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One typical example of machine-reading environment is a conveyor belt, with RFID readers built into a structure housing the belt itself.
The equipment on display can read around 40 tags per second, meaning a box such as this can have its contents scanned almost instantaneously. Once the unique tags on the codes are read, they are checked against a database containing product details. Information can then be recorded and displayed instantly on a PC or handheld.
Technology such as this is already in use in the retail sector, in warehouses or distribution centres.
Retail is set to be one of the biggest users of RFID for some time to come according to recent research. The retail/consumer goods industry has spent $230m on equipping pallets and cases with RFID.
Photo credit: Jo Best