Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology in which radio waves are used for objects that are equipped with an RFID tag, to be able to identify, track, sort, remote or secure. Tags are tiny chips that contain a unique identification code which can be read at a distance of several metres. The tag is out of sight of the reader. This is in contrast to barcode technology in which the barcode must be visible for the barcode reader.
Types of tags
Roughly speaking, we can distinguish between two RFID tags: passive and active. The passive tag does not have its own energy supply and feeds on the radio frequency waves of the reader. This activates the chip so that the tag can share information with the reader.
The active tag is equipped with an energy source. This tag actively transmits a signal. This also means that a greater distance can be bridged to share the information that’s on the tag. Depending on the level of the frequency, it’s even possible from a distance of up to 200 metres!
Application of RFID
The technology has a broad scope. It is therefore the go-to technique, often used in supply chain solutions, solutions for access control and, increasingly, for marketing applications. The fashion industry has already been using RFID for a while, for enhancing the customer experience. Ralph Lauren is a good example. They have brought RFID to the fitting room. You can read more about this in the article ‘Ralph Lauren brengt interactieve spiegel naar paskamer‘ (in Dutch).
Advantages of RFID
- Tags can be read from some metres away
- Many tags can be read in one second
- Tags can easily be attached to objects
RFID integration with the backoffice
RFID systems provide real-time information which is to be fed back to the underlying systems such as ERP, inventory system or a POS system. The Niklas integration platform allows for the integration of the RFID readers with the back office systems.
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