AIM, the trusted worldwide industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards for nearly half a century, announced the winners of its 2018 Case Study Competition today. The Class of 2018 includes industry leaders HID Global, NiceLabel and Tyco Retail Solutions.
Presented annually by AIM, the Case Study Competition recognizes those who have developed and delivered compelling solutions that contribute to the growth and advancement of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) through innovation and technologies which provide benefits that decrease risk, increase the demand and accelerate the advancement and adoption of automatic identification around the world.
HID Global, headquartered in Austin, Texas, was chosen as the top entry in the Internet of Things (IOT) category for their submission, Iconic Manhattan Skyscraper Streamlines Fire Protection Inspection & Repair, a project to digitize, streamline and track the entire sprinkler inspection and repair process at one of lower Manhattan's most iconic office buildings for RAEL Automatic Sprinkler Company. Partnering with local integrator Automated Decision, a comprehensive solution was delivered using HID Trusted Tag® Services, which includes an HID Cloud Authentication Service and HID’s Trusted HF/NFC Seal eTamper tags, that are integrated tightly with Automated Decision’s work order management solution and a mobile inspection app. The result: faster, more efficient inspections and repairs, improved first-time fix rates and fewer repeat visits. Perhaps most important, property management can now more accurately track and confirm all physical on-site inspections and repairs, ensuring the sprinkler system complies with all New York Fire Department’s fire and safety regulations. HID Global's award this year places them as the first two-time winner in AIM's Case Study Competition, having previously won in the RFID category in 2014.
Taking the top prize in the Automatic Identification & Data Capture (AIDC) category was Šenčur, Slovenia based NiceLabel for Siemens Standardizes Labeling Across Global Factories, a project for global powerhouse Siemens to provide centralized labeling that can easily deliver real-time labels to highly automated manufacturing and logistics environments, many with multilingual needs. By deploying the NiceLabel label management system (LMS) on a private Siemens Cloud, NiceLabel was able to achieve the desired level of standardization and flexibility Siemens needed to implement a centralized platform for their label production and printing that could be rolled out to more than 20 global sites. Additionally, LMS offers seamless integration with Siemen's PLM, MES and ERP systems. This project not only delivered a ROI in 4 months, but reduced label print time from 8 seconds to 300 milliseconds.
Tyco Retail Solutions, located in Boca Raton, Florida, received this year’s honors in the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) category for The Magic of Macy's: Leveraging RFID for Pick to the Last Unit Omni-Channel Fulfillment. The initiative, which was part of the retailer's unique program based on the concept of "Pick to the Last Unit (P2LU), utilized Tyco's RFID Inventory Visability solution to ensure a complete item-level view of inventory in stores, online and across the supply chain to satisfy customer demand and achieve a "buy anywhere, fulfill anywhere" model. The use of RFID in retail is considered a game changer in driving accuracy critical to execution and omni-channel fulfillment. For Macy's, the work with Tyco yielded highly impressive results, including, but not limited to, improved inventory accuracy & visibility, increased sales & margin, reduced markdowns and enhanced customer experience.
AIM also recognized two other companies with Honorable Mention Awards in the 2018 Competition, HP in the Blockchain category for its Exceler8 platform initiative and TEKLYNX in the AIDC category for its MicroVention ERP integration effort.
AIM will recognize and honor each of the 2018 winners during its annual awards event in 2019. Winners will be presenting their respective case studies at major industry events in addition to AIM virtual events throughout this year and in 2019.
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