Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
RFID Site Surveys are critical to ensure your objectives are possible to achieve and expectations are met.
Failure to properly plan and design your RFID system is the leading cause of project delay or failure. It's
critical that each site area is examined prior to installing RFID equipment to avoid RF interference and Crossover
as well as to have realistic expectations on RF read performance in the actual environment.
RFID Site Surveys involve visiting the physical location where the RFID
system will be installed and evaluating the feasibility of the RFID Implementation
as well as identifying the equipment and architecture necessary for the system.
The "RF" in RFID stands for "Radio Frequency". Every environment is different when
considering the radio frequencies of the location and surrounding materials. As RFID
tags are passive and rely on the power provided by the installed RFID infrastructure, it's
critical to evaluate the equipment in the real-world site to avoid crossover, dead zones,
and stray reads.
Common Issues Discovered:
At a minimum, the RFID Site Survey will include a visit to the site with photos of
relevant RFID read points and a report generated with recommendations on equipment
bill of materials (BoM) and configuration. Best practice is to test RFID reads using
temporary equipment setup with workflow as close to the real use case as possible.
Site Surveys Include:
RFID performance depends upon a large number of variables including the antennas, readers, tags, setup & configuration, as well as the environment in which the system will be operating. Building a functioning RFID solution requires real-world testing, significant attention to detail, and setting realistic goals and expectations. All components of the RFID Solution must be considered as dependencies to the combined system performance and cannot be selected in isolation. Successful implementations necessitate advanced planning and testing which can only be accomplished through a physical site survey.