If you haven't noticed, much of the media focus on RFID has been on the very real production-level implementations that are now prevalent throughout the supply chain. In a quiet way, the promise and potential of RFID that led to so much early market hype has become a reality.
That reality, though, isn't only demonstrated through the use of RFID in production automation or supply chain solutions. It's also illustrated by how it is touching peoples lives. For example, we're proud to be a part of a system at the new Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center in Burbank, CA that reduces the anxiety and stress cancer patients face when they go for treatment.
RFID is also deployed in solutions that promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce emissions. This is made possible by Dero Zap, an RFID-enabled system manufactured by Dero Bike Racks. Powered by ThingMagic embedded RFID readers, this solution "counts" commuters as they bike onto a company campus or property. This system provides companies an automated, low-maintenance means of tracking which employees ride to work, and how often, as part of incentive programs that encourage workers to utilize this alternative and healthy modes transportation.
RFID Journal published a great case study about this solution. As the article points out, Dero also sees Zap appealing to health insurance companies as another way to encourage members to live healthier, thereby lowering health care costs.
As with the ultimate benefit from the Disney Cancer Center's use of RFID, Dero's focus on the lifestyle and health benefits to commuters is a shining example of how RFID is becoming an integrated element of products and services that can have a significant positive impact on our lives.
How does RFID touch the lives of your users?