Do you want to learn more about RFID? Or maybe start from the basics? Our RFID Technology Primer is all that you need and will guide you on the RFID technology, methods and show you how RFID works when put to practice, along with all the ways and systems it is used with.
RFID is short for radio frequency identification. In a nutshell, it is a form of a wireless communication that uses radio waves in order to track and identify objects. Similar to the concept of a barcode scan, RFID digitalizes this into a process where people can:
- locate an individual or an item beyond its product type
- locate products that cannot be directly seen
- locate up to thousands of items simultaneously
- locate and identify items which are at only a few centimeters or several meters away from each other
Every radio frequency identification (RFID) system has readers and tags that communicate with each other through radio. Having in mind that the RFID tags are small and require little power, they don’t need any battery to store information and exchange the data with readers. This eases up the entire process – and makes applying tags and all kinds of things possible in an easy way.
So, Why Use RFID?
Simply put, the RFID technology is advanced and is able to enhance and protect the life of every consumer, but also set the bar higher when it comes to doing business. They are a progressive, flexible and auto-identifying technology that can be used to track and monitor every item with the utmost accuracy.
When put to practice, the RFID technology can tell you where a particular object is, what is its condition and why it is important. As a technology advancing under the prism of the Internet of Things (IoT), RFID has the exact same focus – connecting every physical object and item in a digital way, so that they become a part of a large information system that informs, shares and responds.
Over the past few years, there is an increase in demand for RFID. This is certainly due to the capability of ‘tagging’ items seamlessly and processing information in a quick way. However, it is alo due to the cost-effectiveness of the communications chip and the equipment in general. Aside from that, RFID can be used in a range of industries, from supply chain management to asset tracking, authentication of counterfeited pharmaceuticals etc.
The benefits of radio frequency identification are endless. Basically, RFID can help with:
- automating the inventory and asset-tracking in a lot of industries, from healthcare to manufacturing and retail
- identifying every product, its source and origin
- cutting the usage of counterfeit products in the supply chain
- setting the shopping experience on another level when it comes to consumers
- making the process of returns and fewer out-of-stock items easier
- providing utmost visibility in the supply chain and reducing the business costs through a new efficient distribution model
- preventing any lost to theft or inaccurate accounting of goods
- improving the security of every item and personnel through advanced cargo monitoring
- locking, unlocking and configuring devices wirelessly
- enabling top-shelf access control in certain areas and devices
Basically, RFID is a new form of technology ready to ramp up the efficiency of each operation, improve the traceability and visibility of every product, decrease the reliance and automate the manual processes into a cost-effective operation providing useful data for business analytics.
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