The first thing most people think of when you say RFID is inventory management, and for good reason. EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID was invented for this purpose and excels at it, turning months of manual warehouse inventory checks into a few hours if done with handheld readers. Fixed installations can completely remove the need for inventory checks by taking real-time inventories or tracking what enters and leaves certain areas.
As the technology advanced and was applied to more situations, anti-theft became a predominate demand for our firm and purpose-built solutions emerged. We now have many tamper-evident or tamper-proof systems that allow for the inventory and protection of high-value assets such as jewelry, electronics, and medications; including solutions for museums and high net-worth individuals to protect artwork or artifacts against theft.
Many businesses and institutions depend on high-value assets to provide their services and similarly have high-value equipment and ancillary assets they require to move products around more efficiently.
Large items like an MRI machine or warehouse racking are usually tagged for completeness, but the real concern is mobile equipment. Forklifts, dollies, IV pumps, laptops and computers, and similar items which could disappear are usually the primary concern. With a properly configured RFID system, it is possible to monitor the premises and automatically lock the doors while alerting security.
Alternatively, if you are expecting equipment to exit, RFID badges could be added which would allow mobile assets to leave if associated with an employee badge. Creating a chain of custody ensuring that someone is responsible for the equipment’s return.
Manufacturing personnel & maintenance teams around the world struggle with mobile tooling, hand tools, and other equipment assets they require to do their jobs disappearing. This unfortunately can result in huge losses for the company.
Tracking and tracing these items with RFID tags not only makes them easier for remote accountability as mentioned above, but it can also aid in locating lost
Active RFID/RTLS tags allow remote assets to be located at ranges between 500 meters and 2 kilometers (1.24 miles). Passive tags with their lower cost can be placed on mobile hand tools as well and provide ranges from 2 feet to 53 feet.