RFID: What is RFID? Its Technology and Applications

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The RFID Technology has created a central importance among the companies associated to clothing, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and so on. RFID technology basically uses electromagnetic fields, which is for the automatic identification of the objects having connected all the tags for tracking them. Several companies are contributing a lot into the  technology and it is rapidly evolving as adopters know how to use and deploy this technology. Radio-frequency identification can solve real world business problems.

RFID is emerging to be the most fundamental technology to ubiquitous computing, Internet of Things, intelligent transport systems, and web of things owing its low cost, automatic identification and broad applicability. Radio-frequency identification technology have different uses in the Real World Applications.

RFID has achieved widespread success in various domains, ranging from animal identification, asset tracking, highway toll collection, smart home appliances, supply chain management, to surveillance systems.

The New RFID Technology securely shares and analyses real time data

With a disruptive idea, IBM has developed a new Radio-frequency identification Technology which enables its customers to securely share and analyze real time data generated by sensors. The technology has been named as WebSphere Radio-frequency identification Information Centre.

RFID Information Centre receives data from RFID middleware, which aggregates, filters and interprets data directly from the readers. Then, RFID Information Centre stores, manages and enables sharing of all or portions of the data with various business applications across the enterprise,, and with trading partners.

WebSphere will also provide the data platform to enable additional business use such as diversion tracking, inventory management, targeted recalls besides enabling regulatory compliance.

Delhi Toll Plazas to get benefits from RFID

The toll set-up in Delhi will adopt radio frequency identification by the October end, and 65 dedicated lanes at border points would employ the technology. While the South Delhi Municipal Corporation expects work on civil work to be completed by September 13th.

fastag will be used at the 13 entry points from where 85% vehicles roll into Delhi, SDMC is optimistic that after the introduction of this new system for paying tax, congestion at toll plazas will be resolved permanently.

There will be three types of the entry lanes there, free lane for non-commercial vehicles, mixed lane with payment of toll either by cash or through Tag, and the dedicated fastag lanes. The mixed lanes would be fully converted into Radio-frequency identification lanes by March 2019.

Future of the RFID Technology: Visions and Challenges

With a massive Radio-frequency identification adoption, a series of challenging issues are presented that are significant and have to be overcome to enjoy the benefits from Radio-frequency identification Technology. These new challenges involve the energy efficient data gathering and process in large scale environments, software infrastructures for supporting Internet of Things, and security and private attacks.

The RFID Industry is about to enter a drastic and momentous period as increased adoption will enable technology providers to dig in for new ground breaking innovations.

With a wider adoption of the Radio-frequency identification Technology, comes a new array of advancements that help make RFID more reliable and cost effective. Some of the advancements are:

Memory Innovations

Scientists are working to increase the size of the memory within a low cost to enable smart asset applications.

Cloud based Computing Applications

The Management of the data flowing in from thousands of tags has been always a big obstacle regarding Radio-frequency identification. This soon, will seize to exist with cloud-based applications and services shifting the heavy IT support away from the point of activity.

Integrating Sensors

Scientists are starting to integrate sensors within the Radio-frequency identification systems to enable a better control, monitoring and managing of fixed assets. Passive sensors will be incorporated with RFID to yield even more intelligence. Cost and size of RFID is the major challenge for integrating sensors into Radio-frequency identification. 

Chipless RFID’s

These tags would not require microchip in the transponder. But, the main challenge in their adoption is the cost of RFID. Removing IC’s from Radio-frequency identification could play a major role in reducing the costs of the RFID.  Other challenges in designing chipless RFID is data encoding and transmission.

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