An engineering organization at Texas A&M has installed InSync Software’s Yard Management RFID-enabled software application in its laboratory, in an effort to test the usefulness of this type of system. The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) embarked on the experimental program at the request of the South Texas Project Nuclear Power Plant, which is considering the use of track-and-trace solutions during the building of two new power plants.
After InSync’s solution was selected by TEEX, engineering students installed it in the lab and proceeded to explore the options offered by an RFID-enabled track and trace application in action including RFID read/write simulations, check-in and check-out of materials, visual mapping capabilities, and alert indicators.
The students looked at application features like the ability to track the curing temperatures of concrete in a construction project, a process that can help ensure maximum strength in the concrete, increasing the stability of the structure.
In the future, the new Texas A&M RFID/Sensor Laboratory plans to integrate the InSync software system into programs for undergraduate and graduate education, including designing pilot projects for private industry, applied research and developing a truly complete solution for real life customers. The researchers also plan to use the system in practical on-campus applications, like HazMat container tracking.