Looking at number of RFID systems available in market, its quite challenging to pick the right once especially when each of the vendor available in market try to sell solution with they are most familiar and comfortable. Without knowing about available options for desired cause and pros and cos of each option, they recommend their rfid system as best fit. Here we will detail out pros and cos of different rfid system for different applications

Different Types of RFID Systems

Passive and Active RFID? Active rfid use battery assisted cards. Cost wise expansive and works on longer range. Passive RFID use reader’s radiations for identification. Active rfid is not affordable easily for schools as cost is high and also there are questions about the use of high frequency for students’ attendance. Many rfid journals don’t recommend that.

Operating Frequency 

  • Low Frequency
  • High Frequency
  • Ultra High Frequency

Each of these have different use case. Like for human attendance, normally low frequency rfid system used. For schools, all of these frequencies used. UHF have limitations with reading cards on human body so for parking management, its good but not for rfid school attendance. High frequency has short read range and expansive than low frequency. Low frequency is safe and works on human body as well

Ask for Live Sites and Results

 Many vendors are very new in market and risks the money of customers for experiments on the basis of false claims. Ask them to show live working and also the output / results of that deployment.

Ask Questions 

  • Objects and/or people you would like to track?
  • Distance each object or person needs to be tracked?
  • Accuracy required
  • How important is data security?
  • Factors like:
    1. How large is the asset?
    2. What other RF devices are in operation in the area in which the RFID system will be used?
    3. How important is data security?

Pilot the System

Ask for pilot project first. Roll out complete system as and when required.