RFID in Event Management

 

 

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RFID Technology has become an industry-standard for large festivals and conferences.
RFID is wireless technology that allows shorter lines, richer information, and more committed participants and sponsors in music festivals to company meetings to retail events.

 

What does RFID mean for events?

There are quite a few ways event creators can use RFID to streamline the event experience and allow for better data capture. The main applications of RFID for events are:

 

1. Flexible access control:

Grant quick, controlled entry to particular zones (such as VIP areas or conference sessions) that only subset of your overall attendee base should be permitted in.

 

2. Entry to the event

Without paper tickets and call lines, admission is quick and seamless — more than 20 people per scanner per minute. RFID input is also quicker and simpler than other kinds of electronic scanners.
The staff does not need the training to use it, because RFID equipment lights up green for go and red for stop — simple for processing safety.

 

3. Cashless payments

RFID enables participants to pay with their wristbands for food, beverages, and goods instead of carrying money or credit cards. It’s streamlined and secure, making checkout quicker for you. 
 And study demonstrates that individuals spend up to 20 percent more on activities when using RFID instead of money.

 

4. Less fraud

RFID chips have an additional layer of safety that makes them almost impossible to duplicate, meaning no more counterfeit tickets. 
Each ticket is associated with an individual ID, allowing you to readily deactivate lost wristband and issue fresh one.

 

5. Better data collection

RFID technology provides real-time insight into how attendees move through events. This can assist you to make choices at the moment.
RFID also allows better collection of attendant information at an individual level. If they register their wristbands with an email address or link them to social profiles,
 you will obtain rich information that you can use in future marketing.

 

6. Social engagement

RFID can also be used to better engage participants in creative ways. With RFID-enabled photo booths, 
eventgoers can tap their wristbands to email the photo themselves. And that’s just one perspective creative implementation of RFID for attendant involvement.

 

 

 

 

RFID in Healthcare Industry

 

One of the primary functions of the healthcare industry is to care for patients. As baby boomers age and health insurance becomes more accessible to all, demand for health care is
growing. Hospitals and their suppliers have focused on their main function rather than adopting technology and technologies that could enhance their bottom line and boost safety.

 

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There are several ways in which healthcare companies and their suppliers can introduce RFID technology that will have direct effect on their patient and personal safety.

 

  • Tracking of Surgical Instruments and Supplies:
To ensure that nothing was left inside the patient, all items used during surgery and present in the operating room must be counted.
If all items are tagged with RFID, inventory becomes very simple and fast. This leaves more time for nurses to take care of patients and help physicians, which also improves the quality of care.
This system can also be linked to the hospital’s inventory and asset management scheme. 
To ensure that they were correctly obtained and sterilized before use and returned for refill after use, surgical kits can be further monitored for processing.

 

  • Access Control for Personnel and Visitors: 
comparable scheme to tracking patients can also be used for medical staff and visitors to allow access to multiple areas of the facility. 
For instance, only certain individual would be permitted into an operating room, ICU, or supply closet.
 
  • Access Control and Tracking:
    It is essential to ensure that patients do not wander off purposefully or accidentally in mental health organizations, drug recovery centers or services for the elderly.
In this case, an RFID tag placed on patient in the form of necklace, wristband, ankle strap attached to shoe or sewn into clothing can help to authorize and open access to
various parts of the building as well as deauthorize and close exits from the facility and provide alerts.

 

  • Injection and Drug Dispensation Safety
    By scanning an RFID tag integrated into the patient’s wristband and drug bottle with handheld reader, the system matches the drugs with the patient in the database and gives
    confirmation, or warn if there are mistakes in the wrong drugs or dosages. The system can also be linked to the inventory management system.

 

  • Pharmacy and Laboratory Labeling:
    Tracking test tubes, vials, blood bags and prescription medicines using RFID avoids misidentification of human samples and medicines and improves precision and safety.

 

  • Temperature Tracking: 
    Temperature monitoring for drugs, blood and tissue samples, vaccines and other delicate materials guarantees that the medical products have been handled properly and are secure to
    use. Using a temperature monitoring scheme improves quality control, reduces waste, lowers costs, and most of all improves patient safety.

 

There are many other applications for RFID that could improve healthcare safety, including asset management systems to guarantee that lifesaving machines are situated rapidly anare correctly maintained and accessible.

What are the advantages of using RFID Technology over Barcode?

 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is wireless communication technology that can define particular objectives and read and write associated information via radio signals without creating mechanical or optical contact between identification scheme and particular objectives. Radio signals are transmitted from RFID tags attached to objects by electromagnetic fields tuned to radio frequencies to automatically identify and track the objects.

 

Barcode technology is the abbreviation of barcode auto-identification technology. It is an automatic technology for the recognition of symbols based on modern IT. It can incorporate symbol coding features, data acquisition, automatic identificationinformation inputand storage. It can efficiently fix the issues of big amounts of aacquisition and automatic input in the logistics system.

 

 

 

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The advantages of RFID technology over barcode technology:

 

1. RFID TAGS ARE MORE SECURE

Because RFID carries electronic information, it’s data content can be protected by encryption technology, so that its content is not easy to be forged and altered, while barcode is exposed to physical information, and the use of common coding rules, data security can not be guaranteed.

 
2. HIGHER EFFICIENCY OF RFID

The recognition frequency of barcode scanning is limited, only one barcode can be scanned at a time, and the RFID reader can identify and read several RFID tags at the same time.

 
3. STORAGE CAPACITY OF RFID TAG DATA

The capacity of the one-dimensional barcode is 50 bytes, the maximum capacity of the two-dimensional barcode can store 2 to 3000 characters, and the maximum capacity of RFID is several megabytes. With the development of memory carriers, data capacity is also expanding. In the future, the amount of data needed to be carried by articles will be increasing, and the demand for expanding the capacity of storage media will increase accordingly.

 
4. ANTI-POLLUTION ABILITY AND DURABILITY OF RFID TAGS

Traditional barcode carriers are paper, so it is vulnerable to pollution, but RFID has a strong resistance to water, oil, and chemicals. In addition, because the bar code is attached to plastic bags or cartons, it is particularly vulnerable to damage; the RFID label is the data stored in the chip, so it can be free from contamination and prolong service life.

 
5. THE EXTERNAL FORMS OF RFID TAGS ARE VARIOUS

RFID is not limited by size and shape in reading. It does not need to solve the size or printing accuracy of the carrier in order to read accurately. In addition, RFID tags can be used in different products with the development of miniaturization and diversification.

 
6. RFID TECHNOLOGY CAN BE REUSED

After the current bar code is printed, it can not be changed, can not be reused, invisibly increasing the cost of enterprises, while the RFID tag can repeatedly add, modify, delete the data stored in the RFID tag, to facilitate the updating of information.

 
7. RFID IS MORE PENETRATING AND ACCESSIBLE

In the case of coverage, RFID can penetrate non-metallic or non-transparent materials such as paper, wood, and plastics, and can carry out penetrating communication. The barcode scanner can recognize the barcode only at close range and without object obstruction.

 

 

If you want to know more about RFID Technology and Tags, feel free to contact us.

 

What is the difference between RFID and NFC Technologies?

 

NFC technology emerged from RFID technology, but in comparison with RFID, there are some differences. 

So, what is the difference between them?We will guide you in understanding what  NFC technology is, what 

The RFID technology is, and how they differ.

 

WHAT IS RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification technology that is non-contact.

It automatically identifies target items and by means of radio frequency signals acquires appropriate information.

It can operate without manual interference in different hostile settings.

RFID technology can simultaneously recognize high-speed moving items and various tags that can be operated quickly and conveniently.

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WHAT IS NFC?

NFC Technology is derived from the “contactless radio frequency identification” (RFID) and interconnection technology between wireless devices, just like RFID.

NFC information is also transmitted by electromagnetic induction coupling in the radio frequency part of the spectrum, but there is still a big difference between the two.

First of all, NFC is a wireless connection technology that provides easy, secure and fast communication. Its transmission range is smaller than that of RFID.

 Secondly, NFC is compatible with the existing contactless smart card technology and has become a formal standard supported by more and more major manufacturers.

Thirdly, NFC is also a close-range connection protocol, which provides easy, safe, fast and automatic communication between various devices.

Compared with other connection modes in the wireless world, NFC is a close private communication mode.

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NFC AND RFID TECHNOLOGY:

1. Distance: The working distance of NFC is  0-10. Because RFID has different frequencies, it’s working distance varies from several centimeters to tens of meters. 

2. Frequency: The working frequency of NFC is 13.56MHz, while the working frequency of RFID is low frequency, high frequency (13.56 MHz) and ultra-high frequency.

3. Working mode: NFC supports both read-write mode and card mode. In RFID, card reader and contactless cards are two independent entities, which can not be switched.

4. Application areas: RFID is more used in production, logistics, tracking, and asset management, while NFC works in access control, bus card, mobile payment, and other fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why does every business need to track their inventory?

 

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Small business owners of today have considerable advantages over those of only a few decades ago. Technological advances make many business aspects more efficient and offer a number of effective tools. From basic information technology to logistics, marketing, and human resources, there are affordable and efficient ways of performing manual functions and tasks that were previously tedious, including ways of Inventory tracking.

 

Inventory tasks include:
  1. Planning for seasonal activities for companies shipping large quantities of products
  2. Anticipating shortages
  3. Anticipating growth in demand from promotions and added marketing success
  4. Providing the necessary financial reporting information

 

An effective inventory approach will:
  • Achieve maximum discounts on the purchase level
  • Improve negotiating a position with vendors and shipping sources
  • Help meet overall customer expectations and needs
  • Control Working capital investment
  • Minimize the cost of ordering too often and the need for rush delivery
  • Minimize shortage and out-of-stock costs
  • Lower capital costs for excess inventory
  • Reduce losses due to outdated inventories

 

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that creates visibility and helps to control the warehouse inventory.

 

Omnia produces RFID tags which are small microchips plus a small aerial that may contain a range of digital information about a specific item. RFID Tags are embedded in plastic, paper or similar material and attached to a product or packaging, a pallet or container, or even a van or truck.  An RFID reader interviews the tag, transmitting and receiving radio signals from and to the tag. Using special computer software the information the reader collects is collected and processed. Readers can be placed in a factory or warehouse at different positions to show when goods are being moved.

 

RFID technology helps to identify and record individual products and components and track them from production to point-of-sale throughout the verticals. This process does not require direct line-of-sight and creates inventory visibility in hand, thus helping to make proper use of it. With the help of this technology, each inventory/stock movement can be automatically stored on the system.

 

The use of RFID tagging for stock control offers several advantages over other methods such as barcodes:

  • tags can be read remotely, often at a distance of several meters
  • several tags can be read at once, enabling an entire pallet-load of products to be checked simultaneously
  • tags can be given unique identification codes so that individual products can be tracked
  • RFID tags can be overwritten, enabling information about items to be updated, eg when they are moved from one part of a factory to another

 

Over the past few years, the costs associated with RFID tagging have fallen and continue to fall. The benefits of more efficient stock control and enhanced security make it particularly attractive to retailers, wholesalers or distributors stocking a wide range of items, and to manufacturers producing volume runs of products for various customers.

 
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RFID Waste Management

 

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In recent years, waste management services have made a concerted effort to use information technology to reduce waste management costs and to identify missing/stolen bins. The application of these principles can be facilitated by the use of mobile technology such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
RFID is a modern and fast-growing technology that uniquely and accurately identifies an RFID tag (waste tag) attached to, or embedded in, a waste bin which helps in identification and traceability of waste bins.
By using RFID tags, waste can be identified and traced through the entire waste chain. Many jurisdictions and private sector operations have attached RFID tags to waste containers and equipped their trucks with RFID readers thereby improving sortation, validating and verifying pickups, tracking the number of times a container is used for collection as well as tracking the weight of the container’s contents at each and every pickup. A waste management system using RFID simplifies billing for service.
RFID is now being used by municipalities and private operators to monitor waste pickup. Waste disposal trucks equipped with RFID readers pick up bins that are equipped with RFID tags. The readers record the exact time and location every time a waste container is emptied. This introduces a new degree of monitoring and control of the waste disposal process. With an RFID based system operators have accurate and real-time data that can be used for customer billing as well as route and resource planning. The real-time aspect allows municipalities to monitor the performance of contractors.
Waste containers come in many forms, materials, and sizes, but they are all subject to harsh environments and rough handling. Being outdoors, waste containers face all the elements: cold, wet and heat and being waste containers, they endure both human and machine abuse. Only RFID tags can withstand these conditions and continue functioning throughout the life cycle of these containers.
Omnia Technologies produces Wastebin tags which are manufactured in such a manner that they can withstand any harsh conditions like extreme cold, heat, rains, etc. Also, these tags can be customized according to the requirement of the customer.

 

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Benefits of using RFID in Waste Management

  • Easier recovery of lost or stolen carts.
  • Easy accounting of travel routes of garbage trucks and automatic recording for each individual cart pickup with no required driver interaction on pick-up route.
  • Cheaper, faster, more accurate data reporting. No manual data-entry is required.
  • Easier waste sorting at the household level.
  • An unprecedented degree of control and traceability in disposing of hazardous or otherwise sensitive waste material.
  • Fewer collection points and containers required for recycling.
  • Less cleaning and maintenance work on recycling.