TSL and NCS Team Up to Perfect the Art of Inventory Management


1st June 2014

— NCS Technologies software solution speeds, simplifies tracking of artwork collection with TSL’s 1128 Bluetooth-enabled RFID reader —

LEICESTERSHIRE, England — June 2, 2014 — Today, Technology Solutions UK Ltd (TSL), a developer of best-in-class RFID devices and mobile data capture solutions, announced that NCS Technologies has developed a software application to work with the high-performance 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader.

Recently, a customer approached NCS with a request to develop a new inventory system for managing their entire corporate artwork collection worldwide. NCS rose to the challenge, delivering a comprehensive solution that closed gaps in the inventory process, streamlined hardware interactions and provided a more intuitive and functional user interface (UI). This innovative solution is now available to other NCS customers as well.

“Our client is extremely satisfied with this integrated solution that leverages the performance of TSL’s Bluetooth-enabled RFID reader,” said John Eldridge, chief technical architect, NCS Technologies. “NCS Technologies’ easy-to-use software, combined with TSL’s lightweight reader, enables an efficient and effective total solution that has greatly simplified the job of the artwork inventory manager.”

The customer’s previous solution involved complicated, proprietary software running on both a Windows CE-based RFID reader and a laptop PC. Complex cabling was required for data uploads, the online database was difficult to navigate, and the process lacked proper auditing capabilities. The entire solution was unwieldy and difficult to use, making for a laborious, time-intensive process.

Using TSL’s free software development kit (SDK), NCS developed a simple iOS application that can run on either an iPod or iPhone, communicating with the RFID reader via Bluetooth®. An intuitive UI displays artwork thumbnails, and audio/visual indications provide immediate feedback for scanned, missing or incorrect inventory results. A useful web-based tool provides inventory management and reporting capabilities.

With NCS’ iOS software and the 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader, the customer can quickly and easily assign identification numbers to artwork, perform inventory scans for any location throughout their global offices, replace defective RFID tags on-the-fly when walking the floor, and wirelessly sync those results with the master database. Using local data storage, the inventory process can stop or resume at the user’s discretion, and database sync operations can be delayed when there is no Internet connectivity.

“NCS redesigned the complete inventory management system to meet their customer’s needs, saving them time and money with a streamlined process,” said Dr. David Evans, managing director of TSL. “Versatile and functional software from NCS is well-suited to take full advantage of the unparalleled levels of productivity offered by the 1128 Bluetooth® UHF RFID Reader.”

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About NCS Technologies, Inc.

NCS Technologies is a provider of high-value customer touch point solutions, enabling clients to improve customer relationships and experiences. The company’s solutions deliver the optimal experience across the domains of online self-service, call centers and back-office processes.

NCS-PressPic (1)Designing and implementing business-critical technology solutions since 1984, NCS is a nationally certified Hispanic Minority-Owned Firm focused on bringing clients the means to distance themselves from their competition. For more information, visit www.ncstech.com.

 

About Technology Solutions UK Ltd

Technology Solutions UK Ltd (TSL) specializes in the design, development and manufacture of radio frequency identification (RFID) devices and other multi-technology, mobile device peripherals used to identify and track products, assets, data or personnel. TSL works with a worldwide network of distributors and system integrators to offer complete, innovative mobile data capture solutions for a variety of applications such as supply chain management, stock inventory control, ticketing, data management and biometric scanning.

screenshot_1460Since 1994, TSL products have helped to enable fast and efficient logistical operations for many respected global corporations, Motorola, DHL, FedEx, BP and Canada Post. Visit www.tsl.uk.com to learn more.