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Can RFID Be Integrated With IP Cameras?

Posted By RFID Journal, 01.07.2014

Could I set up such a system to track employees' movements throughout a logistics facility?

—Name withheld


I am unaware of any RFID system that would allow a camera to swivel and follow each employee's movements, but RFID can be linked with closed-circuit television (CCTV) or a Web camera. In 2006, Sony Europe installed a monitoring system that linked RFID-tagged items with closed-circuit video. The system not only helped reduce the theft of DVD players, but also increased the efficiency of Sony's shipping processes—and resolved shipping disputes with its retailer customers in Germany (see Sony Europe Implements Video-RFID Tracking System).

In addition, Simply RFID has developed an out-of-the-box security system known as Nox, designed for companies that suspect employees are availing themselves of "five-finger discounts." The Nox system integrates RFID readers with surveillance cameras to automatically create video records when monitored items are moved. The solution, originally developed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is now available commercially (see Nox System Uses RFID to Catch a Thief).

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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