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Government IT Execs Want RFID But Lack Guidance

The results of a survey of government IT executives indicate that a lack of guidance could be the reason for the slow RFID adoption.
Nov 23, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

November 23, 2004—Despite the fact that one of the seminal milestones in the RFID industry's history was the U.S. Department of Defense mandate, RFID activity and spending by U.S. government agencies in general is considered low. The results of a survey of government IT executives by Virginia-based consulting giant BearingPoint indicate that a lack of guidance could be the reason for the slow RFID adoption. While almost half of those interviewed see RFID as "important or very important to their work" and feel that better asset management and streamlined business processes would improve through the deployment of RFID, uncertainty over standards, security, and privacy remain hurdles to implementation. According to the survey, these executives are looking to government and industry leaders for guidance on how to proceed with RFID but are finding that guidance inadequate.

Don't let this be too discouraging. We expect that upon the ratification of the second generation RFID standard by EPCglobal, expected soon, market maturation will accelerate, the industry's message will become more clear, and such criticism will diminish.

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