What is RFID?
RFID is an acronym for “radio-frequency identification” and refers to a technology whereby digital data encoded in RFID tags or smart labels are captured by a reader via radio waves. RFID is similar to barcoding in that data from a tag or label are captured by a device that stores the data in a database. RFID, however, has several advantages over systems that use barcode asset tracking software. The most notable is that RFID tag data can be read outside the line-of-sight, whereas barcodes must be aligned with an optical scanner.
How can this help you?
Here are a few ways that RFID can be used:
- Inventory management
- Asset tracking
- Personnel tracking
- Increase productivity
- PPE management
- Controlling access to restricted areas
- ID Badging
- Supply chain management
- Counterfeit prevention (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry)
How can RFID benefit your company?
Lower Cost & Higher Productivity
RFID applications can automate the collection of information about the movement and location of assets, components, stock or other items; doing this more quickly, whilst reducing costs and with greater accuracy and reliability than is possible with manual methods and with more detail than can be obtained from techniques such as bar-coding. Data collection can be a by-product of other activities, eliminating the need for effort in form filling. Identifying products using RFID is quicker than barcode scanning or manual entry of product details.
Access control systems using RFID contribute to improved security of business premises. RFID tagging of stock and assets makes it easier to track inventory “shrinkage” and tags can be used to fight against product counterfeiting.
Because RFID technologies can be integrated with other manufacturing or supply chain technologies (automated pallet handling, stock picking systems, etc) the time from order to despatch and delivery can be reduced.
More Acurate, Relevant, Current Management Info
Because RFID allows data to be captured in real-time as stock or assets are moved detailed, up-to-date, management information is available for planning and operational management purposes.
Improved Quality for Data Capture
Using an RFID approach means data can be captured rapidly and accurately. Electronic data collection with RFID avoids data transcription errors and avoids “missed items” when used to collect data on large numbers of items at once.
Reduced Capital Costs
RFID technologies help to lower costs by providing better control of stocks or assets. They can help keep track of business assets such as test equipment, transport packing, computing technology and other portable devices.
By reducing stock-outs, by avoiding the credibility gap between notional stock available for orders and actual stock present in the warehouse, and by offering improved information on product movements to customers, organisations using RFID can provide a service that creates competitive differentiation and promotes increased customer satisfaction with the opportunities for higher sales and better margins.