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RFID for WHAT? 101 Innovative Ways to Use Radio Frequency Identification (Part 2)

When it comes to radio frequency identification, imagination has no bounds. See how others are using RFID—it may spark your own ideas for new ways to employ the technology.
By John Edwards
Sep 12, 2011RFID Journal's editors and reporters recently surveyed the RFID industry as it now exists beyond traditional supply chain and asset-tracking applications, compiling a list of the 101 most innovative applications in fields ranging from mass transit to mobile marketing and beyond. Part 1 of this three-part feature story ran last week, and part 3 is slated to run on Sept. 19. As you examine the list, you'll see how RFID is being used to solve everyday business problems in a wide variety of sectors, to enhance customer services, educate children, entertain people and more.

37. Saving Endangered Species
Perhaps the first green RFID application was tagging and tracking endangered species to determine how environmental changes are affecting their habitats. The National Marine Fisheries Services and the Bonneville Power Administration, for example, tracked tagged salmon to stem the dwindling population of salmon in Washington State's Columbia Basin. The World Wildlife Fund used RFID to monitor the white-lipped peccary, a type of wild pig, as part of a biodiversity study in the Amazon. And researchers in Alaska track polar bears to learn whether global warming impacts their movements and behaviors. (See RFID Antenna to Catch Fish, WWF Using Simple RFID System in Complex Project and RFID Earrings for Polar Bears.)


38. Detecting Forest Fires
It takes one hour on average for most forest fires to be reported, and by then, they are likely raging out of control. RFID temperature sensors can detect a fire within minutes, and then alert firefighters. A fast response makes it easier to contain the blaze and minimizes damage. (See U.S. Forest Service Explores RFID's Ability to Detect Fires and RFID in the Forest: Where There's Smoke, Firefighters Want RFID.)

39. Growing Trees, Restoring Rainforests
In Hawaii, growers are trying to replenish stocks of the indigenous koa tree, by planting saplings and RFID-tracking their lineage and growth rates, to ensure healthier trees. Scientists in Australia deployed a wireless sensor network in Springbrook National Park to monitor environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, soil moisture and wind speed; the information gleaned could help protect and restore rainforests. (See RFID Helps Foresters Grow Koa Trees and RFID Aids Restoration of Australian Rainforest.)

40. Reducing Pollution and Fuel Consumption
The busy seaports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., used to be crammed with trucks queued up to collect and discharge cargo. Now, a real-time location system (RTLS) identifies trucks and speeds them through the check-in process, so they no longer idle, wasting fuel and polluting the air. An RTLS is tracking trucks hauling hazardous waste for disposal at the East Tennessee Technology Park, improving efficiencies while reducing fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. (See SoCal Seaports Leverage RFID to Reduce Pollution and Radioactive Waste Cleanup Project Becomes More Efficient, Greener.)
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