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The system consists of UHF RFID tags affixed to items, as well as handheld RFID readers from Zebra Technologies and RAM's cloud-based software. Poker tournaments are hosted by a variety of companies and can range from as few as two players at a single table to hundreds of tables with thousands of participants. At a typical event, Alpha Logistics delivers four articulated trucks loaded with furnishings and play equipment. Some of these items are disposable, such as chips, while some are high-value and reusable. Keeping track of what is delivered and returned had typically been a manual endeavor involving pen and paper, but that method left room for error and failed to provide the real-time information the headquarters required. "We often have a number of live events taking place at the same time, so having complete traceability of the equipment is key," says Joe Page, Alpha Logistics' live events manager. The solution is RAM's cloud-based software, which captures data regarding the movement of goods via RFID and then shares that information with Alpha Logistics' management. RAM is a U.K.-based solutions company that provides fixed asset, maintenance and facilities management software to public and private businesses. One of its solutions is asset-tracking software that works with either bar codes or RFID technology.
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