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 Monday, December 15, 2008

Keeping Tabs on Tools

A truck-based RFID system could help workers find the right tools.

By Erica Naone

It'll be harder to lose things once containers learn to keep track of their contents. That's the idea behind Tool Link, a product created by Cambridge-based company ThingMagic, working with Ford and toolmaker DeWalt. Tool Link, which will be installed in 2009 Ford Work Solutions E-series and F-series vehicles, can take inventory of the tools packed in a truck using radio-frequency identification (RFID) and alert the user if any are missing.

Tracking tools: ThingMagic’s Mercury5e, above, is the embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that powers Tool Link, a product that helps users keep track of tools. An RFID reader embedded in a vehicle reads tags on tools in order to sense which ones are in the truck bed. Tool Link will be available in 2009 Ford Work Solutions E-series and F-series vehicles. 
Credit: ThingMagic
 Coolness! You could use this in your room especially when you're suspecting that people come and go in your room and take your things without permission haha.