RFID - What is?

RFID is sensor-based enabling technology which provides the tools to identify uniquely each product, container, pallet, case and item being manufactured, produced, shipped and sold, thus providing the building blocks for enhanced security and visibility throughout the supply chain. 

RFID was invented in the Second World War. During 1950’s, Toyota improvised the concept and added RFID based Toyota Production System (TPS) to its assembly line, making it one of the largest auto manufacturer of the world.

Recently, the technology is bringing benefits to a wide range of sectors, but one of the main drivers of RFID adoption has been the large companies. In USA, one of world’s largest retail stores is expected to save $8.35 billion annually with RFID integrated system.

RFID is a system of very small electronic tags (comprising a tiny chip plus an antenna) that transmit data via a radio signal to RFID readers and related hardware and software infrastructure. The transmitters can be placed anywhere that tracks the movement of goods to the commercial process: on containers, pallets, materials handling equipment, cases or even on individual products.