Despite its widespread popularity, some RFID myths still persist regarding how the technology functions and the applications it’s used for. Our experts here at MSM Solutions would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on some of the most common misconceptions.
#1: RFID tags are expensive
While it’s true that tags aren’t free, they are much more cost-effective than a decade ago when RFID was first gaining mainstream adoption as an asset management system. More importantly, when the benefits of RFID technology are factored in and the return on investment (ROI) is calculated, a robust RFID system quickly pays for itself in cost savings, efficiency and productivity click here to investigate.
#2: An RFID apparel hangtag can track me after I purchase it
One of the great benefits of RFID is the ability to store information about a tagged product and its manufacturing process on the RFID tag. This not only helps improve customer service and speed product returns, it also provides authentication for brand protection and peace of mind. Customers can rest assured, however, that no personal information about the purchaser is stored on the tag.
#3: RFID tags don’t work with metal or liquids
Yes, radio waves do tend to bounce off metal and can be absorbed by water at ultrahigh frequencies. This means the tracking of products made of metal or with high water content has been challenging in the past with some passive tags. But more recently, technology has been developed to design special UHF tags to overcome these challenges. In fact, MSM offers a wide range of hard tags designed to work in most any RFID application and environment, including challenging applications involving liquid or metal. Additionally, there are ways to tag products with metal or water content to ensure reliable read rates.
#4: RFID products from different vendors don’t work well together
Although this may have been the case in the early days of RFID, this is no longer an issue due to the adoption of industry standards and interoperability initiatives like RAIN RFID. Furthermore, when designing an integrated RFID system, various hardware such as external printers and readers can be seamlessly managed using a web-based browser with cloud-based solution like MSM Solutions’ PortalTrack. The PortalTrack inventory tracking software can be deployed on a range of platforms including mobile, desktop and web-based systems running Windows, Windows Mobile, Android and iOS.
#5: Deploying RFID uses up a lot of IT resources
Simple RFID solutions can be run as standalone implementations without consuming a great deal of IT support or data storage. Yet even scalable, integrated applications can be deployed easily when you rely on MSM Solutions’ integration services. Our identification and tracking software is designed to manage everything required to create, collect and manage the data associated with a Barcode or RFID installation. When it comes to RFID integration, MSM can deliver a tailored system that meets your needs, whether it’s standalone, web-based or integrated with many ERP systems.