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The Challenge of Choosing the Best of the Best

Selecting the top RFID deployments in any given year is very difficult, but it is worth the effort.
By Mark Roberti

I know I found myself reading and rereading some of the entries to try to choose from among six or seven. With several, I wished the submission had more detail or some key performance indicators that would have shown that the project delivered real benefits. Unfortunately, not every submission is as detailed as one would like.

I wish all of the judges could travel to the site of every submission and see each project with his or her own eyes. Obviously, that is just not feasible. But we all did our best, without fear or favor, to pick the top three within each category (10 finalists make it for the Best in Show category).

There are always grumblings about the choices we make. Every year, I receive a few e-mails from people who feel they should have been among the finalists, and I expect that will happen this year, too—and that's OK. I'm glad people feel strongly about their submission and the value of the awards.

You can view the list of finalists here. You will be able to hear most of their presentations at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, to be held from Apr. 30 to May 2, in Orlando, Fla., and we will also feature the winners in the May-June 2013 issue of our electronic magazine. In addition, we plan to write about some of the finalists, as well as some of the entries that didn't make the final cut. Our goal is to highlight the great things being done around the world with RFID.

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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