I'm using barcodes now. What advantages can RFID provide?
RFID has at least two strong advantages; it can be read without being seen, meaning it can be hidden for aesthetic or other reasons, and many tags can be read virtually simultaneously, differing dramatically from bar codes which must first be located, then read one at a time. Reading 20 barcodes could easily take 15 to 20 seconds or more, while reading 20 RFID tags under the same circumstances is being done today by adopters of RFID in less than two seconds.
How do I get started
considering RFID for my company?
Start with a description of your problem or the symptoms you've encountered. Consider the special strengths of RFID technology. If all analysis points to RFID as the best solution, put your idea into the RFIDea Grinder. RFID-Pros starts with the client's description of a particular problem. Then, 'the Grinder' process begins. Questions about existing systems and processes are asked. Current procedures are examined. Then, analysis seeks to find the most cost effective solution, whether it includes RFID technology alone, some combination of existing technology with RFID, or only a fine tuning of the existing technology. RFID-Pros provides whatever combination of hardware and software products and services are required to improve the client's processes.
I've heard some horror
stories about others trying to use RFID. Is RFID that difficult to implement?
If a project makes its way through the RFID-Pros' RFIDea Grinder, it will achieve the project's objectives. There have been cases where RFID was employed with little regard to its benefit to the implementing organization. In such instances, using the RFID system could have been more a burden than an advantage. RFID-Pros has the experience of successful implementations to guide clients toward using RFID's strengths to gain process visibility and control while streamlining operations.