RFID tags use radio-frequency identification to track and monitor objects. The premise behind RFID is similar to bar codes but much less labour intensive and has infinitely more practical applications.
A reader is placed in a desired area that is constantly picking up surrounding signals. A tag is placed on any item you wish to track and when the signal from the tag is picked up by the reader through radio frequencies this data will be transcribed through software.
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1. Inventory management from factory to store front
All items of clothing get tagged with and RFID tag and readers are placed throughout the story. This allows you to get realtime reports of all items in the store in minutes with an RFID reader instead of having to scan each item individually with barcode scanners.
2. Workplace safety on construction/mining/forestry/offshore oil sites
Tags can be placed on the inside of all employee hard hards and readers placed on all four sides of large equipment.
If an employee is close to a reader an alarm will go off inside the machine notifying the operator that someone is within the danger zone.
3. Tracking of Garbage Bins
The City of Toronto uses RFID to track each garbage bin and assign it to a specific home. Each bin has a unique RFID tag and each truck has a reader. This allows them to weigh the bin and charge the home owner based on the weight of their garbage.
4. Ski Resort Passes
RFID tags are placed in each day pass or season pass. The reader is able to pick up the tag code, removing human error from the manual process of scanning each pass. This significantly reduces the risk of fraudulent reproduction of tags and improves user experience.
Lift staff that were traditionally scanning passes are now free to interact more with skiers creating a friendlier experience.
This also improves safety for the resort if someone goes missing. The resort has the ability to track the last lift the pass was scanned on and provide quicker rescue efforts.
Some resorts have also used RFID tags for marketing and to create an interactive experience for users. Guests are able to track how many kilometers they skied that day and compare with friends. Resorts can also use point systems to offer discounts based on number of runs done etc.
The applications for RFID tags are endless.
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