Can RFID Assist in Organized Disaster Relief During a War or Natural Disaster?


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Mark Roberti asked 2 years ago

Given the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries, as well as the increase in natural disasters due to climate change, could RFID play a role in helping to organize disaster relief?


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Yes, it surely can. In fact, we published several articles about RFID being used in precisely this way in Haiti following the terrible earthquake that occurred there in 2010:

In Haiti, RFID Brings Relief
In its efforts to provide assistance to the earthquake-damaged nation, the U.S. Department of Defense is using 433 MHz active RFID tags to track supplies and equipment.

Identifying Patients in Haiti
One problem doctors are having in Haiti is identifying those who have been treated. Has no one ever heard of an RFID bracelet?

The Tragedy in Haiti
The disaster could be worsened by problems coordinating the response.

In addition, here are a couple of other articles you might find interesting and useful:

The IoT and Advanced Analytics Should Be a Priority for Disaster Relief Funding
Thanks to funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, groups can protect their communities and citizens.

At Tornado-ravaged Sites, RFID Helps FEMA Contractor Manage Inspectors' Kits
PaRR Inspections is using EPC Gen 2 tags to track electronic equipment loaned to claims inspectors, in order to speed up responses to disaster victims' requests for assistance.

What Would It Cost to Track People Following a Natural Disaster?
How much would it cost to implement RFID technology for 40,000 individuals in order to track them in the event of an earthquake?

Mark Roberti
Founder and Editor
RFID Journal

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