RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology for identifying and tracking items such as office furniture, computer equipment, art, cabinets, records, etc. by attaching labels or tags that include a RFID transmitter (computer chip) and antenna (for receiving radio signals).
Typical RFID systems are made up of two major components:Readers and Tags (inlays). The reader, sometimes called the interrogator, sends and receives RF data to and from the tag via antennas. A reader may have multiple antennas that are responsible for sending and receiving the radio waves. The tag, or transponder, is made up of the microchip that stores the identifier (data), an antenna and a carrier to which the chip and antenna are mounted (label). The RFID labels draw their power from the reader.
The reader transmits a low power radio signal through its antenna to the tag, which in turn receives it through its own antenna to power the integrated circuit (micro-chip) that is built-into the label. The tag will briefly converse with the reader for verification that the tag was read and the exchange of data occurred.
RFID produces data and creates history, and utilizes a database management system to manage the assets, their movements, their security parameters and chain-of-custody throughout a complete usage life-cycle. The RFID software (Systematic Asset Management) is enterprise-class and can be installed on internal servers and/or can be accessed via secure, hosted server. The software is scalable to virtually unlimited applications, database records and users. To learn more about RFID and read about typical scenarios for implementation, please download a complimentary RFID whitepaper.
What Does A Typical Deployment Look Like
Sensors to detect the movement and direction of items can be placed around the doorways of rooms or at traffic-flow “choke points” to passively track assets as they move in or out of rooms or around the office. Radio waves keep track of the items without staff having to manually intervene. RFID labels can be placed on staff identification badges or proximity cards and the RFID software will know what items moved in what direction by what person at what date and time. That’s efficient!
NOS provides RFID components and systems for asset tracking, however, the true value of the complete suite of services (Systematic Asset Management) is the database can inform the user about which reader last observed the tagged asset. Typical asset tracking workflow is shown below.
As RFID continues to grow, companies are finding new uses of the technology and utilizing it to provide real-time visibility into business operations. Combined with the right business process, RFID can add tremendous improvements to operational efficiency and a company’s bottom line. For additional information on tracking and managing an organization’s vital assets, get in touch with NOS today by phone at 800-840-6264, email, or complete an online request for information.
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