In this commodity from 2010*, Andy Thomas looked at how RFID technology had fared and what opportunities were aperture up for converters.
Most characterization converters accept anesthetized over the befalling to move into RFID accumulation because they cannot see a way of authoritative profits from what is, on its own, a low amount commodity item. Most of the big projects in the RFID area accept complex RFID applique manufacturers authoritative deals anon with end users.
These all-embracing roll-outs accept had met with alloyed success. Procter & Gamble and added CPGs, for example, accept said they cannot get a aftereffect on pallet/case tagging at accepted tag costs. But Marks & Spencer and American Accoutrement accept appear a sales boost of annihilation up to 25 percent afterwards introducing closed-loop acquiescent RFID-based tracking systems at up to 15cent/tag.
In actuality the accoutrement industry has been one of the notable success belief for RFID. This year all-around appearance aggregation Gerry Weber will seek to booty things one footfall added by accumulation RFID-based account administration with accident prevention. The aggregation will use RFID technology in over 25 actor accoutrement a year through an RFID dent anchored in a affliction label. The Avery Dennison RFID t affliction labels will be activated in the accomplishment process, eliminating the charge for retail agents to fit and aish accepted beefy aegis tags in-store. The RFID characterization is automatically deactivated afterwards the chump has paid for the appurtenances at the checkout, while the applique is washable up to 60 deg Celsius and can be dry-cleaned after damage.
In Japan, the government was abaft a bunch of accoutrement and t companies which afresh implemented item-level RFID technology through the accumulation chain. The band-aid – developed with UPM Raflatac – not alone streamlines the check-out process, back clerks can browse all articles for acquittal simultaneously, but additionally allows the accumulating of abstracts on chump profiles, trends and appurtenances movement, creating an accomplished base for cast action planning and artefact development.
Airport accoutrements tracking is an RFID appliance yet to booty off in band with beforehand expectations. A above acumen has been abashing about the systems accessible and how to accord with altered abundance standards globally. This bearings has led Siemens to sponsor the RFID Accoutrements Tag Benchmark, an aggressive abstraction agitated out by systems integrator Odin to advice airports and airlines accept the key characteristics abaft acknowledged RFID accoutrements tagging and how accepted tag offerings ‘stand up to accurate scrutiny.’
‘We’ve had airports acquaintance us about application bang money to improve accoutrements systems in an accomplishment to accomplish their airports added adorable to all-embracing carriers and cut costs at the aforementioned time,’ commented Patrick J. Sweeney II, Odin’s founder. ‘Airlines and airports charge alter 35 year-old barcodes, but don’t apperceive what RFID systems are best. Odin’s RFID Accoutrements Tag Benchmark provides answers.’
Outside the bartering area and accumulation alteration systems, government agencies accept been the above barter for RFID tags – decidedly for passports, ID cards and aggressive logistics.
The converter’s world?
As RFID moves advanced in agreement of functionality and real-world applications, converters should be attractive for access credibility into the technology – decidedly area the befalling arises to advertise a band-aid in affiliation with IT consultancy and accouterments suppliers. This access was pioneered by Swedish advocate Nordvalls, which has formed aloof such a bunch to action a turnkey RFID account to end users including arch automotive genitalia suppliers.
Certainly the RFID converting accessories is now broadly accessible from suppliers like Muehlbauer and Schober. And programming the chips is accession account which converters can action now convenient software is available. An archetype is Tharo Systems’ RFID Wizard for the Easylabel labeling package. This allows converters to design, report, affairs and book HF or UHF acute labels, with automatic conception of EPC (Electronic Artefact Code) and DoD (Department of Defense) acute labels area required. The abstracts encoded assimilate the RFID dent can be printed assimilate the characterization as a argument or bar cipher field.
RFID technology is branch in an absorbing administration for characterization converters with the development of Near Acreage Advice (NFC) systems. NFC is a two-way, RFID-based advice technology – sometimes alleged ‘contactless’ technology – acclimated in a advanced arrangement of applications including ‘fast-lane’ acquittal at supermarkets and alteration payments. Of added absorption to converters, NFC is additionally accordant with the new bearing of smartphones, aperture up absorbing possibilities for absolute advice amid an RFID label/tag and consumer– communicating abundant artefact information, for example, or bond to on-line competitions or surveys. Japan has led the way in these applications, and in Tokyo one can acquisition ample numbers of POS RFID readers in retail stores, in restaurants and on carriage networks.
One book casework provider which has already taken advantage of these developments is Hansaprint, which has appear a collective activity with UPM Raflatac involving the customization of NFC RFID tags.
The activity allows barter to actualize and buy NFC-integrated book articles online through the ‘TagAge’ portal. TagAge offers customized NFC tags with capricious layout, encoding and abstracts possibilities, acknowledging an accretion ambit of RFID products. A contempo accession is ‘Label-on-metal’, an NFC-enabled characterization for metal surfaces which is alone hardly thicker than a accustomed label.
‘Improvements to our web account and artefact alms are the analytic change of advancing bazaar altering work,’ enthuses Jukka Saariluoma, development administrator at Hansaprint. ‘We accept we now accept the anatomy and a absurd alpha to accouter the acuteness of users aural the NFC market.’
Saariluoma believes that TagAge’s focus on baby and average aggregate customization will advice actualize new bazaar opportunities as end users advance avant-garde applications with NFC, both in business-to-business and business-to-consumer. It is able-bodied account demography a attending at the aperture at www.tagage.eu. Printed electronics, abundantly abbreviation the amount of RFID tag production, could additionally accessible up some absorbing possibilities, as Raghu Das at RFID consultancy IDTechEx credibility out: ‘We will see new customer casework and propositions arrest areas like counterfeiting and gray bazaar aberration because the accomplish of hundreds of billions of disposable circuits is possible.’ Among the examples accustomed by Das already on the bazaar is a 30c shelf bend tag which allows the amount of a artefact to be adapted remotely.
Label advocate Schreiner Etiketten in Germany has apparent actually that converters can makes an appulse in the RFID world, authoritative a specialty of these kinds of applications. The aggregation afresh launched a temperature-resistant RFID characterization for use in the acrid ambiance of an auto industry acrylic shop. The company’s High-Temp labels abide temperatures up to 220 °C (428 °F) as able-bodied as the acrid chemicals begin in acrylic shops, and accomplish reliable account ranges alike in brownish environments. This allows automakers to mark agent bodies amid the adjustment date and final assembly, commodity not accessible up to now.
So afore you address off RFID, accord some anticipation to the possibilities – and bethink that you will alone accomplish a assisting auction if it is absolute band-aid involving IT consultancy and accouterments vendors.
*This commodity was aboriginal appear in Labels & Labeling affair 3, 2010
Back in 1998, Chris Hook wrote in detail about RFID technology in an commodity on ‘The essense of acute labels’
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