It’s been more than 10 years since the term “RFID” burst into the public lexicon. Looking back at where we’ve come from and where we are today, RFID is clearly ready for prime time. Here are five reasons why, originally published by Business Solutions.
Reason 1: The buzz about RFID has subsided
When all you hear is how important a technology will be, then it likely still has a lot to prove. RFID has become a standard component of system solutions. Customers investigating RFID no longer ask what it is and how it works. Rather, they talk about business problems and how to apply the technology to solve them.
Reason 2: RFID has become an accepted tool in the toolbox
RFID is now routinely applied alongside complementary technologies like wireless, Bluetooth, bar code scanning and ERP systems. It is integrated into solutions like IT asset tracking, file management, specimen tracking, retail inventory management, and more. Many users who benefit from these solutions don’t even know they incorporate RFID. And yes, that is a good thing … it means RFID just works.
Reason 3: The RFID toolbox is big
Today’s RFID offers an extensive variety of options and capabilities to deliver real problem-solving flexibility. Need long-range tracking in the field? Try an active RFID system. Want a cost-effective system for tracking assets on a loading dock? Use a UHF-based portal system with passive tags. Managing a retail store shoe inventory? Apply RFID labels to your inventory and cycle count with a handheld RFID mobile computer.
Reason 4: The tools just keep coming
RFID reader and tag form factors continue to evolve – extending the benefits to more industries, applications and environments. From accessories that transform handheld mobile devices into RFID readers, to overhead reading solutions that make full automation possible – businesses are finding it easier than ever to find the right tool for the right problem at the right time in the right place.
Reason 5: And the tools keep getting better
RFID industry standards now ensure a level of interoperability and performance that reduces your investment risk. Today’s RFID can be wireless, rugged, sleek – even virtually invisible behind walls and ceilings. Not only are RFID readers, tags and software applications more compact, more powerful, and easier to use, but they are also more affordable, higher quality and higher performing.
Chris Schaefer is Sr. Director, Global Market Development, Data Capture Solutions for Motorola Solutions
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