Tracking Infrastructure

What is GS1 Product Tracking?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 15, 2018 12:08:53 PM


GS1 is one of the most important underpinnings of commerce that you've likely never heard of. Over 5 billion scans are performed each day using GS1 standards for product tracking. GS1 is an international standards board with over 1 million members in 100 countries. We benefit from its impact with almost every product we purchase. And yet, it seems to work 'under the radar' for most of us. It's influence is now quickly moving into infrastructure product manufacture so we thought we would shed some light.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Infrastructure News, Connected Concrete

Learning RFID Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 8, 2018 12:27:13 PM


We don't usually promote our products or services in the lede of our blog posts, but we are so excited about our new Idencia 101 program that today is the exception. On January 7, 2019, the first group of precasters will start this guided, self-managed program that will leave them skilled in implementing their plants with RFID tracking. They will be heroes for saving money by reducing paper, enhancing inventory management and expediting shipping documentation!

We've received some great questions about the program so we thought we would address them in this post.

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Topics: Idencia Tips, Connected Concrete, Productivity

5 RFID Implementation Tips

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 1, 2018 3:42:54 PM


Sometimes the notion of implementing an RFID tracking system can seem more difficult than it really is. Naturally, anything new and different looms much larger in the mind than in practice. Transitioning from paper to digital records is no exception. We've drawn on our collective experience in helping customers implement the Idencia concrete tracking system to offer tips gleaned from best practices we have seen and encouraged.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Tips, Connected Concrete, Productivity

Why 'Reality Capture' Will Change Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 23, 2018 4:41:08 PM


If you are not familiar with the term 'reality capture' you are probably not alone. Now is a good time to become so, however, because this will be the core of 'smart infrastructure'. You are probably thinking: "Sure, some day, maybe."                  (Graphic courtesy of National Geospacial Advisory Committee)

Our guess is that precast manufacturers will need to offer some form of reality capture with every infrastructure product they sell in 5 years or less.  

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Market Insights, Connected Concrete, Productivity

Popular Applications of Precast Tracking

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 17, 2018 3:23:12 PM


We really enjoy learning how our customers make best use of concrete product tracking for their plants. Since the practice is relatively new, by definition our customers are forward- thinking. So there is a lot to learn from how they improve their productivity. We learn from them and pass it on to the rest of the industry. Here are three of the most popular applications.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Tips, Connected Concrete

RFID Tracking Direct to Your ERP System

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 10, 2018 4:37:59 PM

Customers tell us that the biggest headache in managing precast operations is in dealing with inventory. They subscribe to our RFID product tracking service because they want a more efficient way to do this. Though their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems automate management of most other business functions, they do not offer the complete inventory tracking solutions that precasters need. How nice would it be to automate this as well? 

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases, Connected Concrete, Productivity

RFID Applications in Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jun 15, 2018 5:27:29 PM


We conducted a Twitter poll this week asking what the construction supply chain expects to gain from adopting technology. By a factor of almost 2:1, 'Reduce paperwork' was the most common response. There have been a lot of solutions offered by many tech companies to help the AEC industry transition to digital records but most have (naturally) been targeted at the paper-intensive businesses in the supply chain... most especially design and engineering. The manufacturers, on the other hand, have not received as much attention as they deserve. Fortunately, RFID is a technology that is well suited to serving their needs.

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Topics: Connected Concrete

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Tracking Infrastructure is a blog about innovation in the manufacture, construction and management of infrastructure.

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