CrossTalk Solution Overview
The CrossTalk AutoID Suite is designed to meet the most important requirements regarding an automated identification solution:
CrossTalk is build on a distributed agent architecture which is very useful and important for any AutoID infrastructure.
AutoID devices are usually deployed in a warehouse, production plant or shop floor environment. IT datacenters are connected over routed networks with more or less stable and expensive lines.
Thus, it is important to have a dynamic realtime processing and filtering instance on the device itself, or in the devices local area network.
The CrossTalk Agent is designed to run on a small footprint on common (incuding embedded) operating systems. Multiple processes, based on templates, can be easily deployed and monitored on an agent using the DeviceManagement server application. Device drivers can simply be changed to another type or brand, to ensure best of market choice for our clients.
CT Agent key features are
CrossTalk AppCenter is a modern platform for track & trace applications.
It can be used to build, deploy and run any AutoID scenario. Multiple apps with different scenarios can be
"plugged" into the AppCenter.
The integrated object and event repository takes care of any data operation without touching the database itself. Event listeners are able to handle messages from various AutoID systems like passive RFID, active and passive RTLS, WIFI and GPS tags and many more.
CrossTalk provides many adapters to exchange object and event data with backend or automation systems, including SAP (AII, IDoc, BAPI), WebServices, databases, file interfaces and many more.
CrossTalk AppCenter key features are
AppCenter standard applications:
Primary embedded application for the management of any AutoID device infrastructure.
Monitoring and configuration of CT Agents. Visual process template designer.
This app is typically used by device management administrators.
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The Notification Center is the common notification message instance for all apps.
It offers an interface to collect all alert, warnung, information and debug messages into one pool.
It allows to query notifications into one single report, or to subscribe and forward notifications to SNMP and SMTP systems.
Tag LogTal Log app is a simple application for recording and reporting tag read messages from different RFID sources. It allows to create different locations and query results into one single report.
The RTLS Infrastructure app is the base for most track & trace applications.
It is the binding link between the physical RFID/RTLS devices and the application business logic.
All logical components like locations, sites, zones and marker read points will be visually configured with this app.
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Object TrackingA basic but powerful app to track & trace any object based on AutoID events including Barcode, active/passive RFID and RTLS. Provides list and detail reports, geomap and layoutmap views, dashboard and timeline charts. Customizable maps, object types and rules engine.
The DeviceManagement application delivers full control for any corporate AutoID device infrastructure.
It is designed to support a single read point as well as a complex corporate infrastructure with thousands of devices.
Since CrossTalk is build on a distributed architecture, it is the binding component between the central system and the remote CT Agents.
The application itself is a CrossTalk AppCenter implementation, and can be deployed just as another app with it's own user access rights and roles, within the AppCenter framework.
DeviceManagement key features are
Visual process template editor
Device driver and service bundle management
CrossTalk Mobile is designed to build and integrate mobile workflows into any existing AutoID
scenario with autonomous on- and offline support.
It is able to load mobile apps on the fly from the server, run and buffer locally without any network connectivity, and synchronize data automatically with the backend system.
The Mobile Agent technology differs from the CT Agent because of the PDA od terminal like type of device and user interactive workflows.
CT Mobile Agent key features are
The Mobile Application Framework (MAF)
The RTLS Infrastructure app is one of the default bundled apps in CrossTalk Appcenter.
It is the binding link between the physical RFID/RTLS devices and the application business logic
and therefore builds the base for most track & trace applications. The infrastucture configuration made
by this app and all of its localisation components can be used and enhanced by custom end user applications.
RTLS Infrastructure App is able to handle any kind of AutoID event and is mapping physical raw data into logical locations. Load, calibrate and organize zones with the visual location editor.
RTLS Infrastructure key features are
Global Map View
Layout Map View
Visual Location Editor
ReadPoint as Marker definition
Asset and battery management
Bidirectional RFID Gate
Two of the major issues in passive RFID deployments can be solved by the CrossTalk Bidirectional gate services.
First of all, filtering unwanted reads of tags not passed the read point.
Second, detecting the movement of a tag by anntennas only, without using any additional sensors.
The long term experience showed, that in most RFID scenarios, tagged cars, pallets or other objects, moving or placed around the RFID gate will be captured by the antennas, but do not pass the gate.
On the other hand, sensors like light barriers or radar movement detectors are not reliable, due to persons passing a forklift gate for example. A typical fatal situation is an empty forklift passing a RFID equipped dock door, unloading a truck, the RFID gate reports items placed around the gate as an outbound movement.
The Bidirectional gate services will detect if a tag is static or moving, and also the direction of the movement. It can be used in many scenarios like car tracking, cage tracking, pallet and case level tracking.
The services can be used hardware independed with many combinations of RFID readers and antennas.
Pallet tracking example
Car tracking example
Cage tracking setup example