RFID or radio-frequency identification: how does this chip system work and why is it an excellent investment for your company?
What is RFID?
RFID stands for ” radio-frequency identification “. It is a technique that stores data on a medium (tag or label), in short a tiny chip. An electromagnetic reader reads the radio waves present on the RFID chip. It can be integrate without the slightest problem into the smallest objects (from food to bank cards). It can even be use to track pets.
Radio-identification, most often designate by the acronym RFID (English radio frequency identification), is a method for memorizing and retrieving data remotely using markers call “radio-labels” (“ RFID tag” or “ RFID transponder” in English).
Different types of chips
There are three types of RFID chips:
- RFID active: itself emits a signal.
- Semi-active / passive RFID: only emits a signal after receiving one.
- Passive RFID: has no source of its own energy, but draws its energy from the electromagnetic field of the reader.
The big advantage of RFID? No more barcode to read the data or physical contact with the object containing the RFID chip. Radio waves make it possible to read the chip from a distance. Active chips, which have enough energy to emit a signal themselves, can even be read from a great distance.
And this is far from the only advantage of the system. Here are a few more:
- Insensitive to dirt, dust or moisture
Use RFID technology for parcel tracking
It is an outstanding tracking system . With a single chip, you can track your products throughout the production, packaging and distribution process. This method avoids errors and offers you clear management: you avoid confusion when products go astray and you are dispense with physical scanning, because the
can be read remotely and gives you an overview at any time. all of your stock .
All goods equip with an chip and present on a pallet are scan at the same time and automatically when they pass in front of the
In short: thanks to RFID, the tracking, inventory and tracking of shipments are carried out fully automatically and in real time.
RFID is the future
It should come as no surprise then that is currently use in multiple sectors:
- Production: Thanks to RFID, products can be read in bulk.
- Distribution: the incoming and outgoing flow of products becomes faster and more efficient thanks to RFID tracking.
- Retail: inventory has never been so fast thanks to the
- system (large chains such as Zara have been using it for a long time).
- Electronic toll collection: the
- system makes vehicle tracking simple and clear.
In the future, other applications will certainly emerge. Think for example of the advantages that RFID would offer to the customer and to the manager of an online store …
- E-commerce: packages can be track faster and easier. Home delivery (whether you are home or not) is even easier!
- Ultimately, printable RFID chips will make the system much less expensive.
- The combination with digital communication technology opens up new horizons in terms of customer service, follow-up of deliveries, efficient stock management, etc.