Visitors will be asked to wear wristbands with embedded RFID chips or ID tags, which are designed to locate and prevent missing children, offer location services between groups, and serve as a means of payment.
Attaching smart labels to parts will enable automatic tracking throughout the entire process; the labels can be also integrated into a management system to automate the procurement of the parts needed for an assembly process.
Library and Video Store
Inserting low-cost, flexible smart labels into books and videotapes can speed up the check-in and check-out of books and provide such functions as library management and theft prevention.
Occasionally, returnable shipping containers go missing in the process of complicated distribution; attaching RFID tags to pallets, cargos, and returnable containers can drastically reduce costs. As well, smart labels or fixed tags provide accurate shipping information, which allows the efficient use and recovery of containers.
ExxonMobil saves a number of drivers time through the Speedpass program. Drivers can either attach passive RFID tags to their key rings or attach active tags to the car windows. These tags have embedded identification codes. Therefore, when a car goes into a petrol station that provide RFID readers, once the driver operates a lubricator, the price will be automatically paid through the driver¡¯s already registered credit card. Similar RFID services are also provided at any McDonald¡¯s drive-through.
In the fashion industry, smart tags and handheld computers are used for inventory management. (Smart) labels are used to locate products and read information contained in tags from a distance so that sales representatives can immediately deliver customers any clothing in their desired shapes, sizes, and colors, improving service quality. ¡°Smart Shelf¡± technology, a more advanced form of the existing technology, can be used to check the stock balance on a regular basis, automatically fill up the stock, and prevent theft.
RFID tags in the form of badges are used as individual ID tags. Employees wearing these badges can get free access to the areas concerned. The badges can be also used as a forgery-proof identification device or a means of access control. Smart labels can be applied to any form of property that can be targeted for theft, as well as human beings, such as computers, fixtures, files, and hunt targets.
Guests visiting hotels, restaurants, or leisure facilities can use RFID tags as a means of payment instead of cash, or as a means of access to rooms (room keys), gyms, or other facilities.
By reading the transponder (RFID tag) attached to their car, which can reach up to 50mph, the driver can drive through toll gates without stopping the car. While the car passes by, the antenna installed in the toll booth identifies the car, then tolls are charged and collected.
Workers can inspect individual pieces of cargo by reading the shelves or boxes using RFID scanners. If a cargo is misplaced, the worker can send a warning. Using RFID tags allows reports to be automatically written, saving time, preventing errors, eliminating unproductive labor, and reducing costs.
Shipping and Receiving
Smart labels attached to pallets or cartons are automatically linked to the process where cargos are unloaded at the prier or to the production process. RFID tags are also able to quickly read containers and the individual pieces of cargo contained and, during the packaging process, allow the goods to be gathered quickly as ordered.
For the visually challenged, RFID tags can be attached to drug containers with prescription information in them, and the user can listen to the information, which is then converted into sound by the reader. Aside from prescription information, dosages and warnings are also included in the tags. As well, pharmaceutical companies can apply the tags to drug distribution management.
Patients can use wristbands with embedded RFID tags, which serve as a means of forgery prevention and of identification when using certain facilities. These bands are used in care facilities for Alzheimer¡¯s patients. In addition, hospitals can use RFID tags, instead of barcodes, to administer drugs, locate test objects, or identify blood samples used for blood transfusion.