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’ distributions solutions help retailers boost revenue and performance by verifying merchandise within bulk shipments is accurate

Checkpoint Systems’ distributions solutions help retailers boost revenue and performance by verifying merchandise within bulk shipments is accurate

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has announced two new distribution center (DC) solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to be more productive and improve shipping accuracy: RFID Box Tunnel and RFID Hanging Garment Tunnel.

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

By Dean Frew, Sr. VP for RFID Solutions and Chief Technology Officer, SML Group.

Adoption of disruptive technologies is just that... disruptive. Yet, although implementing disruptive innovation can present a range of challenges, a business model that is stagnant for decades cannot remain successful indefinitely and is vulnerable to the next wave of innovation.

Gerry Weber selects Tyco Retail Solutions’ RFID-based inventory visibility

Gerry Weber selects Tyco Retail Solutions’ RFID-based inventory visibility

Gerry Weber, one of the most prominent and successful German fashion and lifestyle companies, has selected Tyco Retail Solutions, provider of integrated retail performance and security solutions sold and serviced in Europe by Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, for its RFID initiative to enhance item-level inventory visibility and accuracy in 800 stores.

Checkpoint Systems' Sense + Respond solution provides multi-channel retailers with real-time insights, predictive analytics

Checkpoint Systems' Sense + Respond solution provides multi-channel retailers with real-time insights, predictive analytics

Checkpoint Systems, Inc., the global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, has collaborated with Microsoft Corp. to bring Checkpoint RFID Merchandise Visibility solutions to the cloud, and enhance them utilising Microsoft analytical tools.

RFID-blocking wallet provides instant card access at the click of a button

RFID-blocking wallet provides instant card access at the click of a button

Have you ever lost your wallet? If you have, the security issues of a traditional wallet can cause irreparable harm in the form of identity theft, stolen cash, skimmed credit card data and more.

BarTender 2016 brings new and enhanced capabilities to software for labels, barcodes and more

BarTender 2016 brings new and enhanced capabilities to software for labels, barcodes and more

Seagull Scientific has announced the immediate availability of BarTender 2016, the latest version of its software for creating and automating labels, barcodes, RFID, cards and more.

Development kit offers introduction to RFID systems

Development kit offers introduction to RFID systems

Designed specifically to help new users understand the ease and flexibility of configuring RFID solutions, the development kit contains everything they need to get started.

Free RFID readiness advisory service

Free RFID readiness advisory service

RFID tracking can greatly increase manufacturing and logistics productivity, often paying for itself in three to six months.

IDTechEx Research finds RFID market exceeds US$10bn milestone in 2015

IDTechEx Research finds RFID market exceeds US$10bn milestone in 2015

By Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx.

RFID is thriving, reaching total sales of $10.1bn in 2015 with a large scope ahead for continued roll-out in many established markets and growth in new markets.

Nordic ID launches Nordic ID AR55, the first area reader in its product portfolio

Nordic ID launches Nordic ID AR55, the first area reader in its product portfolio

Nordic ID has launched Nordic ID AR55, the first area reader in its product portfolio. The Nordic ID AR55 is a part of the Nordic ID AR series, which consists of different types of fixed RFID readers and antennas.

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.