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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Smartrac launches high-temperature hard tag

Smartrac launches high-temperature hard tag

Smartrac N.V., the developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID transponders and inlays, has broadened its product range of hard tags for industrial applications by another high-temperature RFID tag.

Tyco Retail Solutions wins Annual VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Award for Best VILRI Solution Provider

Tyco Retail Solutions wins Annual VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Award for Best VILRI Solution Provider

Tyco Retail Solutions, the provider of retail performance and security solutions sold through ADT and authorised business partners worldwide, has been awarded a 2012 VICS Collaborative Commerce Achievement Award for 'Best VILRI Solution Provider'.

Tego simplifies RFID with drag-and-drop interface

Tego simplifies RFID with drag-and-drop interface

Tego, Inc., the provider of RFID solutions for smart assets, has unveiled its TegoDrive software at RFID Journal LIVE! in Orlando.

RFID technology 'allows retailers to harness social media like never before'

New social networking solution uses RFID technology to connect businesses at physical locations with social media - to be exclusively previewed at next week's Retail Business Technology Expo.

IDBLUE introduces next-generation UHF mobile RFID reader for smartphones and tablets

IDBLUE introduces next-generation UHF mobile RFID reader for smartphones and tablets

IDBLUE has unveiled a mobile, Bluetooth UHF RFID (radio frequency identification) reader for smartphones and tablets. IDBLUE.UHF is a handheld, pen-shaped RFID reader that is ideal for use with smartphones and tablets, including iPhones and iPads.

Checkpoint Systems launches broad portfolio of solutions for large-scale RFID deployments in apparel retail

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has announced its expanded and new RFID encoding solutions and the expansion of its RFID tag portfolio for apparel brands and their retail partners, as well as closed-loop apparel retailers and department stores.

Sato welcomes new ISB Standard for Patient Identification

Sato welcomes new ISB Standard for Patient Identification

GS1 Solutions Partner has welcomed the recent publication of the Information Standards Board (ISB) for Health and Social Care Standard 1077, which will see every patient in England given a wristband with a barcode to ensure enhanced patient management.

KSW Microtec moves into the fast lane for eTicketing

KSW Microtec moves into the fast lane for eTicketing

KSW Microtec is extending production capacity following an acceleration in the adoption of its eTicketing solutions, as transport operators worldwide gear up to improve efficiencies through the introduction of eTicketing systems across all modes of public transport.

New event to showcase the benefits of RFID and Labeling @ Source

New event to showcase the benefits of RFID and Labeling @ Source

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is becoming increasingly popular across Europe with a number of manufacturers and businesses starting to implement the technology to improve their business operations.

Checkpoint and Nordic ID fashionable RFID

Checkpoint and Nordic ID  fashionable RFID

Checkpoint has teamed up with Nordic ID to spread the benefits of RFID technology in fashion retail. Checkpoint offers apparel retailers and department stores a complete out-of-the-box solution to gain visibility in closed-loops.

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.