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RFID Systems Architect

Build wireless transmitter prototypes and test experimental ideas.

What does a RFID Systems Architect do?

Radio frequency identification devices allow people to tag a person or an object-be it a Soldier, a sheep, or a pair of neon-colored socks-and track it as it moves. The computer systems that support this tagging can be quite complicated, or they can be simple enough for even a child to use. A RFID Systems Architect builds those computer systems based on client requests.

A RFID Systems Architect must understand what the client wants so the systems can be perfectly designed to meet those needs. In your work as a RFID Systems Architect, you spend a lot of time listening to RFID Strategists as they daydream about how they’ll use the technology, and you may have to step in and point out the legal or logistical challenges that can keep those plans from becoming reality. Putting a chip in a criminal, for example, may land your clients in jail.

Once you understand what your clients want, you begin to build the systems. There are many radio frequency identification devices available on the market, and you choose the one that best fits each client’s needs. Then, you find a scanner that can pick up those signals, and you develop a computer interface that can keep track of the information.

Retail clients may want systems that attach a price to a signal and route that information to a cash register. Farmers may want systems that track how far their animals move per day.

When your systems are complete, you write a description of how they work and how they should be maintained. Sometimes, you hold classes to teach your clients about the work you’ve done.