What can be done with Wireless Technologies?
Technologies such as RFID and NFC are getting more mature over the years with the extensive research and development from several companies around the globe and many decision-makers are starting to add them to their solution chain. Let’s explore some examples of these systems and see how they make a difference in real world applications.
Warehouse management is a key party of the supply chain and many companies have difficulties trying to organize it. The vast diversity of goods coming in and out of a warehouse usually leads to delays in the distribution chain. As a result, many transactions such as shipping, receiving, putting away and picking products suffer delays due to bad warehouse management.
When a RFID based system is implemented, a lot of the paper work is removed and almost everything can be controlled through this online integrated system and run completed transactions with RFID readers.
The handling of expensive products, such as luxury items, antique wines and jewelry is critical.
The payment of products and services through mobile devices isn’t something new, but a new perspective was brought to the market when mobile devices started to be released with embedded NFC microchips. Near Field Communication (NFC) is the technology that make mobile payment wireless and secure. Major companies, such as Apple are already investing in the idea and having virtual credit cards and bank accounts can open possibilities for a broad range of applications. You only need to put your mobile phone close to the reader, quiclky identify yourself (e.g. finger prints) and the payment is done. The transaction is completed in a matter of seconds and consumers don’t need to memorize passwords, keys and buy any extra equipment (beyond the mobile phone) to use it.
One of the biggest worries in the military area is to send officers to missions on the battlefield and have casualties by friendly fire and not identifying targets correctly. By adding RFID techonology to the mix, it’s possible to identify friendlies, specific units, weapons and enemy targeting with minimum loss. It’s also possible to see the battlefield from a strategic point of view as the location of every soldier would be known with real time data. Decision making would be done based on consistent data and the results would be certainly improved.