Is It Practical to Use RFID in the Home?

Published: December 3, 2010

For example, I want to find my television remote. Can radio frequency identification help?

—Name withheld


In 2005, RFID Update (now owned by RFID Journal) wrote about a product aimed at consumers, being sold by a company called iAutomate (see Consumer Product: HomeSeer RFID Starter Kit). HomeSeer 2.0 allows a user to control lights, open garage doors, be notified if a pet goes outside and so forth. The system employs long-range active RFID tags that would be too big for a television remote control.

Passive tags that could be used on a TV remote, as well as tools, socks and other items that commonly end up missing in the home, are becoming cheaper. But a handheld reader that could locate them is still priced at more than $1,000, so it’s probably impractical at this time to utilize RFID to find everything within your home. That said, we are not that far away from seeing a home application of RFID becoming a reality.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal