Archives

RFID

RFID Systems

RFID SystemsYou find Radio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) everywhere. They allow objects to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. RFID technology is now being used in waste management to improve recycling rates and maximise efficiency by making use of unique RFID transponders.

RFID Waste Tracking

The waste industry has increasingly turned to technology to help to manage day to day operations more efficiently and effectively. For over ten years now, RFID systems have been used by waste collectors to improve performance and boost recycling rates. RFID systems allow waste to be identified and traced throughout the entire chain RFID tags can easily be applied to waste containers and trucks can have RFID readers installed to improve sorting, validating and verifying pickups, tracking how many times a container is used and tracking the weight of the contents at each pickup. A waste management system with RFID makes billing for service simple and allows for incentive-based invoicing. In conjunction with GPS, RFID systems give real-time visibility of waste management activities.

RFID Systems for Wheelie Bins?

We find waste containers in many materials and sizes, but all are subjected to harsh environments and rough handling. Because they are stored outdoors, waste containers are exposed to the elements: but RFID tags can withstand such conditions and continue to function effectively for the entire life cycle of the containers.

Safer Hazardous Waste Collection

When it comes to managing hazardous waste disposal RFID systems provide a high degree of visibility and traceability. This can provide operators with an audit trail of every step in the process from the time and place the waste was picked up to the time and place of its disposal, together with every stop in between.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. We are experts in the provision of commercial wheelie bin RFID tags and RFID hardware. For more information on how RFID systems can help your business call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.

RFID Systems museum

RFID Systems museumYou can find Radio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) everywhere. They allow objects to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. RFID technology is now being used in museums to create interactive exhibits. Just like any technology in a museum, you must carefully consider the exhibition’s aims and objectives to make RFID systems fit in seamlessly – but by carefully embedding tags and readers in the appropriate places you can create a visitor experience that is second to none.

RFID Systems in Museums

One way to improve visitor interaction in an exhibition space is to use RFID systems. RFID is a simple, reliable and relatively inexpensive way to connect visitors and museum exhibits. Even if you are unfamiliar with the terms, you may have used an RFID card and reader on the London transport system or to access a hotel room. By passing a card over a reader, which may be embedded within an object, a user instantly communicates with computer software, without any further physical input from. For example, in a museum environment, RFID tags and readers could trace an individual visitor’s path through a building to discover which exhibits are most popular. Visitors can be encouraged to use the RFID card by embedding their responses to questions into the content of the exhibition itself.

Why is RFID better than barcodes?

Older input technologies – keyboards, physical buttons, touch-screens or barcode scanners – can collect the same information, but RFID is probably the most elegant solution as it is so seamless in operation and requires so little maintenance.  Another benefit of RFID systems is the relatively low cost.

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses all over the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to cut costs. 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 SystemsRadio Frequency IDentification systems (RFID systems) allow almost any object to be identified using data transmitted via radio waves. Being able to identify and track items individually or as crates or pallets, without needing a line of sight, is advantageous for many companies. It is a relatively cheap and extremely effective way of tracking assets. RFID is everywhere – has your business joined the RFID revolution?

Why Use RFID Systems?

Just some of the additional benefits of using RFID systems are

  • No need for need line of sight
  • RFID tags can be rewritten and reused
  • RFID tags are extremely durable against impact and the environment
  • RFID tag data can be encrypted for extra security
  • Dozens of tags can be read within seconds
  • RFID systems can be integrated with other software

RFID is Everywhere

You probably don’t even realise how many times you used RFID or pass an RFID-enabled device every day. You will find RFID used in hundreds of applications, such as:

  • The microchip implant used to identify animals
  • Access cards and key fobs used to enter buildings,
  • Automated toll collection on roads and bridges,
  • Truck weigh stations
  • Contactless credit card readers

RFID technology is everywhere, and the uses keep on multiplying. Hotels are now starting to using RFID for their room keys, hospitals use RFID systems for inventory control, warehouses for asset management, and even construction sites for tracking tools. The possibilities are endless.

RFID is really coming into its own in the connected world of the 21syt century. More and more uses for RFID systems are popping up every day. From RFID tags in the wristbands issued at music festivals to tracking golf balls at the driving range. RFID technology is growing rapidly and it is enabling the Internet of Things (IoT).  As the question on peoples’ minds changes from “What is RFID?” to “What can I do with RFID?”, can you afford for your business to be left behind?

Digitalquill – Experts in bespoke business RFID Systems

Businesses across the world use Digitalquill’s RFID systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to save money. 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 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.

 

RFID Asset Tracking Drone

RFID systems allow us to complete large-scale repetitive tasks, that are extremely time-consuming for humans, more accurately and in far less time! But what if we could add drones to improve processes even more?

Drones, Another Use for RFID Systems.

It is now out of the realms of sci-fi and within the realms of possibility to have a large warehouse that is buzzing with drones that will take care of the most repetitive and time-consuming tasks. This is now becoming a reality in an  MIT trial, where RFID asset tracking is being combined with drones to increase productivity and allow employees greater time for customer service.

Using RFID Asset Tracking with Drones

Since the first proposed partnership between drones and RFID  systems was floated, it has been a challenge to create RFID-enabled drones that are small and lightweight enough to be safely flown within close range of workers. The new system, RFly, is now being trialled in Massachussets with a retailer. According to the report, the tiny drones fly around the warehouse safely while reading RFID inventory tags from over 10 metres away with a 19cm margin of error.

RFID Asset Tracking Drone

MIT News says: “Between 2003 and 2011, the U.S. Army lost track of $5.8 billion of supplies among its warehouses,” says Fadel Adib, the Sony Corporation Career Development Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, whose group at the MIT Media Lab developed the new system. “In 2016, the U.S. National Retail Federation reported that shrinkage — loss of items in retail stores — averaged around $45.2 billion annually. By enabling drones to find and localize items and equipment, this research will provide a fundamental technological advancement for solving these problems.”

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.

 

Almost anything can have an RFID transponder attached to or embedded in it, but vehicles present a unique set of problems: they are made of metal glass and move around. Why would you want to use RFID Systems to track vehicles?

Tracking Vehicles with RFID Systems

Three of the most common reasons to use RFID systems with vehicles are access control, identification, and tracking.

Access Control with RFID Systems

With a system like Access Monitor you can control access points such as doors, roller shutters, vehicle barriers and gates through RFID technology. Staff gain access via an RFID transponder which can be affixed to a vehicle or integrated into an ID card or key fob – and the system can trigger the barrier’s opening or release mechanism through hardware integration with any number of access control points.

Using RFID to Identify Vehicles

Businesses such as car rental specialists can use a system like Rental Monitor to manage the rental of vehicles using RFID Systems. It is a powerful tool for managing the rental of assets and it integrates with RFID technology to allow items to be tracked, monitored, controlled and returned.

Tracking vehicles using RFID

By using tracking points at different locations on a vehicle’s route you can use RFID systems to understand the location of a vehicle in almost real-time. This is useful for example in delivery vehicles, where a system such as PODMonitor can be used to track deliveries and inform customers of estimated delivery times on the fly.

How to RFID tag a vehicle

There are various approaches to tagging a vehicle, for examples:

Windscreen Tags

An RFID tag on the windscreen can be scanned as the vehicle passes through a fixed point or scanned with an RFID reading wand by staff at control points.

RFID Hang Tags

Under the right conditions, RFID tags hung from a rear view mirror can be read at a distance of up to 20 metres. As they are temporary they can be moved between vehicles as the need arises.

Embedded Tags

Depending on the location of your readers, the vehicle can have RFID tags embedded almost anywhere in the bodywork or on the registration plate,

Tagging the Driver

The driver can be issued with an RFID identification card that is swiped or scanned as they move through access points.

Digitalquill – Experts in RFID Systems

If you have an RFID related need, call us for advice on an end-to-end solution incorporating software and hardware working in unison. Call us on 01482 424402 or email office@digitalquill.co.uk.