RFID 101: What is it? When, Where & Why Use it?

RFID 101

The “What” (Per the FDA): “Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) refers to a wireless system comprised of two components: tags and readers. The reader is a device that has one or more antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tag. Tags, which use radio waves to communicate their identity and other information to nearby readers, can be passive or active. Passive RFID tags are powered by the reader and do not have a battery. Active RFID tags are powered by batteries.”

RFID technology has been used for over 50 years to track everything from aircraft, to clothes, to pharmaceuticals, to your car as it passes through tolls.

As you already know, now it’s used to track cannabis! The metrc tags most of you are familiar with are “passive” (no battery) and they can have a “read range” of 12 to 15 feet.

The “When”: RFID is ideal for taking inventory of large quantities of something (like cannabis plants!) and for finding missing items. To take a mass inventory, just walk the room while waving the RFID handheld to capture all tagged plants/items. Finding a specific plant or package is easy, since our RFID handheld alerts you like a metal detector as you get closer to the item you’re seeking.

The “Where”: Use RFID anywhere you have a large inventory that requires manual inventory counts. Instead of taking hours to count thousands of plants, packages, or products, do it in minutes!

The “Why”: Simple…with the challenges in finding and training personnel, RFID lets you do more with less. Cut your labor costs and stay in compliance and run your grow or dispensary more accurately and efficiently. If you already have RFID tags because of state requirements, leverage them! If you don’t have RFID tags, we can help you use them to track and manage your plants and packages with a significant ROI.

Contact us at Outlaw. We know RFID and can save you time and money immediately.

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