Current and Potential Uses for RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) has many uses, and is growing in popularity as a way to track products, transfer payments and are even used in keycards to unlock doors in office buildings across the world! Digital Sabre currently works with businesses seeking to harness the power of RFID. Here are a few current and potential uses of RFID:
Asset tracking is one of the most common uses of RFID. RFID tags are put into, or onto, a company’s assets or products to help track them if they are lost or stolen. Currently, just about every type of RFID system is used for asset management, and this effective type of use saves time locating items as well as money in not having to replace lost assets.
The RFID technology has been used in manufacturing plants for more than 10 years increase productivity. Part tracking is managed by the use of RFID and can help to reduce defects, create efficiencies, increase through-put and manage the consistant quality production of different versions of the same product. Manufacturers can benefit greatly from what RFID has to offer.
Supply Chain Management
RFID technology is used in closed loop supply chains or to automate parts of the supply chain. Companies are now turning to RFID to track shipments among supply chain partners. Have you ever looked at the label on a package you receive and notice the chip? That is RFID and how you are able to track your package online!
Popular retailers including Best Buy, Metro, Target, Tesco and Wal-Mart are in the forefront of RFID usage. These technology pioneers are currently focused on improving supply chain efficiency and making sure product is on the shelf when customers want to buy it. Look for RFID tags on everything from clothing to your groceries in the coming year as more retailer take this option.
RFID is an emerging technology in the supply chain world, but is also used as a convenient payment method. RFID today is used to pay for road tolls without stopping, or in key-fobs to pay for gasoline. In some countries fast-food restaurants are testing the same active RFID tags to pay for meals at drive-through windows. We expect to see this type of mass-market use to continue to grow in popularity.
Security and Access Control
RFID has been used for years as an electronic key to control who has access to office buildings or areas within office buildings. This is quick and convenient and because there is no contact between the card and reader, there is less wear and tear, and therefore less maintenance. It is possible that RFID will replace traditional keys in homes and vehicles.
As RFID technology evolves and becomes less expensive and more robust, more companies will develop new applications to solve common and unique business challenges. If you think that RFID could help your business–or have an area of manufacturing, security, payment, supply chain or asset tracking that could be made better or more efficient, please contact Digital Sabre and we will assist you in determining the best technology solution.