In Grand Island, New York, the Thermo Fisher team focuses on studying cell growth and function, which is critical for their production of fetal bovine and other animal serum. The team needed a foolproof inventory control system to track the processing and shipment of the serum, which is typically kept in a sub-zero quarantine area that required careful monitoring. Meanwhile, Thermo Fisher needed a monitoring system that could immediately alert employees in response to quarantine disruptions by sounding alarms, triggering strobe lights, texting and emailing up to 17 employees.


Within this containment zone, the complexity of the warehouse space, combined with temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius, the liquid nature of the cell culture media, and the amount of metal in the area, presented a series of physical challenges to the monitoring system.

Among the multiple options examined, only CYBRA’s edge IoT RFID solution met all the needs of the Thermo Fisher team. In addition, CYBRA ultimately differentiates itself from competing products with its ultra-accurate tracking capabilities, including active and passive RFID and real-time location services (RTLS).

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How Does CYBRA's Edge IoT RFID Solution Work?

CYBRA’s edge IoT platform primarily uses RFID, RTLS and other sensor technologies to locate objects and people. Alert notifications are managed by the Edgefinity IoT rules engine, which can be configured to respond to events such as zone violations, temperature changes, unauthorized handling of inventory, etc. Activates when it happens, even when the battery is low.

Using an Edge IoT RFID solution, Thermo Fisher can now track the movement and status of inventory in real-time on virtually any device with a web browser, such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. When inventory is moved to a different department, data on the tag records who handled the inventory and when the inventory was handled or transferred. All location data is stored in Edgefinity, and users can run historical replay reports that visually display a map of items that moved over a selected time period.


“From an inventory control perspective, I think an edge IoT RFID solution has all the capabilities a manufacturing company needs,” said Shiza Khalid, manufacturing engineer at Thermo Fisher. “It has a timestamp of when the asset came online. You have real-time data and can see where something is at any time…There’s also a high level of accountability because whoever timestamps it has their user account associated with it. correlation. So it’s a complete audit trail.”

John Schino, senior solutions architect at CYBRA, said: “This project highlights that edge IoT RFID solutions can go beyond tracking retail inventory. With edge IoT RFID solutions, various industries can solve logistics in various complex environments. challenge.”

RFID still Works Well in most Difficult Environments

Generally speaking, the operating temperature range of most RFID tags is -40℃ to +85℃. Within this temperature range, the tag can operate normally, reading and writing data. Some special-purpose RFID tags may even have wider or narrower operating temperature ranges. For example, some RFID tags may be designed for use in extremely cold or hot conditions, and their operating temperature range may extend to a lower -55°C or a higher +125°C.

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In addition, specially designed RFID tags can maintain stable performance in other difficult environments. For example, in humid environment: some RFID tags are waterproof and can work normally in humid environments, such as in open air, underwater and other environments; polluted environments: some RFID tags are dust-proof and chemical-resistant and can work normally in polluted environments. Work normally in heavier environments, such as chemical industry, mining and other environments; Vibration environment: Some RFID tags have certain anti-vibration properties and can work normally in environments with greater vibration, such as transportation, mechanical processing and other environments. .

RFID is easy to use, even in a liquid environment of -20 degrees Celsius.

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