RFID. What is it?
Symbology DC and RFID: Transact and Transcend
How does the RFID technology platform integrated with your ERP transact business events? And how will future platform capabilities enable companies to transcend current operational boundaries?
A brief RFID primer for those who are unfamiliar with the technology:
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been around since WWII. It was created by the British to clearly differentiate the Allies’ aircraft from those of the Axis. Even today, the safety, routing, and efficiency of the world’s Air Traffic Management systems rely on RFID technology. As they say, “you can’t manage what you can’t see.”
Unlike an aircraft’s bulky transponder, the RFID tag that Symbology DC deploys is contained within an adhesive label or other small form factor construction. There is no battery—just an onboard capacitor, which, when within the range of a RFID sensor, stores enough energy for a pen tip-sized chip to power up. The RFID sensor, or reader, generates the energy field, powers up the chip, and identifies the tag’s unique code. In a distribution facility, for example, each item can be uniquely identified and tracked as it is processed through an RFID station—or as it passes within 7 to 10 feet of—an RFID observation point.
Now, how does your Symbology DC utilize the RFID platform?
Symbology DC deploys an edge server on the client’s premises. This server runs our RFID Middleware, which is configured to manage all of the RFID sensors in the client’s facility. To transact a business event with RFID, Your ERP triggers a specific RFID station via the edge server. In turn, the middleware activates the RFID sensor, identifies the tag(s) within the field, and returns the unique code(s) to the ERP. All this happens within a few seconds, whether there are one or more items in the field. Unlike handheld barcode scanners that can read one item per second and require item manipulation for a line of sight reads, RFID sensors can read up to 1,000 items per second, regardless of the item’s orientation, as long as all items are within the confined energy field. So, for business events where one or more items need to be added to a transaction, RFID does it fast and accurately.