RFID Benefits & Limitations
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are an ideal asset tracking system in certain applications, however before investing, consider the functionality, durability and security aspects of RFID.
What Is RFID?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a touchless technology that can be used like barcodes to track information about unique assets such as maintenance records, inspection records, work orders and other asset-specific data.
Implementing RFID requires RFID readers, RFID tags application-engineered for your asset/operating conditions and asset management software that works with RFID tags.
Metalphoto vs. RFID
Sub-surface, inorganic image proven to resist degradation from sunlight, heat, chemicals, abrasion and saltwater since 1950.
Limited third-party testing or long-term real-world validation.
Works with any barcode scanner or smartphone.
Specialized RFID reader required.
Metalphoto Range & Rate
One ID/scan. Direct line of sight required.
RFID Range & Rate
Multiple ID/scan when in range. Passive tags scan within about three feet but cannot read through metal or water.
Attachment method (adhesive, rivet, ties, etc.) and size/shape/thickness can be customized to the application.
Some customization possible, but most come with a basic stock adhesive and may not adhere permanently to all surfaces.
Typically, less expensive than RFID, depending upon design and quantity.
Typically, more expensive than Metalphoto, depending upon design and quantity.
Zero reflection/detection Tactical Tag be tracked to reveal asset/user location.
Can be used to track asset/user location by nefarious actors.
Embedded overt and covert security printing makes counterfeiting virtually impossible.
When scanning multiple items without direct line of sight, labels can be removed from assets and/or copied, giving the impression asset are scanning when they are stolen/missing.
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Flaws of RFID Asset Tracking
RFID TAGS CAN BE DETECTED BY THE ENEMY
The U.S. military has strict requirements for tracking high-value assets such as weapons, explosive materials, ammunition, body armor, and other supplies. These requirements are set forth in standards such as MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129.
There are two primary types of technologies used to track military assets: unique identification (UID) barcode labels and RFID tags. But are both technologies equally secure? In a recent investigation of how the U.S. military uses technology to track firearms and guns, the Associated Press (AP) found that RFID tags pose concerning security risks.
The Superior Durability of Metalphoto, Field Proven for Over 50 Years
TRUSTED BY INDUSTRY LEADERS LIKE THE US ARMED FORCES, NASA, CATERPILLAR, AND BOEING
Metalphoto is a photosensitive anodized aluminum that can hold the line in demanding industries. It features a sub-surface image that has the fine image resolution to support bar codes and QR codes of any symbology, and offers unparalled resistance to damage from abrasion, weather, chemicals, corrosion, and UV exposure.
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