RFID or Radio Frequency Identification is a term used to describe the group of technologies that utilize radio waves to automatically identify an object via a unique identifier or serial number. RFID is classified as an auto-ID technology. There are several technologies within the auto-ID classification. Common technologies include Bar Code, magnetic swipe cards, optical character readers and biometric technologies.
Many comparisons are drawn between RFID and Bar Code technology because they sometimes share similar business applications. JS2 provides solutions that leverage both technologies. We work closely with our clients to understand their challenges and determine which technology or combination of technologies will achieve optimal results.
Although there are certainly overlaps in applications, there are distinctive differences between the two technologies. One key difference between the two technologies is line of sight between the tag and reader/scanner system. RFID systems do not require direct line of sight with the object. With Bar Code systems the scanner must see the tag to read and identify the object.
Additional key characteristics of RFID systems include:
- Ability to perform object identification without human interaction
- Extended tag read distance
- Capable of reading multiple tags simultaneously
- Increase data capacity and security
RFID in Everyday Life
RFID technology is used today across a broad spectrum of industries, including consumer products, security, supply chain, healthcare and defense. A few everyday uses that we all may be familiar with include electronic access control systems for buildings and automobiles, credit cards, passports, apparel, electronics and automated toll systems.
Most JS2 solutions utilize UHF passive RFID systems. Passive RFID technology delivers a reliable, cost effective solution to a diverse range of inventory management applications. A key characteristic of passive RFID tags is the absence of an internal power source (battery) within the tag itself. Passive tags are powered and data is transmitted by the RF field or radio waves emitted by the reader system.
Passive RFID tags are now available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Tags exist in various forms from paper inlays to tags encased in rigid durable materials to offer protection in extreme environments. The extensive product mix of cost effective tags enables us to manage a variety items from a pair gloves to a small precision instrument to a large piece of machinery.
JS2 RFID Solutions
JS2 utilizes RFID to identify and locate assets and personnel, record transaction activity, monitor the security of assets and perform a series of inventory audit functions across a variety of industries. Our RFID solution JS2’s RFID solutions operate on a single intuitive software platform providing a cost effective, scalable solution. Leveraging RFID and best in class inventory management software, JS2 delivers immediate time sensitive data to your company improving asset visibility, traceability and accountability.
JS2 RFID Product Offering:
- Industrial grade mobile computer/hand-held readers
- Point of use devices
- Stationary reader systems including portals
- Conveyor tunnel systems
- Mobile units including tool facilities and security check points