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What Have We Learned About RFID?

While the past 10 years have seen ups and downs when it comes to the use of radio frequency identification, we now know a great deal about how and where the technology delivers value.
By Mark Roberti
• Aerospace companies can achieve the same benefits that other manufacturers receive—and can track parts histories, which have been a challenge to manage.

• Health-care providers can greatly improve asset-utilization rates and reduce capital expenditures on new medical equipment.

• Entertainment companies can enhance the customer experience and better manage the assets they use to entertain people.

• The U.S. military can better track and manage everything within its supply chain, so that it can then wage war more effectively.

I believe that LIVE! 2012—our 10th annual conference and exhibition—will mark the end of the beginning for RFID adoption. For companies that have deployed RFID, the next 10 years will be about scaling deployments and layering on new benefits. The businesses that will gain a competitive advantage will be those that maximize the value of the data that RFID systems can deliver.

Companies that are new to RFID or piloting the technology can learn from early adopters that have proved its value in many applications. There is no better way to take advantage of all that has been learned over the past decade than to attend RFID Journal LIVE! next month.

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.

USER COMMENTS

Patrick Taylor 2012-03-09 11:27:23 AM
Tired Rather than a company what about the tire industry and it adopting a common standard for RFID in tires. A much harsher environment than most uses so it has been perhaps more of a trial than some areas of use. And the eventual aim of embedding tags in tires really does require new processes and investment. This year really is going to be the serious beginning of roll-out of RFID in tires. This commences with truck tires as they are expensive and need good monitoring to get the most from them both in day to day correct inflation and also checking for when due for retreading.
Sandu Buraga 2012-03-21 10:03:20 PM
Re: Tired @P. Taylor what about the privacy issues? This means that now I am traceable on the road.

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