As many states continue to plead for more face masks and shields amid the coronavirus pandemic, some experts are looking at ways to prevent this type of situation from recurring
"The answer, they say, is inventory and supply-chain tracking using the internet of things.
'There's so much that IoT is being used for in the public-safety space and by different governments, but I think the reality is there's so much more you could actually use it for,' said Dilip Sarangan, global research director for IoT and digital transformation at Frost and Sullivan.
For inventory management, barcode and radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers can scan tags as equipment enters and leaves a public health department's warehouse, said Michael Sparks, director of government sales at Zebra Technologies. Similarly, first responders can use them onsite to track assets and workers...."
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