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What is the Radio Frequency Identification System?
The RFID system refers to the use of a radio transmitter-receiver (transponder) which stores a unique identification (RFID tag) that is read wirelessly each time a cart is tipped. Each deployed cart and the attached RFID tag have been registered to a particular household and owner. With a completed RFID system, each time a cart is tipped the RFID tag is read and the information is recorded. The RFID tags are read wirelessly by a RFID reader mounted to the collection truck and all data is stored within an onboard computer and immediately wirelessly transferred to a web-based server where it can be accessedby anyone that has access to a computer and is registered.
What happens to the information that is collected?
All the information that is collected is immediately fed wirelessly into a digital database.
Which applications and industries will use RFID technologies in the near future?
In every application in which it is necessary to identify and manage thousands or even millions of objects and goods quickly and reliably, or to track their positions during production and logistics processes, RFID technologies can be used. The RFID method can considerably reduce logistics expenditures, particularly for industries, such as textiles or automobiles, which manufacture goods in numerous production stages at various locations around the world.
Can RFID labels interfere with other technical devices?
No, at least not electronic tags that are passive RFID systems without their own power supply. Their radio signals are too weak. Active RFID systems with power supply transmit on separately assigned frequencies, so they do not cause interference. However, the RFID chips themselves can be disturbed by high-frequency radiation or magnetic fields. Studies at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, show that a computer monitor close to the RFID reader/scanner significantly reduces the reliability of identification. Adverse effects can also occur in production workshops in factories with strong electrical currents and magnetic fields.
Will RFID replace bar codes?
It is likely that RFID and bar codes will coexist for many years. Bar codes are inexpensive and effective for certain tasks.
What are the benefits of RFID compared to other automatic identification technologies such as bar codes?
RFID-enabled systems help companies cut costs, improve customer service, reduce labor, increase accuracy, and improve production throughput. The technology is superior compared to the limitations of traditional ADC technologies. Bar code and vision systems rely on optics and require a relatively clean and moisture–free environment. Touch memory does not use optics but does require a relatively clean environment because contact must be made to read the tag.
Why is RFID better than using bar codes?
RFID is ideal for dirty, oily, wet or harsh environments. RFID tags and RFID readers have no moving parts so require no maintenance. RFID tags can be read and write, intelligent, and carry larger amounts of data compared to other identification systems. Unlike bar codes, RFID tags are virtually impossible to copy or counterfeit. RFID is fast. The tag can be read and communicate back in milliseconds. RFID systems can also read multiple tags at once, much faster than bar code.
How does RFID enhance the supply chain?
It allows updated information to travel with the individual item as it passes through the supply chain – information that can be dynamically changed throughout the journey.
How easily can I implement an RFID solution with my business or one of my customers?
Products are available that can be fully integrated, support multiple frequencies, complement legacy systems already in use, and provide interconnectivity with other automatic data collection products. IntelTagRFID’s RFID Services help customers by evaluating RFID technology and integrating it seamlessly into their business processes.
How does RFID help in Inventory Management?
RFID provides quick, precise identification for inventory management. It allows items to be identified faster and much more reliably. The speed of data capture using an RFID system is less than 5% of the time taken in a manual process and laundries have shown an 80% – 90% reduction in item loss from knowing what they have in real time. Using RFID technology for real time analysis means customer laundry items don’t go missing and you know where your assets are at all times.
Can RFID Tags be re-programmed?
Some RFID tags can be re-written some not, it depends on the application the tags have been made for. As RFID tags have an internal microchip this can be programmed to either accept or reject re-write requests, this helps with security and stops malicious data changing on tags that are used for door entry for instance. But, hotels often use RFID cards that can be re-programmed for each new guest. It depends on the application required for the specific tag.
Can RFID Reader read multiple tags?
Yes. To achieve this, RFID readers make use of anti-collision algorithms, enabling a single reader to read more than one tag.
What information is stored on a RFID tag?
RFID tags have a memory chip installed allowing storage of an item’s location, serial number, manufacturer, photo, use history, a maintenance schedule and much more. The speed of this data capture using an RFID system is less than 5% of the time taken in a manual process.
What benefits have business achieved with RFID?
The benefits of asset tracking depend entirely on the system you buy. A barcode system will offer some information as to what you have, which is often not what you think you have, and who is in control of what assets. But it relies on that data being kept up to date. An RFID or BLE system can offer a lot more. Potentially you’ll have the ability to know exactly who has what and where it is, when it was last serviced, if it’s due a PAT test or if it was left somewhere by one of your team. There are systems that will link to your project management system and let, for example, an engineer know if they’re leaving for a job without the required equipment. Or they can scan their whole vehicle in seconds and know exactly what’s in there, and often more importantly what isn’t in there. They can do the same before they leave a site, ensuring no expensive equipment is left behind. The level of benefits attainable is commensurate with the level of system you buy.