Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a powerful technology that captures digital data encoded in tags and smart labels.
The data, in turn, can be used to track, count, and analyze everything from manufacturing parts to people in a building.
Can you imagine where it would be useful in your business?
RFID Uses In Business
In this article, we’ll show you how RFID technology is being used today, so you may realise where it can have a role in improving your business.
1. Simplifying inventory
RFID trackers can allow employees at every level to conduct inventory using a handheld RFID reader. No more errors that come with hand-counting. Instead, everything is completed in minutes, with a far higher level of accuracy.
2. Preventing damage to goods.
You can use specialized RFID tracking tags to see when an item has potentially been damaged. These tags are set to detect shock or impact, such as when a box falls off a shelf. They’ll automatically alert the system the next time the tag is scanned. This way, warehouse managers can inspect any objects that have been subject to unusual levels of impact or shock to make sure the contents inside are still in good shape.
3. Real-time logistics tracking.
Manufacturing, shipping, and distribution can be chaotic. RFID tracking makes it easy to see where every component is in real-time. This can reduce errors and uncertainty while dramatically increasing efficiency. Over time, this can cut costs, making your organization more profitable.
4. More accurate race times.
In highly competitive races, winning times can vary by a fraction of a second.
RFID allows for more accurate readings and results. In most cases, race participants never even realize that they are being tracked using RFID. This is because the tags or labels used are small and unobtrusive to avoid interfering with athletes’ performance.
5. Managing construction materials.
Running out of materials during construction can lead to expensive delays. And, with construction good costs racing higher than ever, ensuring that every part is accounted for is vital.
RFID solutions can ensure that all materials are accounted for and where they belong. Plus, on a large construction site, RFID makes it easier to find inventory, so less time is lost locating the parts that workers need.
6. Tracking foot traffic at events.
Event runners and promoters know how important it is to avoid bottlenecking at tradeshows and conferences. RFID tracking can help eliminate the delays that cause crowds and lead to frustrated attendees.
Tracking badges make it easy for the people at the gate to scan people in and send them on their way. No need for registration lines or sign-ins.
7. Security and access control.
Certain areas in any business need security from unauthorized personnel, as well as the general public.
Relying on physical keys can be inconvenient. Security codes can be lost or compromised. RFID access control devices make it easier to ensure that an area is only accessible to the people you want inside. This allows you to keep every area secure even when your security staff can’t watch every spot all the time.
8. Laundry management.
Businesses that include hotels, and hospitals go through thousands of pounds of linens and uniforms every day. When RFID is used to track laundry as it is handled, it is easier to make sure everything gets back to the place it belongs. RFID trackers on uniforms allow you to identify the condition of uniforms and how many times they’ve been washed. It can help you identify items that are missing and reduce the risk of shrinkage.
9. Tool tracking and control.
In many working environments, tools make their way from one workstation to another. This can be frustrating. Not only that, it can lead to excessive downtime as people hunt for the items they need to complete the job.
RFID tool tracking systems make it easy to tell who has taken what items and where they can be found. The result is a better handle on your valuable equipment and less time spent looking for the objects you and your team members need.
These are just a few applications that allow RFID to make all kinds of work easier, more accurate, and more effective.
Using these digital markers can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete important tasks and improve your results. If your organization isn’t yet using RFID – maybe it soon will be.