The use and implementation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has been spreading like wildfire. Its use allows executive management from numerous industries to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Facilities management is a perfect industry in which the exploitation of RFID technology is extremely valuable, offering a high return. Enjoy the second portion of our four-part blog series as we sit down with Patrick Garrity, Project Manager and Sales Engineer with Eagle Technology.

A Tale of Two Technologies: Active RFID vs. Passive RFID

It is important to know that, while they share the same acronym, both active and passive RFID systems are very different in nature. Essentially, the main difference between the two types of systems lies in the power source. Active RFID tags use an internal battery while passive RFID tags do not have a battery and are “powered up” as they pass by a reader. The active tags require maintenance of their power supply while passive tags do not. Active RFID tags have higher production/maintenance costs as opposed to their passive counterparts, although active tags have a larger range. Overall, passive RFID tags can be smaller (“sticker-sized”) and provide for increased flexibility when utilized in the proper environment, such as a hospital or other large facility that contains many moveable assets.

Why use passive RFID and how it can benefit facilities and maintenance management?

Although the higher initial cost of the transceivers/readers could be looked at as an obstacle, it is important to note that the life-cycle cost of passive RFID is much less. While the differences between the two types of technologies may seen daunting, Proteus MMX™ with mthree™ provides for low cost/low maintenance asset tracking in real-time.

Getting started is even easier thanks to Dataflo and their core competency of RFID/hardware installation and implementation. Dataflo will determine the precise tracking requirements as well as all hardware requirements related to transceivers, tags, etc. Dataflo’s onsite visits and consultations allow the number of transceivers and tags to be minimized and kept within your specifications and budget. Once the system has been implemented, maintenance and operations costs are minimized and all you have to do is use it to track your assets!

In our next article, we’ll review the 5 node data tree structure in ProTeus MMX and how RFID ties into the healthcare industry.

Have a question about RFID? Contact our RFID expert, Pat Garrity directly, or call one of our other team members at 1-800-388-3268 (North America) or +1-262-241-3845 (outside North America). We can discuss how an RFID solution may be right to help with your facilities.

Read Part 3 of the 4 Part Series