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An RFID Solution for Any Business Problem

At RFID Journal LIVE! 2014, there will be a variety of tags, readers and software on display for virtually any application.
By Mark Roberti
Mar 02, 2014

For the past two weeks, we have been putting together three RFID product showcases for RFID Journal LIVE! 2014. Each structure stands 10 feet high by 9 feet wide, and each side features nine 3-foot-by-3-foot panels displaying a different product name, description and image. We have been gathering these images from exhibitors, and our designers have been creating the panels. What impresses me is the huge variety of products and the many different applications they are designed to address.

RFID Journal LIVE!'s product showcases
There are tags designed specifically for apparel, aerospace parts, returnable transport items (washable labels, as opposed to hardened plastic tags), medical instruments (tags that can withstand sterilization procedures), jewelry and cosmetics (once very difficult items on which to read tags), and small tools (for which tags must be small and protected from being banged). There are also passive RFID sensor tags for monitoring temperature levels. I think it's fair to say there is probably a passive tag available to work on anything you might want to track and manage.

The showcases will feature passive high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) readers that fit on key chains, plug into mobile phones, and snap onto handheld computers and bar-code scanners. Some readers have a built-in edge server that can be embedded into mobile devices or other products, while others can turn any shelf or tabletop into a smart surface.

There are, of course, great active systems and software applications designed for retail, oil and gas, manufacturing, aerospace and other sectors. And this year, there are more complete solutions, comprising tags, readers and software, including Biolog-id's blood-tracking solution, InfoChip's IC Mobile solution and Simply RFID's iBeacon surveillance system.

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