Why Use RFID
There are multiple reasons one would want to use RFID
  • Use RFID if you want to wirelessly identify something without line of sight. Line of sight means that one could draw a straight line going directly from the reader to the object without interruption. This is literally what is done for bar codes via a laser, but mirrors are used to make the laser look a little fancier. If the laser can't "see" the object it won't be read. This is very intuitive to us whenever we go to the supermarket and a bar code reader has the bar code faced toward the scanner beam. RF is much less precise; it's more like a big balloon of energy encircles the object allowing it to be read on all sides.

  • Use RFID if you want a simple wireless means to store a small amount of information on things, and even better: change the information dynamically. RFID tags usually contain 96 bits - 8KB or even more memory on them and each tag can be read in less than 5 ms or 5 thousandths of a second. Modern standards allow hundreds or even thousands of tags to be read in an apparently simultaneous fashion. Most tags allow you to dynamically change this ID and other types of user data tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of times. In short, tags are very versatile.

  • Use RFID if you want a computing device but not humans to see the ID. In some applications it is important to be able to physically hide the RFID tag in the object. All bar-coded products have a very visible signature on their product marketing. A tag could be embedded in laptop computers unobtrusively to find out their mac address without powering them on; tools in a truck bed can have their identities embedded inside the tool; wallets can reveal a subway pass without even leaving your pocket

  • Use UHF RFID if you want a computing device to see an object from far away. One of the significant benefits of RFID is that tags can be read from far away. RFID Tags allows objects to be read across a room, while battery-assisted-passive and active tags can be read across buildings and in very difficult RF environments.