DSS PLASTICS GROUP, a division of DOCUMENT SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC
WHAT IS RFID?
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless data collection technology that uses electronic tags that contain an integrated circuit chip to store data. It is a method of identifying objects and of transferring information about the objects' status via radio frequency waves to a host system. In the case of passive RFID, the tags contain no power source of their own, such as a battery. The tags are energized by the reader device's transmitted RF energy, then use that harvested RF energy to transmit return signals, which the reader device can interpret.
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information. Some tags are powered by and read at short ranges (a few meters) via magnetic fields (electromagnetic induction). Others use a local power source such as a battery, or else have no battery but collect energy from the interrogating EM field, and then act as a passive transponder to emit microwaves or UHF radio waves (i.e., electromagnetic radiation at high frequencies). Battery powered tags may operate at hundreds of meters. Unlike a barcode, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is part of the family of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies that includes 1D and 2D bar codes. RFID uses an electronic chip, usually applied to a substrate to form a label, that is affixed to a product, case, pallet or other package. The information it contains may be read, recorded, or rewritten.
RFID tags are used in many industries. An RFID tag attached to an automobile during production can be used to track its progress through the assembly line. Pharmaceuticals can be tracked through warehouses. Livestock and pets may have tags injected, allowing positive identification of the animal.
RFID reduces costs and dangers, improves processes, enhances entertainment, and even protects our lives.
Passive RFID delivers identification benefits more powerful than barcodes. RFID does not require direct line of sight. Reader devices can detect tags inside a box, or inside a plastic card where the tags can't be seen. Read distances can range from less than an inch to up to 30 feet. RFID tags can contain larger quantities of data than typical barcodes, and the data can be re-written to in some IC chips depending on security settings and IC chip features. RFID readers can read hundreds tags at rates so fast it appears simultaneous.
User friendly ID cards with RFID technology enhance event security and data collection.
RFID tags enable increased product security. Tags and the items they are attached to can be tracked, traced, and authenticated with rapid throughput. An RFID tag IC chip can contain its own unique, unalterable tag identifier along with the serial number of an item and product lot number in its writable memory. This helps brand owners coping with quality issues, diversion, or a product recall understand when and where the adverse event occurred, how large an event it is, and how best to contain and remedy it. RFID tag integrated circuit chips have a variety of built-in security features depending on intended use cases. DSS works with all the major RFID tag and IC suppliers to provide our customers with an optimized solution to meet client needs needs and requirements.
Because RFID systems help with identification of people and assets in real-time, RFID enables better decision making and reduces operational costs by optimizing resources.
DSS is a vertically and horizontally integrated full service item level security and asset protection provider with strong RFID solution capabilities. DSS supplements its arsenal of 35 patented and patent pending deterrent technologies with additional layers of protective value determined from in-depth understanding of our customers' needs and our deep understanding of how best to implement appropriate security technologies.
We start with a protective program analysis and then design pro-active security programs crafted to client specific needs. RFID is one example of a suite of feature rich DSS technologies that can stand alone as a powerful track and trace solution for credential cards and durable RFID asset tags or DSS's RFID programs can integrate into a complete security solution for brand owners, event owners, and parties responsible for physical access control in small offices to large corporate campuses. DSS is the only RFID program supplier that can validate its credentials and packaging even if the power goes out.
DSS offers turnkey RFID solutions in security and item tracking that leverage the combined strengths of the DSS group companies including DSS Digital, our cloud computing group specializing in secure item level data transactions and other sensitive data and information content management. DSS also partners with select group of RFID software and hardware suppliers to craft state-of-the-art RFID turnkey solutions for our clients. Our well thought authentication and traceability RFID services can be delivered instantly via Web browser interfaces and a software-as-a-service (SaaS) from DSS Digital's secure data center facilities. DSS has the experts on staff to provide the right level of system performance for the expected level SaaS response time. In some cases, DSS provides a hybrid solution where some critical database information is cached locally for speed and throughput, then forwarded to the cloud for secure archiving and data mining.
DSS offers brand owners and security program owners fully integrated protection in the form of security packaging, mass serialization using RFID and barcode technologies, and secure asset tracking and people awareness programs built on the latest standards in RFID technology. DSS Digital Group takes the our custom security solutions one step further with integration services into client ERP and manufacturing management systems. DSS Digital assists clients in recording appropriate information about item security, be it mass serialization at the item level to retaining actionable records about variable print security features implemented on individual packages.
RFID-centric security programs can be time limited such as a high profile entertainment event, intermittent duration for careful accounting of re-usable transport containers and tote bins and their contents, or continuous high volume item level RFID applied directly within the structures of a DSS secure folded carton construction needing continuous throughput management. The DSS group of division’s offers comprehensive engagement management services to keep our client security programs always on for the expected duration.