Can Museums and Galleries Use RFID to Track the Locations of Loans Onsite and Offsite?

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Ask The ExpertsCan Museums and Galleries Use RFID to Track the Locations of Loans Onsite and Offsite?
RFID Journal Staff asked 6 years ago

If so, have any museums done so?

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Yes. The National Taiwan Museum has deployed a hybrid active and passive RFID system to manage the movements of its artwork and visitors into and out of its warehouse, and to identify the locations of works of art at one its 24 exhibit halls (see National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art Adopts Active-Passive RFID Solution). Malaysia’s National Museum, in Kuala Lumpur, is using RFID to track items in storage as well as loans (see RFID Helps Malaysian Museums Track Artifacts).

Since other museums will likely not have an RFID system in place (most have not yet deployed such systems), you won’t have visibility into the locations of loaned items in the other facility. However, you could track which truck a specific item was put onto, and then use geolocation to link where it was removed from the truck to a specific facility. That way, you would know which items had been loaned to which museums.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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