‘You’re it!’ product tagging goes right to the bottom line
Automated product information and data collection enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) are improving the budgets at a host of businesses.
These scanning and tracking methods are proving effective in boosting productivity, measuring inventory flow and solving loss-control questions.
CONTROLTEK ISS, the Cranford-based provider of RFID applications, says the technology offers numerous benefits for companies adopting it.
Once a military use, it has become a proven success in supply-chain management, among many other operations, functioning efficiently even under conditions that present visual and environmental challenges.
Moreover, RFID technology can store and retrieve considerable amounts of information, making this a desirable part of inventory management.
Just as EZ-Pass is a system of RFID technology for a car, CONTROLTEK ISS can tag and mange whatever a business needs.
With RFID, a product is affixed with a tag, embedded with information about its item. When scanned, the tag interacts with a radio-frequency reader.
When a product is transported, a scanning sequence documents its movement through checkpoints until it reaches its destination. And as a loss-control measure, it can pinpoint where movement ceased.
Although tag circuitry can be programmed to monitor temperature and humidity, it can also be given levels of security such as encryption and password protection.
These measures are useful against malicious rogue scans searching for vulnerabilities in sensitive data, as in payment authentication.
RFID readers can differentiate units of identical items because unique identifiers. Same items can be read at a time, and a tag’s data can be gleaned over a long distances.
It’s also possible to include a kill feature for removing data permanently.