Today, many still see Radio Frequency IDentification) as a simple and straightforward replacement of the barcode technology. RFID is, however. a collective name for several technologies based on the same principle; data exchange using radio waves.
A ‘tag first’ approach as we see regularly in the requests we receive – i.e. looking at tag capabilities and pricing, trying to force-fit them into operations – is not advisable. Instead, RFIDdirect approaches any RFID application from a business process perspective, identifying points of data capture within the process, classifying this data capture, communicated and acted upon.
This document is meant to provide you with essential technical information re RFID technology in general, hopefully contributing to a better understanding of what RFID can do for you.
an introduction into the working and history of RFID,
Frits Van Calker & Andy Ho – May 2017
RFID and Ecology: an Evolving Partnership
Bethan Pugh – Sep 2016
Knowledge of individuals’ spatial and temporal location is crucial for the understanding of animal groups’ organisation, interactions and behaviour in a variety of taxa. This may also include new understanding in the differences within/ or between individual behaviours under different circumstances.
The use of RFID to gain a greater understanding of ecology can inform commercial business as well. For example, research revealed that predator Rat snakes (Elaphe obsoleta) implanted with RFID tags visited the boxes of some Wood ducks, a commercially hunted species, more often than others. Therefore game management including annual movement of the boxes may reduce predation levels.
RFIDdirect offers work experience places for students. Work placement students can be asked to research the relationship of RFID and their subject of study. Ms. Pugh, an ecology student from Lancaster University, was asked to research this and more specifically if the RFID technology can have a function within Ecology research. This eBook is her uncensored essay.
Frits van Calker – Managing Director
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