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Survey: 80% of RFID Talent is Insufficient

The shortage of labor supply confronting RFID technology is a persistent problem and one that will worsen before it gets better.
Mar 01, 2005This article was originally published by RFID Update.

March 1, 2005—The shortage of labor supply confronting RFID technology is a persistent problem and one that will worsen before it gets better. So found CompTIA (the Computing Technology Industry Association) in a recent survey of 51 of its member companies. Of those surveyed, a whopping 80% said that the supply of RFID talent is insufficient, and two-thirds see "training and educating their staff on RFID" as the next major hurdle to successful deployment of the technology.

VP of Electronic Commerce David Sommer presented the findings at last week's RFID World. To address the problem, Sommers and company are designing a new certification program that should become available around the end of the year. They hope to standardize and codify levels of RFID knowledge, and will work with a projected 20 technology companies to develop a two- to three-hour exam of approximately 75 questions related to RFID. The exam will cover things like radio technology (an area of knowledge often lacking in programmers and traditionally trained computer specialists), air protocol interfaces and standards, and hardware and tag testing and installation.

The survey press release is available on CompTIA's site
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