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been repaired? When was the first time
it was put into service? How many times
has it been rented to a customer? " Morizet
says. " These are just a few examples of all
the data that can be tracked. "
Morizet says perhaps the biggest
" BY PLACING AN
RFID TAG ON A PIECE
OF TENT CANVAS, IT
ALLOWS THE USER
TO ACCESS THE
ENTIRE HISTORY OF
THAT ITEM. "
" wow " factor for most people who
deploy this technology is the ability to
locate an item. Much like how a metal
detector works on a beach, you can
select the item or items you're looking
for, walk down your warehouse aisle,
and as you get closer to it, the sound will
beep faster and faster directing you to
within inches of the item.
" This is particularly helpful when you
have multiple tents in your wash bay
and are trying to find one specific item
quickly, " Morizet says, " or when you're
loading a truck and you just can't find a
custom-fabricated piece that you do not
use very often. "
COMMON MISPERCEPTIONS
One of the common misunderstandings
regarding RFID technology is its " read
distance. " As Morizet explains, it is
often thought that you can read RFID
tags from a very long distance.
" While it's possible to read active tags
As part of the company's focus on
integrating technology to streamline
efficiencies for rental companies,
Fred's Tents has committed to
embedding RFID technology in all
of it's tent tops and roof panels.
Photo courtesy of Fred's Tents.
with special equipment at long distances,
it's just not practical for our industry, "
Morizet says. " It's more common that you
would read distances in the one-to-threemeter
range with a mobile solution. "
In addition, many people think they
can install an RFID tag on a tent pole.
While this is possible, the practical
use with this technology just doesn't
work. Here's why: The minute you
stack another pole in front of that tag, it
becomes unreadable.
" The beauty of the technology is that
we do not need line of sight to read a
tag, which means we can read multiple
tags very quickly and do not need to see
the tag in order to be able to read it, "
Morizet says. " You can read tags through
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many types of materials including
vinyl, polyester, wood, plastic and many
more. " However, while you can read
an RFID tag when placed on metal,
you cannot read a tag through metal.
There are many types of RFID tags
that work very well for the many
types of products that are used in
the tent industry. Morizet's personal
favorite are silicone-encased tags.
" These tags work well with many
cleaning chemicals, hot water and, of
course, in commercial tent washers, "
Morizet says. " There is most certainly a
tag for any application you will need in
the world of RFID. "
CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION
RFID is not a new technology, having
been around for many years. Morizet
points out that the biggest challenges
have been the cost of equipment, the
expertise needed, time to implement,
and most important, the software to tie
everything together so that it works with
the needs of event rental companies.
" In the past, RFID software always
had to be adapted to work instead
of being designed from the ground
floor up for the needs of tent rental
companies, " Morizet says. " As the
hardware and software technology
is improving and other options such
as mobile solutions are hitting the
marketplace, the cost to implement
RFID has dropped significantly. "
As a growing number of companies
and industries adopt this technology,
it can offer incredible improvements
to operating efficiency. " Imagine a tent
not only telling you where it is but that
it's wet or covered in mold without any
input from an employee, " Morizet says.
" We're not completely there yet, but it
is certainly possible in the future. "
Maura Keller is a freelance writer
based in Minneapolis, Minn.

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