Implementing RFID into your business will add multiple efficiencies that increase productivity and pay for the investment in a short amount of time. RFID is actually very simple, however integration and installation require a knowledgeable group of people. Choosing the right company to design and install your RFID system is the biggest factor in the overall cost and quality. Learn the basics below, Call us for an RFID consultation at 888-237-8525.
1. Tag It- RFID Chip/Inlay
Radio frequency identification, or RFID, uses radio waves to automatically identify objects. Item data is stored on a microchip attached to an antenna, (called an “RFID transponder” or “RFID tag”). This Chip or Inlay is then placed within the adhesive of a synthetic label or a hard plastic or metal Tag. The tag transmits the data, either actively or passively, to a reader when the reader passes within range, The reader then converts the signal to digital information that can be used by a computer for further processing.
RFID Soft or Hard Tags on Assets
• Work In Progress
• Inventory Tracking, Receiving & Fulfillment
• Asset Tracking for Offices, Hospitals, Manufacturers and Retail
• Vital file and record keeping / tracking
• Government compliance within multiple industries
• Check-In Check-Out Services
2. Capture Signal with Antennas
Antennas establish communication points. The majority of RFID applications require several Antennas to help direct the signal throughout the building or area and towards the RFID Reader. The placement of these antenna is absolutely critical and different for every installation. Certain applications require a choke point through which tagged products must pass to complete the process. Site surveys are essential to creating a working RFID system.
3. Readers Capture Signals (read data)
There are 2 basic styles (Fixed & Mobile) of readers with capabilities that are designed to suit differing application requirements. In general terms, a reader comprises a microprocessor-controlled RF transmitter and receiver. The reader is controlled through an interface, typically a communication port, the characteristics of which will vary according to application (RS232, USB, Ethernet, and (POE) Power Over Ethernet.). The amount of memory a reader will contain for data and event logging, and complexity also varies substantially.
Fixed RFID Readers are hard-wired to their respective Antennas, typically 4 or 8-port. These readers transmit signals via Ethernet, RS232, USB, Ethernet, and (POE) Power Over Ethernet to the Server or destination computer. Their form factor can be Rugged, Vehicle Mount, or Fixed at the read or choke point. WiFi models are also available. Once adjusted their stability provides consistent, reliable service.
Mobile RFID Readers are basically mobile computers with RFID reader and antenna that will capture the data on the RFID Tags and either store for later tranmission
or can be read on the device with the proper transfer utility installed. Integration
and communication with other computers can be through Wi-Fi or other standard connections.
4. Integrate Data to your Software
Employing the proper Software to run your RFID systems is the most critical part of the RFID process. The initial site-survey will determine what type of Transfer Utility
(Middleware) is needed to integrate with your current ERP software. Whether you use Cisco, Oracle or Cloud based software the proper RFID software will allow a variety of services including:
Handheld Applications Gather inventory data, provide lookup and locate functionality and enable data management via mobile device.
Fixed Reader Solutions Data collection provides real-time decision support information for compliance, validation, tracking and inventory accuracy.
Business Data Analytics Aggregate, filter and process RFID data per customer-defined business rules. Benefit from custom reporting and deliver actionable information.
API and Interfaces APIs and interfaces enable advanced customization and integration to support customer existing system integration requirements.functionality and enable data management via mobile device.
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