Since the technology was introduced in 1945, society has found many good uses for radio-frequency identification (RFID). It has evolved and branched out to different industries. That it was supposedly made as espionage tool first then developed to become a modern-day essential is a huge feat in itself.
It’s no wonder that to this day, people still turn to the technology in improving living conditions. In fact, many of them do not realize that some industries have been utilizing RFID for years now.
Not a “Toll’ Order
In the history of RFID tags, military forces have been known to have benefited so much from them. From logistics monitoring to materials handling, every operation seems to be impossible without RFID. Shipping military equipment can be difficult, especially if they are needed as soon as possible. It is this sense of urgency that DOD-style RFID tags give that makes them convenient for other industries.
Perhaps nothing illustrates this convenience better than electronic toll collection. Motorists back then were plagued with long queues at roadway tollbooth. Rather than breeze through and reach their destination in shorter time, drivers were forced to wait it out just to pay the toll. So, when electronic tolling replaced the old system, it was a welcome relief.
Wireless Consumerist World
Tokyo, Japan is replete with establishments and advanced transportation system. Yet, you will seldom see the Japanese people taking out money to pay for their transactions. Their secret lies in efficient RFID tag usage.
Merchants in Tokyo now use payment terminals that make full use of the technology. Every time a client purchases something, they just have to tap their cards, smartphones, and other devices to complete the transaction. It will automatically deduct the total amount to their credit accounts. Bus and train systems also use the same method for a faster and more efficient commuting experience.
RFID traces the trajectory of modern society. As people explore the many ways in improving living conditions, the technology serves as an effective gauge. It may be just a matter of time before global communities soon develop it for more humanitarian purposes. For now, the world can expect a bright future.
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