|RFID | Wireless | Mobility|
When an organisation trades globally and intends using RFID systems across national boundaries, standards and regulations are more important to ensure safety and the interoperability of tags and readers between trading partners. Where an orgainisation wishes to operate a 'closed-loop' system which is solely intended for internal use within the one organisation - then it is relatively easier to select and optimise a system for those specific internal requirements.
A common misunderstanding is that RFID is regulated by one trade body – however it is in fact influenced by a number of official bodies for different aspects. Frequencies, power levels and operating cycles are regulated in Europe by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute ( ETSI ) and in the UK by OFCOM.
Protocols for communication between tags and readers are proposed by a number bodies and equipment manufacturers. An organisation that is new to the subject of RFID often believes that there is one standard technology called 'RFID' when in fact there are various frequencies, standards, power levels, protocols, tag types and architectures with differing operational and performance characteristics. This complexity can be cut through to enable the correct RFID technology and application for your specific environment with the assistance of an expert body such as the RFID Centre.