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Why Is RFID an “Essential” Technology in Any Industry?

Why Is RFID an “Essential” Technology in Any Industry?

RFID applications can bring far-reaching benefits to many industrial applications. One of the advantages is that data can be obtained quickly and efficiently in terms of asset tracking and intelligent management.

For example, a car company with 1 billion South African Rand's worth of goods stored in its warehouse will lose an average of R200,000 a year without RFID. The company may conduct an asset inventory once a year, which will take a full week of technical rather than a productive time for all employees to complete. For the rest of the year, the company will rely on its accounting system to monitor what should be stored in its warehouse. However, this is highly likely to be inaccurate because it does not specify the actual inventory assets.

With the use of RFID technology, without the need for manual intervention, enterprises can quickly and efficiently complete the inventory count every week to ensure that all problems can be found and resolved in a timely manner. This visibility is very valuable.

RFID does not require the direct line-of-sight range like barcodes, nor does it require employees to hold a barcode scanner to find items and scan the barcode directly. On the contrary, RFID technology can liquidate assets in seconds. Items are tagged with smart RFID tags. Also, the tags are "powered" by a hand-held scanner or a fixed reader that automatically emits a radio frequency signal every few seconds. The acquired data information will be then transmitted to the back-end application.

Similar RFID applications can also be found in the medical field, such as pharmacies and hospitals, which must record and adhere to the expiration date of drugs and strictly control inventory levels.

"RFID also provides an ideal solution for weapon management in the military and private security industries. RFID technology can not only be built into the weapon itself, but also in the weapon cabinet to track who is carrying which weapons, and whether these weapons have been acquired with the necessary pre-approval."

Another important application scenario for RFID is document management. Many enterprises still use paper files and folders because they must keep paper copies of documents for a certain period of time. "The application of RFID will make it easier to track the location of documents or folders. It provides an excellent level of security and management for printed paper materials such as contracts, books, manuscripts, medical records, case files and so on."

It is obvious that RFID can bring real business benefits to many industries. It can help increase productivity, provide reliable data information, and improve the visibility and traceability of assets.