Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

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The use of radio frequency technology including RFID tags and tag readers to identify objects. Objects may include virtually anything physical, such as equipment, pallets of stock, or even individual units of product. RFID tags can be active or passive. Active tags contain a power source and emit a signal constantly. Passive tags receive power from the radio waves sent by the scanner/reader. The inherent advantages of RFID over bar code technology are 1) the ability to be read over longer distances, 2) the elimination of requirement for 'line of sight' readability, 3) added capacity to contain information, and 4) RFID tag data can be updated/changed.

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