I think you’re familiar with RFID technology by now but in case the hype didn’t get to you, RFID is an abbreviation for Radio Frequency IDentification. It works through radio waves and electromagnetic fields to capture and transmit data stored on RFID tags. What’s compelling about RFID tags is that they can be read from a distance of 10 meters away and to top that, the reader doesn’t require a direct line of sight in order to read the tags.
RFID tags come in different kinds, forms and sizes. There are the active RFID tags which have their own power source enabling the transmission of data from the RFID tags, whereas passive RFID tags function through the energy absorbed by the reader that emits signals.
1.The RFID was invented by Harry Stockman (who is said to be a soviet spy) in the 1940’s for espionage purposes back in the World War 2 in an attempt to detect friendly or enemy’s aircrafts. It has gained popularity in the 1970’s.
4. RFID was used at events since 2004.In 2004, SXSW was the first to adopt RFID wristbands to manage the audience and reduce counterfeit. Then became mainstream to use wristbands in festivals. Next time you plan to go to Disneyworld, you will be using such wristbands to open your hotel room, pay for food, and receive pictures of you roaming around Disneyworld.
9. RFID is used in automotive industry where each part is tagged with an RFID tag to insure a smooth assembly process, improve monitoring quality and assurance.
11. RFID is invading space as well. NASA is currently working on an RFID program to make sure that everything astronauts need in space is with them.
14. RFID is being used as an attendance detector. Schools in and around Cincinnati have adopted RFID to make sure kids are getting to and from school. Kids have to check in and out to register their attendance.
18. RFID saves lives. It validated the origin of medicine, fighting the crime of counterfeit medicine.
22. RFID is used to track products. Producers use RFID devices to track their products from the time it’s made to the time it’s purchased.
23. RFID is used to track people as well. Many people are turning to RFID devices to secure Alzheimer’s patients by inserting an RFID tag into the patient’s arm. Should the patient become lost and disoriented, an easy scan reveals their address and any emergency medication or treatments they may need access to in the event of an emergency. This is a great way for many people to keep their parents safe.
24. RFID technology has impacted and ultimately improved the healthcare industry in many ways over the last several years. In one specific case, a partnership between Xecan and ThingMagic has provided a communication and tracking system for hospitals. This RFID “smart clinic” tracks patient location and wait times, ultimately allowing the clinic to operate more efficiently and increase patient satisfaction.
So, what do you think about these RFID crazy facts? Let us know if you know more crazy RFID applications, we’d love to hear from you.
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