RFID Anywhere


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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. RFID systems are used to track assets by using a tag, or RFID chip, attached to the asset, and a reader that can detect and decode the information stored on the tag.

Announced in 2006, RFID Anywhere is a software infrastructure that provides an extensible environment for developing and managing sensor network applications including radio frequency identification. RFID Anywhere 3.0 breaks new ground with the delivery of a context-aware Location Information System. Using the system, businesses can not only track assets from a range of data collection points, but also can enhance the value of this data by associating environmental inputs such as temperature along with the location data. In addition, the location information system exposes its complete feature set via a rich service oriented architecture web services layer allowing organizations to transform static business information into business-aware intelligence. The ability to enhance location information with business context is desired in applications including asset tracking, asset control and resource management across vertical solutions in healthcare, logistics, cold-chain, and warehouse management environments. For example, a produce distributor can correlate the temperature of its goods along with location and time data to know exactly where and for how long a given item was exposed to temperature or humidity.

Here is how RFID helps in location tracking of assets:

  1. Real-time Tracking: When an RFID tag passes near an RFID reader, the reader detects the tag and records its information. Depending on the system's setup, this can allow for real-time tracking of the asset's location.
  2. Inventory Management: RFID systems allow for rapid and automatic inventory checks. This helps in quickly locating items in a warehouse or store, improving efficiency and reducing labor costs.
  3. Identification of Assets: RFID tags carry unique identification codes. This means each asset can be individually tracked and located, reducing the chances of misplacement or theft.
  4. Long Reading Range: RFID systems, especially those using Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tags, can read tags from a distance, enabling tracking over larger areas, unlike barcodes which require a line-of-sight and close proximity.
  5. Automation and Accuracy: As the RFID system can scan multiple tags at once and doesn't need line-of-sight, it increases the accuracy of asset tracking and reduces the possibility of human error.
  6. Environmental Resistance: RFID tags can be designed to withstand harsh conditions, making them suitable for tracking assets in a variety of environments.
  7. Integration with other systems: RFID data can be integrated with other systems like inventory management or supply chain management software to provide a holistic view of asset location and status.

RFID technology significantly improves the speed, efficiency, and accuracy of asset tracking, leading to cost savings, better resource utilization, and improved business processes.