Radio frequency Identification (RFID) is the latest way
manufacturers are minimising loss through theft. This technology isn't new, but it's
gaining popularity, particularly in the garment
What are RFID tags?
Radio Frequency Identification is a technology which enables a
digital message to be sent via radio waves.
RFID Tagging is an ID system which uses tiny microchips in
labels. These microchips contain a small amount of information,
such as product and price, which can be sent to a receiver, or
If you're picturing a large, bulky security tag, then you
couldn't be more wrong. RFID tags are so small they literally fit
into the sticker on the back of the label.
How do RFID tags work?
The intelligence behind the RFID tags is the fact that they don't require their own power source to
The tag is made up of a simple integrated circuit and antenna.
When this circuit comes into contact with radio waves at a certain
frequency, an electrical field is created. It is this field which
powers the chip.
As an anti-theft device, the security gates at the front door of
a store, send out the radio frequency needed to activate the chip.
If a tag goes through the gates without first being deactivated,
the radio waves power the chip and induce an electrical current.
Once the chip is powered, it sends a message to the reader and the
alarm is set off.
Other uses of RFID
Radio Frequency technology may seem like a 21st
century invention, but it's actually much older.
Discovering how to send radio waves through empty space was
first discovered way back in the 19th Century. Over the
decades it was developed, and 'radio' came to mean programmes and
music beamed through the air.
Scottish inventor John Logie Baird discovered a way to use this
technology to also send images, and thus Television was born.
Today RF technology is found everywhere. You use it every day
and don't even notice it.
Unlocking your car, opening your hotel room, automatically
paying tolls… all these things are using RF technology, and have
been for many years.
The process is widely used when it comes to inventory and
stock-taking. It's a lot easier to record items as they pass
through the door, rather than individually scanning each box.
RFID technology is also great for tracking shipments, especially
ID badges with RFID chips can be programmed to allow people
access to certain doors, or to block people from restricted
RFID technology is now being
used to revolutionise how we pay for things.
Pay wave allows the user to pay direct from their bank account,
with a simple swipe of their card. This not only speeds up
transactions, but eliminates the need to carry cash.
How you can benefit from using RFID tags
The use of RFID tags saves time, effort and money.
This process automatically identifies objects, collects data
about them, and enters that data directly into computer systems
with little or no human intervention.
This cuts down on manufacturing, shipping, stock-take and
From a security point of view, having RFID tags instead of bulky
security tags cuts down on cost, and allows minimum risk to the
garment itself, as the tag is added to the label and not the
Our integrated swing tag solutions
Image Label Systems offer integrated source tagging right from
the start of the manufacturing process.
With our entry level option, we overprint
standard RFID tags with your variable product information,
combining two solutions in one tag. This solution carries a
self-adhesive backing, which is then used to apply to a separate
swing tag or product packaging.
Our integrated swing
tag solution either encases the tag device within the
swing tag, or applies the tag device to one side of the swing tag.
Either way, the swing tag can be plain (unprinted) or carry brand
imagery, as well as other variable information on the item for use
at point of sale.
Our integrated woven label product looks like a normal
woven label, but it contains the RFID tag. This is a great way to
add the tag without taking away from the brand or product.
Shoplifting accounts for 1 billion dollars per year in New Zealand
RFID Tags allow you to minimise that loss with a small, simple
and cheap device.
Talk to us today if you'd like to
know more about this remarkable technology, and what it can do for