Recently, the concept of Smart Cities has gained significant traction in India. The rapid migration of the rural population to the urban areas has put enormous burden on the cities. In a country like India, almost all the metropolitan cities are facing a terrible infrastructure and mechanism failure. A new middle class is emerging with varying needs and aspirations, paving a way to look forward for technologies that are more advance in managing the current processes.
The term smart prefixed with city, makes its meaning evident; any city which is intelligent and efficient in managing things. A city that enhances the performance of services such as transport, water, schools, hospitals, electricity, communication, security and all the other basic facilities. Quite similar to a smartphone, that is smart enough to run different apps and process multiple things simultaneously. In a nutshell, the purpose of the smart city is to improve the quality of life of the people by improving the infrastructure and services.
Upgrading the existing technologies is imperative to improve the existing services. There are many technologies which have proved to be quite successful in managing things in different fields. Such technologies have not just expedited our work, but also, to a large extend, ruled out the possibility of errors. Many Countries are gradually realizing the utility of such technologies. One such technology is the RFID Tags. Scientifically speaking, RFID is a technology that uses electro- magnetic fields to detect objects. It’s a multifaceted technology having several applications. In this blog, we will explain that how RFID tags can be instrumental in converting cities into smart cities.
A smart city should have a well-managed traffic system. The traffic jams are not just frustrating, but they also cause a huge economic loss to the country. To manage traffic, it is essential to monitor the activities of the vehicles and get a real-time data on the traffic flow. The RFID tags can be installed at traffic signals. From providing data on the average flow of the traffic to detecting the unregistered vehicles, they can completely transform the traffic management system. Through the real-time traffic flow data, the vehicles can be diverted to the less congested roads to avoid traffic jams.
E- Toll Collection System
Toll Tax accounts for a good source income for the governments. While they yield a good income, they are also notorious for creating traffic jams. Every time a commercial vehicle stops at the toll booth to pay toll tax, the vehicles behind it have to wait. This process can be eliminated with RFID technology, where every commercial vehicle is installed with an RFID tag. The ID is detected by the antennas installed at the toll booth, and the tax amount is deducted from the drivers account.
RFID tangs have shown their great utility in the healthcare sector .When it comes to treating a patient, it is very important to know his medical history. RFID tags can help fetch you with the patient’s exact medical history with mere one scan, and help prescribe right medicine for his/her treatment. They can also help provide the exact data on the number of medicines in stock to avoid hospitals running out of stocks.
A good education system is critical for the nation’s development. Regular attendance of students in schools help improve their learning skills and grades. An RFID student attendance system can help both schools and universities efficiently maintain data of the student’s attendance. It also reduces the daily attendance procedure, thus helping save time. When it comes to safety of the schools, an RFID attendance system can ensure that only authorized staff members enter the school premises.
The modern terrorism has posed a serious threat to the security of the cities. Most airports and railway stations are installed with x-ray machines to detect any weapon or explosive. It might be a reliable method, but isn’t convenient when it comes to shipping of goods and services in bulk. To help counter-terrorism efforts, a company GE Global research has developed an RIFD sticker that is capable of detecting explosive materials and other harmful chemicals. It can even detect very low concentration of explosives and can be placed anywhere. These tags are relatively and are gradually being experimented at different places.