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How to Choose the Right RFID System: A Step-by-Step Guide for Health Care Providers

  • Published: April 2011
  • 37 Pages
  • RFID Journal

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This step-by-step guide walks hospital and health care executives through the processes of determining which type of radio frequency identification technology will best meet their needs for specific health care applications, such as patient identification and asset tracking. It includes an explanation of the performance characteristics of passive LF, HF and UHF RFID systems, as well as different types of active RFID systems, real time location systems, RFID combined with other technologies, and alternatives to RFID.

Choosing the proper radio frequency identification system for your application can be a daunting task, and some systems integrators try to sell customers the solution with which they are most familiar—even if it isn't the most suitable for the job. Now, for the first time, RFID Journal provides a guide to choosing the right system for the needs of health care providers, and explains the pros and cons of different RFID solutions for different applications.

This report details the many types of RFID technologies, including passive low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) 433 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz active systems; ultra-wideband READ MORE >

Part 1
What Is RFID?

The Major Types of RFID Systems
-Passive
-Active
-Battery-Assisted

Part 2
A Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Right RFID System for Your Application

1. Determine whether you want to deploy RFID as a point solution to solve one problem, or as an infrastructure approach to solve multiple problems.
2. Determine which objects and/or people you would like to track.
3. Determine over what distance each object or person needs to be identified and tracked.
4. Determine the location accuracy required for each item being tracked, as well as the layout of the environment.
5. Create a table within which you can place each item on your list.
6. Consider other factors that might influence which system is most appropriate:
- How large is the asset?
- How critical is knowledge of the asset's location?
- What other RF devices are in operation in the area in which the RFID system will be used?
- Do you need to monitor the item's condition?
- How much will deploying the system disrupt existing operational activities?
- Does the system need to be intrinsically safe?
- How important is data security?
- What is the total cost of ownership?
7. Prioritize the benefits of tracking and managing the objects, or groups of objects, on your list.
8. Engage the services of a good system integrator.
9. Pilot the system.
10.Roll out the system and expand it as needed.

Part 3
The Different Types of Passive RFID Systems

Passive
-Low-Frequency
-High-Frequency
-Ultrahigh-Frequency

Passive Real-Time Locating Systems
-Ultrahigh-Frequency
-Ultra-wideband

Part 4
The Different Types of Active RFID Systems

Active
-ISO-18000-7
-RuBee
-Proprietary Systems

Active Real-Time Locating Systems
-ZigBee
-Wi-Fi
-Ultra-wideband
-Proprietary Systems

Part 5
Battery-Assisted RFID Systems

Part 6
Hybrid RFID Systems
-RFID and Infrared

Part 7
RFID Sensor Networks

Part 8
Chipless RFID Systems
-RF-Resonant Fibers
-RF-Resonant Inks

Part 9
Alternatives to RFID
-Infrared
-Ultrasound
-2D bar codes

Appendices
1. The Components of an RFID System
2. RFID Health Care Applications
3. Leading RFID Technology Providers

-AeroScout
-Alien Technology
-Avery Dennison
-Awarepoint
-Blue Spark
-CenTrak
-Crossbow
-CrossID
-Ekahau
-Ember
-Evigia
-Guangzhou Zhensai Electronic Co.
-Identec Solutions
-Impeva Labs (now Cubic)
-Impinj
-Inkode
-Intelleflex
-Invengo Information Technology Co.
-Kovio
-Mojix
-Montalbano Technology
-National Instruments
-NXP
-PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG
-PowerID
-RadarFind
-Radianse
-RF Code
-RF Controls
-RFID Inc.
-RFind
-Savi Technology
-Scirocco
-Sealed Air (TurboTag)
-Somark Innovations
-Sonitor Technologies
-Tagent
-TagSense
-Texas Instruments
-Ubisense
-UPMRaflatac
-Versus Technology
-Visible Assets
-Visonic Technologies
-Wavetrend
-Zebra Enterprise Solutions

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