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September 2018

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsRFID systems offer benefits for almost every business. From construction to hospitals, RFID asset tagging helps with real-time tracking, logistics, data capture and inventory management.

8 Ways That RFID Systems Benefit Businesses

INCREASING SALES

Retail stores have that use RFID systems have been found to have an 8% – 10% sales growth. The main advantage is from knowing what is in stock in real time. Using RFID systems means popular items don’t run out of stock, and they always know if something is available in a customer’s size.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

RFID systems allow items to be identified quickly. The increased speed of data capture when using an RFID-enabled system means work can be done more quickly, and with that increased speed comes increased accuracy.

DATA STORAGE

Some RFID tags have a memory chip installed. This means you can store data such as an item’s location, serial number, use history or maintenance schedule. Even more data can be stored with a link to a database by using our Asset Monitor software.

LIVE DATABASE

When you use RFID systems in conjunction with our Asset Monitor management system, you always have an accurate live database.

DISTRIBUTION SPEED

The efficiency and accuracy of RFID systems means your distribution times can be dramatically reduced.

REDUCED LABOUR COSTS

Keeping track of assets can be extremely labour intensive. RFID reduces this by making tasks quicker, so you have greater logistics control and lower costs.

IMPROVED ACCURACY

Because the read accuracy of RFID is greater than 99% you have less risk of data quality errors. The speed of the process is a fraction of that of a manual process using barcodes.

MULTIPLE READS AT ONCE

Because RFID systems use radio signals to identify items there is no need for a line of sight between the reader and the item. In addition, you can read multiple items at once, so it is far quicker than a barcode scanning process.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems for construction

RFID Systems for constructionThe construction industry is increasingly using RFID systems. One of the reasons for this is that RFID has so many varied uses. RFID is used in construction in many forms – from access control to tracking tools and workers.

How can RFID Systems help the construction industry?

The most common use for RFID systems in construction is asset tracking. Asset tracking is a term used for the tracking of anything of value (which could mean monetary value, or just that not having it when needed costs you time or money).

Why is RFID better than barcodes?

Barcodes are sometimes used in asset tracking, but they are not an ideal solution for a construction site. Once a barcode has been covered in concrete or rubbed off by friction it is not going to be much use. Barcodes also need a line of site to read and can only be read one at a time. RFID tags incorporate a small microchip with an aerial. When that aerial receives a signal from a ‘reader’ on the same radio bandwidth, it momentarily powers the chip, which sends data to the reader. They can be read at a distance, and multiple tags can be read at once.

Why Track your Tools?

Tools are expensive. Even the cheap ones will cost a lot to replace after you have lost a few. It’s good to know where all your tools are, how old they are, and how often they are used. You can know who has what in which van, when maintenance or replacement is due and always have an up to date idea of how many tools you have.

Can I track people as well as tools?

You can track people via ID badges or even through their helmets. There are some considerable benefits to doing so, including:

  • Prevent access to certain areas without the person having all the right PPE gear
  • Know the location of your staff for Health and Safety purposes
  • Automatically allocate tools or equipment to the person who is leaving the stores area with them
  • Automatically record those tools as having been returned – and by whom
  • Automatically monitor and manage – or restrict – site entry and exit

Is there a system to do all of this?

Yes: For all your RFID needs, Digitalquill can help. Our Asset Monitor system can be configured for any industry and we can tailor it to your needs – even integrating it with our other systems if necessary. Our RFID systems are used around the world in a number of different industries, so we can certainly help you.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems Hospital

The healthcare sector is increasingly using RFID systems. One of the reasons for this is that RFID has so many varied used. RFID is used in hospitals in many forms – from access control to tracking tools, patients and staff.RFID Systems Hospital

How are RFID Systems Used in Hospitals?

Inventory Tracking

One of the main uses of RFID systems is to track almost any kind of item. RFID can be tricky to implement with liquid-filled assets. Demand from the pharmaceutical industry has led to the development of RFID tags that can track this kind of asset.

Medicine Management

Hospitals have supply of medicine that must be tracked in to keep sufficient stocks for patients. Typical inventory tracking solutions use manual counts and barcodes which takes a lot of time to complete. RFID systems can reduce the time spent counting, so counts can be more frequent and data more accurate.

Patient & Staff Tracking

Many hospitals use passive RFID technology as to track the movements of patients and staff. Wrist bands or ID badges can have RFID added so they can verify patient information, reduce waiting times and locate patients. RFID wristbands can have information printed on them, and more detailed patient records can also be associated with the tag’s unique ID.

Tool Tracking

Surgical tools such as scalpels, scissors and clamps need to always be on hand and disinfected ready for use. By installing RFID tags, an inspection regime can be put into place to ensure that the tools have been properly cleaned and returned to the right location.

Large Asset Tracking

Hospital beds and machines are high-value items that occasionally get misplaced. These must be kept track of because the replacement costs are high.  Using RFID systems is the ideal way to keep tracking these assets within the building. Readers in each doorway can identify if a tagged item has passed through so they can be located in real time.

 RFID Access Control

Security is, of course, critical in hospitals. They have to limit access to certain rooms or areas. With an RFID system, staff members wave or tap an RFID-enabled badge on a door reader to gain access.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

RFID comes in three types – low-frequency RFID, high-frequency RFID and ultra-high frequency RFID. But what is the difference between each type and what are the advantages of each?

What is the Difference Between Low, High and Ultra High-Frequency RFID Systems?

RFID Systems

RFID is an abbreviation of “Radio Frequency Identification”. It allows for automatic identification of an item using radio waves. The possibilities of RFID systems are endless and it is far more effective than older forms of identification like barcodes. An RFID tag is basically an aerial with a small microchip attached to it. The microchip can store data about an item, for example, its location or a  serial number. You will find RFID in use across a range of industries, from manufacturing to libraries. It can be used for real-time tracking, logistics management, inventory control and much, much more.

Active RFID vs Passive RFID

Last week we covered the two most widely used RFID types: Active and Passive. Active RFID tags are self-powered, with a larger communication distance and more memory. Passive RFID tags are powered by the reader, making them cheaper. Another way to break down RFID systems is by the frequency at which they operate: low frequency, high frequency and ultra-high frequency.

Low-Frequency RFID Systems

Low-Frequency RFID can penetrate most materials, such as water or even body tissue, making it an ideal solution for the identification of animals. LF RFID Tags can be easily applied to any non-metallic item can be read at a range of about 10cm. The data transfer rate is slower, and it can be affected by electrical interference.

High-Frequency RFID Systems

High-frequency RFID is not as effective as low frequency when water and body tissue gets in the way, but it is less affected by electrical interference so more suitable for industrial environments. HF RFID systems are popular in ticketing systems, and the data transfer is higher so a reader can read more than 50 tags per second at a range of 10cm to 1 metre.

Ultra-High Frequency RFID Systems

Ultra-high frequency RFID is used where a longer read range is required. UHF RFID has a read range of up to 12m, a much faster data rate it works well in difficult environments.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

 

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsThere are two main types of RFID systems: active and passive. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Active RFID vs Passive RFID?

Active RFID vs Passive RFID

All RFID Systems use actives reader, but the RFID tags for each type are different. The main categories of RFID systems are active and passive. Each system has its own pros and cons.

Active RFID Systems

Active RFID is the most complex form of the technology. The tags have larger batteries and use an active transmitter (as opposed to passive).

Advantages

Longer Range – An active transmitter is able to communicate with the reader over greater distances. Active tags have a read range of over 300 feet, which is far greater than that of passive RFID tags.

Lower Power Readers – Because active tags have a powered antenna they don’t have require a high-powered reader as signal strength is greater.

Disadvantages

Cost – Active tags cost a lot more than passive tags due to their complexity.

Limited Lifespan – Active RFID tags usually have three to five years of battery life. When the battery runs out, you’ll need to replace them.

Larger – Compared to passive RFID tags the thickness of a piece of paper, active tags are a lot weightier thanks to their batteries.

Passive RFID

The most simple RFID configuration uses an active reader and passive RFID tags made of two components: an integrated circuit and an antenna. Passive RFID tags don’t need batteries because they collect energy from the reader’s signal.

Advantages

Cost – RFID tags only have a few, low-cost components so they can be relatively cheap.

Lightweight – The design of passive tags means they are physically thinner than active tags.

Long Lifespan – The lifespan of passive tags somewhat depends on the environment they operate in, but with care they could operate trouble-free for 20 years or more.

Disadvantages

Shorter Range – The passive antenna means that they have a short range. Low or high frequency tags have a maximum communication range of about 2 feet. This extends to 20 feet if they are VHF (very high frequency).

Low Power – Because most added extras such as sensors require constant power to operate, passive tags are unsuitable for most sensing applications.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.