Department of Building Services Uses RFID Technology to Track Building Permits

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The Florida Department of Building Services in the United States is part of the Development Sustainability Department (DSD). The department uses RFID technology to track building permits to achieve to monitor official document flow in real time. It can save time and improve customer service. This is one of ThingMagic’s practical application cases.

In any month, DSD sends out more than 2,000 building permits and needs to check over 6,000 licenses. In addition, there are usually two licenses for large-scale DSD programs, and these licenses usually need to be returned for additional review or revision. Depending on the type of license, the application may require review of 10 different items within the DSD.

By deploying an RFID solution, the RFID reader reads the information of tag on the license and workers can see how the license was reviewed and determine the specific real-time location. At each review site, installing one to three 8 dBi circularly polarized antennas and then connect to ThingMagic’s Vega UHF RFID reader. Vega integrates an M5E UHF RFID module, which can read labels up to 9 meters and three reverse TNC antenna ports support a single station 5050 ohm antenna. Each device is connected to the middleware SPT (developed for project modification) running on the PC via USB. The computer uses existing Ethernet connections to transfer data to the cloud.

At the same time, the project uses Avery Dennison’s UHF RFID tags, each of which prints a unique identification precoder. Beginning with the building permit application to create a print, the RFID tag begins to be marked on the document. Then workers can use an RFID reader to read the information printed on the RFID tag and the data will remain in the software. When the file with tag passes the RFID reader, the online data is updated in real time. Authorized users can use any browser to access this information and use any device and Internet connection at any time.

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