Read RFID from your Smart Phone

South Korean businesses recently gained the ability to track and trace items throughout the suppply chain by waving their cell phone over a product. An RFID Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) was released by a consortium and features a 900 MHz RFID reader chip, allowing mobile phones to read passive UHF tags.

The thought behind the card was that existing RFID readers are too heavy and expensive for consumers to easily use, so a smart phone with an RFID reader via a USIM card is much lighter, convenient and affordable.

While the technology is currently only available to South Korean businesses, with time RFID reader USIM cards and smartphones may replace existing RFID readers. In the future, this technology could be used for tracking food such as poultry, preventing the illegal distribution of medicine and verifying the authenticity of goods.

While it may seem like a long way off, I’m sure this sort of technology will be commonplace before we know it. Learn more about RFID here.