Barcoding, Inc. has released predictions of the top radio frequency identification (RFID) trends to affect the market in 2017. The company has also added RFID expert, Patrick Richgels, to the expanding RFID practice, which is focused on providing comprehensive solutions to Barcoding, Inc.’s growing client base.    

Tom O’Boyle, director of RFID, Barcoding, Inc., said, “We’re excited to have Patrick Richgels join the RFID team here at Barcoding. We’ll be able to use his experience of passive ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID as well as traditional applications to better serve our existing clients and secure new clients.”

Previously, Richgels served more than 20 years as an IT Specialist with Monsanto Company, which included ten years of experience with exploring, testing and implementing passive UHF RFID applications. As a RFID field engineer for Barcoding, Richgels will be assessing, designing, implementing and supporting asset tracking solutions for clients in various industries. 

Patrick Richgels, RFID field engineer, Barcoding, Inc., said, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Barcoding on many projects through my previous company. I look forward to joining the Barcoding team full-time in order to focus solely on implementing unique RFID solutions to help clients combat industry challenges.”

Barcoding believes that the following two major industry RFID trends will make a big impact on applications moving forward:

  • Wide Area RFID System - Barcoding's RFID practice sees the practical use of passive RAIN RFID systems being expanded into facilities and use cases that will require base readers to be mounted overhead to monitor location and movement of inventory assets. Wide Area RFID will become a predominant RFID method for companies in manufacturing, distribution and retail environments where traditional RFID portals are constraining their ability to track important items.
  • Expansion of Low Energy Bluetooth – There will also be an expansion of Low Energy Bluetooth (BLE) beacons and readers implemented as a standards-based active RFID system for reporting high value assets moving throughout an organization. The company foresees multiple use cases for its Active Asset Tracker (AAT)™ Solution, which uses BLE beacons and CloudNodes to capture location information quickly with little on-site engineering effort to complete the system.

In 2017, Barcoding is looking to continue the success and momentum it gained in the last year. The company was recognized on CRN’s 2016 Solution Provider 500 List, Food Logistics’ FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers annual list and was named a 2016 Great Supply Chain Partner by SupplyChainBrain. Barcoding also held another well-attended Executive Forum Event for supply chain executives.