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RFID DATA CAPTURE SOLUTIONS

Radio-Frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. When an RFID tag passes through the field of the scanning antenna, it detects the activation signal from the antenna. That "wakes up" the RFID chip, which transmits the information on its microchip to be picked up.

We're all familiar with the difficulty that store checkout clerks sometimes have in making sure that a barcode can be read. In contrast, RFID devices will work within a few feet (up to 20 feet for high-frequency devices) of the scanner. For example, you could just put all of your groceries or purchases in a bag, and set the bag before the scanner and it would able to query all of the RFID tags and total your purchase immediately.

RFID offers a great advantage over Barcode Tags

  • The tag  does not need to be within line of sight of the reader. Active RFID tags have their own power source; the advantage of these tags is that the reader can be a greater distance away and still get the signal.
  • The tag may be embedded in the tracked object, and is therefore not subject to wear.
  • The read time is typically less than 100 milliseconds, reducing labor.
  • Large numbers of tags can be read at once rather than item by item, increasing accuracy and reducing labor
  • Active versus Passive Tags: Although Active RF tags are useable for 10 years, it is still a limitation. Passive RFID tags do not require batteries, can be much smaller and have a virtually unlimited life span.

While RFID technology has been available for more than fifty years, it has only been a recent development that the tags are inexpensive enough to be considered as a "throwaway" inventory or control device. That’s why ATI has moved towards broad instant monitoring complete inventory tracking via RFID reading.

RF Handheld Devices

RF Handheld computers are designed to provide real time database updating using a wireless access point using an access point antenna, which link the handheld computers to a Local Area Network (LAN).

They have also been designed to withstand harsh environments. Their light weight, user-friendly design, and optimum battery life mean the RF is ideal for not only enhancing data collection but also for directing and monitoring worker progress.

 

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In 2012 ATI & EDGE concluded the Discovery phase for RFID tracking of product in tubes for a biochemical company. Above is an example of
the RF tag for this application.

Assorted RFID tags

 

Robust RF Handheld

Robust Handheld RFID Data Capture Device

Lightweight , economical RF Handheld

Lightweight Handeheld RFID Date Capture Device

 

ATI and EDGE enterprises will be introducing a Tablet platform for interfacing to their enterprise software.

ATI and EDGE will introduce a tablet interface to their enterprise software

ATI can provide a complete analysis of your requirements and recommend the very best solution for maximum ROI regarding your application. We perform the site survey to system definition, hardware acquisition, software, tags, installation and maintenance of either Bar Code or RFID technology.

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Example of an RFID tracking solution

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