RFID: SMALL TECH, BIG GOALS
There is a wide range of potential applications which can take advantage of RFID technology.
In theory the success key is simpler than you might expect: set your business goals and find the right solutions to reach them.
In practise it’s a “different music” and this is where the Inventag team is stepping in.
ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WERE “BARS AND SPACES”
We can actually start from basic barcode applications, where the “old technology” shows all its constraints and needs enhancements in terms of efficacy.
The main difference is evident: a barcode must be visible to be read, while RFID tags drive information through radio waves, thus enabling tracing and information gathering of multiple objects at the same time, even if they are stored in a box or pallet.
Moreover, through RFID active technology, all single object’s information may be updated in real time.
As a result of it, RFID systems look way more cost-effective, much more flexible (no need to place labels in specific positions) and reliable (tags are much more difficult to be damaged or soiled) and these easy considerations brought organizations to explore a wide application field.
GENERAL SECTORS OF APPLICATION
First of all RFID systems are “exploited” in Manufacturing Processes to match the physical flow of materials and the related flow of information, on production lines, granting real-time visibility of assets, so that the process can be as efficient as possible.
Other solid applications are in Logistics & Supply Chain to secure automatic identification and localization, so that moving goods in boxes or pallets, in warehouse or during different transportation phases, is made easier, quicker, and more reliable.
SPECIFIC SECTORS OF APPLICATION
RFID technology is an added value in special contexts, such as – for instance – to identify and trace waste, or ferrous materials, or products which need high temperature processing.
Another field of application is electronic ticketing. Not only RFID tags prevent ticket counterfeiting but can also store encrypted and protected information.
Other main applications of RFID systems concern traceability in different contexts.
The added value is that RFID readers can identify multiple tags from a certain distance without them being visible, so that inventories are way more accurate, easier and faster.
However, traceability has not only to do with goods. This is when RFID technology steps in.
In industrial farmingfor example, RFID can monitor animal’s health information, as well as human’s presence and movement inside facilities and offices.
RFID FOR “MADE IN ITALY”
An application field we really appreciate in Italy concerns anti-fraud protection since RFID is very effective in protecting the expensive assets of our precious Made in Italy products: these are usually tagged in the brand manufacturing facilities, to keep trace of production batch and source along the supply chain.
Counterfeiters are not going to have an “easy life” to clone Made in Italy products :)
For end-consumers it’s not only an assurance about the quality of the products they are buying: while in shops RFID allows them to enjoy a customized shopping experience, on the basis of what they have purchased or are wearing, while receiving real-time marketing and advertising information.
Lots of Italian brand are already investing in RFID to safeguard the authenticity of the product and its traceability even in the after-sale phase: for instance through web platform in which customers can sign up to check the characteristics of the garment they purchased and then receive immediate feedback with an interactive and effective verification procedure.
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