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Big RFID Deployments and Better RFID Products

Entries for the 2015 RFID Journal Awards were outstanding, indicating that the RFID industry is maturing rapidly.
By Mark Roberti

There are a lot of other great end-user deployments in the other categories, but one of the things that really warmed my heart this year was the large number of exhibitors that submitted entries for the Best New Product award (formerly called Best in Show), as well as the high quality of those products.

There were a number of passive RFID sensors, which I find encouraging. Years ago, many people—including me—envisioned low-cost moisture sensors being put into the walls of new buildings to report when unacceptable levels of water were detected, so that a leak behind a wall could be quickly detected and fixed before too much damage occurred. Such sensors are now here.

Farsens was selected as a finalist for its battery-free RFID sensor tags capable of monitoring voltage levels in AC circuits, and Phase IV Engineering was picked for its passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID strain sensor and battery-assisted strain/temperature sensor and logger. Passive sensors open a whole new world of opportunity for companies to monitor the conditions of the facilities in which they operate, or the assets on which they depend.

That's not to suggest that a sensor will win Best New Product. There were other great products as well, including NXP Semiconductors' passive UHF chip that supports high-level encryption and Zebra Technologies' athlete-tracking solution, which provides coaches, teams, media and leagues with unprecedented performance and playing statistics.

Clearly, things are heating up in the RFID industry as early adopters prove the technology's value across many industries, and as RFID companies create innovative new products to meet their needs. If you seek a solution to your business problem, I encourage you to attend LIVE! 2015, being held in San Diego on Apr, 15-17—I'm confident that you will find there what you need.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.

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