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RFID Technology Hub

RFID Technology Hub

Welcome to the RFID Technology Hub.

Whether you're a beginner or an advanced practitioner, we’ve designed the RFID Tracking Hub to be the go-to resource for RFID concepts and applications. If you’re looking to take a deep-dive, we recommend reading our 184 page book, The Insider's Guide to Working with RFID, which you can download for free. If you prefer a physical copy, we’re selling paperbacks here.

What's In This Hub?

This RFID Technology Hub contains some of the best information available about how RFID and NFC technology are being used today, all in one convenient place. With 30+ pages dedicated to individual RFID applications, this hub is a great starting point (or refresher) for learning how RFID enables each, and the technology's value-add. With so many individual applications to cover, each one has been categorized into one of 5 main categories - Identify, Interact, Manage Items, Gather Data, and Access Control.

Each of these categories have been carefully selected and labeled to best represent the overall goal of the individual applications that make up this category. If your RFID application is not listed, checkout the main category page that best represents your application; there you can learn more about the broader elements of similar applications. To learn more about each top level category, and what each of these categories covers, scroll down to learn more.

Within each category, individual applications are highlighted to provide information, examples, and where to learn more. To jump right into an application, checkout the Navigation Menu below and click on the application you are interested in.

RFID Tracking Applications

RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a type of technology that uses radio frequency waves to transfer data. The most important feature of RFID technology is that it allows items to be uniquely identified from one another. While barcodes have this ability as well, reading each individual barcode is a time consuming manual process.

RFID tracking is a general term that most people use to talk about RFID technology, but RFID is not only used to track items. Most RFID applications can fit into one of these five categories:

If this is your first time learning about RFID, or if you need a refresher, checkout our Beginner’s Guide to RFID to learn more.

RFID Technology Hub: Navigation Menu

Checkout the individual applications within the tabs below and click to learn more about each.

  • Identify
  • Interact
  • Manage Items
  • Gather Data
  • Access Control

Main Topic: Identify with RFID

• Authentication

• Kiosks

• Shipment/Order Verification

• Vehicle Identification

Main Topic: Interact with Objects

• Marketing

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

• Internet of Things (IoT)

• Interact with Vehicles

Main Topic: Manage Assets & Inventory with RFID

Sub Category: General Asset Tracking

File Tracking

• Hospital Asset Tracking

IT Asset Tracking

• Laundry & Textile Tracking

• Preventative Maintenance

Tool Tracking

• Transportation Asset Management

• Library Asset Management

 

Sub Category: General Inventory Management

• Herd Management

• Hospital Inventory Control

• Luxury Inventory Tracking

• Logistics & Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Retail Inventory Management

• Vehicle Inventory Management

Main Topic: Gather Data with RFID

Sub Category: Gathering Data: People

• Attendee Tracking

Race Timing

• Sports Metrics

• Tracking Attendance

 

Sub Category: Gathering Data: Objects

• Telemetry & Sensors

Tolling

• Vehicle Data

Main Topic: RFID Access Control

Access Control: Buildings

• Access Control: Vehicles

• Access Control: Neighborhoods

• Event Management


Learn More About The Categories.

Identify Using RFID

 

Using RFID to simply identify one item from another. This is done at the core of each application, but for these applications, there is typically no second step.

Popular Applications:

 

DVD Kiosks

RFID tags are placed on individual DVD’s allowing the kiosk to identify one from another in order to dispense and return.

Shipment Verification

In shipment verification applications, the receiver of the shipment simply reads the RFID tag in order to discover the contents

Interact with Objects Using RFID

 

In these applications, RFID tags are placed inside or on objects in order to uniquely identify each object and allow interactions to occur.

Popular Applications:

 

NFC

Enable interactions between a user and a device, ad, or object. Read More

Car Wash Loyalty Programs

An RFID windshield tag identifies the car and loyalty software brings up wash preferences, wash history, and loyalty information.

Gather Data with RFID

 

UHF RFID is used to gather data about people and objects like location, time, payment methods, temperature, moisture levels, and historical data. In these applications, the system simply gathers data and relays it back.

Race Timing

When an RFID tagged runner crosses a checkpoint, the tag’s unique information is recorded, timestamped, and sent to a central database. Read More

Attendee Tracking

Used for conferences and trade shows as a way to gather data like booth popularity, traffic flow, and attendance information.

Tolling

Automatic tolling stations gather data about the vehicle and charges the correct accounts. Read More

Manage Assets and Inventory with RFID

 

The most well-known RFID application is Managing and Tracking Assets and Inventory. The ability to track assets and inventory items within a facility in order to prevent loss and product theft can save companies hundreds of thousands of dollars on a yearly basis.

File Tracking

Track documents as they leave and enter rooms. Read More

IT Asset Management

Track high value assets like laptops and monitor server racks. Read More

Tool Tracking

Keep account of tools in your locker or fleets. Read More

Retail Inventory Management

Improve accuracy of inventory accounts in a fraction of the time. Read More

Restrict or Allow Access with RFID

 

RFID Access Control can be used for securing buildings, zones, floors, rooms, parking lots, communities, and even events. By tagging vehicles or giving employees or visitors access cards, permissions can be input about each unique RFID tag that will allow or restrict the vehicle or person’s access to RFID secured areas.

Popular Applications:

 

Building Access Control

Securing a building, floor, zone, or room digitally is the best way to ensure that only authorized personnel can access that area. Read More

Event Management

RFID tags can be used as badges on lanyards or on wristbands in order to create secure access to events like concerts, festivals, and conventions.

Popular RFID Use Cases

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Parent Topic -

RFID to Restrict or Allow Access

Want to Learn About Using RFID to Locate Files in a Law Firm?

Checkout RFID File Tracking

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RFID to Manage Inventory Items or Track Assets

Want to Learn About Using RFID for your Car Wash Membership Program?

Checkout RFID Kiosks Coming Soon!

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RFID to Identify

Want to Learn About Using NFC RFID for Direct Mail Marketing?

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RFID to Interact with Objects

Want to Learn About Using RFID for Timing Races?

Checkout RFID Race Timing

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RFID to Gather Data

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Authentication

Kiosk

Shipment/Order Verification

Vehicle Identification

Marketing

Near Field Communication (NFC)

Internet of Things (IoT)

Interact with Vehicles

Tracking Assets

File Tracking

Hospital Asset Tracking

IT Asset Tracking

Laundry & Textile Tracking

Preventative Maintenance

RTI

Tool Tracking

Transportation Asset Management

Library Asset Management

Managing Inventory

Herd Management

Hospital Inventory Control

Luxury Inventory Tracking

Logistics & SCM

Retail Inventory Management

Vehicle Inventory Management

Data about People

Attendee Tracking

Race Timing

Sports Metrics

Tracking Attendance

Data about Objects

Telemetry & Sensor Monitoring

Tolling

Vehicle Data

Access Control: Buildings

Access Control: Vehicles

Access Control: Neighborhoods

Event Management

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