RFID technology: The current advent in technology
Import and export of goods require a huge space. Without a proper technology, carrying information of thousands of such goods in booklets is an impossible task to workout. To handle that load, barcodes were invented to carry the maximum required information in minimum possible space such as tags.
The latest innovation in barcode technology is the RFID technology which works on the principle of using radio frequency to transfer data instead of visual scanning used by the previous version of barcodes. Without the need of human interaction, data collection with RFID technology is lightning fast and efficient for tracking items.
How is RFID better than traditional barcode system?
With a barcode system, tags printed via Intermec barcode printer are read via laser light reflections whereas RFID uses low watt radio frequency to read from or write into the tags. Equipped with a radio frequency antennae and a tiny computer chip, the RFID labels transfer information to the RFID readers. With the use of radio waves, the tags do not need to be in immediate proximity of the reader.
1. Helps companies in cutting cost:
Reducing labour, increased accuracy, improved customer service, improved production output, and reduction in production cost is what a RFID technology pitches to its users with huge calculated benefits upon its implementation. The limitation of traditional ADC technology doesn’t apply to this latest tech invention.
A relatively clean and moisture free environment is required for systems like barcode and vision which rely on optics which is disrupted in the presence of harsh weather conditions. Touch memory tech does not require as much clean atmosphere but certainly do require proximity of the object to work with, like a physical touch is required. With RFID, working in harsh weather conditions is a child’s play.
2. No storage issues:
Because traditional barcode technologies depend on touch or optics, they require a feasible environment to help the proper functioning of the readers. But with RFID technology, one does not need any specific storage space for the tags. Oil, dirt, harsh weather isn’t something to be bothered about when using RFID technology.
3. Much larger data storage capacity:
Unlike other identification technologies, RFID can read, write and detect a large amount of data. It is way safer than its older counterparts whom were too easy to copy or counterfeit. Radio Frequency Identification technology is much faster as it can read multiple tags at the same time that too within milliseconds, thus saving a lot of time for RFID users.
4. Updated information:
While the goods are in supply chain, information can be corrected or added to with ease. There is no need to change the whole tag. Just a simple data correction is required, and it’s done.
5. Safety of information:
Certain data which the manufacturer wants to be kept from the supply chain or the end customer can be encrypted within the encoding of the computer chip to ensure zero data theft by unauthorized users.