RFID Slow acceptance 2017 – Lack of Knowledge and Understanding

Ξ May 11th, 2017 | → Comments Off on RFID Slow acceptance 2017 – Lack of Knowledge and Understanding | ∇ Active RTLS, General RFID Questions, HF High Frequency, LF Low Frequency, RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

It is now May 2017 and we are still seeing the majority of potential users with no real understanding of RFID  looking for solutions to help their companies.

While RFID has been around for more than 60 years, there is slow acceptance among the user community simply due to the lack of understanding of “RFID’S”. With businesses looking for ways to reduce labor costs and improve efficiencies and accuracy, existing staff are tasked with “learning” about “RFID’s” so they can be the Team Leader for the “RFID Implementation”.

SkyRFID does offer free basic training but that is not intended to make anyone an expert – Novice maybe – But NOT Expert. RFID means Radio Frequency Identification. While I wrote a blog on this in July 2011 – NOTHING HAS CHANGED!  See blog July 26, 2011 directly below.

RFID is not 1 technology – it is multiple types of identification technologies rolled under the RFID roof – they all use Radio Frequency for Identification. They are not interchangeable between the technologies and in many cases some of the technologies used are really outdated for current needs.  125 kHz and 134.2 kHz enjoyed huge success for many years because that was all there was.  Now we have passive and active technologies in several bandwidths that can do so much more for asset management and tracking.  Better security, better results, longer read distances, read/write capabilities at higher data rates and more, but it is not something that you can just “Learn” or be “Taught” in a short time.

If you have a background in computer sciences and wireless technologies then you will be able to pick up the basics fairly quickly, and then you can get into the ISM band that you want to use for Implementation.  Not understanding IC, TID, EPC, FHSS, WiFi, Bluetooth, TCP/IP, Serial, and other common computer terminology – you will have a slower ramp up time. Most of the hardware documentation available is written by parties that already have considerable experience in the technology and the basics are simply not there – you need to be at Novice Level with some experience in using the technology before it becomes easy to even get an RFID reader (Interrogator) working! Not necessarily correctly – just able to read a tag!

People really do not have the time to “Learn” about RFID – it is simply too complex for most and once you have what you need, unless you are going to be an RFID Expert – you don’t really use the knowledge again. That means a slow long learning curve and then nothing. Unless you are prepared to really learn what you need for your application, you have a great chance of failure and frustration. Implementations are not for UN-initiated people to attempt as it will be a maybe OK – not a 100% correct and working installation.

Fortunately for some of the needed RFID solutions, SkyRFID has been working with Cloud Collected LLC of Delaware to provide Plug and Play Turnkey RFID Solutions. Stay tuned for more details on the new Total Solutions as a Service – (TSaaS) to solve the RFID solution problems.

About SkyRFID Inc.
The leader in Dynamic Asset Management, SkyRFID has become the “go-to” resource for the real-time management of high value, critical assets.
Having developed a full scope capability over the past 30+ years, SkyRFID supports its clients with high-quality, optimal cost hardware components, full requirement real-time tracking and reporting solutions and a global consulting team, across all industry verticals.
With its established global network of engineers, consultants, resellers and system integrators, SkyRFID is the obvious first selection choice for real-time management of high value, critical assets.

SkyRFID excels at Weapons Management and Tracking, Electronic Vehicle Identification and Management, Security Access and Remote Site Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management and more.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

Radio Frequency Identification is Multiple Radio Frequency Technologies not just one!

Ξ July 26th, 2011 | → Comments Off on Radio Frequency Identification is Multiple Radio Frequency Technologies not just one! | ∇ Active RTLS, HF High Frequency, LF Low Frequency, RFID News, UHF Ultra High Frequency |

We are constantly amazed at the questions that prospective users ask when they visit our web site.  While RFID has been around for more than 5 decades it seems many people still have the opinion that RFID is a single technology that uses multiple Radio Frequencies.  Supposedly these different frequencies are used based on the needed read distance between the reader and  tag  and the material that the RFID tag is attached to.

Wow – would that be a lovely world to be in – easy, fast, simple.

RFID technology is far more complex that just multiple Radio Frequencies.  There are the standard ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band frequencies that were reserved internationally for purposes other than communications.  Generally these ISM frequencies do not require licensing but are usually locally regulated in the bandwidth and power that can be used and any devices used in these frequencies must accept any interference generated in this ISM band.  Outside of the ISM band there are a number of frequencies that may or may not require local licenses to operate.

If we just concentrate only on the ISM band and only on the larger well known RFID frequencies we have the following wavebands – 125~150 kHz ( usually broken down to 125 kHz and 134.2 kHz), 13.56 MHz, 433 MHz, 860~960 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and finally 5.8 GHz. So we have at least 7 wave bands that can and are being used for RFID applications.  Reality is there are 14 bands used – http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Frequencies.php – in this blog we are just looking at the commonly known bands.

In addition to the commonly used 7 wave bands; we  have Passive and Active technologies that govern how the tag and readers inter-operate:

Passive Technology – where the non powered equipped RFID tag is dormant until excited by an RFID Interrogator (RFID Reader);

Semi Passive/Semi Active Technology where the tag contains a battery or some other power boosting device so that when excited by a Reader the tag contents can be read;

Active Tag and Reader Technology where the Tag has a power source and can talk/beacon without a Reader exciting it and the Reader can talk to the Tag and change its contents or communication methods;

And finally Active Tag and Passive Reader Technology where the Tag has a power source and can talk/beacon without a Reader exciting it and the Reader only listens for tags.

So now we see we have 7 wave bands and 4 different technologies that can be utilized within the wave band.

Within each of these technologies we also have the following Tag Read and Write Characteristics:

125 kHz – Low Frequency – Usually read only, but can be read and write – usually limited to 10 hexadecimal characters, usually short range almost touch  – but with the right Reader and Tag combination can read over 1.5 meters!

134.2 kHz – Low Frequency – Also usually read only and 15 hexadecimal characters, but many of the tags can be read and write and like the 125 kHz was usually short read range – under 50 cm, but with the right tag and reader combination can easily go over 2 meters.

13.56 MHz – High Frequency – the biggest usage of all bands – and the most complex, no security, some security, DES security, EAS security, all kinds of flavors, mostly read write, several ISO standards, varying read distances, varying user memory sizes, and constantly evolving. For user memory we can go from 64 bits to over 4K on standard I/C’s.  The new Smart Technology can have hundreds of kilobytes of storage and even its own operating system on the tag!

433 MHz – Ultra High Frequency – older band, was primarily Military but is now providing the longest read range of all bands – commonly read only and limited memory.

860 ~ 960 MHz – Ultra High Frequency – newest band – now known as the EPC Gen 2 band – never fully used in any country but parts of the band are used in different countries so that the same tag can be read all over the world – originally designed for end to end supply chain management, now being used for a huge number of passive tag applications. This EPC Gen 2 has a large number of flavors and variations built in to accommodate global acceptance –http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Gen_2_What_is_it.php

Within the 860 ~ 960 MHz band there is another band 916 MHz – not well known yet but growing in application usage.  Commonly this band is Active tag Passive Reader with a shorter read distance than the huge 433 MHz read distance but far larger than the 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ranges.

 2.4 GHz – Super High Frequency – also known as the WiFi band – can be WiFi enabled or can be proprietary, but is usually active tag and active reader with a range of up to 100 meters, sometimes more.

5.8 GHz – Super High Frequency very similar band to our new wireless phones!  shorter read distance than the 2,4 GHz band but we can amplify the read range with more power and larger antennas.

For more information on the passive tag Read Write and Memory capabilities – http://www.skyrfid.com/RFID_Tag__IC_Chips.php

So now we know there are at least 7 frequencies and 4 reader/tag technologies that can be used for RFID applications.  Next blog we will look at each of the 7 ISM bands and try to understand their basic characteristics.

About SkyRFID Inc.
SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and provides customers with everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID personnel have implemented solutions in all of the Americas and many other countries with great success. SkyRFID provides solutions in Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Microwave (SHF) RFID technologies and has considerable expertise in Animal Management,Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Tags.

SkyRFID excels at Weapons Management and Tracking and Electronic Vehicle Identification and Management.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com

E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com

 

 

 

 

RFID Access Control for Offices, residences, nursing homes and more!

Ξ July 26th, 2009 | → Comments Off on RFID Access Control for Offices, residences, nursing homes and more! | ∇ General RFID Questions, HF High Frequency, LF Low Frequency, RFID News |

In past few months SkyRFID has seen a dramatic rise in the requests for and implementations of access control systems for offices, residences, nursing homes, private homes, universities, and other facilities.

We are also finding that the reasoning for these systems is not just for access control but also for safety reasons.  Access control systems not only allow or prevent access to a facility, department, room, waste bin, washrooms, and other access controllable objects; they also provide real time information on who is in the building in case of emergencies such as fire or explosions.

Years ago these systems were expensive complex to install and difficult to maintain.  Today you can now implement a single door access system and then add to it whenever you want and not worry about interchanging access cards or door locks or access readers.

You can built an easy to use access control system with a few components and have a single access reader contain the tag information – with a built in battery back up – in case of power failure, and then you can add more access readers, more doors, remote building accesses, a PC to control all of the access rights and privileges and of course software.  All of these modern components are fairly inexpensive to purchase. DIY (Do it Yourself) software, ready to implement software and source codes for modifying software to your exact requirements are readily available from SkyRFID.

Now for access control you can use 125 kHz or 13.56 MHz RFID technology and have a variety of inexpensive tags that can be killed quickly from the system should you lose an access card or tag. You don’t have to rekey the locks or even issue keys for the access locks! Simply just make the lost key or tag inactive and that’s all there is to it!  And it is real time so the inactive tag can not be used anywhere.  If you do recover the tag you can easily make it active again.  This saves time and money plus you have an automatic audit trail of every access should you ever need it.

Since there is such a demand for these systems, SkyRFID has built several new web pages to educate potential buyers and also display some of the very wide variety of tags, readers, and other accessories that are readily available so you can have your own solution the way you want quickly and easily.

For a better understanding of potential access control solutions simply click on THIS link.

To add Time and Attendance to your Access solution – Click This Link

For a variety of Access Cards and Tags Click Here

And to see our wide variety of Keyfob, keychain, keyholder options click this link!

SkyRFID is a privately held Canadian company specializing in Automated Data Collection (ADC) solutions that use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. SkyRFID has over 20 years of experience in ADC and supplies everything from a single consulting engagement to a complete turnkey global solution. SkyRFID maintains its global presence through its skilled strategic partners that provide local RFID implementations, assistance and support. SkyRFID provides RFID solutions in all passive RFID frequencies and in 433Mhz and 2.4 GHz active technologies. Their specialties are Asset Management, Access Control, Document Management, Library Systems, Field Service, Manufacturing, Parking Management, Supply Chain, Warehousing and Distribution, Weapons Management, Event Management, Fleet Maintenance, and Custom Designer Tags.

For more information contact SkyRFID Inc. at +1 647-476-3265
Web Site: www.skyrfid.com
E-mail: sales@skyrfid.com