RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) – a proven past and promising future.

RFID is not a new technology, but it is rapidly gaining traction in supply chain execution. Propelled by mandates by Wal-Mart as well as the US Department of Defense (D.O.D.), RFID is expected to grow at a significant rate for the next 8-10 years.

Invented in 1941, the early applications of RFID involved identifying friendly aircraft in WWII. This technology is still used today, employing "active" RFID technology throughout civil and military aerospace and maritime industries. Similarly, one of the first applications of "passive" RFID technology is also still in use today… Access Control. In hundreds of thousands of government and private sector facilities around the world, passive RFID technology is used to gain access to buildings and or areas within these facilities. The usual form factor is a card, about the thickness of 3 credit cards. Since then, a number of other technologies have also been developed, each with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. The early cards, or "tags" operated in the 125 Kz frequency. Later tags operated in the 13.56 MHz frequency, the 915 MHz, and even 2.4 GHz frequencies, and higher.

RFID can provide immediate and tangible benefits throughout the supply chain.

Dataflo specializes in the 13.56 MHz (High frequency) and the 915 MHz (Ultra-High Frequency) RFID systems. The latter, 915 MHz is also known as the "EPC" (Electronic Product Code) tag and is also referred to as the "Gen 2" tag. This tag is the tag now mandated for use in shipments to the US Department of Defense, Wal-Mart, Target and many other retailers. What's driving these mandates is the understanding that RFID is one of the most promising and anticipated technologies in recent years. Magazine articles, television shows, analyst papers and the like are frequently trumpeting the potential benefits to RFID users. Organizations who take the time to understand the technology's capabilities and limitations can increase their inventory visibility while streamlining their operations.

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