ArtTrac upgrades the artSYNC Portal

ArtTrac has totally redesigned it cloud based artSYNC  software user portal. The new design provides a familiar icon environment that facilitates tracking and inventorying of assets that are recorded by active RFID and passive RFID readers connected to the internet.
iq3 portal screenshot

The icons make it easy to associate asset ID’s with RFID tag ID’s, add or remove users, enter locations, create asset information, create notifications and alerts, and create reports about asset status quickly.  In addition, a new environmental monitoring dashboard has been added.  The portal also has a step by step on-line video guide to assist the user in navigating through the icons.  Please contact ArtTrac for a live demonstration.

ArtTrac Introduces ArtSentinel

ArtSentinel is a location based mobile platform developed to leverage wireless technology for asset tracking and environmental sensing providing real time, in-transit visibility while your high value assets are “on the road”.
ArtSentinel integrates RFID and GPS cellular and satellite communications with Google Earth interface giving you the ability to track art and other high value assets (pharmaceuticals, precious metals, silicone wafers and circuit boards, cold chain supply), beyond the four walls of your enterprise.

artSYNC is cloud based software that enables machine to machine (M2M) data communication from ArtSentinel to be accessed from any internet web browser. Data and charts of location and environmental conditions are archived and custom or standard periodic reports can be generated by the software.


Automatic Monitoring of Environmental Conditions in the Cold Chain Supply

The mandates of The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed by President Obama on January 4, 2011 were put in place to ensure the cold supply chain for food (meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables), drugs, vaccines, etc. meet the standards of their industries. To date, most of the data collection has been done by data loggers that measure temperature. They are turned on at the beginning of a shipment stopped at the end then uploaded to a PC manually to provide historical bread crumb trail of location and temperature that has to be manually analyzed.

ArtTrac is introducing a new and improved system that makes it easy for any authorized participant in the cold chain supply (growers, manufacturers, shippers and customers) to access the data real-time through any internet device. The environmental sensor is accurate to +/- 2 F. The Automatic monitoring Unit (AMU) operates from the cab of the truck running on DC-V from the battery. A battery back up is also available in the unlikely event that the truck battery fails. Data is collected and sent to artSYNC software residing on the cloud. If the temperature exceeds the preset range, an immediate SMS or email message is sent to the predetermined authorities. All data is archived and reports with graphs can be generated for any period that is needed. The AMU also uses cellular and satellite GPS to locate the vehicle at any point through the trip. This is a very real-time, flexible and economic method to have granular,  accurate information during the shipment and historical documentation for regulatory compliance.

Closure Monitoring Sensor

Door Open/Close Sensor

ArtTrac’s closure monitoring sensor is a battery powered RF Transmitter that broadcasts its unique ID and the door status message once every 10 seconds. The sensor attaches to doors/frames, display cases, print inventory drawers, art crate lids, secure inventory storage room doors, or any application where  open and close status needs to be continually monitored. Once installed, the sensor will monitor and report the door status, enabling you to track the enclosure access attempts using artSYNC active RFID asset infrastructure. Notifications of an open or close event are instantly sent to designated responders.

Dry Contact State Change Sensor

Dry Contact Wireless Sensor

In a recent on-line seminar  by Steve Layne, CEO of Layne Consultants, in conjunction with the National Institute of Preservation, Steve said the top three greatest threats most mentioned by individuals responsible for cultural property protection are:  1. FIRE, 2. FIRE, 3. FIRE.

Part of ArtTrac’s  suite of  environmental RFID sensors is a Dry Contact Sensor featuring two twisted wires that enable connection to a dry contact device.  Once connected, the sensor will monitor and report the open and closed states of the device.  The sensors greatly simplify the monitoring of dry contact enabled devices such as UPS Systems (uninterruptible power supply), air conditioning systems, smoke alarms, heat alarms, lighting switches, motion sensors, etc.

For example, if a smoke alarm were to become activated (dry contact state changes) the RFID sensor would immediately broadcast three beacons at 0.5 seconds apart.  The notification is wirelessly picked up by an RFID reader and the information is sent over the internet to ArtTrac’s artSYNC SaaS (cloud) software.  First responders, security personnel and designated individuals would then be notified by email or SMS messages on any internet connected device.  This is especially significant in areas where the smoke alarms are not connected to the security alarm system.

Introducing ArtTracAPS (Art Protection System)

ArtTrac Technology LLC is the leading supplier of asset tracking solutions for art, wine and other high value assets – providing “peace of mind” visibility for all your assets while installed, in-transit and in-storage.

ArtTrac  is introducing ArtTracAPS (Art Protection System)

ArtTracAPS  is an active RFID system that utilizes motion sensors attached to the asset then sends real time  alert messages to the appropriate authorities when an incident occurs.   ArtTrac can configure the system to integrate with existing ERP, WMS, or art management software, capturing not only location information, but a permanent chain of custody record database of all transactions and movements.

Unlike other systems on the market,   ArtTracAPS  is economical because it is simple to install and use. It is non-invasive because all we require is an Internet connection. Once the readers are connected, all you need is a web browser to access  real-time dashboard, analytics, ad-hoc reports generator, events and notifications, and the myriad other system features.

The use of RTLS (Real Time Locating System) technology with GPS and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) provides innovative tools for inventory management, and tracking and monitoring of art and high value assets.   ArtTrac provides tracking technology   and   software   services   to   fine  art service companies, museums, private collectors, corporate collectors, library art collections, galleries, foundations, auction houses and artists.

Live in-house demonstration presentations are available by contacting Dave Eastin at 603-365-1967 or Joe Weldon 941-320-3638.




ArtTrac Technology’s Temperature, Dew Point, and Humidity Sensors


An important part offering in ArtTrac’s wireless suite of sensors is the humidity, temperature and dew point product.  Humidity-Temperature sensors monitor and report the relative humidity and ambient temperature in its immediate environment.  It is designed for use in environmentally-sensitive areas, such as exhibition galleries, storage vaults or any humidity sensitive areas.  The sensor has an accuracy of +/-2°F and +/-5% RH (typical). The sensor is designed for years of reliable performance in an operating range from –4°F to +158°F and 0% to 95% RH. The battery life for the Humidity-Temperature tag will exceed 3.5 years in most deployment environments. The tag operates with a very low duty cycle and a 10-second beacon rate.  The battery is replaceable and a “low battery” alert is sent as an alarm.  Limit ranges for humidity and temperature can easily be programmed into ArtTrac’s artSYNC software.  This affordable sensor tag is mounted in an impact resistant polycarbonate enclosure.

Real time alerts are sent by email or SMS to the response authorities in the security office, and any internet device.   The wireless sensor can be relocated so that it can be used as a tool in evaluating HVAC performance throughout the building.

The software records data sent from the sensor.  Reports depicting historic trends, fluctuations of environmental variables, and other managerial decision making reports can be generated by the artSYNC software.


ArtTrac introduces fluid environmental sensor

One aspect of cultural property protection is assuring that valuable assets when in storage, on exhibition or during moving either on site or remotely do not come into contact with water from leaks, seepage or unexpected dampness. It is essential to be warned of the presence of liquids real time so that immediate corrective actions can be taken.

For this purpose, ArtTrac is introducing a wireless sensor that connects to ArtTrac’s artTSYNC software powered by iQ3.  This is the same sensor system that ArtTrac deploys in tracking art and sending security alerts if motion is detected.

Combining thin-film technology with real-time, wire-free environmental monitoring technology, the new sensor provides the freedom and ease to deploy liquid detection wherever vulnerabilities to conductive liquids threaten cultural property assets.

The unique qualities of this thin-film sensor make it easy to deploy in a variety of  difficult to monitor areas such as:

  • Floor- or ceiling mounted pipes
  • Vulnerable floor areas including areas under or above a raised floor
  • Water delivery systems and chillers, including those found under raised floors in older facilities.
  • Air conditioning units and walls

Unlike traditional leak detection sensors that need “air time” to dry off between water incidents, the  film-based sensor can be immediately wiped down and ready for action instantly. As a result, there is no leak detection downtime—the period between incidents that typical leak sensors require to dry off fully before recouping their ability to sense for water presence. In addition, the amount of liquid presence needed to initiate a leak alert is minimal, thereby reducing response time to an emerging threat.

The Fluid Detector attaches to an active RFID sensor tag via a three meter cord, allowing maximum placement flexibility.  The film based thin sensor can extend up to 150 feet in length monitoring a significant area. Like all  wire-free sensors, information captured by the sensor tag is instantly broadcast, providing real time monitoring and alerting about environmental conditions at a site.