The combination of two technologies: UAV & RFID

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With the development of technology, the usage of civilian drones is varied. For example, the reality show uses drone aerial photography, Amazon launches delivery packages by drone and so on.RFID was originally used as a military technology and is now in use in many areas such as logistics, clothing, and retail. What are the surprises of combining the two hot technologies?

As early as 2013, the “XiaoYing 3A” drone that was the first combination of RFID technology and drone technology in China was successfully tested on July 12 in Chengdu Dayi County. It is used for long-distance search combined with personnel positioning search and rescue. According to Wang Xuben, the person in charge of the project, the out-of-town personnel only need to carry the beacon in advance, and when the emergency situation is encountered, the search and rescue personnel can realize the low-frequency search. Quick positioning, improve search and rescue efficiency, and change the traditional field search and rescue inefficient carpet search after the disappearance of out-of-town personnel.

In addition to personnel search and rescue, the German company Fraunhofer is developing a new inventory management system. The RFID technology will be used in combination to take advantage of the drone’s flight in the warehouse for inventory counting.

Today, drones are widely used. As a global leader with decades of in-depth research in GPS technology development and practical applications, Trimble recently introduced a new generation of dual-port RFID readers, Sargas, which is perfectly embedded into the drone.

The Sargas reader is a high-performance UHF reader with networking capabilities, dual antenna ports and a compact form factor. It reads more than 9 meters (with the right antenna) and has a processing capacity of more than 750 tags per second. At the same time, Sargas pioneered the integration of the HDMI interface. The built-in HDMI interface allows the user to display processed data directly on an external display without the need for additional external hardware. This design will largely save users the cost of deploying RFID and shorten the time it takes to get the system online.

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