When technicians are working on a network, they sometimes leave cables behind without knowing where they came from or what they were used for. This can cause problems later on, because it's hard to figure out which cable goes where, and it can be difficult to troubleshoot issues if you don't know what each cable is used for.
PatchPal is a cable management tool that helps solve this problem using RFID technology.
One of the main advantages of PatchPal is that it makes it easy to see where each cable is supposed to go and what it's used for. This eliminates errors in design and installation, which can save time and money. Additionally, it eliminates the need for paper labeling, as cables can come pre-labeled with RFID tags from the factory. This not only saves time but also controls the labeling standards, further saving costs. The system is so easy to use, you can literally do some parts with your eyes closed!
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Use PatchPal for a complete cable management automation solution to simplify, identify, install, maintain, and monitor any large-scale physical network using RFID technology.
PatchPal RFID Cable Management consists of:
- RFID-enabled cables/connectors (optical, structured, power, etc) and devices
- Handheld RFID read/write PDA
- PatchPal™ PDA application
- Backend database: RFID device and data management and reporting platform
PatchPal is designed primarily for fibre-optic networks however it can be used for any cabling application.
Automate your Cable Management with RFID and save yourself the headache, time and money!
What is RFID and how does it work?
RFID stands for "Radio-Frequency Identification." It's a technology that uses radio waves to communicate between a device and a reader. The device, called an RFID tag or transponder, contains a microchip and an antenna. The reader, or RFID reader, also has an antenna that sends out radio waves and receives the signals from the tag.
When the reader sends out radio waves, they are received by the tag's antenna, which powers the microchip and causes it to send back information stored on the chip, such as a unique identification number. This identification number can be used to identify and track items or people, depending on the application.
RFID technology is used in a wide range of applications, including inventory management, supply chain tracking, access control, and asset tracking. RFID tags can be passive, meaning they don't have a power source and only respond to the radio waves sent by the reader, or active, meaning they have a power source and can actively transmit data to the reader.
RFID technology allows for remote identification and tracking, which can be useful in situations where it is not possible or convenient to physically scan a barcode, for example in outdoor environments or on metal surfaces.
In summary RFID is a technology that uses radio waves to communicate between a device and a reader, it allows to remotely identify and track items, and to store relevant information in it.