sábado, 2 de febrero de 2013

Sooo... What is this RFID ?

Well, I really must say how interesting it was to know and learn about the RFID Technology in my Knowledge Management and Information Systems Strategy class.

RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and it’s a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object.

Yeah, I know most of the people won’t understand but the truth is that RFID is already changing all the retail and supply chain industries and many more. Even it is ready to change our daily life. Here is an interesting prototype, MY Fridge. It deals with the process of food management in a futuristic scenario where RFID tags are printable. In this scenario, the data stored on the RFID tags is put at the users' disposal by an interactive terminal.

We all know or we all are some way familiar with the bar codes technology. As bar codes, RFID is a data collection technology, they both automate the process of collecting data. BUT they are not the same. They have plenty of differences such as: RFID tags can be read at greater distances, RFID readers are much faster than barcodes readers, RFID reader can communicate with the tag and alter information, and barcodes don’t have that capability. Also RFID is as expected, much more expensive than barcodes technology. Here is another cool video about RFID technology.

In class we saw and discussed many cases of companies that are already using RFID technology and changing all the industry, especially the fashion industry that attracted me more. So here we go, The Interactive Mirror ! This cool gadget shows you more information about articles which are anticipated with RFID. You can see which sizes and colors are in stock and you can order them through the mirror at the shop-assistent. 

1 comentario:

  1. excellent start...really like the inclusion of the videos as examples. You mentioned the mirror, which company did that work for? Any instances where there have been problems or the technology has failed? What do you see as the key challenges from a managers perspective?
    Looking forward to your next post!