Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automated identification and data collection technology. We use it in so many aspects of our lives without even realising it such as access cards to get into our workplace or the chips I our passports when we travel abroad for work or relaxation. Each RFID rtag has a unique id number so when you attach it to an asset you can identify and track that aseet in real time.
These tags emit their unique ID number, at intervals, to a gateway, or to a beacon when using hand-held RFID reader. The gateway or reader captures the tags’ unique data and passes it on to middleware, which in turn sorts and analyses the data for valuable business intelligence and deep insights with customisable reporting.
There are 2 main kinds of RFID technology. These are passive with no battery and active which utilises a battery.
RFID is superior to pure GPS tracking as it doesn’t need a “line of sight” connection between the asset and the tracker and it works even in difficult environments or when your asset has been hidden underground, underwater or behind concrete.
Your asset can be tracked at both long and short range and the data that can be collected is hugely varied including but not limited to current location, temperature, shock, tilt, level, impact and status within geo-fenced locations, giving you a very clear overall picture of all aspects of your asset.