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.
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
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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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