Asset Tracking

RFID Asset Tracking and Management

Office Interiors of Virginia can make asset tracking easy and quick. RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a technology for identifying and tracking distinct items, such as office furniture, computer equipment and other assets by adhering or attaching labels or tags that include a RFID transmitter (computer chip) and antenna (for receiving radio signals).

Typical RFID systems are made up of two (2) major components:  readers and tags (inlays).  The reader, sometimes called the interrogator, sends and receives RF data to and from the tag via antennas. The tag, or transponder, is made up of the microchip that stores the identifier (data), an antenna and a carrier to which the chip and antenna are mounted (label).

The RFID labels draw their power from the reader.  The reader transmits a low power radio signal through its antenna to the tag, which in turn receives it through its own antenna to power the integrated circuit (micro-chip) that is built-into the label.  The state-of-the-art is Gen II ‘passive’ RFID tags utilizing the 915 MHz frequency, and is referred to as UHF (Ultra-High Frequency).

RFID makes it easy to inventory and keep track of issued assets, and assets maintained in inventory storage areas.  Whereas bar codes must be read one-at-a-time from close distance, RFID enables many items to be scanned all-at-once and from distances up to 20′ and speeds up asset tracking. RFID is also used to protect valuable information or security risks. Alarms and shut-downs or door-locks can be tied to the RFID function.