Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

RFID is the use of radio frequency technology to identify objects. Objects may include virtually anything physical, such as:

  • equipment,
  • pallets of stock,
  • or even individual units of product.

RFID tags are often placed on objects so that they can be identified when they pass through an RFID tag reader. The tag reader emits a radio signal that activates the tag, which then transmits its unique identifier back to the reader. This allows for the identification of the object without the need for direct line-of-sight contact between the tag and the reader.

RFID technology has a wide range of potential applications in logistics, including inventory management, asset tracking, and security. In inventory management, RFID tags can be used to automatically keep track of inventory levels, allowing for more accurate and efficient stock control. In asset tracking, RFID tags can be used to monitor the movement of assets throughout the supply chain, from manufacturing to delivery. In security, RFID tags can be used to deter theft and unauthorized access, as well as to track inventory in the event of a loss.

RFID technology is constantly evolving, and new applications are being developed all the time. As such, it is an important tool for logistics professionals to stay up-to-date on.

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