RFID has long been associated to identification – logistics and supply chain. Shift the paradigm and learn what RFID sensors can do for you.

Radio Frequency IDentification, also known as RFID, was invented as a way to identify items. No wonder it has been linked to applications where RFID was only used for tracking and tracing purposes.

The main industries using this have been logistics providers and retailers. The first ones want to know where the goods for delivery are at each moment while the second ones are mainly interested in supply chain automation and item history tracking.

Do not limit RFID to identification

However, technology has improved to a point where the same RFID infrastructure is able to not only identify but also SENSE or even ACTUATE.

Battery-free RFID sensors and actuators allow companies to collect meaningful data about item conditions and even act on their processes – think about lighting up an LED or opening an electric circuit. This all can be done with RFID nowadays.

Adding extra value

Benefits of RFID have been highligthed multiple times by adopters and integrators. By allowing the automation of inventories, data gathered with RFID systems provide the means to improve logistics from source to stores.

The Service Manager recently created a very good infographic that we are sharing with you here:

All these benefits continue to apply to RFID sensors. On top of this, sensing allows companies to enhance all kinds of business areas, from manufacturing – by automating production lines based on sensor data – to asset management – optimizing asset life cycle.

These benefits can be materialized in a variety of industries. You may find different examples in this blog:

Take advantage of the technology available and start thinking about RFID as a source of sensor data for the IoT more than just identification for item tracking.