Did you see the movie Minority Report? If not, let me summarize a cool part of the plot.... Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, a futuristic police-type officer, who solves crimes based on premonitions from a trio of psychics. Throughout the movie, ocular scans are used to identify people. The coolest part of the movie to me, is when the police send in these small "spiders" to perform ocular scans on all residents of an apartment building, in order to try to track Anderton, who has now been accused of a pre-crime. He escapes of course... after all, this is Tom Cruise we are talking about :-)
As the movie continues, in order for Anderton to evade capture by his chasers, he takes the extreme step of having his eyes replaced (ew!) ... The reason for this action: in the future, according to the movie's setting at least, a person is constantly being ocularly or biometrically scanned, for identification purposes. This is done to keep tabs on the population for safety concerns, to confirm identity in order to gain access to restricted areas, and by random corporate kiosks, who are scanning for your identify, in order to show you advertisements relevant to you personally.
For example, if you are scanned and determined to be "Bob Jones", who according to some PII database, has an interest in water skiing, you will instantly be shown a quick ad about water skiing, which obviously would appeal to you personally, and make you more likely to consider purchasing what is being sold. This is the ultimate in direct, personal marketing! And of course, in the movie, this all happens in real time, with no data lag... the future will be awesome.
I know, I know... this might not make sense to you unless you have seen the movie, and it is too far-fetched anyway to believe... but is it? This concept of quick scanning already exists today via RFID technology.
Stealing from Wikipedia: "Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. Some tags require no battery and are powered by the electromagnetic fields used to read them. Others use a local power source and emit radio waves (electromagnetic radiation at radio frequencies). The tag contains electronically stored information which can be read from up to several meters (yards) away. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not need to be within line of sight of the reader and may be embedded in the tracked object."
So, apply this technology to Asset Management. A shipment arrives that has been properly pre-tagged using RFID tags per box. The receiver can either scan each box using a handheld scanner, or, the receiver can simply carry each box through a doorway that has been preconfigured with a Fixed Portal RFID Reader. Using RFID technology and the ability to scan the RFID tags from several meters away, each item then shows up as received, and is properly logged against its corresponding PO. Asset data is then kept in sync in real time.
Oh, by the way, AMI's AssetTrack solution can do all of this today (minus the retina scan). No need to wait for the future to become a reality.
AssetTrack supports a range of mobile devices that read both barcode and RFID tags with advanced, configurable scanning support making data capture use cases as easy as scanning a few tags. The solution also works with fixed portal RFID readers, which can automatically update asset information without human intervention. AMI can perform site surveys, recommend RFID hardware and tags and install fixed portal RFID readers for you.
Letting my imagination run wild for a moment... imagine a future where each person has a self-sustained RFID tag embedded within them. When you walk through a doorway that doubles as a fixed portal RFID reader, you are scanned and known to physically be in that location at that time. Throw in a Facebook integration linked to some kind of asset management system, and personal ads are shown to you (either right then or later online), AND your movements are tracked (who needs a passport then). Scary stuff... or is it simple progress of technology in the future? That is a topic for another time though.
Who knew Asset Management could be so intriguing! Apparently AMI does, and is already ahead of the curve. Call or click us to learn more.