Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Black & Decker platform accesses RFID data in logistics applications

Steve Rogerson
September 9, 2015
 
View Technologies, a Georgia, USA-based joint venture between Stanley Black & Decker and RF Controls, has announced the InView platform, a software framework that enables access to real-time data for the billions of items incorporating Rain RFID (passive UHF) tags in logistics and retail applications.
 
Through a combination of patented Echo smart antenna technology and software-based services, the platform provides item-level visibility that can be integrated into enterprise systems, applications and IoT platforms. The smart antennas continuously identify, locate and track Rain RFID tagged items within 45m, a claimed ten times farther than any other commercial system, to deliver accurate tag location, continuous visibility and hands-free functionality.
 
“With the RFID market projected to more than triple by 2024, growing to $27.31bn, the InView platform can provide businesses the information they want and need to manage their supply chain and gain competitive advantage through customer engagement,” said Steve Blomberg, head of products at View Technologies.
 
The platform delivers insights for businesses, such as pinpointing important item locations, determining if shipments enter or leave the dock according to plan, or providing notifications when merchandise is misplaced or needing replenishment on a sales floor. Built to enable third-party applications to run more efficiently and accurately, the platform offers three tiers of service:

  • Locate: provides a real-time stream of 3D position data for Rain RFID tags;
  • Track: provides a stream of zone movement data when tags move from one software created zone to another, as well as provides access to historical location and movement data; and
  • Act: provides attribute enrichment and rule-based events to be triggered based on zone movement, which generates actionable and meaningful alerts and notification for business processes.
 
“The InView platform was built from the ground up to harness the power of our Echo smart antennas and seamlessly deliver item-level visibility,” Blomberg said. “Whether a system is versed in consuming 3D location data or requires business-logic processing, the platform’s framework helps developers build solutions no matter where they fall on the spectrum.”
 
Stephen Derbis, CTO of View Technologies, added: “Our technology platform fulfils our vision of delivering an awesome developer experience. With core scalability, ease of deployment, high performance and a comprehensive and open Restful API, our developer partners can focus on perfecting their solution and not struggle with the integration of custom, sophisticated RFID or location-based systems. Our ultimate goal as a technology organisation is to foster a community of developers who can contribute to the platform, extending its capabilities into a multitude of industry solutions.”
 
Formed as a joint venture between Stanley Black & Decker and RF Controls in 2014, View Technologies claims to provide a way for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers to manage their inventory confidently and intelligently.