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BizTalk RFID Mobile Scenarios

This topic describes scenarios that illustrate the BizTalk RFID Mobile design goals.

A shipment of goods was received by the administrator and the advance shipping notice (ASN) shows that Litware was supposed to ship 20 cases. After stacking the cases in the backroom storage, the warehouse operator receives an alert on his mobile device that only 18 cases were received. He now has to find the two missing cases. Possible problems could be:

  • The tags on the two cases are damaged.

  • The tags are OK, but the portal reader failed to read them (possibly a placement issue).

  • The wrong alert was sent by the BizTalk RFID business process component.

The operator walks to the backroom storage where the cases are stacked on a pallet. He uses his handheld device to scan the pallet. The application reports each tag ID, along with the signal strength at which it was read. For tags that were read multiple times, the count field gets incremented and displayed. Possible scenarios here are:

  • Application reports only 18 cases.

    In this scenario, the operator has to physically inspect and scan each case to see whether the two cases are missing or are present and not scanning correctly. If the cases are missing, he has to report the issue to Litware. If he finds the cases that are not scanning correctly, he has to physically check if the cases have tags. The operator moves the cases out for further investigation.

  • Application reports 20 cases.

    In this scenario, the operator has to check that the tags are labeled correctly. He sets a filter, “read only case-level tags and report only tags from Litware”, and scans again. If he gets 20 cases, he knows that the tags are correct. If he does not get 20 cases, he needs to isolate and scan each case to isolate the incorrect tags. He then needs to correct the mislabeled tags. In this scenario, where he has scanned 20 cases, he needs to report the cases to the BizTalk RFID server.

The warehouse operator has just downloaded the list of cases that he is supposed to pick from the backroom and move to a pallet to take to the sales floor. He launches the picklist application and loads the case IDs into the application. He then goes to the backroom storage and scans the cases. Each time a case matches a case ID on his list, he hears a beep, and the corresponding item is highlighted in green. After all cases are matched, he hears a continuous beep. The operator is now ready to move the cases to the sales floor.

A retail associate works in an apparel store. At the end of her shift, it is her responsibility to take inventory of all dresses that are on the racks. The associate clears the handheld device of previous reads to ensure that accurate data is uploaded. She configures the application settings to store to the local SQL Server database. Then she walks up to each rack, scans the items, and moves to the next rack. After she has finished the scan, she starts the synchronization of data from the mobile device to a SQL Server database on the back end. She then informs the store manager that the data upload is done.

From an application on her desktop computer, the manager brings up the day’s inventory report. The SQL report is generated from the information that was uploaded by the associate at the end of her shift.

When managing handheld Windows CE devices from a BizTalk RFID server, the administrator should be able to view properties of the device.

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