Using RFID Technology in the Transportation Sector

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RFID or radio frequency identification is the name given to the "technology that uses radio waves to transmit data and uniquely identify an animal, person, or thing" ("radio-frequency identification," 2013). An RFID system includes a transponder including an antenna and a chip that can easily store a significant amount of data such as location details, manufacturer details and product numbers if any. There are three basic types of the RFID readers. Fixed readers with an external antenna which are often used at the entry points of the yards. Handheld readers are used by personnel moving through the yards or the space. Then there are mobile readers which are set on the moving vehicles and moving equipment for increasing accuracy and tracking the process ("Advantages of RFID in Transportation and Logistics", 2011). In the current times, radio frequency identification technology has upgraded from anonymity into applications that are rather used normally and as a consequence has helped in the acceleration of manufactured materials' handling (Want, 2006). There are several uses of RFID in various sectors. However, this paper will only deal with its uses in the transportation sector and how effectively this modern technology has helped in the growth of business and ease for people all over the world. RFID technology has a number of applications in the domain of transportation including "electronic toll collection (ETC), electronic vehicle registration (EVR), automatic
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