Gather Data With RFID
Gather Data with RFID
One of the primary use cases for UHF RFID is the collection of data on the world around us, including data about people and objects. By applying an RFID tag to an object or placing a tag on a lanyard, bib, or badge, an RFID system can be used to record and report data that can be used to make informed decisions.
If this is your first time learning about RFID, or if you need a refresher, checkout our Beginner’s Guide to RFID.
Data Collection Examples
Cold Chain Storage
Why is UHF RFID Used for Gathering Data?
The low cost of common UHF RFID tags combined with an average read range of around 20 feet makes UHF RFID systems cost-effective for managing data that otherwise would have been collected manually. Manually collecting data takes longer and allows for errors and can lead to incorrect and inconsistent results, which could be very costly for companies and individuals alike.
How is UHF RFID Used for Gathering Data?
UHF RFID can be used a few different ways to gather data, depending on the application. For tracking people, as in Race Timing or Attendee tracking applications, portals can be setup at entrances and exits of rooms, booths, or defined areas like start and finish lines. For tracking objects, the setup would depend on the movement of the object, such as whether or not the object is staying within a facility, or being transported elsewhere. Each time an object or person with an UHF RFID tag is read with an RFID reader and antenna, the tag data and timestamp of the read event is collected and sent to a database to be recorded. Those reads are then processed and turned into usable data via software.
Why is Gathering Data with UHF RFID Different from Other Primary Applications?
Gathering data with UHF RFID is primarily used to make decisions based on the collected data instead of finding, locating, managing, or allowing access to the tagged object or person.
Learn More About Gathering Data for Specific Applications
- Attendee Tracking - Capture data like Booth Traffic, Session Attendance, and Conference Traffic Patterns.
- Cold Chain Storage - Monitor and ensure accurate temperatures for vital products like food and medicine.
- Race Timing - Accurately time Races, Marathons, and even Individual Lap Times.
- Recycling -Monitor the weight and volume in a container to deploy or pay for services.
- Sports Metrics - Capture data on athletes like speed, distance traveled, orientation, and acceleration.
- Telemetry & Sensor Monitoring - Monitor data like Humidity Levels, Moisture Levels, and Temperature.
- Tolling - Capture data on vehicles for payment and frequency data.
- Vehicle Racing - Accurately time Vehicle Races for vehicles like ATVs, Cars, Go-Karts, and Snowmobiles.