RFID: Beyond The Supply Chain by Opto 22

With RFID technology being rediscovered and increasinglydeployed over the past several years, it is important to rememberthat the use of RFID should not be limited merely to assetidentification and tracking-type applications. Though this may infact be a most effective use for the technology currently, thepotential exists for the use of RFID in process control, discretemanufacturing, utility operations and many other industrialsettings. Nevertheless, like any other technology, RFID cannot exist

09/07/2006


With RFID technology being rediscovered and increasinglydeployed over the past several years, it is important to rememberthat the use of RFID should not be limited merely to assetidentification and tracking-type applications. Though this may infact be a most effective use for the technology currently, thepotential exists for the use of RFID in process control, discretemanufacturing, utility operations and many other industrialsettings. Nevertheless, like any other technology, RFID cannot existin a vacuum. To be effectively utilized for any application, an RFIDsystem must integrate, that is, communicate and work effectivelywith other hardware devices and software systems. As we examinethis, let us begin by reviewing what RFID is and how it works.

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