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Allstream signs RFID pact with Hospital Logistics

Allstream, a division of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., today signed an agreement with Hospital Logistics Inc. (HL...


May 30, 2005  


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Allstream, a division of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., today signed an agreement with Hospital Logistics Inc. (HLI) to provide a supply chain management service using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

HLI is a Toronto–based company that provides supply chain management solutions to hospitals across the Greater Toronto Area.

The service will allow the company to review scanned RFID tag information and be alerted to order discrepancies before products leave the warehouse.

Allstream will program RFID tags that will be associated with each order to ensure that the medical and surgical supply inventory has been accurately delivered to HLI’s customers, as well as providing real-time information to warehouse staff for any discrepancies.

In the next phase, the solution will be expanded to include an inventory management tracking system for HLI’s external suppliers.

RFID is a barcode replacement technology that allows for remotely storing and retrieving data using devices called RFID tags/transponders and readers.

An RFID tag has both a microchip and antenna that can be attached to or incorporated into a product and its packaging.

Tags are used to identify and track physical objects and provide real-time, accurate inventory control and supply chain management information.