For years, RFID helped store owners to get rid of stealing “customers”. But this – Radio Frequency Identification – technology can do a lot more than just triggering loud noise from a store security system. It will definitely be more present in our laboratories in the future.
Various companies already started to implement this technology in the life science area. Not only because you can save 100 times more data on this microchips then on usual barcodes, but also because that little chips can be very resistant against environmental influences. You can even determine the exact position of a sample in a storage box and map it on your user interface. What a great technology..
Advantages of RFID in my laboratory:
– They do not need to be visible to the reader.
– Reasonable amounts of frost and ice do not affect the reading.
– Typically there is user-writable memory in the tag.
– The actual ID programmed into the tag can be significantly longer than that of a 2-D barcode.
– They can be made to operate at ultralow temperatures.
– Important: Data can be saved crypted.
Disadvantages of RFID in my laboratory:
– Costs more the usual barcodes and scanner/printer
– Data can be deleted with special equipment (possible compliance problem)
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