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Adding RFID to your Business

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If you’re a retailer and still haven’t thought about RFID for your business, then what are you waiting for? How many sales will you lose when a product isn’t on the shelf?

Why Adopt RFID
So, you might be wondering why you should adopt RFID? First, write down your current processes—then, write down your processes, as they would be with RFID. Compare the processes and estimate your ROI—saving time is saving money. Once you’ve established a cause for adding RFID, you can plan your pilot.

Once you decide what you want to pilot, it’s time to explore the wonderful world of technology. Know the basics on what technology can help your business needs the most. You don’t need a fine-tuned solution just yet, just something to get you going.

Product Testing
Take another look at your process documents and decide where and how RFID would be most beneficial. Ask yourself, “what information do I need to prove my business case?” It will become clear what will need to be tagged and then you can start specifying the tags, readers and software you want to test. Make sure your testing environment replicates the actual environment where the technology will be used. RFID can be easily affected by:
• Product/material of the item your tagging
• Packaging materials
• Pallet configurations
• Reader/antenna placement

Record all of your data and once everything is confirmed, it’s time to move on to the actual pilot!

With all the prep work out of the way, it’s time for the pilot. The goal of the pilot is to ensure what you’d want in a final deployment—validate and refine the business case and add in some hard data on what RFID will really provide for you.

Create a process map of your RFID enabled supply chain and tweak/refine as needed.

Once you’ve completed the pilot and are happy with the results, it’s time to get an actual RFID implementation in motion.

Contact Barcoding, Inc. if you need help with your RFID planning or implementation.

NFC Chips Stitched In: The Latest Breakthrough in Clothing Tech

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A team of researchers working at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a solution to embed NFC chips into yarn, that is used to create garments. The applications of this technology include enhancements in retail security as well as stock taking and manufacturing. It could even mean that garments could be tracked on a journey across the globe.

The chips are sealed into micro pods made from resin and added to the yarns, and can be put in the wash and tumble dryer safely. The chips transmit information via tiny copper strands that protrude from either side of the chip. The dimensions of the chip are 1mm by 0.5mm and will be very affordable.

Besides NFC chips, other types such as RFID can be used. The technology can be used in conjunction with smartphones in necessary. Multiple garments may be scanned at once, which should speed up stock takes. A number of companies have expressed an interest in the technology and it could come to market in the very near future.

By using NFC chips, a provision is being made to make items of clothing readable at a small distance by regular consumer communications devices such as tablets and smartphones. RFID chips are more commonly used in retail because they allow for reading multiple items from further away.

The new technology has the potential to be a great benefit to retail companies, by providing a higher level of anti-counterfeiting and theft protection. Potential thieves will not be able to locate and remove the chip without causing significant damage to the garment.

Companies will save great amounts of time by being able to scan an entire shipment at once, without needing to scan each tag individually. This should mean costs for everyone in the retail chain, from consumers to retailers and manufacturers coming down.

The researchers claim that in the distant future the technology could work with smart washing machines and dryers to analyze the load.

It could also allow vulnerable people to be monitored by providing them with RFID enabled clothing or at least retrofitting them in order to look after their movements and welfare more efficiently.

Ultimately, it will be up to each industry to find out how they can best use the new technology, and this is an exciting prospect for the researchers.

IoT and Security

The potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) has been promoted extensively within the media. Previously, innate objects such as your fridge or shirt, will soon have a chip embedded in them and be able to interact with each other. The benefits to our everyday lives will apparently be exponential, the most important of which will most certainly be in the healthcare industry and devices that enhance our personal safety.

The internet of things functions not only within individual items, but as part of a network of tiny devices, home computers and large servers. Throughout this network, lies a wide range of interests that concern people in conflicting ways. However, it seems that ubiquitous communication between the things we buy will benefit us. But, it is also known that big businesses and the government are using computer systems to accumulate data.

This is all part of what is called the “surveillance state.” Surveillance is carried out in the name of national security by pretty much every global nation and is nothing new. However, what has changed following the digital revolution is the capacity for the collecting and storing information.

While it is illegal for the U.S. government to collect data relating to someone’s personal communications without a warrant, it is legal to collect the metadata from the networks which contains individuals IP addresses and location data, which can even reveal how long we have spent in a certain place and the websites we visit.

With the advent of the RFID chip came the capacity to build the internet of things and the chips can be placed into just about anything. If IoT becomes as big as predicted, it’s inevitable that large amounts of data pertaining to the behavior of individuals within society will be collected, analyzed and stored by anyone with the capability to do so. It will be used not only to see how we are, but predict how we are evolving as consumers and citizens.

The issue is that networked technologies are evolving at a much faster pace than legislature can keep up with, making the first phase of the IoT digital revolution wide open for exploitation. It is undoubted that digital technology can enhance our lives in wonderful ways if we are open to it, but it must be received with the caveat that individuals must lobby to protect any aspect of their identity that is being exploited. While some tech companies are very involved in regards to protecting our data, the IoT revolution is happening too quickly to be able to guarantee “absolute privacy,” to which some may argue there is no absolute right.

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RFID Implants: Will They Become Mainstream?

At this years Toorcamp, a meetup for Hackers, there was an “implantation station” where, for $30, attendees could get RFID chips implanted into their hands.

The two-millimeter diameter EM4012 RFID chip was implanted between the thumb and the index finger using a high-gauge syringe. Throughout the weekend, a total of eight attendees underwent the RFID implantation of the 500 at Toorcamp. The “implantation station” was out in the open for all to see, and was available to anyone who was willing to sign a liability waiver and pay the fee.

Arnal Graafstra, the man behind the “implantation station,” uses the RFID chips to access his home, turn on his motorcycle and even authenticate his phone, the NFC-enabled Samsung Galaxy Nexus. While some may think that hackers would be concerned with privacy, Graafstra insists that the chips he implants are difficult to read from more than a few inches away.

Graafstra keeps his “implantation station” to the confines of Toorcamp for now, but perhaps one day, RFID implants will become mainstream?

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In order to prevent another travesty like the oil spill that occurred in 2010, BP is installing a corrosion-monitoring system using RFID for their steel pipes at 11 refineries. BP is able to attach battery-powered wireless sensors to the pipe’s exterior, allowing for remote measurement of the thickness of each pipe’s wall.

Over the next few years, BP plans to install thousands of sensors. Each sensor will send ultrasonic waves into a pipe wall and measure the waves reflected back. Then, the sensor’s RFID chip will transmit its unique ID number and the data at preset intervals. Once the data is transmitted, a servers hosted by BP stores and interprets the information, then making it available to engineers and management online.

Eventually, BP’s refineries could contain tens of thousands of systems in order to prevent pipe corrosion. Obviously, BP is making a big investment in improving their current structure for the good of the world. Let us know what you think about BP implementing RFID technology by commenting here, or on our facebook or twitter pages.

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