Every day technology is advancing and adapting to be used in a large variety of areas. There is a rare profession where a piece of technology is not used. My major is livestock science and management and there are a lot of places where technology is used to make the running of a ranch or barn more efficient. One of the technologies being applied is the use of RFID chips. These RFID chips have been essentially helpful with herd management. An RFID is radio frequency identification; it is used to store data that, in the case of using it in livestock, stores valuable information about the animal. It functions by using radio frequencies to transfer data from the tagged object with the intention of identifying and locating. It is efficient because the chip can be read from a distance instead of up close. The RFID technology was invented during the World War II. An earlier form of the chip was developed, almost accidentally, by the Germans. Because every side during that era was using radar, no one could definitively tell if it was their own plane or ship was being detected or it was an enemy ship or plane. Germany discovered it by accident when they noticed that if the planes rolled before approaching their base, it somehow altered the signal. The RFID chip has only improved since then. The first patented RFID chip was created by a man by the name of Mario W. Cardullo. From this patented chip, many others have followed each more progressive than the last.
The RFID technology is used for tracking mainly. As time progressed, the RFID chip was able to store information. RFID chips are commonly used in the livestock world for keeping track of the large herds. Before these were invented, farmers and ranch owners were having difficulty with managing the cattle. If one was ill, they would treat it but then have no way of telling which was treated for what. Their records would be unreliable and keeping track of vaccinations was difficult because the records could be lost or damaged. The system of using these chips allows the farmers to monitor the animals’ temperatures and other various health records and transmits the information to a receiver. The code is individualized for each cow, keeping the records accurate. It has a vast distance in which the chip can be read and it provides key information. Information that ranges from health care to location, the trackers or RFID chips themselves can be programmed to send a signal of updated information at specific time increments.
These chips have a very promising future. They had begun as only a locating device and have evolved to being able to be placed underneath the skin of an animal while retaining information. From the looks of how the RFID chip has come to be, it seems it may become more popular to be put to use in security or identification cards. One can only imagine where else it may be added: RFID chips are super effective record keeping and are great for safety. Anything that has one can be found as well as the information to be stored. Since they are small, they can be used anywhere from security to agriculture to medical uses. RFID chips can be placed in the identification bracelets of all the patients to keep better track of room situations, and information.
In conclusion, the RFID chip has been around for a long time. It is a technology of many talents. It can be used to store information, to track items and is currently being molded into a power technology that is small enough to be placed underneath the skin of an animal. The horizons of this technology are vast because it is always being updated and patented for various purposes. It began as an accidental discovery altered to be beneficial. As it progressed, the chip was able to be furthered in advancement to hold data. In the coming future, possibly would be able to read off the information. There is no limit to what this technology can do. It is constantly evolving and it will always be useful.
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