Define the use case. While it is easy to get wrapped up in the technology itself, it is most important to first clearly define your use case and identify exactly what you want to achieve and why.
Match the technology to the use case. Always match the technology to the use case, not the other way around. “Force fitting” a technology because it sounds promising or is the “latest and greatest” is never a good idea. If another technology, like a barcode scanning system, would be a better fit, don’t be afraid to take a different path.
Understand that there may not be a cookie-cutter solution. A single type of technology isn’t always the answer. Often, manufacturers require a blend of these solutions—RFID, barcodes—to attain their required results.
Get people involved. Any implementation will go much smoother with buy-in across the organization. And, it is not only important to have the right internal team, but also the right vendors or systems integrators on board to ensure that the technology aligns with the businesses’ goals.
Looking forward, RFID technology shows no sign of a slowdown. The same goes for the food industry’s emphasis on consumer safety, as regulations continue to increase and manufacturers seek viable options for proving compliance, improving data collection efforts, and enabling traceability. This makes for an ideal time to investigate RFID and see how it can drive safety efforts and make enterprises more efficient, accurate, and connected.
Boyle is director of RFID at Barcoding, Inc. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.