5 Applications of RFID

You understand the basics of RFID, but now what do you do with all that knowledge? Don’t sit on it! Here’s a list of how RFID is used in real world applications, so use these ideas to spark your creative juices so you can use RFID in your own solutions.

1. Logistics & Supply Chain Visibility

RFID in the Supply Chain
Photo courtesy of Walmart.

Winning in the supply chain means increasing efficiency, reducing errors, and improving quality. In chaotic manufacturing, shipping, and distribution environments, real-time data on the status of individual items provides insights that turn into actionable measures. With the visibility provided by RFID, you’ll be on your way to Six Sigma Master Black Belt status in no time.

2. Item level inventory tracking

Tracking assets on the item level is beneficial across a broad cross-section of industries, but the retail sector has one of the highest ceilings in terms of opportunity from the use of RFID. As mentioned above, tracking items through the supply chain is wonderful, but now think about tracking items through the supply chain all the way to the point of sale. With a well designed inventory system sharing data across all business units, you’ll have a treasure trove of actionable data. One last added benefit — store employees can count inventory in a matter of minutes with a handheld RFID reader.

3. Race timing

RFID race timingTiming marathons and races are one of the most popular uses of RFID, but often race participants never realize they’re being timed using RFID technology, and that’s a testament to RFID’s ability to provide a seamless consumer experience. If you want to learn more about RFID race timing, read our do-it-yourself guide and check out our recent interview with prominent timing company RaceWire.

4. Attendee Tracking

Tracking attendance with RFIDIf you’ve ever managed a large conference before, you’ll know that it’s key to keep the flow of traffic moving at a steady pace, especially in and out of seminars. With an RFID attendee solution, eliminate the need for registration lines at entrances. If you want four more reasons why you need an RFID attendee tracking system, read our recent article.

5. IT Asset Tracking

Omni-ID Prox RFID TagIT assets such as server blades, laptops, tablets, and other peripherals are costly investments for any company, not to mention that information stored on those items could prove detrimental in the wrong hands. IT asset tags give your IT team the ability to quickly do an inventory count and make sure everything is in place.

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