Can Transponders Be Set to Vibrate?

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Ask The ExpertsCan Transponders Be Set to Vibrate?
RFID Journal Staff asked 14 years ago

Would it be possible for an RFID transponder to vibrate slightly whenever it is very close to another transponder?

—Name withheld


The answer depends on the type of transponder you choose. In most cases, transponders communicate with an interrogator, and not with each other, and most systems can not determine a tag's location with such precision to command that tag to vibrate when very close to another tag.

There are some active tags that form networks with other tags. These transponders could be programmed to vibrate when they are close to another transponder. However, transponders that form networks are fairly large, as they have a battery, two-way radio communication capabilities and a CPU. They are also fairly expensive.

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—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal

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