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Still Crazy After All These Years

Why I believe more passionately in radio frequency identification now than I did when I first launched RFID Journal, 10 years ago this week.
By Mark Roberti
There will be many other case studies as well, including those from American Apparel, Bell Helicopter Textron, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), JV Driver, Morgan Thermal Ceramics Mexico, Rockwell Collins and the U.S. Air Force. These sessions will show the benefits of more conventional RFID applications in retail, manufacturing and supply chain applications.

It's clear to me now that radio frequency identification will eventually be part of just about everything—all manufactured products—and that there will always be new and innovative ways to use it to achieve business and other benefits. But it will take time for the technology to become ubiquitous, just as it took from the 1950s until the 1990s for microchips to grow from concept to ubiquity.

As I look back on the past 10 years, I think of all the people who developed RFID standards, built RFID products and proved the benefits of using the technology in various applications. They did all the hard work, and I was able to enjoy writing about their efforts and results. The next decade, no doubt, will be more productive—and more profitable—for all involved.

I may be crazy, but I look forward to covering every new development for RFID Journal.

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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