RFID, or radio-frequency identification, refers to technology where digital data is encoded in RFID tags and is read by a reader via radio waves.
The system itself consists of a tiny radio transponder, a radio receiver, and a transmitter, with passive tags powered by the reader’s radio waves, with active tags powered by a battery, offering a greater reading range.
They are like barcodes, with data from a tag or label read by a device that stores the information in a database, but the RFID data can be a readout of the line of sight.
RFID technology is successfully used for a range of services, from pet microchips to sports, so here we will explore some of these cases’ uses.
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When they first hit the tech scene, RFID tags were originally used on large ranches and rough terrain as a way of monitoring cattle and have become crucial in systems that manage animal identification.
RFID tags are used voluntarily across America, with Australia making the tags mandatory for all cattle, with some used to monitor sheep.
Finding lost pets
Lower frequency RFID tags are used for household animals to create a database of lost and found pets. Vets can scan the microchip in the lost animal and see the animal’s identification and owner contact information, reuniting them with their family.
They are slowly becoming a mandatory requirement for pet owners, with this a legal requirement in the United Kingdom, but in America, there are no mandatory federal or state requirements.
RFID technology is currently being used in American sports, with the National Basketball Association (NBA) using this innovative technique.
By using RFID technology, the NBA can provide a deeper level of player and match analytics for fans and other teams. From placing a sensor in the basketball to having players wear devices that can track their moves, real-time data can then be analyzed to predict court movements and shooting accuracy.
Naturally, this data can be used to inform various areas such as betting. Based on last season, Milwaukee Bucks are the team to beat, although they are only the third favorites in the betting markets with odds of +800.
However, the ‘Greek Freak’ will have something to say about that after dominating the league last season.
Medical errors are one of the third leading causes of death in America, with a range of industry concerns from patient tracking to lack of access.
RFID technology can provide solutions to a range of problems by attaching identifying and tracking RFID tags and labels to objects.
By using this technology, hospitals have found improved planning and control, improved patient safety, and better system control.
For surgeons and operating staff, using RFID technology allows all devices and equipment to be tracked within a matter of seconds, making sure all necessary equipment is accounted for.
It also helps with monitoring patient samples, especially when it comes to checking temperature controls.RFID technology has come a long way since its first use in cattle farming.
From keeping track of beloved household pets to monitoring crucial medical devices, RFID is changing how industries monitor and operate, having a positive effect all around.
While there are potential issues with data breaches, this shouldn’t be a reason for not using this technology in your industry.