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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New pocket size scanner with RFID by DENSO

New pocket size scanner with RFID by DENSO

In the retail industry today, customers have high expectations. To build a profitable and engaging in-store experience, companies need full control not only at the point of sale (POS) but also from storage to inventory, to staff enablement, to personal shopping solutions – and in many other areas. DENSO, part of the Toyota group, offers mobile data solutions and reliable devices for the retail industry.

Why omnichannel could be the high street's saviour

Why omnichannel could be the high street's saviour

By Dean Frew, CTO & SVP RFID Solutions at SML Group.

Within the past decade, retailers have shifted their focus from physical stores to an "online only" strategy. This is in part due to rising costs of owning and operating physical stores, the higher profit margins for online retailers and also the technological advances that have led to consumers being able to purchase goods from any device.

How fast are Retailers adopting RFID?

How fast are Retailers adopting RFID?

By Dean Frew, CTO and SVP RFID Solutions, SML RFID.

According to recent news, statistics and insight from industry experts about the apparel business and omnichannel retailing, universal RFID adoption is a done deal within the industry. Or is it?

PervasID announces Space Ranger 9200 flat ceiling tile antenna reader system

PervasID announces Space Ranger 9200 flat ceiling tile antenna reader system

PervasID has announced its next generation flat ceiling tile antenna reader system, Space Ranger 9200.

Global shop solutions improves shop floor security and efficiency with RFID technology

Global shop solutions improves shop floor security  and efficiency with RFID technology

In today's cost-competitive manufacturing environment, shaving minutes or even seconds from processes performed hundreds or thousands of times a day can make a real difference in shop floor productivity.

Harting Integrated Industry solutions featuring RFID systems and smart digital retrofit systems

Harting Integrated Industry solutions featuring RFID systems and smart digital retrofit systems

At the Industry 4.0 summit, Manchester Central Convention Complex, 4-5 April 2017, Harting (stand V25) will show its range of Industry 4.0 solutions, incorporating Modular Integrated Computer Architecture for industrial networking, and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) systems.

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

By Andrew Blatherwick, Chairman, RELEX Solutions.

The industry may have been talking about RFID for 20 years, but it still has not come into common use or delivered significant value to retailers.

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

The DENSO Auto-ID Business Unit, part of the Toyota group, is launching the new UR20 scanner series in spring 2017. These new readers, UR21 and UR22, are both equipped with the most modern RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification).

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Software application and engineering company Red Ledge is launching a new asset management system (AMS) with open access to all RFID readers – bypassing the manufacturers' proprietary Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) - and to multiple Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices including all types of sensor, GPRS and RFID tags.

Over a billion garments digitally connected as retail industry gets smart

Over a billion garments digitally connected as retail industry gets smart

Retail software specialist, Detego, has reached the milestone of having now digitally connected over a billion items of clothing, in a bid to help several European retailers gain actionable insights into product ranges and customer behaviour.

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.