RFID Technology: Its Significance & Application for Asset Tracking
By: Pigeon Srisys
Technical Understanding of RFID
There are two primary components that take place when RFID functions:
1. Every RFID has a tag called label that contains an antenna and microchip.
2. The reader, also known as the interrogator, reads the information on the RFID chip.
Eventually, all the data related to the tags will be stored in the facility's computer as a database.
Significance and History of RFID Technology
Once the RFID device is installed at the entry-exit point of the venue, the reader registers with the items that move out of the facility to keep track of it in real-time. This process helps in keeping track of the products accurately and simultaneously keep up the onward distribution process of the same.
RFID helps in planning product locations strategically without investing in a lot of manpower. It can also accelerate the delivery management system and work for the betterment of the logistics cycle.
The use of radio waves that help read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked, unlike the barcode technology which needs a direct optical connect.
The first people who used a Morse code of thick and thin bars were Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver in the year 1952. However, it took another two decades before Wrigley Company created a Universal Product Code (UPC) in a grocery application to take this technology and launch it into what it is today.
RFID for Location Tracking
Simple yet effective, the art of location tracking in companies cuts the edge for businesses in maintaining streamlined processes. This technology is made possible through RFID technology, yet the simplicity in the way it functions surprises many.
There are two types of RFID tracking:
I. Passive RFID and
II. Active RFID
Both these tracking systems work similar ways, however, they are set up in different ways.