Radio-Frequency Identification technology (RFID), a popular tool used for object identification, was a topic of a seminar organised by the Aston RFID Advanced Research Team led by Dr. Ming Lim from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, held on 19th June 2009.
RFID is used to wirelessly collect and transmit data about the objects and events. RFID offers vast benefits over other identification technologies, especially the barcode. Benefits in industrial applications include item identification, inventory visibility and traceability, and reduction of human error.
The seminar aimed to disclose the RFID projects of Aston RFID Advanced Research and the recent developments of RFID technology. Topics covered during the seminar included introduction to RFID technology, its use in manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, warehousing as well as health care. Invited guest speaker, Mr Peter Ng, form Centre of RF Applications and Testing at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology talked about benchmarking of RFID technology and products.
This seminar created a platform for engaging discussion about the RFID technology, its implementation and future movement, between our team and academics from other schools, as well as our collaborative industrial partners, Hazlin of Ludlow, CartonEdge and Medilink. One of the hot topics at the discussion round table was implementation of RFID technology and achieving benefits of this technology at SME.
Words by Dr Ming Lim