We love to see people developing their own RFID solutions and this RFID parking solution in Sri Lanka is a great example.
We at Farsens have always been advocates of DIY solutions. If you follow this blog, you’ll probably read a lot about ‘Develop your own…’, ‘How to develop…’ and similar.
The fact is RFID is not just a business-like, super-professional type of technology. Even if the technology itself can be complicated for non-experts, using the technology is not complicated and brings lots of advantages.
DIY example of RFID parking solution
Some basic programming skills and a bunch of low cost components was all Shazin Sadakath needed to develop a DIY RFID parking solution:
- Basic LF reader
- LF identification cards
- Raspberry Pi
Check his actual post here to have all details of how he managed to do it.
DIY is not about the perfect solution
We won’t start a discussion on how good this technology is for the actual application. You may argue on using LF here instead of HF or UHF. I can myself think about different solutions that could bring more benefits.
It’s even worth pointing that Shazin explains he already had the components so it was easy for him to develop the RFID parking solution. There was no ‘technology selection phase’ or anything similar. Which is actually the point of most DIY challenges! It’s usually not about getting the best solution in the market but the solution that is easy for you, as a standard user, to develop.
The market will probably offer a solution that’s more complex, accurate, and scalable – and who knows how many more advantages. However, these solutions are targeted to businesses in general and doing it yourself at a non-professional level or as an early prototype can be enough.
The DIY can be extended to different parts or components too – not just to the complete solution. For example, we have previously talked about the interest of using RFID readers in drones and rovers but you may face the need to create a small and lightweight reader to embed in them. Funny, but we also mentioned Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black there 😉
We understand people are developing their own solutions both as users of their own creations or as a first step or prototype for a future design. In both cases, you can count on us to help as much as we can. We love to develop!