Technology has affected about every industry around the world, and it keeps on getting better for every industry as tracking their products and services is now a breeze. Using a radio-frequency identification device (RFID) for your product makes theft virtually impossible and allows the most thorough transactions for every aspect of your business.

We can see that RFID got a little ahead of the technology curve in 2000 when it first came out to supply chains. People had an unrealistic view that with RFID, the industry would change overnight. However, we know all good things take time to develop, so when the “Internet of Things” (IoT) came out it helped take RFID to new levels.

RFID Timeline

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Radio-frequency spans back to its roots of the 1920s when it was developed from a combination of radio broadcast and radar signals. During the 1930s and 1940s radar had been refined until Russian physicist Leon Theremin came out with the first RFID device. During the 1950s further research was developed for long range aircraft, and further military applications were applied in the 1960s for electronic article surveillance.

During 1970s and 1980s government laboratories worked to further develop RFID technology only to be implemented fully in late 1980s to transportation systems and other business tracking applications.  During the 1990s and early 2000s, RFID technology went global to be used in retail and private authentications.

Current RFID Applications

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Currently, RFID applications are being used in the following industries:

  • Logistics: Warehouses across the globe are using RFID to track their products across the countries by trucks, railroads, and ocean freighters. They know where their products are and where they have gone.
  •  Sciences: In the sciences, we can see that RFID has had a major role in the industry. The RFID tags that were once introduced have been bypassed by new tracking technologies. According to Rapid Lab, ear tags for mice that were once used with RFID technology have evolved into a better way to improve data integrity.
  • Agriculture & Livestock: We have even seen countries take a major step in how they track livestock. Countries like the US, Europe, Canada, and now even Australia have all stepped their game in using RFID. Australia has even gone as far as making by March of 2018 for sheep and goats.
  • Commercial & Private Fleets: Both commercial and private businesses are using RFID in combination with GPS to track their business fleets. This way they can tell where their employees are and making sure they are where they are supposed to be.
  • Storage Yard Drones: More and more structural outfits are using RFID-reading drones to keep track on their products when they come to the storage yards. This helps keep profit ratios much higher while keeping losses at a minimum.
  • Banking: There have been more banking devices that use RFID technology to help track purchases and keep consumers safe from theft.
  • Security: Biometrics have been a major trend for security and part of biometrics are security cards that use RFID cards. With these access cards, you can see where and employee went and when.


We’ve seen RFID from its origins up and till now and you can say that it has come a long way. We can see that just about every industry is using RFID in some way. The question then becomes how will RFID evolve and change our lives in the future? Time will only tell what’s in store with the IoT in combination with RFID technology.

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