Did you know that we all use RFID technology in our daily lives? Billions of RFID tags are in use all over the globe, embedded in credit cards, implanted into pets, and even manufactured unto passports.
RFID chips are simple systems made from a silicon memory chip coupled to a transceiver. The memory can store and send data, an example is your passport. As you enter customs, the RFID chip in your passport is scanned by a passport scanner designed to read your biophysical information embedded in the chip and present it to the customs agent for inspection.
Radio Frequency Identification chips are changing the world by creating a more interconnected society. Did you know there are people that have had RFID implanted in their bodies? Here are nine other unique uses for RFID chip technology that you may find interesting.
Checking For Counterfeit Goods
High-end luxury brands such as Luis Vuitton use RFID chips sewn into their bags to verify their manufacturing origin.
Preventing Theft & Proving Ownership
Fender guitars are a sought after brand that has been the favored choice of artists for generations. Fender embeds RFID chips into their guitars as a safeguard against theft and to prove ownership. With a simple scan, the owner of the guitar can be found.
Monitoring Client Behavior
Casinos also use RFID chips embedded into their chips. The technology allows them to track client gaming behavior and prevent chips from being stolen.
Verifying Credit Cards
Credit cards are a financial instrument that can easily be counterfeited or cloned. When your card is swiped through a magnetic card reader or entered into a card dispenser such as an ATM machine, the RFID chip is read to verify your PIN.
Improving Logistics Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing companies and logistics supply chains have implemented RFID technology in their operations. The chips help them monitor the movement of shipments from manufacturing premises to the warehouse. This data helps them improve their supply chain management and gives them the ability to securely track shipments.
Finding Lost Pets
Chipping a pet became popular in the early nineties. The chips are usually implanted in the tissue of the neck, with no harm coming to the animal. If the animal is lost and found, a vet will be able to scan the chip and find the owner’s information.
RFID chips can also be used in bracelets or ID card. This is common practice in hospitals, large corporate entities, and government agencies. The chips allow access to multiple points in a building without the need to remember security codes.
Soldiers have also been recipients of RFID chip implants. The chip contains their vital statistics, as well as any allergies or medical conditions they may have. If the soldier is injured, or unconscious, the chip will display the necessary information to medical staff before they begin treatment.
Even your rental car can benefit from a RFID chip. Have you ever returned a rental car only to find that the office is closed? Using a RFID chip attached to the key ring allows the renter to drop keys through a drop slot where they are read by a scanner and the time of delivery is logged.
RFID Into The Future
RFID chips have so many uses, as technology improves, the chips become smaller and capable of carrying more data. You can expect further advancements in RFID technology in the decades to come.