Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Passive tags collect energy from a nearby RFID reader's interrogating radio waves.
AIMS supports any data capture technology – Manual, Barcode or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). There are several ways that a new system can provide improved efficiency for the asset management process. The degree of improvement will depend upon the configuration.
Configurations that should be considered would include:
--> passive RFID with mobile readers
--> passive RFID with fixed readers
--> active RFID
and some combination of the above
Moving to the passive RFID system with a mobile reader provides some further benefits. The process of identifying assets is slightly faster, and potentially less intrusive. There may also be some benefit in identifying items which are not directly in line of sight, such as items which are already packed for transport.
But perhaps the biggest advantage is when there are many items to be confirmed. This is particularly when a large number of small items must be verified.