Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is relatively a new AIDC technology which was first developed in 1980’s. The technology acts as a base in automated data collection, identification and analysis systems worldwide. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object. It can also be read only or read-write enabling information to be either permanently stored in the tag or it can be read-write where information can be continually updated and over-written on the tag.

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Checkpoint Systems Announces Merchandise Visibility Implementation for Charles Vgele

Checkpoint Systems Announces Merchandise Visibility Implementation for Charles Vgele

International apparel retailer improves merchandise availability and increases revenue and margins with first standards-based, item-level RFID enablement of entire retail supply chain.

UHF RFID passive transponder technology makes another leap

Trolley Scan has announced the development of a new passive transponder that is claimed to have approximately 100% improvement in range over previous versions.

OAT Foundation Suite, integrated with SAP solutions

OAT Foundation Suite, integrated with SAP solutions

Checkpoint Systems RFID solution brings real-time asset tracking and merchandise visibility solutions to SAP customers

RFID - truth and fiction

RFID - truth and fiction

With the price of RFID tags coming down, more and more companies are investigating the benefits this technology can bring. However, with growing interest also comes scepticism and scaremongering.

Argos improves productivity at distribution centres

Argos improves productivity at distribution centres

Argos is deploying the Retalix Yard Management software system at its distribution centres across the UK.

PeopleVox launches handheld RFID readers 'that raise benchmark for read rate and accuracy'

PeopleVox launches handheld RFID readers 'that raise benchmark for read rate and accuracy'

PeopleVox has announced its new range of RFID-enabled handheld wireless readers dedicated to the fashion retail industry.

Wavetrend releases active RFID reader expansion module for Psion Teklogix's Workabout Pro handheld computer

Wavetrend releases active RFID reader expansion module for Psion Teklogix's Workabout Pro handheld computer

The new reader forms part of Wavetrend's forthcoming ActivMobility suite of Mobile Solutions for Active RFID Asset Management

RFID: solving the shelf-stocking challenge

RFID: solving the shelf-stocking challenge

Store managers must do everything they can in order to keep their shelves well stocked, and their staff aware of the inventory status of all product lines.

Third-generation active RFID bursts onto the scene

A number of very exciting working systems have recently become available from companies such as Ambient Systems and Dust Networks.

Manual track and trace of garments made easier with new RFID reader from Datamars

Manual track and trace of garments made easier with new RFID reader from Datamars

Manual track and trace of garments made easier with new RFID reader from Datamars.

Benefits of RFID in Retail

 

Inventory Shrinkage (Shrink) Reduction 

• Ability to track items in real-time between manufacturer and point of sale.

• Real-time notification of any breaches in security for non-payment.

• Reduces shrinkage of stock caused by theft.

 

Monitor unattended inventory

• Automatic item identification on mixed pallets

• "Smart Shelf" systems – designed to provide real time tracking and lovating of tagged items on shelves

• Shipping and Receiving applications

 

Shelf stocking

• Real-time notification of out-of -stock items

• Improvement of product replenishment

• Improved product forecasting from product stock tracking

 

Check-out Proces

• Reduce labour/time cost of employees

• Reduce time in queue

 

RFID Smart Labels - extremely flat configured transponder under a conventional print-coded label, which includes chip,antenna and bonding wires as a so-called inlay. The labels—made of paper, fabric or plastic.

 

Types of RFID Tag

 

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 915 MHz. These types of tags are considered “Passive” –with no on-board power source. Commonly specified by retailers within the supply chain, these tags must comply with the international recognized standard set by EPCglobal.

 

HF (High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. These types of tags are also “Passive” with no onboard power source. RFID applications that use HF RFID tags are typically the applications that require read distances of less than three feet. HF tags work better on objects made of metal (RFID Metal Tag) and can work around goods with high water content.

 

LF (Low Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards are low-frequency tags (125khz) use less power and are better able to penetrate non-metallic substances. These types of tags are also “Passive” –with no on-board power source. They are ideal for scanning objects with high-water content, such as fruit, but their read range is limited to less than a foot.

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