     Product proximity.

Use case tests include:

  •     Stocking
  •     Single and partial unit use
  •     Low and out of stock indications
  •     Invoicing
  •     Security
  •     Compliance alerting.

Vendor Products Tested
Only three vendors were proven to have commercial off-the-shelf products, which were subsequently tested in the Benchmark. They include Mobile Aspects, TAGSYS RFID and Terso Solutions, Inc.

Accessing the Benchmark
The RFID Medical Smart Cabinet Benchmark™ is available for download now at the ODIN technologies Store ( http://www.ODINtechnologies.com/store ). The cost is $1,500 for an enterprise use business license and $750 for single user academic license.

ODIN technologies does not manufacture RFID readers, tags or smart cabinets, and the company maintains strict independence in testing all RFID gear. As a result, the report provides critical insight unavailable to end users anywhere else.

About ODIN technologies
ODIN technologies is the leader in the physics of RFID for solution design, deployment services and infrastructure software. RFID is all we do. Global corporations on five continents leverage ODIN technologies' expert engineers and patented RFID deployment automation tools to achieve accuracy, speed and visibility for their RFID deployments. In addition to consulting services, ODIN technologies is also the publisher of the RFID Benchmark Series™, the industry's first and most referenced head to head performance analysis of RFID equipment. ODIN's RFID optimization software suite EasyRFID™ has been successfully used at dozens of companies across more than 150 sites worldwide to ensure accurate RFID implementations. ODIN's founder, Patrick J. Sweeney II, is the author of RFID for Dummies and CompTIA RFID+ study guide, both published by John Wiley & Sons. ODIN serves clients from offices in Dulles, Virginia, USA, Tokyo, Japan and Budapest, Hungary. http://www.ODINtechnologies.com

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