Gather Data With RFID - Object Tracking

Gather Data With RFID - Object Tracking

RFID technology is used to gather data about people or objects, and that data can be used to make informed decisions.

An item, asset, product, or vehicle can be tagged with an RFID tag that can relay data that can be used to identity, set permissions, determine location, and, with the addition of sensors, determine moisture levels and temperature.

Many times, objects are tagged with RFID tags in these applications in order to replace an existing manual process.

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

Object Tracking Examples

Cold Chain Storage

Delivery of ice cream is currently at -1 degrees.

Telemetry & Sensor Monitoring

Moisture level in a storage warehouse is currently at 20%.

Vehicle Data

Vehicle #458136 is read at the finish line at 02:05:59.

How is RFID Used for Gathering Data via Objects?

Objects are tagged with RFID tags and are read at various points throughout the system. When the tags are read, the data and any available sensor information is transmitted to the reader. That information is then sent to the host computer or networked devices and eventually stored in a database to be used for reporting or determining any next actions that may be required.

Which Industries Gather Data via Objects?

Industries that commonly gather data via objects are widespread, but current examples include the local and state governments, logistics, food & beverage, healthcare, and automotive industries.

Why do Companies Gather Data via Objects?

Companies choose to gather information about products or objects as a way to automate the data gathering process. For example:

Tolling - State and local governments provide toll passes in the form of RFID Windshield tags and dashboard transponders in order to automate vehicle identification and to gather billing data for account maintenance.

Cold Chain Storage - Logistics companies use RFID tags with sensor capabilities in order to automate the monitoring of temperature-sensitive items during transport to ensure quality of food products and efficacy of certain medications. Previously temperature monitoring was done manually or not at all, leaving the quality of an item to guesswork.

Sensor Monitoring - Automotive companies use RFID tags with moisture sensing capabilities in order to automate the previously manual process of detecting water leaks during manufacturing.

Learn About Specific RFID Applications That Gather Data via Objects

People Tracking

Learn more about using RFID to track individuals at concerts, events, and more.



Shipment/Order Verification

Vehicle Identification


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

Returnable Transit Items (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


Vehicle Data

Access Control: Buildings

Access Control: Vehicles

Access Control: Neighborhoods

Event Management