TallyFlow RFID & Bluetooth Tracking System

 

Reduce time and material waste. Improve productivity, profitability, and safety.

Track and Locate

 

Know where your inventory, tools, containers, or personnel are with UHF RFID or Bluetooth (BLE) tracking.

Measure Improvements

 

Measure time intervals and locate bottlenecks by receiving data on the status and movement of your assets and employees.

Integrate with Your Software

 

Work with our integration partners or use our REST APIs and work with our engineering team to increase data utilization.

Channel Partners

 

TallyFlow is designed for systems integrators, MSPs, and other solution builders. As a partner or client, our strategy is to work with you for the deployment of your full solution as part of a long-term relationship. 

Introduction to TallyFlow Video

How Do You Setup an RFID Tracking System?

 

To setup an RFID tracking system, you need to have the following components: an antenna, a reader, tags, a controller (computer), and software. A controller can be a PC, tablet or embedded computer. Photos of the hardware components are given below, along with average pricing. 

Antenna

Starting at $70

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Reader

$700-$1200

Tags

$0.10+

Pricing based on volume

Note: Please contact us for hardware recommendations. We'll work within your budget to find the best hardware that will be effective for your use case. 

 

In addition to hardware, you also need the TallyFlow software to report on where your items are. Once you have the hardware and software components, setup the tracking system by using the following steps as a general guideline. 

  1. Assign tags (or beacons) to assets or people.
  2. Install antennas and readers in strategic zones (see illustration below for an example) or entry and exit points so the readers and antennas can read the RFID tags. 

  3. Track your assets or personnel with our TallyFlow software. Our software is cloud-based, so you can view the tracking data from any device at any location. 

We support passive UHF and NFC frequencies. While both fall under the umbrella of RFID, they have very different applications and read ranges. Some tags have both UHF and NFC frequencies in the same tag. 
 

  • UHF - With a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) system, tags can be read within 20-25 feet of the reader antenna, and 10 feet to the left or right of that antenna. This is useful for bulk scanning, and for setting up zones in a warehouse. Specialized tags or battery-assisted passive (BAP) tags can be read further.
     

  • NFC - With NFC, tags must be within a few inches of the NFC reader in order to be read. Each tag must be read individually, similar to a barcode. The advantage of NFC is that it can contain more information than a barcode.

An example RFID tracking configuration chart for a warehouse environment is given below. Please call us with your use case so we can figure out a custom setup for your business. 

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How Do You Setup a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Tracking System?

Setting up a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) tracking system is similar to setting up an RFID tracking system, but it uses slightly different hardware. Instead of an RFID reader, we use a BLE reader, and instead of RFID tags, we use BLE beacons. Antennas are usually attached to the BLE reader.

BLE Reader

<$400

BLE Beacon

>$10

Which Type of Tracking System Should I Choose For My Business?

For an in-depth comparison of RFID and BLE tracking systems, please refer to our blog post, Choosing a Tracking System. 

What Can You Track?

 

While RFID and BLE can be used to track almost any item or person, some of the most common are: 
 

  • Assets 

  • Employees 

  • Tools 

  • Containers

Integrations

  • Data collection sources

  • Data connections

    • AMQP, MQTT, REST, ZeroMQ

Tracking by Industry

Manufacturing and Distribution

A common problem in manufacturing and distribution is lost or stale material. Being unable to quickly find material often results in rebuilds and material going to waste. TallyFlow is using unique ways to track inventory; using RFID, barcode scanning, photos and other technology, the location data is sent to TallyFlow cloud. The TallyFlow reporting and searching capabilities will give you insight into the location of your inventory. TallyFlow provides timestamps for when items were near a reader giving you counts and locations for your workflows. Learn more about Work In Process solutions.

Construction

An active construction site is a complex environment of the coming and going of people, equipment and materials. Knowing who or what is on site can be a complex and time-consuming problem. TallyFlow provides reports of Daily Construction Reports (DCRs), RFID-tagged workers and materials, photo documentation, and integration with Procore. For safety, you can see who may still be on site in case of an evacuation. RFID tags can also offer cutting-edge sensor technology, such as checking moisture in curing concrete. Contact us for additional details.

Industrial

For companies who use PLC to control industrial equipment, the TallyFlow ModBus TCP module can store RFID tags and data into ModBus registers. This functionality helps you save money by using your existing ModBus equipment to obtain RFID tag data.

Tracking Solutions

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TallyFlow for Hand Hygiene

TallyFlow for hand hygiene uses RFID tracking to monitor your employees' handwashing compliance, reducing the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses. 

Learn more on our TallyFlow for Hand Hygiene page

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TallyFlow for Golf

TallyFlow for Golf is a pace-of-play tracking solution that reveals slow groups and real-time golf course insights, improving course management.

Learn more on our TallyFlow for Golf page

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TallyFlow for Employee Tracking

Construction sites, warehouses, manufacturing areas, and hospitals are all safer when there is accountability. This can be enhanced with tracking technology. We use RFID and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons combined with our TallyFlow reporting software to track your employees’ movement within your facility or worksite.

Learn more on our TallyFlow for Employee Tracking page. 

What is Different About TallyFlow Compared to Other Tracking Software?

 

TallyFlow is cloud-based where many systems require an on-site server. See ‘Why TallyFlow” and “How is TallyFlow better” in the TallyFlow Q&A Google Doc.

TallyFlow Installation

 

TallyFlow is a cloud-based solution requiring minimal setup time and configuration. Start tracking your items or personnel with no customization required. Cloud software scales easily from very small installations to large facilities. 
 

  • Local Installation - For our customers living within a 3-hour drive of Pittsburgh, PA, we’ll visit your business in person and make recommendations for hardware that will best suit your environment. We can get a pilot system up and running within weeks, and we have flexible pricing options. 
     

  • Remote Installation - Using our Conductor and TallyFlow software, we can tune the parameters of your installation: adding users, setting zone information, adjusting RFID or BLE settings and updating software, all remotely. 

TallyFlow Pricing

 

Since pricing varies depending on the project, please call us so we can discuss your budget and hardware needs. 

 

TallyFlow Support 

 

Our support team is available from 8-5pm Eastern at +1-724-452-9366 and by email at support@sdgsystems.com. We offer training for your local team to equip them to resolve most problems that you may experience.

TallyFlow Brochure

View our TallyFlow brochure below. 

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If you're interested in setting up an RFID tracking system, please call us at +1.724.452.9366 or fill out the form below.

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