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EVERYDAY THINGS EXPLAINED

In business, everyday things are the assets and inventory used in day to day operations.

Returnables

things that go out but don't all come back, like rentals, tools, and totes

Auditables

valuable things that must be audited periodically

Consumables

things that are used up in operations and processes

Tradeables

things that are made to be sold, like consumer items and finished goods

As you investigate how to track your everyday things you will find three tag technologies you can use: RAIN RFID, sensor devices, and barcode.

Sensor devices are too expensive for the sheer volume of everyday things, and the batteries expire. Barcode is limited by short-range one-by-one scanning.

Trilliott favors RAIN... here is why:

Passive. A RAIN sensor is a passive tag that harvests power from the radio beam of a RAIN scanner, so RAIN tags require no battery nor complex circuitry.

 

Inexpensive. Billions are used yearly, so RAIN tags are highly standardized and inexpensive.

 

Unique. A RAIN tag has an Electronic Product Code (EPC) for the thing's owner, the kind of thing it is, and its serial number – uniquely identifying that thing around the globe.

How options compare for tagging everyday things

RAIN RFID

RAIN tags are passive (no battery), inexpensive, and unique.

Technology

Onboard Power

Line of Sight

Read Range

Acquisition

Dozens at once

0 to 40 feet

Not required

None

Radio beam

Penetration

Identification

Security

Use Case

Data Density

Accessibility

Cost

Read and write

Permeable materials

Electronic ProductNumber (EPC)

Tamper resistant

Varied from single id to item sets

Multiple fields

$.06 to $1.50

Sensor Device

Sensor devices are too expensive and the batteries expire.

Technology

Onboard Power

Line of Sight

Read Range

Acquisition

Thousands at once

0 to miles

Not required

Battery

Wifi, Bluetooth,

Cellular

Penetration

Identification

Security

Use Case

Data Density

Accessibility

Cost

Read and write

Unlimited and varied

Unlimited and varied

Secure

Extensive

Extensive

$4 to $100

Barcode

Barcode is limited by short-range one-by-one scanning.

Technology

Onboard Power

Line of Sight

Read Range

Acquisition

Laborious, one at a time

0 to 4 feet

Required

None

Laser Scanner

Penetration

Identification

Security

Use Case

Data Density

Accessibility

Cost

Read only

No penetration

Limited

Insecure

Identification only

Single field

$0.003