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IBM Increases Footprint in Asian RFID Market

IBM has invested more than $7 million opening two RFID projects in Singapore: a testing facility and an educational program at a local polytechnical institute.
Dec 09, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

December 9, 2004—IBM, who in September announced a five-year commitment of $250 million to RFID and related sensor technology, has invested more than $7 million opening two RFID projects in Singapore to both spur the technology's adoption throughout Asia and ensure the company is an established regional player. The first project is a testing facility, typical of those sprouting up around the world, where companies deploying RFID can experiment with and pilot their implementations. The second is the incorporation of RFID education into an existing partnership with a local polytechnical institute. Nanyang Polytechnic will now offer courses that train students in the business and technology of RFID, affording them the opportunity to develop projects based on real-world cases.

RFID education initiatives are a recent and important theme in the industry as the demand for RFID expertise has increasingly outstripped the supply of capable workers. Just last week, the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM Global) and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced a joint certification program initiative whose goal is to draw more IT professionals into the industry by encouraging them to develop expertise in RFID.

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