What do tollbooths, concert wristbands, and your favorite retail store have in common? RFID!
RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a technology that utilizes radio frequency waves to transfer data and information. RFID tags can uniquely identify and track inventory and assets, unlike barcodes, the RFID tags do not require direct line of sight or proximity to successfully confirm the location of an asset while performing a physical inventory.
RFID technology works by transmitting radio waves between an RFID scanner (i.e., interrogator) and an RFID tag, which is made up of a microchip with an antenna. When a scanner sends out electromagnetic waves, the RFID tag attuned to receive the waves sends a unique signal back to the scanner. The microchip on the RFID tags holds information on the tag and relays the electronic product code (EPC) and asset tag number to the RFID scanner.
There are two types of RFID tags.
- Passive Tags – Passive tags don’t require their own power source, rather the tag is powered by the scanner. They are affordable, have a long life (with no need for battery power), and have a smaller profile, as a thin and flexible tag.
- Active Tags – Active tags use a battery to power the tag, which continuously broadcasts a signal. Active tags have a greater read range, but the battery generally lasts for 3-5 years and requires replacement.
Where can you find RFID in your everyday life?
Public transportation, tolls, microchips in pets, race timing, key fobs, concert bracelets, clothing tags at your favorite store!
You’ve been using RFID in daily life without even knowing it. This technology has been designed to make your life easier- and it can make your physical inventories easier, too! Learn how RFID and TIPWeb-IT can make your district’s asset management even more streamlined, helping you to gain more confidence in your data, increase accuracy, save time and resources.
TIPWeb-IT empowers you to work smarter by efficiently managing district and campus inventory in a single solution. Eliminate repetitive manual data entry, tedious paper processes, and information silos with a cloud-based software that makes it easy to report what you own, where it’s located, and how it’s being used.
About Hayes Software Systems
By offering SaaS solutions and services tailor-made for the unique needs of education professionals for nearly 30 years, Hayes has helped over 8,000 schools, including 35 of the largest 100 districts in the country, implement asset management solutions. Hayes is a privately held company specializing in asset management software and services to support K-12 inventory accountability. While primarily servicing K-12 school systems, Hayes also has customers in higher education, state agencies, and government entities.