Today's RFID Choices

Today's RFID Choices

March 22, 2011

Having started out in this industry as a client myself, I have a sincere appreciation for the nearly overwhelming variety and range of capabilities that today’s RFID products can provide.  Passive RFID choices today including metal mount and long range tags were considered nearly impossible to make even 5-10 years ago.  Add to this the range of active RFID products including GPS locating satellite uplink tags, low cost Ultra-Wide Band (UWB), UHF and HF badge and items tags, as well as a full range of battery assisted passive and active tags to facilitate sensor based monitoring and/or real-time locating, and the choices become even more extensive.  To further complicate all this, RFID network options today range from short and long range passive RFID, to Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11x), standard UHF (ISO 18000-7), and a variety of proprietary protocols operating at frequency ranges from 13.56MHz to 5.8GHz.

Although there are considerably more options today, at much more cost effective prices, the rationale for implementing an RFID solution has not changed.  In the simplest of terms, most conventional RFID solutions, in virtually any market are designed to reduce process steps, increase accuracy of collecting metrics, and drive operating expense and associated inventory costs down.   In short, virtually any client looking to gain a competitive advantage while trimming costs should at least consider implementing an RFID solution.
 
Over the years I’ve heard a wide range of industry speakers, and have read a number of informed articles that cover the complete spectrum of client advice regarding the subject of RFID implementation.  Some authors I’ve read extol the simplicity of the technology, and that virtually anybody could do it themselves with no formal training, while others essentially guarantee that if you select the wrong system integrator, not only will your project fail, but you will bankrupt your company in the process.  Of course, as most realize, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  As both a former client and now solutions provider, my advice to those interested in leveraging RFID to reduce process steps and costs would include doing your own research, both on-line and by contacting selected firms that specialize in supporting your industry with RFID solutions.  Those firms with in-depth experience solving specific problems within your industry typically provide the lowest risk, and most scalable solution options.  The bottom line is that the RFID industry is expanding at a nearly exponential pace, so the only thing you can be sure of is that if you don’t start evaluating RFID solution options today; your competitors will be implementing similar solutions tomorrow.

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Today's RFID Choices

Posted on: 3/22/2011

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Thomas Manzagol

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RFID Global Solution, Inc.

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Having started out in this industry as a client myself, I have a sincere appreciation for the nearly overwhelming variety and range of capabilities that today’s RFID products can provide. Passive RFID choices today including metal mount and long range tags were considered nearly impossible to make even 5-10 years ago. Add to this the range of active RFID products including GPS locating satellite uplink tags, low cost Ultra-Wide Band (UWB), UHF and HF badge and items tags, as well as a full range of battery assisted passive and active tags to facilitate sensor based monitoring and/or real-time locating, and the choices become even more extensive. To further complicate all this, RFID network options today range from short and long range passive RFID, to Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11x), standard UHF (ISO 18000-7), and a variety of proprietary protocols operating at frequency ranges from 13.56MHz to 5.8GHz. Although there are considerably more options today, at much more cost effective prices,