RFID technology applications

RFID mobile technology

RFID or Radio Frequency IDentification is the preferred technology used for reading data contained in electronic tags. Tags are stuck on an object that needs to be identified, for example a pair of trousers in a shop or equipment needed to be carried by a worker to perform a task.

RFID tag, including aforementioned data, broadcasts a radio frequency (RF) signal read by a RFID reader, available in the market.

This technology, together with mobile technologies, allows creating a large number of applications deepening in process management improvement. This set of applications could expand and improve functionalities provided by each device separately.

A RFID reader provides information by itself, but when connected to mobile devices possibilities are expanded exponentially. Data can be managed using a server and a database, providing data persistence, data history, data management and easing decision-making. Applications generated are applicable to different environments.

In a solution based on RFID technology are needed three different actors.

RFID tags. These tags are stuck on objects to be monitored. Tags have a limited cost about 0.01 € per unit. Big volume orders can obtain even more competitive prices.
RFID reader. Nowadays, are available in the market a big variety of RFID readers at a competitive price, allowing this technology acquisition for new applications.
Technological solution for compiled data management.

Technologies needed for building applications, making possible interaction between different devices, are RFID, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G.

RFID system

Some functionalities may be built using RFID technology. In this article will be mentioned some examples, including together RFID and mobile technologies systems, providing extra functionalities.

Warehouse inventory management

Tags, stuck on different objects are monitored when arriving or shipped from the warehouse, updating automatically the management system.

Shipping and delivery procedures can be managed and optimized, providing info about routes, optimized routes, delivery time and places.

Near objects management

Objects to be used during an activity, as personal protection equipment, can be monitored using an RFID system. Using mobile technologies, compiled data may be recorded and processed, warning about the presence or absence of specific objects.

Conferences or exhibition centres access control

Using identity badges, including RFID tags, will be possible to know who assisted to specific areas or conferences.

Real time monitoring

Lots of objects may be controlled in real time, showing in a dashboard, operations progress, as:

– Shipping or arrival of materials in a warehouse.
– Workers using security elements with RFID cards
– Situation of shipped orders and on delivery.

Many expect RFID to provide huge advantages for the present and near future throughout the supply chain. In manufacturing, RFID will help managers respond more quickly to market demands and do a better job of planning production. In distribution centres, it will facilitate the automation of inventory counts and speed shipping and receiving. Companies needing controlling workers equipment due to risk activities performed could automate control and register quickly materials usage and detecting breach of workers obligations. For retailers, RFID will help reduce stock-outs, enable product tracking, potentially reduce theft and streamline point of sale transactions.

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