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Long Range RFID Reader for Parking Systems

  • Mahesh Tiwari
  • May 02, 2024
  • RFID
Long Range RFID Reader for Parking Systems

“Integrating a long-range integrated RFID reader for parking system allows a quick reading of RFID tag, FASTag, FasTrak tag for efficient parking and accurate billing.”

Owning a vehicle has become a staple of everyday life, but a little problem with cars that everyone faces is where to park it. And that’s why many medium to large size companies have their parking inside their premises. This gives rise to another problem, how to deny access to unauthorized people inside your organization’s premises? Sure, you can just hire a guard to check everyone’s ID, or you can just use RFID technology. Only the RFID boom barrier system at parking completely automates your parking management and requires no human intervention for fee collection either. The charges are automatically deducted from the user’s FASTag wallet.

However, all of this only works when you have installed a long-range RFID reader that can quickly detect incoming vehicles and the RFID tag on the windshields

Today, we’ll be talking about the use of these Long-Range RFID Readers for Parking Systems.

 A Brief Introduction to Long-Range RFID Reader

 As the name suggests, these types of RFID sensors have a big broadcast range. They are generally used in large-scale sectors like warehousing, parking, manufacturing, etc. In parking systems, the most used RFID readers are integrated long-range RFID readers that come with RFID Reader and antenna devices combined in a single casing. 

The long-range RFID reader with an integrated antenna allows for efficient detection of vehicles passing through the RFID boom barrier system. While choosing a long-range integrated reader, select the long-range integrated reader with a 12dBi gain antenna, compliant with UHF 865-867 MHz operating frequency and EPCglobal gen 2 v2, ISO 18000-6c RFID standards. The reader also offers a long-range reading of up to 12m and accurately detects windshield RFID tags on vehicles with a great RFID read rate. You can easily procure these RFID-integrated readers for your parking management system from EnCstore, at the best prices under 20000 INR. 

Before we go on to discuss the pros and cons of an RFID parking management system, let’s take a look at how an RFID reader works.

Long Range RFID Reader for Parking Systems

How Does an RFID Reader Work?

You might already know that RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) works by communicating data wirelessly through radio signals. An RFID reader is an essential component of this system. A reader, also known as an RFID sensor, combines a scanning antenna & a transceiver.

Initially, a reader will broadcast a radio signal over a fixed read range in its vicinity. Once an RFID tag enters the broadcast field of the reader, it will either use the reader’s broadcast’s energy to power itself up or use an internal power supply (active RFID tags)to send a signal of its own. The RFID reader uses its antenna to receive these signals & send the information to an RFID software system, where it is converted into a readable format for end users.

In the case of an RFID-based parking management system, the integrated reader installed at the entry/exit gate accurately scans the RFID windshield tags, and the entry/exit time, vehicle details, billing details, etc. are automatically logged into the parking management software. 

Applications of Long-Range RFID Reader for Parking Systems

Due to the rise in demand leading to a decrease in manufacturing cost, RFID Parking Systems are now being widely adopted. Presently, you can see these systems being used in shopping malls, paid parking lots, hospitals, private housing societies, etc. The automation and security benefits are quite tangible and easy to assess, leading to the widespread adoption of these RFID parking management systems. The cost of an RFID system whether it is for parking or an access control system at malls and hospitals essentially depends on the choice of UHF RFID readers, RFID antennas, tags, software system, and the implementation and it varies depending upon the extent of the RFID application. 

Advantages of an RFID Parking System

Implementing RFID into your business model almost always leads to better performance and higher gains. There are several advantages of using RFID technology over traditional practices, and this applies to Parking Systems too.

So, let’s discuss some key benefits of using long-range RFID Readers for parking systems.

Wireless and Fast

RFID operates by communicating data wirelessly, using radio frequencies. Sticking a UHF RFID tag on a vehicle windshield allows the Long-Range RFID reader to easily scan it from afar. This way, the parking system can operate automatically & with efficiency.

Transferable Ownership

RFID tags are programmable with the help of a simple RFID reader and software. Due to this, you can program another vehicle’s information on the same tag in moments. Thus, the RFID tag can be reused in case the driver obtains a new vehicle.

Real-Time Record Keeping

Due to its ability to hold some amount of data, while programming an RFID tag for a parking system, users generally program the vehicle information & ownership details in the tag. This allows your parking system to keep a detailed record of when each vehicle enters & exits the premises, and how many times they do it. This helps in improving security, as, in case of theft, you can instantly find out who was inside the premises of the organization.

Secure Against False Credentials

Human eyes are easy to fool, but you can’t fake a radio signal. Data inside RFID is usually encrypted & can only be read by an RFID reader. This makes it impossible for anyone with an RFID tag with the authorized encrypted information to enter through the security gate.

Things to Remember Before Implementing an RFID Parking System

Despite all its benefits & technological advancements, RFID technology is not perfect. And there are some factors that can make implementing RFID technology a bad idea.

Set-up Cost

Unlike normal paper receipts or other traditional parking systems, the initial cost of implementing RFID is higher. And it also takes more time to initially implement RFIG tags. In addition to tags, you’ll also have to buy long-range RFID readers & RFID Security Gates. So, initially, you’ll have to spend more money than other forms of parking systems.

Susceptibility to Tampering

Whilst RFID offers more security than most parking systems, it is still vulnerable to theft. If someone were to get access to your tag/key, they may be able to get access past the parking system. Or worse, even get access to your data & business premises.


As we discussed above, there are plenty of benefits to implementing an RFID system, like automation, security, automated billing, and cost reduction. However, the initial cost of implementing such a system deters a lot of businesses from using these systems.

So, it’s up to you, what do you think is the best idea for your business? Cost-cutting right now but keeping an inefficient and less safe system or investing right now in a technological solution that may provide cost savings in the future.

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