New RFID Developments Show Promise For The Future Of The Technology

Engineers from North Carolina State University have found a way to reduce the size of passive RFID tags by 25 percent. In order to accomplish this, they have come up with a clever way to eliminate the power conversion step that passive RFID technology requires as the tags are scanned and read.

Cutting out the need for hardware to covert from AC to DC in order to power the circuit not only reduces its size, but it also reduces its cost. The new version will operate straight from AC power thanks to the addition of transistors in the circuits. These tags will have a shorter read range than current offerings, but the team is working on expanding it.

RFID To Revolutionize Baggage Tracking For Delta

Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines recently announced the implementation of an RFID-based system for tracking baggage. The move will mark the first time an American air carrier has ever launched a system based on RFID that will offer real-time tracking.

The airline has already put in place 4,600 RFID readers along with 3,800 RFID printers for bag tags. With 600 claim and gate readers now integrated into their system to enable hands-free luggage scanning, the airline will soon be able to keep track of every piece of luggage on every one of its flights.

The airline says that when luggage goes into the belly of the plane, readers on the belt will scan the tag and verify that it is being placed on the correct aircraft, which should go a long way toward keeping misplaced luggage at bay. In the event that a suitcase does get misplaced, it should be pretty easy to track down thanks to the RFID technology, guaranteeing a much smoother process for clients and reducing expenses for the firm at the same time.

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