Access control

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are being used for access control and security system for several years. Nowadays, the system of automatic identification has become necessary to overcome the security threats. The RFID based access & security system only allows the authorized person to enter or exit from a certain check point. Authorized people are provided with unique tags, using which they can access that area. RFID based access and security system requires the authorized person to take the RFID tag over the reader, then the electromagnetic waves activate the tag and automatically store the data. A reader is installed at fixed place whenever the authorised person with RFID tag will be in the electromagnetic waves the reader will automatically collect the data stored on the tag. RFID for access and security is used in various fields like- parking management, library application, access control, personal identification, mobile payment and public transport.

Our RFID tags for access & security are wristband tag, metallic tag, key fob tag, silicone wristband tag, key fob tag, pet disc tag, AFC token tag, windshield tag, universal tag and more.

Library automation

Taking care of books and making them available to the readers are important tasks. Most of the library staff’s time is spent in recording information of incoming and outgoing books. Using RFID in libraries staff can automate their day to day and make the process more convenient.

RFID is nowadays widely used in libraries for automation and security activities like- maintenance of documents either inside the library. Radio frequency identification technology can also be used for library management. A library usually requires a tracking system to keep a check on material across the library. RFID based system supports library in tracking and recording the transactions, it helps in monitoring and improving the handling process. RFID tags are attached to books & material in library with their stored information on the chip.

RFID technology uses a tag with an IC in it which contains all the information about the material tagged. Each RFID tag has a unique identification number. This tag is attached to material in the library and read using RFID reader regardless of alignment or orientation of the tag. These RFID tag are in different forms used according to the application, for library management usually smart label tags are used. These are thin tags fixed inside the material in library.

With this technology books require less human handling as these label tags are attached to every book in library and can be read with an RFID reader; multiple at a time. It provides a contact less data link, without need for line of sight, for example, the books in the shelves or cardboard boxes can be checked without removing or opening. Unlike barcodes, RFID technology is not concerned about the environment, these tags are robust and durable.

RFID-based systems have been implemented for efficient document tracking purpose throughout the libraries that combine, easier and faster charging and discharging of documents, security of materials, inventorying, stock verification and shelf handling. RFID tag transponder listens for a radio query from the reader and responds by transmitting their unique id code.

Benefits of RFID at library:

  • Reduces the transaction time; faster process.
  • RFID makes material handling much easier.
  • A great tracking and security system.
  • Reduces the time of shelving and circulation

Parking management

RFID tags assist in automatic vehicle identification (avi) and vehicle tracking. Commercial vehicles as well as personal vehicles need to be identified and tracked for secure access to gated and controlled parking areas. This solution provides easy means of allowing secure entry and exit to vehicles in an area, preventing unauthorized access.

RFID enabled windshield tags are placed on the windscreen of the vehicles which can be read when the vehicle passes through a RFID enabled gantry or parking lot gate. RFID windshield tags mounted on the windshield is specific to users, the details for each vehicle is mapped prior to the process. RFID technology allows for easy and fast communication between tag and reader. RFID readers are mounted on the entry and exit gate as the vehicle enters the range of reader it activates the tag, the tag transfers the data from its ic to the system and allows entry or exit of vehicle. This helps in allowing access to a vehicle to a secure gated parking lot, automates billing and electronic collection of parking fees, and eliminates scope of misplacing parking tokens/tickets.

Windshield tags are tamper-proof which eliminates scope of theft of these tags. Any attempt to transfer or shift the tag from one vehicle to another vehicle causes the tag to lose its functionality and this helps in accurate automatic vehicle identification.

RFID based parking management will allow vehicles to move without having to stop. Drivers will not have to stop at the point of circulation and parking tickets will be out of usage during entry-point and exit-point. The amount will be automatically deducted from the user’s account as the vehicle passes the gate, they can recharge their account according to requirement. It will be avoided ticket-jamming problems for the ticket processing machines as well. Vehicle owners will not have to make any payments at each entry-point thus a faster traffic flow will be possible. Since there won’t be any waiting during entry-point and exit-points the pollution problem will be avoided.

Benefits of RFID based parking management:

  • Reduces chances of human error.
  • Fasten the process of entry and exit.
  • Reduce the traffic on roads.
  • Reduces the pollution.
  • Enhanced safety and security by allowing access to authorized people.
  • Application areas: residential colony, societies, corporate offices, factories, etc.

Patient tracking

Doctors and hospitals are adopting high levels of automation in the treatment process. This is not restricted to the equipment they use to diagnose a patient or to carry out procedures, but also to track patients and their treatment. Healthcare systems are a very important part of the economy of any country and for the public health. RFID technology implements a smart patient management, monitoring and tracking process that can be used in hospitals to automate and organize their information management.

Patients are made to wear RFID wristband tags which are stored with information regarding their diagnosis, medical history and treatment process. These RFID tags consist of unique identification numbers for each patient which will identify her/him in the health information system. As the patient moves through different steps in his treatment process, these tags become a medium to automatically identify the patient and retrieve information regarding treatment, medication cycle and also update records as and when the treatment progresses; it is saved in a database for further analysis. This patient data can also be communicated electronically when required so that special attention can be given and information can be stored and maintained. This technology provides a cost-effective means of increasing reliability, privacy and security in the management of healthcare records.

Automated tracking of treatment helps in avoiding delays, errors, and miscommunication between medical staff. This ensures quick and proper treatment of patients and also makes better use of hospital resources. There is high return on investment as patients turnaround time reduces and safety risks are also significantly reduced.

Patient tracking through RFID provides following benefits:

  • Better tracking of the treatment process.
  • Enhancing internal schedules.
  • Accumulated RFID data can help a healthcare organization in predicting patient flow.
  • The system increases patient safety by reducing human error and so improves the efficiency of the service.
  • Analyzing the data about a patient’s movements can help hospital for deeper insights.

Asset tracking

RFID has become an easiest way to keep track of your assets and maintain its database. Most companies store relevant information about their assets through RFID. It improves the reliability on assets- a manager can monitor maintenance cycles, analyse costs, and review asset availability. Every company need to track their assets.

RFID asset tracking systems are non-contact and non-line of-sight; they are designed to read and write through non – metallic objects, such as plastic conveyors.

How RFID based asset tracking process works?

Companies can keep a record of their asset; also can track their movement in and out of a gateway through RFID. For example- a warehouse full of inventory, any company would require record of the assets in the warehouse. RFID is the easiest way to record and maintain the data of multiple objects at once. The company can tag every object in the warehouse; each tag consists of a unique identity number to represent the tagged material. We can manually store the data on the ic of RFID tag and retrieve it automatically using a reader, when required. The type of data stored on tag could include- type of material, date, time, etc. Read reliability in RFID asset tracking and automatic identification is not affected by a misaligned tag or, as is often the case with barcode labels, compromised by airborne dust, dirt, oil mist, or other factory conditions.

The RFID systems provide a non-contact, non-line of sight method of automatically gathering, inspecting and distributing detailed production information and are capable of reading through metallic and non-metallic objects, such as plastic conveyors. Built for reliable operation under rugged conditions, RFID systems take on a wide range of operating conditions, including harsh environments, where barcoding is not practical. RFID tags, RFID antennas and RFID controllers are all industrially ruggedized to withstand wet, oily and other adverse conditions.

Benefits of RFID based asset tracking:

No direct line of sight – an RFID reader doesn’t need line of sight for it to function; it just has to be within the range of the tag.

Durability- these tags are capable of reading through metallic and non-metallic objects, such as plastic conveyors. Also, works under rugged conditions and harsh environment.

Alignment- read reliability of RFID is not affected by a misaligned tag.

Reusability- read/write tags can be modified by the RFID reader, making it possible to add or change information stored on the tag when necessary.

Inventory management

With increasing complexities in the work process, managing inventory has become tough and important too. An inventory management system helps a company to have clear insights into the stock in hand; it prevents stock surplus or its shortage, stock security and quality management. Inventory visibility and control are keys to maximizing throughput and boosting productivity. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology which creates visibility and helps in controlling the inventory at the warehouse.

RFID technology helps in the identification and recording of individual products and components, and to track them throughout the verticals from production to point-of-sale. This process does not require direct line-of-sight and it creates visibility of stock in hand, thus helps proper utilization to it. Every movement of the inventory/stock can be automatically stored on the system with the help of this technology.

Radio frequency identification tags help in managing inventory. RFID technology uses radio waves to transfer data stored on RFID tag to the system. RFID tag is customized in different sizes and frequencies as per the requirement of the application. RFID tags with a tiny microchip, can contain a range of digital information about a particular item.

Benefits of inventory management using RFID technology:

  • Enhanced productivity through real-time visibility of inventory.
  • Every movement of inventory in and out the store can be tracked.
  • Reduce chances of over-stocking or under-stocking.
  • Optimum utilization of resources.
  • Helps in reducing inventory storage cost.

IT Asset Tracking

IT asset tracking is tracking of the various it asset of a company like laptop, CPU, monitor, keyboard etc. From the time of their purchase to time of disposal. Asset tracking enable you to identify and track change in the location of assets, increase or decrease the number of assets, track assignment status and user information. Tracking it assets allows getting maximum value from the use of the assets, right-size it inventory, and optimizing inventory purchase decisions and strategies.

RFID technology helps in tracking the IT assets with a small tag attached to assets. Whenever these assets with the RFID tags come near to the reader, its data is automatically stored.

Benefits of it asset tracking with RFID:

  • Ensures company’s assets and the data are secure.
  • Helps in preventing inventory overstocking and misuse.
  • Real time visibility of it asset allows management to improve efficiency and performance, by reducing the overheads.

Warehousing & distribution.

Warehouse management is imperative across all industries and market verticals. RFID nowadays has become significant part of the warehouse management. It provides advantages to a warehouse by tracking, securing and managing items from the time they enter the yard/warehouse through the entire transit. Warehouse agents can benefit from RFID tags because this technology can make internal processes more efficient and improve responsiveness, by enabling a real time traceability of assets.

Traceability of assets and their movement within a warehouse or along the distribution channel helps to manage resources better in following ways-

  • Inventory levels can be managed better.
  • Losses are minimized.
  • Manual labour can be reduced.

RFID tags can create such systems which are reliable and bring about efficiencies along these warehouse and distribution channels. Also, it monitors the progress of products through the warehouse through automatic identification of goods, maintaining accurate and timely records of their location, movement, dispatches and delivery. RFID tags are attached to the materials, RFID readers and antennas are installed at the checkpoints which typically would be the entry/exit points of the warehouse; to record movement of tagged assets.

RFID tags have ability to read, write, modify and update. All the data is manually stored on the ic and can be automatically read whenever a tag enters the electromagnetic field. All the material information like source, manufacturing date, place, and destination location are all entered against the tag id. Whenever any material is moved in or out of the warehouse it automatically gets updated in the system database.

A regular inventory update is possible by using handheld RFID devices, during the lifespan of the material in the warehouse. The data can be automatically updated for a lot material at once. RFID technology hold capacity of reading multiple (>100) tags simultaneously. Constant monitoring of the materials will be possible at any time by increasing the number of readers and antennas.

Deploying RFID technology creates visibility of assets for a firm with lesser manual effort. These benefits lead to overall resource optimization and cost savings.

Benefits of RFID based warehouse management:

  • Provide greater visibility of the inventory as it moves.
  • Enable faster inventory turns and less stagnant stock.
  • Reduces inventory handling cost.
  • RFID technology increases the speed and productivity of the tracking process in warehouses, reduces the need of manual check and counts.
  • Capture critical information to and from every point of activity.
  • Reduces inventory errors and inaccuracies.

Waste management

Solid waste management refers to collecting of solid waste for further disposing of it. Every city has its own municipal corporations and contractors responsible for collecting the waste from a region. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a powerful tool for waste collection, disposal, and management of waste, delivering different benefits to city governments and waste removal contractors. The technology enhances the efficiency of the waste management process. RFID encourages traceability and real-time visibility in waste management operations.

Here, RFID tags help municipalities and waste management companies to optimize their resources and make the data collection process more efficient. Omnia technologies offers a broad spectrum of lf and uhf passive contactless transponders that provide various levels of resistance to water, shock, and temperature variation making the tags suitable for harsh and outdoor environments.

Waste bins which have RFID tags fitted in them are picked up by disposal trucks equipped with RFID readers. These readers record the exact time and place every time a waste bin is emptied. This automatic data collection makes data reporting cheaper, faster and accurate.

How RFID technology works for waste management:

RFID tags are attached to waste bin at every household in all regions. This RFID tag contains a unique identification which represents each household’s customer information. Also a reader, antenna and scale are mounted on a garbage truck. The reader and antenna communicate with the RFID tags. The RFID tag, located on the cart, transmits its unique id. The reader on the truck will receive this id as each waste bin is emptied, weighs the bin. Data collected from the tags, which can be linked with a timestamp, type of container, weight of the container, truck’s identity, load description and customer information, can also be stored in the truck’s on-board computer and later transferred to a central waste management system for data processing or can be directly to a host computer.

Benefits of waste management using RFID technology:

  • It helps track waste collection and container movement, monitors sorting quality, and improves overall efficiencies.
  • Quickens and simplifies the process of billing for services rendered and allows easy implementation of incentive programs.
  • Enables municipalities to evaluate the performance of subcontractors and have unprecedented control of the waste-disposal process.

Mobile payments

Mobile payment is a point of sale (POS) payment method which is done through smart phones. The mobile payment facility has reduced the requirement of carrying cash in hand. Mobile payment is not only convenient but safe also.

It requires a technology called near field communication (NFC), which is an extension of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that combines the interface of a smart card and a reader into a single device. This allows two-way communications between endpoints, where earlier systems were one-way. For two devices to communicate using NFC one device must have an NFC reader/writer and one must have an NFC tag.

Benefits of mobile payment using NFC:

  • Quick and easy payment method.
  • Transactions are made only within close proximity, which makes the system a safer method of payment.

Electronic toll collection

Toll collection is a part of government activity which includes collecting taxes from the road users. Manual toll collection activities lead to long line on the highway. Also, this process creates congestion on the roads and thus more pollution from the vehicles.

Electronic toll collection system allows electronically charging a toll to an established customer account etc.; allows vehicles to pass through a toll without stopping or requiring any action by the driver. The automatic toll collection requires an account with the concerned government authority. RFID tag with a chip in it is fixed on the windshield of the vehicle and enables a customer to make the toll payment directly from the account linked to the tag.

Why electronic toll collection?

  • Faster & efficient movement of vehicles.
  • Helps in monitoring every vehicle which enters and exits.
  • Will reduce the congestion on the road.
  • Using RFID tags for toll collection is a part of smart city projects as well.

How RFID technology works?

Radio frequency identification technology is a step initiated by the government to reduce traffic on the roads. RFID systems consist of three components: an RFID tag or smart label (FASTAG), RFID reader (fixed at the gateway), and an antenna. The RFID system uses a reader to activate the tag on windshield of each vehicle, and as the tag comes under the electromagnetic waves of the transponder it transfers the data through the reader to the system. Every RFID tag is assigned a unique identification number with data of the vehicle stored on the tag. The reader reads the tag and automatically deducts a certain amount of money from the account linked to the vehicle and let the vehicle pass through the toll gate.

RFID tag offers the convenience of cashless payment along with benefits like – savings on fuel and time as the customer does not have to stop at the toll plaza. It has helped to reduce congestion on the toll.

The RFID tag used for electronic toll collection not only automates the payment process at the toll but also-

  • Vehicle theft detection
  • Signal breaking avoidance
  • Tracking over speeding vehicle

To conclude, electronic toll collection is an RFID based toll collection system where every vehicle owns a unique identification number linked to a tag. When the vehicle enters the electromagnetic waves of the reader it automatically deducts certain amount from the linked prepaid account and opens the gate for the vehicle to pass. This system includes electronic toll collection (etc) system, real time toll collection and anti-theft solution system. This reduces the manual labour and delays that often occur on roads. Electronic toll collection system using RFID is an effective measure to reduce management costs and fees, at the same time, greatly reduce noise and pollution of toll station.

With students venturing out in newer spheres and geographies, it has become extremely important to develop a faster and better student attendance / visibility system. The universal problem today is that there is no insight on the movement of students when they leave their homes till the time they are back. A lot of money and resource are being spent on phone calls and manual checks for marking attendance and presence in the campus. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances beyond the control of the institute management, student security is at risk.

Eco track system is a pioneer in next generation powerful RFID hardware for automatic student attendance management. The system is most widely used to track student movement and automatically mark its attendance in school, colleges and for hostels.

State-of-the-art facility and the use of extensive and highly efficient tools are features that have made us the best RFID tag manufacturer and supplier in India. At eco track systems, you can remain assured of getting the best suited tags for waste management, laundry management and asset tracking.

There are 5 type of systems available for attendance tracking. Choose the one that suits your requirement.

High frequency: students are expected to touch their smart cards with the reader to mark the attendance. The readers can be installed at the main gate of the school or in respective classes to mark the class wise location tracking. Live reports can be viewed on a central server. Messages can be sent to the parents on each card swap. It works on 13.56 MHz frequency. You can choose to opt between either bio metric/face detection or card swap or all of three options together in a single machine.

  • HF Cards
  • HF Readers

Ultra high frequency: attendance can be marked through a distance of 6-8 meters without swiping the card. Students are required to travel in a queue or follow a particular path to mark the attendance. As a prerequisite, students are expected to hang the smart cards on their neck.

  • Uhf Card
  • Uhf Reader

Active frequency: one of the most widely used option for attendance management in India. It is extremely accurate with a read range of up to 90 meters. Student attendance can be market without disturbing the current process flow as soon as they enter the campus or de board the bus. Merely a single reader is required to control the process. There is no requirement for the students to travel in a queue or follow a particular path to mark the attendance.

  • Active card
  • Active reader

RFID cum GPS attendance tracking: students are required to carry a small card size device which has an inbuilt RFID and gps location tracking system. Live location can be tracked on a central server. Geo fence can be done at various locations to alerts when the student enters a particular location (for example school campus, school block/building, playground or any other restricted area). It is small in size and can be carried in a pocket or attached to the school bag. It has an sos features which sends message and phone calls in case of urgency and happening. The device has a long battery life of 72 hours and can be charged like any other mobile device. This multi-purpose device can also be used for tracking student / kid location outside school (tuition, while playing, in market, mall, bus etc.). Parents can view live reports on a central server / mobile app. You can also print student details like name, class, emergency contact number, photo, logo etc. On the device. It can be alternatively used as an I-Card for students.

Gate attendance: students have to pass via RFID gate which automatically marks their attendance. As a prerequisite they have to pass in a queue. The gates can cover up to a distance of 2 meters. In case of a wide gate / entry, multiple gate pedestals can be used.

  • RFID gate
  • RFID cards