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RFID Applications for Asset Monitoring and Multi-Level Asset Tracking

Idachaba, F.E. (2017) RFID Applications for Asset Monitoring and Multi-Level Asset Tracking. In: World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science, October 25-27, 2017, San Francisco, USA.

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Oil and Gas operations require the maintenance of large inventory of spares, equipment and materials all referred to in this work as assets. The differences in the arrival time and the fact that the receiving personnel may be different from the personnel that ordered the items and also different from the personnel that may eventually check out the items from the warehouse makes it necessary to have an automated system for monitoring the inventory. The large number of inventories maintained by the oil and gas process and the multiplicity of teams increases the risk of loss of items due to unauthorized release of items from the warehouse and the challenges of managing inventory movement. This system presents the development of an RFID based real-time inventory tracking system which makes it mandatory for the suppliers to embed all supplied items with RFID Tags. The warehouse is to have RFID readers installed in each section and also at all entrance and exit points. The system logs personnel access and movement within the warehouse and it is also able to track items wrongly placed in the warehouse. It monitors the entire asset and reports the movement of each asset to the team leads and Managers of the team that made the item procurement. The system maintains a database of all items in the warehouse and is capable of generating reports of the entire inventory and their history. The system also integrates a reader at the main exist gates of the premises. For an item to exit the company premises, the supervising manager will be required to give a final approval by email to enable the item exit the company premises. This system will minimize the risks associated with illegal removal of items from the warehouse as the movement of the items is tracked in real-time, the access control monitors the staff access into the warehouse and matches it with the item movement out of the warehouse. Managers are aware of the item’s movement from the warehouse and in the event of item leaving the warehouse without authorization and without any record of its exit being approved by the required manager, a watch list is created at the security post to check for such items in the event that the RFID tags have been removed. This system will enable a more robust asset management process for oil and gas inventories and minimize the risks associated with unauthorized removal of inventory from the warehouse

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Active Tag, Asset Tracking, Inventory Management, Mobile device, Mobile RFID reader.
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 12:53
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 12:53

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