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RFID Today Will Bring Sensor Networks Tomorrow

Intel's associate director of research describes RFID as a crucial step in the realization of sensor network computing.
Nov 23, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

November 23, 2004—Intel's associate director of research, Hans Mulder, describes RFID as a crucial intermediate step between today's computing model, in which most data is entered by humans, and the future model, in which sensor networks enter most data automatically. In such a world, decisions will be made based on realtime data provided by sensors distributed across a company's universe. This model is of course a few years off due to sensor technology costs and the inadequacy of existing technological infrastructure. But it is this latter hurdle which RFID will overcome. The RFID revolution beginning now is forcing organizations to increase their data handling capacity in preparation for the anticpated flood of data from RFID deployments. With these upgrades in place, enterprises will then be able to consider accommodating the additional data from sensors. Sensor technology will have dropped sufficiently in price that a wide variety of applications will become possible. Mulder sees the efficiencies brought by sensor technology increasing aggregate world output by no less than 10 percent.

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