Red Cell Innovation Inc.

What is it?

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses small tags to store and transfer data wirelessly to a reading device for the purpose of identifying and tracking an object.

RFID tags take many forms, including labels, plastic cards, keyfobs, even tiny sterile microchips that can be injected under the skin of animals, including humans.

There are three categories of RFID, passive, active, and hybrid.
  • Passive RFID tags require no power source, but their readable range is limited to a metres.
  • Active tags contact a battery, enabling them to always broadcast a signal. Their range can be one hundred metres or more.
  • Hybrid, or “battery-assisted passive” tags contain a battery, but are only activated in the presence of a reader, extending the range to double that or more of passive tags.

There are several standard frequency ranges in which RFID systems operate. The best fit is determined by the required distance at which the tags need to be read, and what types of obstructions might interfere.

Common NameTypeFrequency RangeStandardsRead DistanceApplications
LFPassive120–150kHz ISO 14223
ISO 18000-2
0cm–10cm Animal identification
HFPassive13.56MHz ISO 18000-3
ISO 15693
ISO 14443A
4cm–100cm Micropayment (NFC)
Library books
Supply chain
Parcel handling
Asset management
Season Tickets
860MHz–960MHz ISO 18000-6C
1m–25m Supply chain
Parcel handling
Asset management
Factory automation
Luggage tracking
Entry/access (long-range)
Toll collection
Travel documents
MicrowaveActive2.45GHz ISO 18000-4
5–200m RTLS
Factory automation
Personnel tracking
Patient tracking
Vehicle tracking
Toll collection
Animal tracking

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We carry a complete line of HF, UHF and RTLS readers and tags. We can also manufacture custom RFID tags for a variety of purposes.