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RFID: A world of opportunity - The ingenious use of RFID worldwide

You might be tempted to think that RFID is all about logistics, stocktaking and supply chain. It’s likely the best technology we have as far as logistics visibility and efficiency are concerned. Download the article and see how RFID is spreading.

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Did you know that RFID is now helping to detect early infection in orthopaedic implants? This and many other uses of the technology are pulling us closer to the Internet of Things, in which researchers and academics foresee RFID playing a leading role.

The idea behind the Internet of Things is that objects like light switches, refrigerators and cars become uniquely identifiable, with their information visible within a virtual, Internet-like structure. Things like smart light switches, for example, could be remotely controlled.

Internet of things

Here's how RFID helps with the task. RFID tags store information about an object, and allow more information to be added along an object's journey. These tags will relay the information that an authorized interrogator 'asks' for. Add wireless sensing capabilities such as measurement of motion, temperature or oxygen saturation and you've got an object that can inexpensively yield many kinds of real time information from anywhere in the world.

It all boils down to getting better and better at tracking the things that make up civilization. In this article, we look at the types of RFID use blossoming in different business verticals and where in the world it's taking place, starting with the medical field. 

A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY

World of RFID

This survey of industries and processes provides some insight into the diverse ways in which RFID is being put to use worldwide. The horizons for the technology are expanding quickly, not only within their core use in logistics improvements, but also in optimizing many kinds of detection, tracking and processes in areas as diverse as patient care and customer experience.

Justin Patton, Managing Director of the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center, believes that the benefits of the technology await every industry in the world, but he has identified one challenge common to us all: "There's a river of tags out there," he says. "It's not hard to collect information from those tags, and you're looking at about 100% accuracy. But it is difficult to figure out how to leverage it. It can be simple, but not for someone without experience in the area."

Our great hope for technology has always been that it would make life easier and better for humanity. As we get closer to the concept of the Internet of Things becoming a reality, it is becoming apparent that the professionals working in RFID are truly moving us in that direction.

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2 comments on “RFID: A world of opportunity - The ingenious use of RFID worldwide”

  1. Posted 12 June 2012 at 21:29:11

    It appears your full article will not display on Firefox 13. I have no problems with other downloads, and noticed this anomaly with downloads from your website before. It does however download without difficulty on IE 9.

    You may want to address this issue.

  2. Posted 13 June 2012 at 08:24:18

    Hello,
    Thanks for letting us know. Will contact our service provider.

    BR,
    Mirva

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