Kevin C. Tofel, Stacey
Topics: NFC, TTID, Advanced Sensing
The presenter shows different ways that can be used to tag any tools. The first one is to physically write the TTID, a unique ID that is assigned to each tool, using a simple marker to identify a tool visually. Additionally, the tools or the tool boxes can be engraved or even edge engraved and filled with permanent marker to make the marking more difficult to remove or scratch off. Tools can also be marked using UV, which can only be seen by shining a ray of UV light on it like the presenter has marked the spirit level and the toolbox. Tools like drills or smaller hand tools can be easily written on; even though they might rub off, it is easy to write on them again. However, this solution of marking tools poses a problem. If the markings are rubbed off or scratched off, there is no way to identify the tools, leading to the mixing up of tools and even robbery. One solution to this problem is using NFC tags. With NFC tags embedded in all the tools, one can scan over the tool using an eligible smartphone to get the necessary information about the tool, including TTID and the Sussex Police tool reference number if the tool is reported stolen. These tags can be attached to any tool, whether at the end cap of a spirit level or inside tool batteries which are always at high risk of getting stolen. The Presenter shows how there are no visible markings on a tool, so someone might think it is clean and ready to sell. But when the tool is scanned using an eligible smartphone, it shows that the tool is reported stolen. These tags are not only restricted to the tool; tags like 20 P can also be used on toolboxes, though one might have to hide them or use glue so they cannot be removed or damaged. One can have a different TTID and a different tag for absolutely every piece of equipment that one has.
Another major problem that can be solved using NFC tags is preventing the tools from getting mixed up. One can quickly identify their own tools and separate them from the stack of tools, which for most people is a lifesaver. Different NFC tags like 20 P, 30 P, and 50 P tags can. Be used for a variety of tools to protect them in a smart way.