RFID tagging is already commonplace in Australia.
"Drive-through" transponders for the tollway, micro-chipped pets and car
immobiliser keys are just a few examples. Soon, if you travel on public
transport in NSW, you might be using a credit-card style RFID "ticket".
Fig.1: received tag ID codes are transmitted in ASCII format via the on-board serial interface - you simply connect the board to a PC running serial terminal software to see the received codes. Note that several characters are added to each 40-bit code string for housekeeping. A complete description of the ASCII format is provided with the kit.
In other parts of the world, RFID is being used from everything
from vehicle tyre identification, library book and DVD checkout, electronic
purses, automated petrol purchases to school student tracking.
Developers looking to take advantage of this technology can now
do so at a very affordable price with help from Adilam Electronics. Adilam have
just announced an ultra-low cost RFID evaluation kit suitable for demonstrating
and evaluating many different styles of "read-only" tags.
The kit includes a small, pre-assembled reader board and four
tags of various shapes and sizes from Sokymat. The kit can be used stand-alone
or connected to a PC via a free serial port for tag ID code display.