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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

  

Background 
 
AITI has identified several initiatives under RFID programs in order to promote the usage of RFID technology in Brunei Darussalam. This is to further pursue the current RFID initiatives that have been implemented by AITI with emphasis on RFID as the niche area that has the potential for local ICT industry growth.
 
Other than RFID, AITI is also looking into promoting the usage of NFC, a short range wireless communications that is expected to become a widely used system for making payments using smart phones.
 
What is RFID?
 
The term RFID refers to Radio Frequency Identification, a technology which uses radio waves to automatically identify items or people. Most commonly this involves the use of an RFID tag and a reader device.
 
How does an RFID system work?
 
In general terms, Radio Frequency Identification systems consist of an RFID tag (typically many tags) and an interrogator or reader. The interrogator emits a field of electromagnetic waves from an antenna, which are absorbed by the tag. The absorbed energy is used to power the tag’s microchip and a signal that includes the tag identification number is sent back to the interrogator.
 
What are the benefits of RFID over traditional ID technologies such as bar-coding and human readable formats?
 
RFID technology can offer many benefits over more traditional approaches. Specific benefits are dependent on the type of RFID technology that is used and the application of the technology. Some benefits that may be recognized in utilizing RFID are:
·         Faster read rates
·         None line of sight reading
·         Multiple tag reads
·         Programmable and re-programmable tags
·         Enhanced security functionality
 
For more information on RFID technology, please download the RFID Guidebook here.