What is RFID
Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) is a means of identifying and tracking objects using a radio frequency transmission. The dominant frequencies for item-level tagging are 13.56 MHz (High Frequency) and 800-900MHz (UHF).
An RFID tag (or transponder), made of an IC chip attached to a tiny radio antenna, contains information (serial number and other data) related to the item it is affixed to or embedded into. In proximity to an RFID-enabled scanner (or reader), the tag information is read automatically and managed into a user database.
The True Benefits of RFID
Research studies have shown that RFID gives rise to enhancements that include:
- 20% reduction in labor-intensive processes
- 25% reduction in inventory
- 3-4% increase in sales versus traditional tracking technologies
Overall, RFID technology enables businesses to automate labor-intensive processes, authenticate and safeguard their goods, achieve real-time inventories and asset visibility.
The primary benefit of RFID tags over barcodes is the fact that information stored on multiple RFID tags can be read simultaneously and automatically, while barcodes must be optically visible and scanned manually one-by-one. RFID tags can be read or written to at distances of up to several feet, while in motion, in any orientation, through intervening objects, and without the need for line-of-sight.