Furniture and office identification with RFID at Martela

Martela, supplier of office furniture services, keeps track of its assets and customer office implementations with RFID


Need for making furniture inventory and planning more efficient


Really fast inventory process

Accurate asset database can be used for planning and optimization

Martela has launched a system that improves the speed and accuracy of office furniture inventory at customer sites significantly. Confidex solution provider partner, Vilant Systems implemented the RFID system that is based on RFID tags that are attached to office locations and furniture.

Confidex Steelwave Micro is used for identification of each office space. The tag stores the office location as well as links the related furniture to the location in the database. The office furniture is inventoried with RFID hand-held reader – it picks up the tagged furniture efficiently also from longer distance away. The system reduces human error during inventory and it speeds up the inventory process significantly.

It’s typical that the office layout and its furniture content is modified by employees when they are doing small changes in their rooms. This makes inventory records to be out-of-date. With the new system a normal office room can be inventoried in 10 seconds. Thanks to the accurate and up-to-date inventory records, Martela is able to improve the office furniture management, plan changes, office movings and make upgrade planning. The customer also receives accurate furniture inventory records for book keeping.

About Martela

Martela designs and supplies interior solutions for working environments and public spaces. Martela’s objective is to offer its customers and partners the best service in the business and high-quality, ergonomic and innovative products. Martela is the largest company in its sector in Finland and one of the three largest in the Nordic countries. In Finland, Martela offers a comprehensive service that can cover the enture process of change from initial inventory and design to removal and maintenance. Martela is a family company founded more than 60 years ago and its shares are quoted on the OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki. The company has production facilities in Finland, Sweden and Poland. In 2012, Martela Group’s turnover was EUR 142.7 million and it employed more than 600 employees.

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