What Are Some of RFID’s More Powerful Applications?

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Ask The ExpertsWhat Are Some of RFID’s More Powerful Applications?
RFID Journal Staff asked 11 years ago

Can you please provide some examples?

—Name withheld


That is a difficult question to answer, as it depends, to some degree, on your particular problem. For a retailer, RFID's ability to boost inventory accuracy from 65 percent to more than 95 percent is pretty powerful. But for a manufacturer, the technology's capacity to provide visibility into the location and progress of work-in-process (WIP) is more powerful.

I think RFID becomes most powerful when we stop thinking of it as a technology for individual applications, and begin to see it as an infrastructure enabling many applications. The PC or laptop on your desk can run spreadsheets and word-processing software, manage your e-mail and help you develop a presentation for your sales meetings. Each of these applications is significant, but the fact that your computer does them all is what makes it indispensable.

If a company employed an RFID system to track WIP, that might deliver significant benefits. But if the same solution were used to track parts bins, tools, finished inventory, manuals and other items, then it would become far more powerful.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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