Technology we use
Looking for proven components for your own solutions? RFID, Barcode, GPS, Bluetooth, tags, data carrier solution devices or scanners? Our solutions are tried and tested in the brewing and distilling industry harsh environments and we can offer end to end solutions or any part of the solution required. Contact us today to discover how we can help
UHF RFID Tracking
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader's interrogating radio waves. Active tags have a local power source (such as a battery) and may operate hundreds of meters from the RFID reader. Unlike a barcode, the tags don't need to be within the line of sight of the reader, so it may be embedded in the tracked object. RFID is one method of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).
We use Multi Region compliant passive RFID to identify items (single use tags for one use packages eg Bottles, Cans, other items, Hard tags for returnable packaging eg Kegs, Casks, Pallets, Crates) which we then read in bulk or one at a time at various parts of the products journey from manufacturing to the end consumer.
GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is a radio navigation system that allows land, sea, and airborne users to determine their exact location, velocity, and time 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, anywhere in the world.
We use GPS in our mobile apps to locate the activity and the device. We also use GPS chips, integrated with our other technologies, for management of certain at risk assets, for example dispensing equipment or high value assets and containers
Bar Code Tracking
Two-dimensional (2D) barcodes look like squares or rectangles that contain many small, individual dots. A single 2D barcode can hold a significant amount of information and may remain legible even when printed at a small size or etched onto a product.
We use barcodes to identify and scan beverage and food items in our inventory solutions, and in some asset management solutions where line of sight is possible.
A standard for the short-range wireless interconnection of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices.
We use Bluetooth to allow handsfree weighing of bottles for our teams of auditors, and for our customers. We use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) tags for managing assets including vehicles and dispensing equipment
We have developed applications for asset management at various scan points, and for inventory management. These apps are deployed to smartphones where either the NFC chip or the barcode can be read, and with the addition of a Bluetooth RFID scanner, the RFID tags can be read too, either singly or in bulk
1.GSM is the abbreviation of Global System for Mobile Communications. 2.GPRS is the abbreviation of General Packet Radio Service. 3.GPRS is a packet data bearer and transmission service developed on the basis of the GSM system.
We use GSM and GPRS to manage our communications to remote or mobile readers, and to perform diagnostics and transfer data to our central management systems
A flow meter is a device used to measure the volume or mass of a gas or liquid. Flow meters are referred to by many names, such as flow gauge, flow indicator, liquid meter, flow rate sensor, etc. depending on the particular industry
We use highly accurate flow sensors in our Draught Monitoring solutions to recognise liquid poured, and also to recognise cleaning and other fluids within the beverage lines
A temperature sensor is a device, typically, a thermocouple or RTD, that provides for temperature measurement through an electrical signal. A thermocouple (T/C) is made from two dissimilar metals that generate electrical voltage in direct proportion to changes in temperature
We use temperature sensors to drive alerts in our Draught Monitoring solutions to ensure equipment is working effectively and that the draught products are being served as the brand owner specifies.
NFC – Near Field Communications
Near-field communication (NFC) is a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices, one of which is usually a portable device such as a smartphone, to establish communication by bringing them within 4 cm (11⁄2 in) of each other. ... This is sometimes referred to as NFC/CTLS (contactless) or CTLS NFC
NFC is near touch short range technology as used in the Oyster Card system for transportation. We incorporate NFC in our asset tracking tags so the assets can be interacted with a standard smart phone, thus massively reducing the cost of deploying mobile scanners in our open loop supply chain solutions where the asset itself could appear anywhere.
PDF and OCR
Immediate, accurate and detailed data extracted from bills, statements and receipts.
Optical character recognition or optical character reader (OCR) is the electronic or mechanical conversion of images of typed, handwritten or printed text into machine-encoded text, whether from a scanned document, a photo of a document, a scene-photo (for example the text on signs and billboards in a landscape photo)
We use PDF data extraction and OCR decoding to streamline a paperless back office, allowing invoices, purchasing and delivery information to be automatically imported into our back office analytics and accounting system offerings