RFID tagging of aircraft components may not have been much in the news lately, but it is steadily growing in applications and the software tools to support it. At its Customer Conference in Dublin in September Aerospace Software Developments released version 5.0 of its RFIDAero suite of business solutions.
“In version 5.0, we now have a server dashboard, tailored to each user’s need, allowing for graphical presentation of component requirements by aircraft manufacturer, fleet type, component type and other defined business areas,” explains Managing Director David Browne. This enables mechanics to drill down to component needs at an aircraft location and position level.
Also new are ASD’s handheld solutions that work on iOS, Android and Windows devices. Browne says Bluetooth connectivity to RFID readers allows mechanics to use hardware already deployed in their companies. In addition, ASD has laid out its roadmap for adding more functions to RFIDAero in future years, a plan available to customers on request.
The new and coming capabilities of the RFID tool helped ASD double its aviation customers in 2016. The company now provides hosted or deployed solutions to airlines, OEMs, MROs and repair agents in four continents.
This year, RFIDAero was used to manage and track 42 different components in both cabins and cockpits. The tool checked both the presence and expiration dates of this onboard equipment. It was also used to track rotables and repairables in warehouses, tools in shops and paper documents in offices. And RFIDAero even tracked staff locations.
Browne argues that RFIDAero provides the best ROI of any aviation RFID solution. The tool complies with the ATA Spec2000 and is accredited by GS1, an issuing agency for unique device identifiers. “In addition, our staff and partners are experienced in both aviation and implementation of RFID-based business solutions.”