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RFID Basics

RFID is complicated. We're here to help you walk through the process and create a custom RFID solution that works for you.

What is RFID?

RFID: The Basics

Radiofrequency identification (RFID) is a form of wireless communication that utilizes radio waves to identify and track objects. RFID tags are either active, passive, or battery-assisted passive, which is a combination of the two technologies.

  • Active tags have their own internal power source, usually a battery, and tend to be the most expensive.
  • In passive RFID systems, the reader and reader antenna send a radio signal to activate and power the tag, it then reflects energy back to the reader. Passive tags are typically the most economical.
  • Battery-assisted tags use an integrated power source to power the chip when it is in the range of a reader.

RFID systems are also broken down into different frequencies: low frequency, high frequency, and ultra-high frequency. Lower frequency RFID systems have a shorter read range and slower read rate, but increased capabilities for reading near or on metal or liquid surfaces. Higher frequency systems generally have faster data transfer rates and longer read ranges. However, they’re more sensitive to interference from environmental factors, such as metal or liquids

Benefits of RFID

RFID can tell you what an object is, where it is, and even its condition, making it an ideal solution for tracking assets and inventory in busy environments. In high-volume scanning operations, RFID allows you to collect data extremely quickly and accurately.

  • Identify items without direct line-of-sight
  • Identify thousands of items simultaneously
  • Identify items within a specific range, from centimeters to meters
  • Uniquely identify an individual item beyond just its product type
  • Durable tags meant to be read in harsh environments

Explore Our RFID Resources

Getting started with RFID requires a little bit more than buying a reader and slapping a tag on what you want to track. Our solutions are strategically designed for your warehouse’s requirements. As a result, we take the time to evaluate which combination of RFID tags, readers, antennas, printers, and software will work best for your specific application.

With over 20 years of experience working with our customers, we have seen many common challenges and mishaps when implementing RFID systems. When you work with RMS Omega, you work with a dedicated Account Manager who will be your point of contact from the start. We will support you from the initial project design and through the implementation, deployment, and ongoing maintenance, optimization, and analysis of your RFID system for years to come.

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What Goes Into An RFID System

Our RFID solutions use the right mix of tags, readers, software, and services to tackle your specific challenges.

  • Tags & Supplies

    Tags, labels, and inlays are the fundamental building block of any RFID solution. Between passive or active, a range of frequencies, label specsand environmental conditions there is a lot to evaluate when finding the right label.

  • Handheld Readers

    Gun-style, rugged handheld readers and good for read-intensive tasks in the warehouse and other industrial environments where a large quantity of tag data needs to be collected in a timeefficient manner.

  • Antennas

    Antennas provide the vital link between the fixed reader and tag, serving as the conduit that moves data back and forth. 

  • RFID Portals in Warehouse
    Fixed Readers & Portals

    With fixed RFID readers and checkpoints, you can quickly and accurately track large volumes of RFID-tagged cases, pallets, and items. They are ideal for use in high-density tag environments, high throughput applications, and on RF-challenging materials.

  • Printers & Encoders

    RFID printers give you the ability to identify, track, manage, and optimize, assets and inventory. Encoding (or printing) on RFID tags is the first step to having a successful RFID system.

  • RFID Software

    RMS Omega has partnerships with a variety of software vendors, allowing us to find the right inventory control or check-in/ check-out software for your application. RFID software provides a central database for monitoring inventory levels, location, and movement.

Explore RFID Applications By Use Case

RFID Asset Tracking 

Utilize RFID to track and locate assets across an entire organization with automated and real-time data collection.


Eliminate time-consuming paper systems or enhance your barcode-enabled check-in/check-out processes with RFID.

RFID Inventory Management Systems

Automate inventory counts and audits throughout your value chain with RFID inventory management solutions. Enhance inventory visibility with RFID.

Location Monitoring

Building an effective location monitoring solution requires the right hardware, software, support, and industry expertise.

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS)

Pinpoint the movement and location of assets, inventory, and personnel with real-time location systems.

RFID Work in Process

Monitor products or raw materials as they pass through different steps in a process & enforce organizational compliance.

Top 10 RFID Misconceptions

Despite the proven value it adds to organizations, there is no shortage of questions and misunderstandings about the full capabilities of RFID.

How effective and accurate is RFID? Is it the right fit for your business and application needs? How can I leverage it to get the best results, and how challenging or difficult is it to implement? If you’re struggling with these questions, don’t worry. RFID has been around for more than a decade and is used by thousands of businesses in a wide array of applications. That means there is a lot of experience and results to share when implementing and using RFID technology.

Our article answers the common questions and misconceptions that surround RFID technology such as:

  1. Its capabilities.
  2. Accuracy rates.
  3. Compatibility with barcodes.
  4. Difficulty to implement.
  5. Privacy concerns.

Read the full article to learn the top 10 myths and misconceptions that surround RFID.

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Explore RFID Applications By Industry

RFID In The Warehouse

RFID optimizes warehouse operations with accurate inventory management and enterprise asset tracking.

Manufacturing Processes

RFID provides reliable tracking of materials, parts, and goods throughout the manufacturing process and along the entire value chain.

Automotive Supply Chain

Automotive manufacturers can use RFID to cut operating costs, improve output, or automate processes.

Energy & Utilities

Utility companies aim to provide dependable services at the lowest cost possible. RFID technology can help utility providers deliver high-quality service while tracking high-value assets, inventory, tools, and personnel.

RFID In The Hospital  

RFID technology in the hospital can improve the tracking of critical equipment and enforce organizational compliance.

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