Best Practices for RFID Adoption and Implementation

Released on: July 17, 2008, 6:06 pm

Press Release Author: GAO RFID Inc. Staff Editor

Industry: Marketing

Press Release Summary:
Toronto, Canada - GAO RFID Inc.'s ( focus and expertise is
based on successful customer deployments, empirical testing and innovative design.
To this end we offer these 10 Best Practices for the adoption and implementation of
your RFID initiative.

Press Release Body: Toronto, Canada - GAO RFID Inc.'s ( focus
and expertise is based on successful customer deployments, empirical testing and
innovative design. To this end we offer these 10 Best Practices for the adoption and
implementation of your RFID initiative.
An early start is necessary to research the technology, determine partners with whom
to work, and address the process changes required within the company.
There are a number of vendors all providing a variety of antenna/chip designs for
end-users' consideration. The components of smart media including tags, label
material backings, adhesives, etc., need to come together precisely so that the
finished product encodes properly, performs as needed on the products to which they
are affixed, and provides the wear and tear required over its life cycle. Getting
smart labels right could be the single-most important decision of your entire RFID
implementation, because they carry electronic product code (EPC) data. If the smart
labels do not work, all the rest of your RFID architecture will not make up for it.
Work closely with a reputable RFID Media vendor.
RFID implementations can require a variety of readers and/or tags based on what
types of items are being read (wood, paper, metal, liquid), how far the readers need
to be from the tags, and the speed at which items are moving past the readers. If
your company plans to use its existing bar code label formats as the basis for
compliance smart labels, their size and layout will set requirements for the size,
thickness, and antenna design of the tag. Because of these interdependencies, all
decisions on RFID components-readers, printers/encoders, supplies, and so on, should
be synergistic. An RFID supplier can assist in determining the "Best Approach" in
selecting the right tag for the application. A good place to start once the most
appropriate product offerings have been identified is to have a variety of tags
tested on your products by your RFID integrator. Once tags are selected, choose
hardware that has a solid track record in supporting those tag types.
Finding the best fit of partners to work with depends on a number of considerations,
including level of expertise in your specific vertical, cost, availability of
personnel, location and presentation of a solid deployment and implementation plan.
Even the best tag and reader implementation can't help a deployment that is not
thought through to its end. The presented solution, even though it represents a new
technology spin for your company, must be designed and implemented with the least
interruption of day to day operations.
Starting small makes a project a lot less intimidating and reduces costs by saving
on mistakes that could disrupt operations. A "pilot deployment" will quickly reveal
overlooked or unforeseen hindrances. Pilots are designed to address obstacles and
difficulties in getting good read rates, having to make big changes to your
business, and spending a lot to put in a system.
Now that you have selected the best team, product offerings and solution software,
you need to determine how to orient the tags on cases and pallets for reliable read
rates, how to set up readers so they won't interfere with each other and more.
Because tags perform differently with different materials, at different locations,
and at different channels within the frequency spectrum, it is important to complete
thorough testing early in the process to avoid creating more issues as
implementations scale up in volume.
If your company will be involved in new construction or remodeling, implementing new
applications, or upgrading IT infrastructure, gaining experience with RFID and
factoring it into your plans is a very good idea.
Once you start operations including your newly deployed RFID solution the focus is
to translate the RFID data flow to upstream business applications. This is where you
will gain insights from the data.
To leverage your RFID implementation, you can use shipment data collected via RFID
to automatically create a bill of lading and advance ship notice for EDI
Another goal could be to push compliance labeling to worldwide suppliers. You could
also use RFID information for its own planning and suppliers.
* to increase shop floor efficiencies
* to improve shipping and receiving
* to automate the warehouse
* to allow operations to gain real-time visibility into exception warnings
* to provide positive proof of deliveries
* to retain serialization of products for returns or trade promotions.
ROI and extending the technology internally in an organization requires
business-process and software re-engineering. But the payback is clear.
Today, increasing numbers of companies plan to use RFID technology for compliance
initiatives and for closed-loop inventory, asset or WIP applications to improve
internal business processes. Initiatives like RFID asset and inventory tracking,
work in process control, access control, patient and patron monitoring are already
underway at many companies.
Academic institutions across the country are setting up RFID labs and expanding
research projects, and more vendors are entering the market, increasing the number
and kinds of products and software available. Global standards are being settled.
Certainly the RFID architecture put into place today will undergo changes over time,
but that's to be expected as most businesses don't stand still. What's important is
to realize that the vendor relationships you establish today will become more
critical as your implementation matures. By choosing strong and knowledgeable
partners today, you can ensure you are prepared for the many developments in RFID
tomorrow. GAO RFID is here to help.

About GAO RFID Inc.
GAO RFID Inc. is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
hardware and solutions to end users worldwide. GAO RFID combines best of breed with
low cost RFID readers, RFID tags and enabling-RFID software. We have a wide variety
of RFID readers, tags and antennas in all the RFID technologies, Low Frequency (LF),
High Frequency (HF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF, Gen 2) as well as Active and
Semi-Passive. GAO RFID's products and services are easily customized for use in
Asset Tracking, Health care, Supply Chain & Logistics, Event Management, Access
Control, Livestock Tracking, Inventory Control & Management, Field Service,
Maintenance and Document Authentication.
For more information please visit

Web Site:

Contact Details: 601 Milner Ave.3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario , Canada
TEL: 416-292-0038
FAX: 416-292-2364
Email :

  • Printer Friendly Format
  • Back to previous page...
  • Back to home page...
  • Submit your press releases...