Below is a link to a previous FYP report related to radio frequency identification. In the future, it is hoped that a report will also be available for a report related to near field communications.
2011 SC4 Robotic RFID Stocktaking System
A sturdy mobile robot capable of performing automated or manual inventory stocktaking at convenient hours via RFID scanning; distinguished project!
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology used to conveniently identify objects, animals and people, and it has a wide range of uses. It uses radio frequency waves that are either passive, active, or a combination of both. Active RFID tags have a power source that helps extend their range, while passive devices rely on the energy that they receive from the reading devices to send their information. RFID tags/chips are usually very small in size and don’t need a direct line of sight for the information to be read.
Near Field Communication (NFC) is a special type of RFID that limits the range of communication to within 10 centimeters. NFC is used in situations in which secure information - like personal identification or financial transactions are being transmitted.