Frequently Asked Questions / What is RFID?

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification.  RFID is a wireless tagging system that is the next generation of asset management technology beyond barcodes.  RFID uses RF (radio frequency) to communicate (like a cordless phone) rather than optical lasers as commonly seen in retail barcode applications.  Using RF gives the RFID tags enhanced features such as:

  • Globally unique ID
  • Smaller size
  • Rugged tag packaging and mounting
  • Secure data storage which can be changed “in the field”
  • Faster reading of RFID tags

When a company’s assets are labeled with RFID tags, they realize significant practical benefits over the “line-of-sight” barcode technologies.  Foremost among these are:

  • Automation of many costly manual processes (i.e., inventory and tracking)
  • Near real-time asset tracking providing enhanced asset visibility and management (supply chain and logistics)
  • Enhanced security and accountability
  • Significant reduction of paper work and paper-based tracking
  • Reduced losses from human data entry errors

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