AIDC, RFID, NFC and Internet of Things

Transmission and storage of data, Automatic Identification and Data Capture, Internet of Things, tracking of objects. AIDC – RFID – NFC technologies, Barcode and QR Code, can bring significant benefits to companies that adopt them.

Source: 05/05/2015, Internet of Things Division, AIDC

AIDC technologies and Internet of Things: areas of application

AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture)
There are many areas of application of digital technologies for automatic identification and data transmission: asset tracking, EPC compliant asset management, tracking material with WIP (work in progress), electronic inventory systems with anti-shoplifting electronic article surveillance (EAS) for retail stores, real-time view of personnel with control access (security), visibility of supply chain, logistics (transport and storage), deadlines reporting for perishable materials, inventory turnover, yard management, reusable packaging, mobility solutions (Telepass), credit cards, electronic ticketing, tracking practices, and many others involving the use of smart labels.

Future scenarios: Internet of Things and the potential for business companies

The widespread adoption expected in the coming decades of AIDC technologies in various applications, as well as the likely interconnection data into one large global network (Internet of Things), open new unexpected scenarios and market space with enormous potential for companies which pay attention to technological and process innovation.

RFID – Radio Frequency IDentification

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is a very flexible technology that provides the ability to identify objects and storing data, thanks to electronic tags (tag or transponder) responding to interrogations via radio frequency of electronic devices, called readers. In summary, a RFID tag is able to receive and transmit via radio frequency information (data) contained into a microchip to a RFID transceiver. There is obviously a physical medium that holds the chip and the antenna.

NFC – Near Field Communication

The NFC (Near Field Communication) is one of the latest standards with great potential, that allows the exchange of information among different readers/writers at close range. Almost all new smartphones are equipped with this technology and there are many scenarios of possible use like mobile electronic payment, credit cards/debit cards systems as an alternative to cash and other solution (e-payments, mobile payments).

QR Code – “Quick Response” Code

A QR Code is a two-dimensional matrix barcode that can be read by smartphones (through specific apps) and contain much more information than a traditional barcode. QR codes are used in many areas, like in an advertising campaign to complement traditional media with digital content for further information (websites, videos etc.), this can increase engagement and interaction with consumers or for example can allow the user to access services like booking or unlocking electronic locks for car rental (users can simply take a picture and validate a QR Code).

AIDC technologies: technologies and solutions for different needs

It is not yet clear which one, or if one of these technologies will prevail, the IoT – Internet of Things – with objects and devices with Smart Objects or SmartThings, or only objects with label that can be recognized by electronic devices – smartphones or other. For each specific business it is necessary to consider carefully the costs and benefits of various possible solutions, as well as the organization related to business processes, to be able to make the best choice for the integration of business systems. Our technical experts support companies in these crucial stages.

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