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Will RFID Software Work for Your Business?

By:Tom Gruich


RFID software is being used to combat medical fraud in the home healthcare industry. Security teams are using it to keep track of visitors and employees as they move around the building. Those are only two of the more interesting uses of Radio Frequency ID tagging.

If you are a business owner, you were probably thinking about using the tags and the appropriate computer programs to keep track of your inventory. That is the most common business use.

Some people believe that the tags will eventually replace barcodes completely. Some salespeople are pushing business owners to buy because of that possibility.

If you are about to install a system, don't feel pressured. Don't rush into it. Take the time to plan.

Requirements planning is an essential part of creating a new system for any business or organization. An experienced system designer never rushes. There is really no point.

Glitches are common in new systems. They would be much more common if designers hurried too much. Rushing today could mean time lost in the future for patch and repair jobs. Often, more time is lost than was gained by hurrying the job in the first place.

When it comes to installing a new RFID software system, failing to spend the necessary time on requirements planning could lead to complete system failure. There are many examples of large companies that had to delay the program implementation simply because they failed to plan.

The factors to consider in requirements planning vary from one company to the next. Some of the factors you might need to consider include:

* Amount and type of inventory
* Number of employees
* Number of locations
* Application type (inventory tracking, security, payment processing, etc.)

Knowing the amount and type of inventory you have will help your system designer determine the number of tags you will need initially and which type will work best for you. There are three basic types of tags used with today's RFID software programs. They are passive, active and battery-assisted passive. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

The number of employees and locations is a factor used in requirements planning, because of the need for readers or terminals. Hand-held readers are useful in most retail environments. In some cases, they are essential.

After learning what your business needs the system to do, the designer will be able to tell you what the technology is currently capable of delivering. You might think of this discussion with the designer as a feasibility study.

Will RFID software work for your business? If given accurate information, your system designer will be able to answer that question.

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