What can RFID do for your business ?

From manufacturing facilities to vehicles, to healthcare, to airport compounds, store shelves and toll booths, RFID technology is steadily (and inevitably) transforming how the world does business.

RFID capabilities find broad application cutting across multiple business process areas:

RFID Solutions

Hospitals and healthcare

In healthcare, there is a need for increased visibility, efficiency, and gathering of data around relevant interactions. RFID tracking solutions are able to help healthcare facilities manage mobile medical equipment, improve patient workflow, monitor environmental conditions, and protect patients, staff and visitors from infection or other hazards.

Adoption of RFID in the medical industry has been widespread and very effective. Hospitals are among the first users to combine both active and passive RFID. Many successful deployments in the healthcare industry have been cited where active technology tracks high-value, or frequently moved items, where passive technology tracks smaller, lower cost items that only need room-level identification. For example, medical facility rooms can collect data from transmissions of RFID badges worn by patients and employees, as well as from tags assigned to facility assets, such as mobile medical devices.

A physical RFID tag may be incorporated with browser-based software to increase its efficacy. This software allows for different groups or specific hospital staff, nurses, and patients to see real-time data relevant to each piece of tracked equipment or personnel. Real-time data is stored and archived to make use of historical reporting functionality and to prove compliance with various industry regulations. This combination of RFID real-time locating system hardware and software provides a powerful data collection tool for facilities seeking to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs.

Animal Identification

RFID tags for animals represent one of the oldest uses of RFID. Originally meant for large ranches and rough terrain, since the outbreak of mad-cow disease, RFID has become crucial in animal identification management.

An implantable RFID tag or transponder can also be used for animal identification. The transponders are better known as PIT (Passive Integrated Transponder) tags, passive RFID, or "chips" on animals. The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency began using RFID tags as a replacement for barcode tags. Currently CCIA tags are used in Wisconsin and by United States farmers on a voluntary basis. The USDA is currently developing its own program. RFID tags are required for all cattle, sheep and goats sold in Australia.

Parking Management System

Hands-free & Automated RFID Parking Management System Ideal for parking lots, garages, campuses, gated communities and other vehicle control areas, this system functions by automatically opening gates and barriers exclusively for permit holders without the need for remote controls and regardless of weather conditions. RFID parking - this permit passage without stopping. Parking software allows you to have detailed information about the vehicle and its owner. Parking lots, garages, campuses and gated communities looking for a turnkey solution to their parking management can now take advantage of the new RFID parking system.

The system is totally automated that opens gates and parking barriers,Without pressing any buttons or using any remote controls. Each vehicle has a tag that is applied inside the windshield or any other place (it can be a plastic card or a sticker). When a vehicle approaches a gate or parking barrier, a tag is automatically identified by a reader that opens a gate or a barrier.

Access Control

RFID tags are widely used in identification badges, replacing earlier magnetic stripe cards. These badges need only be held within a certain distance of the reader to authenticate the holder.

Tags can also be placed on vehicles, which can be read at a distance, to allow entrance to controlled areas without having to stop the vehicle and present a card or enter an access code.

Transportation and logistics

Yard management, shipping and freight and distribution centers use RFID tracking. In the railroad industry, RFID tags mounted on locomotives and rolling stock identify the owner, identification number and type of equipment and its characteristics. This can be used with a database to identify the lading, origin, destination, etc. of the commodities being carried.

Some countries are using RFID for vehicle registration and enforcement. RFID can help detect and retrieve stolen cars.