Can RFID Track Fragile Historical Archive Materials?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Track Fragile Historical Archive Materials?
RFID Journal Staff asked 9 years ago

Do you know how we might use tagging to manage these items?

—Name withheld


It really depends on the items that you are tracking and whether or not it is possible to place an RFID transponder on them without damaging them or affecting their integrity. If you can put a tag on them, then it should be easy to use a desktop RFID reader to interrogate each tag and associate it with a particular item.

You could also tag the location where the item is stored. So let's say you had 1,000 dinosaur bone fragments. You could tag each one and then put a tag on the drawer in which it is stored. Then, you could use a handheld RFID reader to interrogate the tag on the drawer (you could also use a QR code), and read all of the items within that drawer. The software on the handheld would show you a checklist and indicate which items were read. You would see which items should be there but weren't, along with a list of those that are there but shouldn't be.

This is a fairly routine RFID tracking solution, and can be accomplished for use with a wide variety of items, such as paintings, sketches, books, manuscripts, relics and fossils. The only challenge is choosing a tag that will work for the objects you want to track, and the software for managing those items.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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