Understanding RFID Technology

RFID stands for Radio Frequency IDentification. This acronym refers to micro electronic devices that consist of a small chip and an antenna. RFID capability is the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on an RFID tag or inlay attached to an object.  An RFID tag can be detected from up to several feet away, and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked unlike Barcode.

RFID Frequencies, Reading Distances & Capabilities

Low Frequency (LF) RFID: LF RFID has a short read-range of 10 cm. LF RFID also has a slower read speed than the higher frequencies, but is not very sensitive to radio wave interference. LF RFID applications include livestock tracking and access control.

High Frequency (HF) RFID: HF RFID is mainly utilised in traceability and logistics applications. Loop antenna can be printed or etched on flexible substrates. HF RFID is also commonly used for ticketing, payment, and data transfer applications.

Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID: Using UHF RFID technology, you’re able to detect an RFID tag from up to sometimes 20 metres. This impressive read reach can be configured and tailored through software settings with our UHF RFID hand-held readers – as this vast distance reading is not always required. UHF RFID range has a dipole like antenna etched or printed on all kind of substrate. Specific antenna design is required for metallic or wet environments.

The UHF RFID frequency is 60 times more efficient for RFID Operations than the RFID HF frequency, fact! In North America, the UHF RFID frequency ranges from 902 to 928 MHz with readers able to transmit at maximum power (1 watt ERP) for most of that bandwidth. Most other countries have either adopted the European Union or North America standard. UHF is Powerful, and considered the leading and most beneficial range to implant into most sectors in this fast changing world. UHF RFID has a faster data transfer rate than LF or HF. UHF RFID is also the most sensitive to interference. So UHF product manufacturers have found ways of designing tags, antennas, and readers to keep performance high even in difficult environments. UHF RFID is used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from retail inventory management, to pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting, to wireless device configuration.

RFID Handheld Readers

The majority of data collection readers that are available today are cumbersome, overpriced, unnecessarily complex and simply unchanged from the early 2000’s.

At Touch we believe in mobile technology thus launching our new line of RFID / Barcode readers. The form factor of our modern data-collection devices are ultimately designed not only to count inventory with ease but to create a rich experience for your customers and a more self-assured 9 to 5 for your staff members.

RFID SOLUTION Building Blocks

An RFID solution primarily consists of three main elements:

5 BIG RFID Solution Benefits

The dramatic benefits of RFID implementation:

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The Touch Technologies team have over 100 years worth of dedicated RFID knowledge and implementation experience within their ranks. We want to work with you, to deliver an optimum ROI solution, that will not only improve your business internally, but also externally for the most important people of all, your customers.