RFID and barcode technologies have much in common, but also differ in significant ways. In various industries, they automate data collection and each bring strengths and weaknesses to this process.

Barcodes can offer substantial savings over RFID, but they can also be limited in range (several feet) and application. Compared to barcodes, RFID offers:

• Broader readable range (hundreds of feet for active RFID)
• Unique identification
• Less labor intensity than barcodes
• Efficiency and unobtrusiveness on job sites
• Simultaneous tag readings
• Cost reduction (less labor intensity)

The total cost of an RFID tracking solution is often lower than other asset tracking solutions (such as cellular tracking) because:
• The up-front cost of passive and active RFID is lower
• RFID uses short range radio capture with only one or a few cellular connections

Another advantage of RFID is its adaptability:
• The technology can be programmed for specific project requirements for a variety of challenging conditions
• RFID also optimizes operations, tracks equipment usage and keeps machines secure

Ultimately, companies must decide on their preferred technology, based on asset qualities, environment, data, and other considerations. Certainly, there are times when RFID may not be the best solution, but in general, for tracking equipment in challenging, hard-working environments, RFID offers efficiency, cost-effectiveness and security.

By oem-admin | March 19, 2015 | Categories: General, Industry perspectives | 0 Comments