Choosing the Best RFID Tags for your Business

When you need to be able to securely monitor all of your products, RFID is a sound choice. With RFID standards and technology having evolved in just a few years’ time, your options are many. The great news is that all RFID security labels can add a formidable level of protection to your business. But beyond this is to ensure that the tags you choose are the best possible choice for your requirements.

Begin with your Items

What kinds of items are you looking to be able to track? This is the first and most important question to ask yourself when choosing the right RFID tags for your business. Virtually anything can be secured with RFID, but some items will require bespoke tags or those made of certain materials.

If the products you wish to track with RFID already have a tracking device like a barcode, consider how it is attached to your products. It could be embedded, printed, bolted or sewn in or onto them. It also could take different forms, such as a hanging tag or label. Whatever the case, an RFID tag is likely to be able to be affixed to your products in the same ways, and thus may be capable of replacing your current system. Of course, RFID tags can offer a very good complement to an existing security method.

Environmental Conditions

Where the weather and temperature would affect the kinds of RFID tags that were able to be chosen, today it’s more about the environment in which products are being stored at retail locations. For example, clothing not yet ready for the sales floor may be stored in a drawer, while another type of product may be hung on hooks. Certain types of storage will require particular reading capability.

How Much?

Of course, the cost is always a consideration and RFID tags are no exception. Available in a wide range of costs that can be as small as a few pence to over £60 per tag, the most cost-efficient tags are those used for retail purposes and are of the passive RFID type. Only those tags considered to be active and used for specialised purposes can provide the additional functionality which often manifests itself in a higher cost.

Generally-speaking, the more the item being protected is worth, the higher the cost the RFID tag will be to protect it. However, these high-value items can see their tags lasting for many decades, as they often also store information in the form of maintenance history for as long as an item is in use or storage.

Tags which combine the ability to manage inventory along with deterring theft can also be of great benefit to a business owner. Again, while these can be expensive, they are also able to be reused, which results in greater cost savings over the long run.

Another way for the business wanting to use RFID tags to increase security is to avoid the purchase of a different tag for every product category. Instead, they can standardise a few tags.

Tags are an important part of RFID Security

It’s important to ensure that the tags you’ve selected are well aligned with the items you need to track. Only then will you be able to narrow a wide selection of tags down to the most appropriate few that will work most efficiently for you. Having only a few tags will also make it much easier when the time comes to test them in the warehouse or sales floor.

Investing the time into choosing the right RFID tag for your business will result in a product that not only secures your items, but that also provides your business with the metrics it needs to increase value to customers even further.

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Are Your Labels Sitting Around? Here’s How to put them to good use

Thinking about any kind of printing label likely brings to mind the use of a printer. After all, that’s what most labels are for these days – for printing information on. But there are actually many other ways you can use your labels that don’t involve using a printer at all.

A Personal Touch

With the holidays quickly approaching, the more creative you are the better. So if your labels have been sitting around waiting to be used, why not use them to get personal? Whether you’re writing a letter, putting your name on a gift or simply want to communicate on a different level with customers, hand-writing your inkjet labels will certainly give that personal touch.

Now, there’s nothing saying that you need the skills of a professional calligrapher to impress your recipients. In fact, your regular handwriting will probably be enough to impress in a day and age where handwriting is more of a dying art. But one word of caution: once you’ve decided to hand-write your labels, ensure you’ve left yourself enough time, as doing it this way will take longer than if you were to use a printer.

Fancy Family Dinners

If you’re hosting a Christmas or other formal dinner at your home, your labels can play an important part. You can make simple place cards by folding a piece of cardstock paper, and then sticking a label to it. Then, simply write the person’s name on it. You can also make it more fun by leaving a coloured pencil at each seat, and letting guests decorate their own labels.

If you’ve run out of Christmas gift labels, you can give a festive feel to plain labels with a few colours and a few minutes.

De-cluttering with Style

If you have a basement or other storage area that’s full of miscellaneous items, labels can help here too. Permanent inkjet labels are perfect for this purpose, as you can just peel and stick them onto a box you’ve filled with similar items for easy sifting when looking for something you need.

Labels can also come in handy in the kitchen or pantry, where you may have several similar storage containers for things like flour, tea bags, noodles and the like.

Organise for the New Year

It won’t be long before we’ll be bringing in 2016. If your New Year’s resolution is to get more organised, labels can also help with this. If you already have coloured labels, you can devise a colour-coding system. But even plain white labels can be used – just grab some coloured pencils.

Where differences in colour won’t suffice, you can also add notes to your labels. This will assist you with knowing what items go where. If you already have labels that need to be used, you can get to work almost immediately. If you need to purchase labels, consider what you will be attaching them to, as both permanent and temporary labels are available.

The possibilities for using labels to organise are virtually endless. Whether you need to track chores at home, or keep an eye on business files or schedules, using coloured labels is a very handy system to use.

Using your labels for the tasks above also has other benefits. Over time, labels can become less adhesive. And if they’re not being used, they are costing you money. By using them now, you can ensure they’re being used for as long as possible before having to go out and purchase new labels. And if you normally have a hard time getting your labels to align properly in a printer, handwriting and decorating them by hand can provide a stress-free solution.

The QR Code vs. the Linear Web Address

qr codesA few years ago, the linear web address was king. Anything that could fit an http: address on it seemed to include one. Once seen, all a customer had to do was to go home and type in the address to learn more about the product. This was most certainly a convenient way for companies to get their deals and other offers to the customer.

However, the linear web address had many drawbacks; for one, any number of distractions could turn a customer away from entering an address. For example, if they were at home and a household duty called, they may forget about entering the address entirely. As well, typing the address on anything else but a computer was not exactly the most convenient way for a customer to get required information.

As technology progressed, a quicker and better way to get information to customers that didn’t leave much room for distractions was soon developed: the QR code. This square-shaped code is able to contain over 4,000 alpha-numeric characters in a small block of space. The QR code has a host of benefits that the linear bar code simply cannot match.

Created initially for use in the auto manufacturing sector, the QR code was meant for bigger things. It was only a matter of time until the code’s benefits to marketing and advertising were realised.

Closing the Gap

The QR code utilises several technologies to narrow and even eliminate the gap between the customer and the information that the code provides about a company and its products. The QR code is really little more than a two-dimensional barcode.

When a person scans the QR code with their phone or tablet’s camera, they are taken to a web page designed for mobile devices where more information about the product can be had.

QR Code Uses

Just as with the linear web address, the QR code can be placed virtually anywhere, whether it’s on a series of inkjet labels, or in a magazine or newspaper. The best thing about the QR code is that it is more economical in terms of space; because it is square-shaped, it can fit easily and inconspicuously into the corners of a label, page or ad.

Business cards can also contain QR codes. Not only can recipients take the card for future reference, but they can also simply scan the code and store your contact information. Printed advertisements with QR codes can be tracked to determine the amount of traffic the ad obtained.

Direct mail pieces can get much more functional with the addition of a QR code. You can link it to any number of social media accounts to create a traffic ‘funnel’ to the online locations you desire.

If you sell food products, your product label can contain a QR code which takes the customer to an online location where they can get more nutritional information take a health-related quiz, or the like.

Should your company be promoting an upcoming event, a QR code can be a terrific way to provide more information. Inside the code, you can include directions to the event, lead customers to a special coupon which gives them an event ticket discount, or even a handy checklist that customers can use to ensure they have everything they need with them when they arrive at the event.

Regardless of the way it is used, QR codes certainly provide a way not only to bridge the online and offline worlds, but also communicate with customers in a much more efficient and effective manner.

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Colour Mixing and Types

Technology certainly is a wonderful thing. Today, all that’s needed is to bring in a favourite cushion, throw or other object to a paint shop, and they can scan it to recreate that exact shade. And you may be surprised to know that when a particular colour is needed for your inkjet labels, the process is basically the same.

Spot Colour

The printing industry uses two types of colour: spot and process colour. Spot colour is the process of matching colour by mixing ink. This can be done by scanning a particular item, by eye or by using Pantone colours, which is a standard worldwide colour system used by several industries. Printers use the Pantone guide both to match colours and mix inks according to the instructions that Pantone provides. Once the colour has been identified, it must then be transferred to a lithographic press for printing.

Your label printing company will use a different Pantone guide depending on the material being printed on. Glossy labels will require a different recipe of ink mixture than matte labels will, for example, due to the different ink absorption rates of each.

Spot colour can also be combined with process colour where a particular custom colour is being used. For example, a company’s brochure can be printed in process or full colour, and the specific colour of their logo printed with the spot colour process.

Process Colour

Process colour is a general term that refers to the combining of millions of individual colours to create the particular colours of an image, and then printing those colours as dots of ink in various sizes. A common example of process or full colour is in your local newspaper, where all of the images are printed in this style. Process colour combines cyan, magenta, yellow and black (or CYMK) from their individual colour sources. The inks are then printed on a four-process machine, which has a roller for each colour. This way, only one pass of the rollers is needed to transfer colour to the materials.

Although process colour is great for excellent colour quality, those needing more specific colours may get more benefit from the spot colour process. For example, if you require metallic ink, the full colour process wouldn’t be able to accomplish this.

Determine your Desired colour Accuracy

Many wonder which process to choose. After all, they each have their benefits. For example, spot colour is a terrific process where large quantities need to be printed, as it is low cost and fast. Process colours, as stated before do have a high degree of accuracy. And technology has come a long way, allowing business owners to choose process colour printing throughout without having to require spot colour.

Considerations

Although there shouldn’t be any issues when choosing Pantone colours, there is likely to be some variation in colour saturation when printing on different materials like letterheads and business cards, depending on the card’s finish. However, the finish isn’t the only consideration; different paper types will also differ in colour, although this may not be noticeable to the naked eye. However, differently-coloured paper will display colour differently.

CYMK or process colour printing can have its own issues. For example, colours printed using the spot process will look different than those printed in process colour. As well, some colours will be more problematic than others, one example being Pantone orange, which can appear brown when printed using CYMK.

If printing several types of items (such as brochures, business cards and letterhead), it’s important to choose a single process for all, as combining processes can result in greatly mismatched stationery.

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Follow These Tips for Perfect Labels

Regardless of your reason for printing labels yourself or getting them printed by a company, one fact remains: your labels must be as close to perfect as possible. The reason for this is that anything you print, including labels, will be a direct reflection of you, your business or both.

But if there’s anything we all know for certain, it’s that mistakes can – and do – happen that can turn your easy label printing experience into a complete nightmare. But the good news is that each of them is preventable with some expert tips.

Artwork and Bleed

The bleed on label artwork must be adequate. “Bleed” is the amount of artwork which extends beyond the boundaries of the label. Ideally, 3mm of bleed is best for smaller printing such as that which occurs with labels. An inadequate amount of bleed can lead to uneven or incomplete borders and images.

Border

In addition to bleed, as far as label text is concerned, it’s important that it stay within its borders. Otherwise known as an ‘imaginary’ border, this is located a minimum of 5mm from the edge of any document. This provides some space between the label’s edge and its text. Not staying within this border could see your text being cut off once it’s been printed.

Text Size

Interestingly, not every colour of label background will respond well to the same text size. For example, if you want to place white text onto printed black inkjet labels, it’s important to ensure that only black – and not a combination of colours to make black – has been used. If more than one colour has been used, white text will appear blurry. This rule also applies to other colours as well as textures.

Text Format

There are two ways text can be added to a label: vector or raster. For the purpose of label printing, the former is better. This is because vectors are made using mathematical formulas, whilst raster images are made from pixels.

Colour Conversion

Before printing your labels, you must convert the colour type from RGB to CYMK. Not doing so can result in a lot of confusing colours where there once was uniformity. Conversions should also occur if you plan to have your labels printed by a company as opposed to printing them yourself.

Font Conversion

Another confusing element of label printing can be font conversion. Anytime you are using a programme that combines vector artwork and raster images, it`s important to ensure they`ve been converted to outlines before you export them to another file format for printing, such as PDF. And of course, always ensure that the conversion was made successfully before you print.

Images

You may have decided on a great image for your labels. But will it work once it reaches your printer? A common issue is pixelation, which can occur when an image’s resolution is too low. The higher the pixels per inch, or PPI of an image, the clearer it will be when it’s been enlarged.

In general, understanding what makes a label work and what doesn’t is crucial. This can be done by conducting some research into sound label design elements. You can even go online and visit design communities. These communities allow you to upload your artwork and receive feedback from experienced designers, which can be incredibly valuable if you are printing your labels on your own.

If you’ve decided to use a company to print your labels, it can help to ask them questions about the above. Although they’ve likely got it all in hand, asking questions can show you are interested in and want to understand more about what they do.

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Avoiding the Unreadable Barcode

With so much modern technology going into the labels we use, it can become easy to forget that the barcode was one of the first security labels. Barcode technology has endured, even as new forms like holographic and tamper-evident labels have come onto the scene.

However, as simple as barcodes are, the effects of an unreadable barcode can be utterly disastrous. If a barcode cannot remain readable from warehouse to final destination, it can, in effect, become ‘lost’. And this directly affects a business’s bottom line. But this can all be avoided by keeping a few things in mind.

Barcode Orientation and Size

There are two ways a barcode can appear on security labels; it can either be placed horizontally much like the rungs of a ladder, or vertically like a fence. The latter is preferable, because the likelihood that the barcode will be unreadable is far less.

The size of a barcode can also affect its readability. Generally speaking, barcodes become more difficult to read the smaller they get. In order for a small barcode to be readable, it must be incredibly clear. And this is where image resolution comes in.

High-Res Images

The more dots per inch any image has, the more clarity it will have. This is certainly true of barcodes. Small barcodes need to be of incredibly high resolution in order to be able to be read by scanners. As well, any numbers situated beneath the barcode should be readable as well, but by the naked eye.

Printer Maintenance

One of the most common and yet overlooked causes of unreadable barcodes is lack of print quality. And lack of print quality can often be attributed to poor printer maintenance. Specifically, there are two printer parts responsible for the clarity of all printed items including barcodes. These are the platen roller and the thermal print head. Both will have a dramatic effect on the print quality of your barcodes.

A worn platen roller can cause areas of missing print, or in the case of barcodes, missing gaps. This can render a barcode unreadable. If the thermal print head is dirty or contains foreign objects like dust particles, a fuzzy printout will be the result. This can be especially disastrous for small barcodes.

Both the platen roller and thermal print head can be cleaned with wipes specifically for this purpose. It is recommended that this type of cleaning be done for the roller and the print head whenever your print media changes.

Printer Calibration

The way in which a printer is calibrated can also contribute to poorly-printed barcodes. Things like print head pressure, temperature and other factors can make the proper printing of barcodes nearly impossible. Where the calibration of a printer is in question and more input is needed, it can help to have a professional take a look and calibrate the machine.

Media Type

Another very common cause of unreadable bar codes is using the incorrect media or ribbon. Some ribbon materials can work well with a label type, whilst others do not. If this is the problem, it can help to consult the information that came with the printer, which can sometimes reveal the answer. The information included with the ribbon can also provide clues as to which media may work best. A good way to determine if the media/ribbon combination is incorrect is when the printed bar code is difficult to read. Another indicator is if the ink smudges easily.

When combined with the right label material, the ink of a bar code can sink into the substrate, allowing it to remain readable for much longer, thereby allowing it to be tracked regardless of the distance an object must travel.

Types and Properties of Security Paper

Many use security labels to secure their products. But when it comes to securing certain kinds of documents, what is one to do? The paper or substrate on which documents are printed can offer basic security. Many types of security paper are available for purchase directly from merchants and can be bought in bulk to provide overall security. This makes security paper a far more cost-effective means of securing documents than other methods.

Sandwich Paper

Also called colour rip, sandwich paper contained a coloured leave in the centre, with two paper layers on either side. When ripped or torn, the colour would be revealed to make tampering obvious. Because this kind of paper can still be successfully copied, it is a good solution where light security is required.

The thinner the sandwich paper, the more difficult it can be to counterfeit, as three layers of paper would need to be glued together. And even so, an illegal copy could still easily be identified. The situations where sandwich paper is the solution are those where the threat of counterfeiting is low.

CBS1

CBS1 paper does not reflect ultraviolet light, which makes it ideal for printing with ultraviolet security inks. In addition, this paper type has resistance to particular chemicals that could be used to alter the document. These chemicals include bleach, water and various other solvents.

CBS1 paper is also ideal for overprinting using a laser printer. The document has porous properties that allow ink to penetrate the paper, making it more difficult to alter names, figures, dates and numbers, such as that found on cheques.

Security Threads

CBS1 security threads are rolled between CBS1 paper layers, which require expensive machinery to be able to be read. This makes them incredibly difficult to copy. Holographic threads are another type of security thread that is commonly used. However, the verification of holographic security threads must be thoroughly vetted.

UV Fibres

CBS1 paper can also contain UV fibres. These are pre-added to CBS1 paper and will show as coloured flecks when the right light is shone upon them. The flecks can also be visible to the naked eye, and so be obvious to anyone attempting to counterfeit. The fact that this paper is not easy to acquire presents an additional hardship to the would-be counterfeiter.

Tear-Resistant

Picophan one a common type of tear-resistant security paper. This type of paper consists of two layers or paper with a layer of tough plastic between them. Paper with tear-resistant properties is usually very useful for situations where documents need to be able to withstand conditions like water contamination, general wear and tear or the passing to more than one person or location.

Heavy Stock

Although CBS1 is most commonly used in security applications, there are situations that call for a heavier weight to be used.

There are products with UV dullness available for purchase. However, it must be ensure that a viable printing method is used on this thicker material. As well, some printing processes will require the paper to be processed in sheets or rolls.

Bespoke Watermark

Covering both custom watermark and standard watermark design, this paper type can be purchased off-the-shelf or printed with a company’s logo or text. Watermarks are notoriously difficult to copy, and usually, the more complex a logo is, the more difficult it is for a counterfeiter to copy.

Because no two types of security paper offer the same level of protection, it’s a good idea to thoroughly research each type and choose the one that you are sure will meet your needs before having your documents printed.

Make it Stand Out: Label Design Considerations

Any product that expects to be sold on a shelf today must contain certain information on its label by law. But what about the other areas of the label? Before anyone even gets to reading about the ingredients of or nutrients in a product, they must first be persuaded to pick up that product.

Those few seconds between a customer’s search for a product and physically picking that product up to investigate are all that product developers have to make an impression. So how do you make the inkjet labels on your products stand out enough to get that kind of attention in just a few seconds’ time?

Know What Your Audience Wants

Before you do anything else, you must understand your audience. Only then can you design a product label that’s been geared to them. For example, if your target audience is children, then your packaging may contain bright colours that children will point out to their parents.

The parents, before buying the product will want to know if it’s healthy for their children. And so your label will contain information about this as well. For example, your brightly-coloured label could also communicate that the product inside has an added vitamin, or was made using organic ingredients.

Looks

How do you want your product label to look? The design of your product label is what will attract the customer’s attention. So why not consult with professionals about creating a label that wows the customer? This way, you can use their expertise to communicate your message accurately and clearly.

Ideally, any product label should contain as much information about the product as possible without overwhelming the customer. Information can be communicated in more than one way; for example, you can use images to convey part of the message whilst your product name conveys another.

Flexibility

Although you want to be specific as possible about the information on your label, you may want to consider potential expansion of your product. For example, if you currently only produce a food product in one flavour, you may wish to expand to other flavours. Where this is the case, consider leaving space in your existing label for a different effect, such as a different block of colour or an image. You can even leave room for a QR code if you wish to reach consumers in a digital manner.

Packaging

Your package should complement your label, as well as what’s inside. For example, delicious donuts in a black, windowless box may not be as appealing as the same donuts in a brightly-coloured box with clear windows.

Effects

Today’s printers can apply any number of effects to help labels stand out from the other products on the shelf. Those who specialise in this kind of design whether found independently or as part of printing company staff are the best individuals to consult, as they will know how to best convey your message. But beyond that, they can take that message and apply it throughout the printing process.

Labels can be embossed to give them a smooth and professional look and finish. They can also be enhanced using the hot foil process, which adds an attractive sheen to particular areas of a label. But what these effects can also do is interact with the customer. This is because of their feel as well as their look.

A label that feels good when a customer picks it up will cause the customer to want to keep interacting with it. And if the product inside works well, or tastes good or looks attractive also, then a marketing home run is the result.

Coloured Inkjet Labels

In the world of inkjet labels, there are many choices, depending on what you will be using them for. The coloured label is one of them, and it is at the top of the list of most practical label types. But this type of label often goes overlooked by those needing exactly what they can provide, which is attention for products and important documents.

Likely the simplest of the coloured labels are the small round labels. These labels can be seen during almost every store sale, communicating to customers that there’s something special about the product they are attached to.

Get Attention

Using coloured inkjet labels is a great way to get your products to stand out from the rest. And this can be done in many ways. You can use the colour of a label as part of your product’s logo, or use it to attract attention to a certain feature, such as a limited edition or on-sale product.

Get Control

In a warehouse setting, the coloured label can be incredibly useful for stock controlling, rotation mailings, dispatch and ID labels that identify products by label colour.

Coloured labels can also work well in an office setting, identifying similar files or subjects, saving you hours of time in locating the documents you need.

Business Benefits

Coloured labels can be used to mark the week’s most urgent tasks, as well as to label file cabinets in an office. They can also be used to indicate employee absences and holidays on a calendar.

In addition to their original colour, these labels can also be over-printed with another colour using inkjet, laser or thermal printing. The level of flexibility is also virtually unlimited, allowing you to create your own design. In no time, your colour labels can be printed for promotional or personal use.

Coloured labels allow businesses to project a professional image. Brand enhancement, as well as a unique look when compared to other labels are two ways to achieve greater impact. Even if an original logo is little more than a plain black outline, having a colour behind it can add loads of contrast, which can attract even more attention.

Depending on the material they are made from, coloured labels can offer resistance and durability. Many types of labels are resistant to things like sunlight, humidity and frost, in addition to regular wear and tear.

And although not often an aspect that’s focused on, few can argue the user-friendliness of the coloured label. There is no need to understand anything beyond where on a product you wish the label to be placed.

Another business benefit in having coloured labels professionally printed is that you can save a lot of time and money doing it yourself. Believe it or not, sometimes a large volume produced by a professional printer is more cost effective than printing out labels at home, one at a time.

Formats and Finishes

Coloured inkjet labels are available in several formats. Whether an A4 sheet or coloured roll-fed thermal labels, these products can also be made with a range of finishes including thermal transfer and direct thermal. There are other label types, such as vinyl and polyester which can withstand wear and tear over months and years.

Should You Have Your Coloured Labels Printed Professionally?

Although you may think it is easier to print your labels yourself, there are many benefits to getting them professionally printed. If you’re a small company, it’s likely you don’t have the time, staff or resources to do printing work in-house, especially when there’s so much else to take care of. A professional printer has the equipment and the know-how to create the quality labels you need.

Data Storage and Security with RFID

rfidSmart labels are an increasingly popular way to keep items safe, and RFID or radio frequency identification is at the top of the list. Smart labels are sensitive to pressure and all have some kind of inlay or transponder located under the label itself. RFID security labels are really part of a wireless system.

RFID offers a way for businesses to improve efficiency where the management of their assets is the priority. Often, RFID represents only one facet of a complete system which also includes bar codes and manual data entry.

Data Storage

Because of their capacity to handle varying amounts of information from a single number to several pages’ worth of data, RFID tags can be found most anywhere. Other means of tracking such as barcodes can only hold a small amount of information, and only in a single format.

Types of RFID

There are two options if you are choosing RFID for tracking and security purposes: passive and active.

Along with a reader, the passive RFID system works to communicate certain information to nearby customers. The reader emits radio waves, but also receives signals from surrounding tags. Passive RFID readers can have fixed or mobile readers. A fixed reader system allows assets to be monitored on a continuous basis without human input.

The active RFID system has no reader because the tag itself is one. This type of system is very useful for monitoring products and other assets over a large area without the need for manual activation or monitoring and human input.

Of course, each has its own disadvantages. The passive RFID system, for example can present a challenge to mount in some scenarios. As well, drops in the network can cause difficulty in maintaining communication with the RFID reader. The active RFID system’s large tags can make these readers difficult to mount also. As well, the lifecycle of active tags is 5 years, and network access to them can be a daunting task to provide.

Why is RFID Popular?

The reasons that several business owners are choosing to use RFID tags are many. RFID tags work without needing any line of sight, where their barcode counterparts must be able to be seen and read by lasers. As well, the barcode system requires not only the barcode itself to be clean and free of damage, but the ‘eye’ of the reader must also be clean and clear.

RFID tag systems, whether active or passive can withstand all kinds of weather and temperature extremes. They are also able to be read from some distance away, making their information accessible from virtually anywhere.

As stated previously, the fact that a single tag can store pages of information makes it a small database with incredibly high portability. Not only that, but multiple RFID tags can be read at one time, as well as have information sent to them simultaneously. A barcode’s information is not able to be changed once it has been encoded.

Another reason why RFID tags are so popular is that equipment, people or items can be tracked in real time. This alone has several benefits, including the ability to track something or someone that has left a designated area during off hours, which can prevent thousands of pounds in tampering and theft.

Of course, bar codes are still an ideal means of tracking smaller assets, as well those items that need to remain free of clutter or be aesthetically pleasing. At the end of the day, choosing to implement an RFID system will include a significant upfront cost. However, the many benefits of using this system for security purposes tend to far outweigh the disadvantages.

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