Misconceptions About RFID Technology

You must have heard so much about the latest Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in magazines or on the Internet. Most of the people are still confused about the emerging technology. Here, we’ll try to clear the common myths about RFID. Companies or individuals often have misconceptions while evaluating RFID technologies for their business use. Read on to know about the misconceptions about RFID technology.

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It Is A Single Technology

Actually, RFID technology is a bundle of technologies. 

Radio Frequency Identification is the acronym of RFID which states this technology relies upon Radio Frequency for the identification of items, assets and goods etc. 

Due to RF principles, some of the frequency bands of RFID have taken off including:

  1. Low Frequency RFID.
  2. High Frequency RFID.
  3. Ultra High Frequency RFID or RAIN RFID.
  4. Very High Frequency RFID.
  5. Ultra Wide Band RFID.

It Is An Expensive Technology

The benefits of adopting RFID are undeniable. However, the challenge that most of the organizations face is deciding the cost effective way to introduce RFID technology. 

When evaluating RFID technology, there are a few things organizations need to keep into consideration including:

  1. RFID Tags, Readers & Antennas (hardware selection)
  2. RFID Business Applications, RFID Middleware & Integration (software selection)
  3. Business Process Management & Execution

To jump start the process of RFID initiation for your business, we’ve a wide range of variety available. 

Barcode Is Older Than RFID

Surprisingly, RFID technology is older than Barcode. 

It was first used in World War II by various countries whereas the first patent for barcode was filed in 1949.

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RFID Is Only About Identification

In reality, it is much more than just identification of items. RFID technology is being used for numerous cases and not just simply capturing presence. 

A few areas where it is used include:

  1. Capturing Sensor Data such as temperature, humidity and GPS. These are specially designed tags and use RFID as a data medium.
  2. Hazardous Area Assets – Captures data from hazardous areas. This helps in reducing the presence of humans to come in direct contact with the assets.
  3. Increase user interaction such as NFC based marketing campaigns.
  4. Brand protection – Usage of RFID provides protection against counterfeit goods.

 

RFID Data Is Difficult To Manage

 

It has the ability to quickly and easily capture data that otherwise may be difficult and expensive to do. 

Once this data is collected, it’s important to be able to bring back the data to core business systems (ERP, WMS or MES).

In addition to the ease of data integration, it also provides the ability to filter, aggregate and message data to a desired format.

Many big firms are learning to track their cartons and how to make pallets work. So that they would be ready to use the RFID technology when the time comes.

So, don’t stay in a place where you have to tag all the products for your customers, being unable to derive any value from such tags within your business operations.

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