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What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to a wireless system comprised of a smart label, also known as a RFID tag, and a reader. The reader has one or more antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tag. The smart label uses radio waves to communicate their identity and other information to nearby readers.

Smart labels can store a range of information from one serial number to several pages of data. They are pressure-sensitive labels with a transponder (or inlay) underneath the label.
The uniqueness of smart labels means that a product may be individually tracked as it moves from location to location.

In health care and hospital settings, RFID technologies include the following applications:
• Ensuring that patients receive the correct medications and medical devices
• Preventing the distribution of counterfeit drugs and medical devices
• Monitoring patients
• Providing data for electronic medical records systems
• Inventory control
• Equipment tracking
• Out-of-bed detection and fall detection
• Personnel tracking

Because RFID improves both security and product handling, RFID may quickly find a permanent place in pharmaceutical packaging. RFID labels can be read through multiple layers of packaging without operator intervention, which can reduce the labour and time required for product handling in the supply chain.

We supply RFID tags, smart labels and durable hard tags in the four main frequency standards:
• 125 or 134.2 KHz (low frequency tags)
• 13.56 MHz (high frequency tags)
• 868 to 956 MHz (ultra-high frequency tags or UHF tags)
• 2.45 GHz (microwave frequency tags)

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