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Anticipated future applications of RFID tags Tabular Overview
H o w R F I D Te c h n o l o g y Wo r k s
The Fundamental Components
An RFID system will typically include the following
- An RFID device (transponder or tag) containing data
about an item;
- An antenna used to transmit the Radio Frequency
(RF) signal between the reader and the RFID device;
- A reader that receives RF transmission from an RFID
device, and passes the data to a host system for further
- Application specific software.
In addition to these, organisations considering bulk tag-
ging of their existing items will require tagging worksta-
tions, i.e. computers connected to a printer capable of printing the tags.
Smart Labels
and Smart Tags
Application area
Typical application
RFID type(s)
Public transportation
Smart tickets
Active Tags
Home appliances
Smart electric appliances
Active Tags
Electronic equipment
Tags with equipment specifi cations enable easy
Active Tags
Waste management
Automated recycling, landfi ll management
Active Tags
Synchronised factories, unmanned factories
Active Tags
Access control
Affi nity cards, controlled access to facilities
Active Tags
1. Access control to secured areas
2. Aircraft components can be tagged to ensure
accurate maintenance schedules
Active Tags
Active Tags
Auto ID-Centre
Internet of things (T2T)
Passive Tags
Sports and recreation
Sports timing, billing customers per lift ride
Active Tags
Talking tags for blind and visual-impaired
Active Tags
Amusement park and
event management
Cashless payment, guest identifi cation Active
Guest identifi cation and issuing membership
cards in hotels, restaurants
Passive Tags
Tags containing ID and biometrics data
(fi ngerprints, photo) for electronic passports
Passive Tags
RFID Book Labels, showing the
Winterthur library logo and an
individual barcode)
by courtesy