Tracking Materials: How do I know which approach is right for my project?
Tracking Materials: How do I know which approach is right for my project?

Barcodes & RFID

The first step to reducing material availability pain is automated identification of materials.

Barcodes and RFID enable material visibility from fabrication to installation, bypassing manual processes.

ACTIVE RFID

Active RFID tags are commonly used as beacons to track the real-time location of assets via an internal battery. With a long read range and the ability to be read under snow and ice, these prove to be versatile tags for many jobsites.

  • Battery powered
  • More expensive tags ($15+)
  • Typically larger tags built to withstand harsh construction environments
  • Batteries allow a lifespan of roughly 5 years
  • Reusable tags
  • Typical read range: 100m+
  • Best area of use: High-volume assets moving within designated areas in random and dynamic systems

PASSIVE RFID

Passive RFID is a low-cost option that makes it feasible to tag every item as it is shipped to your project and while on the project site.

  • No internal power source
  • Inexpensive tags (typically 15¢ to $5)
  • From small and flexible to rugged and durable, passive RFID tags are available in many shapes and forms.
  • Passive RFID tags can last a lifetime.
  • Single use as well as reusable tags
  • Typical read range: 10m
  • Best area of use: High-volume assets moving through fixed choke points in definable, uniform systems

BARCODES

Barcodes are a traditional method of tracking. Their primary features are: 

  • Line-of-sight technology requires a scanner to “see” the barcode to read it
  • Barcodes must be read one at a time.
  • Inexpensive

BLE TAGS

Bluetooth® Low Energy Tags are currently under research and development with our hardware team. BLE tags have three major advantages:

  • A similar read range to active RFID tags
  • A lower price point
  • No specialized hardware is necessary to read BLE tags as smartphones are already able to detect them.
Jovix Tested & Approved RFID Tags
Jovix Tested &
Approved RFID Tags

JOVIX P400 ACTIVE RFID TAG

  • Operating temperature: -40°C to +85°C
  • Max read distance: 100m/300ft
  • Attaches with adhesive or cable ties
  • Over-molded for maximum durability

RFCODE M175 RUGGED ACTIVE RFID TAG

  • Operating temperature: -20°C to +70°C
  • Read range: up to 300 ft
  • IP rating: IP65
  • Battery life: > 4 years (nominal)*

*Battery life estimate for 2-second simple beacon-only tag deployed in climate-controlled setting. 25°C nominal operating temperature.

JOVIX PASSIVE RFID TAG

  • Operating temperature: -40°C to + 85°C
  • Read range: Fixed reader – up to 12m; Handheld reader – up to 6m
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Size: 3.94″ x 3.5″ x 3.94″
  • Fold feature enables attachment to metal assets

OMNI-ID EXO 800 PASSIVE RFID TAG

  • Operating temperature: -20°C to +85°C
  • Max read distance: 8m
  • IP68 rated
  • Long-range passive UHF RFID tag capable of reading on, off, and near metal surfaces
  • Small form factor and rugged design for long-term use in outdoor, industrial environments

WILLIAM FRICK PASSIVE RFID HANG TAG

  • Operating temperature: -40°C to +90°C
  • Economical, durable, and easy to use
  • Available with custom colors
  • Printed single- or double-sided
  • Solvent, temperature, and UV-resistance
  • Max read distance: 12m
  • Mounting on metal degrades performance. Can mount near metal with zip ties.

BARCODES & RFID

The first step to reducing material availability pain is automated identification of materials.

Fabricators

MOBILE DEVICES

Our Jovix Tested & Approved Mobile Devices are built to withstand harsh construction environments.

Fabricators

RFID READERS

See the various types of readers available to locate and manage critical construction materials.

Let us help you find the right tagging solution for your project.
Jovix Barcoding and RFID
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©2019 Atlas RFID Solutions
Give us a call at  +1.205.383.4428
What’s best for extreme temperatures?

Jovix in Extreme Temperatures

Example: Project is located in Northern Alberta, where -40° is common. Battery performance is impacted significantly by extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Barcodes, Active & Passive

Both active and passive work down to -40°C. The challenge lies with mobile readers operating only to -20°C in most cases. We mitigate that by using Vehicle-Mounted Reader sweeps and limiting reader exposure when temps hit -40°C, allowing the readers to be used for short durations during Find once they are close to the material, based on GPS locations.

What if a project is co-located with an operating asset?

Definitions of North American Divisions

Class 1, Div. 1 Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Class 1, Div. 1 Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation

Class 1, Div. 2 Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time

Class 2, Div. 1 Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Class 2, Div. 1 Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation

Class 2, Div. 2 Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time

Definitions of European & IEC Zones

Zone 0 Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Zone 1 Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation

Zone 2 Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time

Zone 20 Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Zone 21 Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation

Zone 22 Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time

European & IEC

Definition of Zone or Division

North American

Zone 0

Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Class 1, Div. 1

Zone 1

Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation.

Class 1, Div. 1

Zone 2

Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time.

Class 1, Div. 2

Zone 20

Explosive mixture is continuously present or present for long periods

Class 2, Div. 1

Zone 21

Explosive mixture is likely to occur in normal operation.

Class 2, Div. 1

Zone 22

Explosive mixture is not likely to occur in normal operation, and if it occurs, it will exist only for a short time.

Class 2, Div. 2

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