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The IoT Challenge
As the Internet of Things takes shape, RFID companies need to offer complete solutions that can quickly and easily adapt to customers' needs and expectations.
This will force the continued development of RF-based sensors to track and record everything—temperature, humidity, vibration, motion, water, flame, smoke, light, speed, gas and more.
The entire Supply Chain of Things (SCoT) can be made visible to fabricators, suppliers, carriers, customers or users, and service providers.
RFID reader hardware will need to operate on smaller, mobile devices. Customers want to be able to use tablets, smartphones, and other handheld and wrist-carried and wearable devices in the field—all delivering data to the cloud that can be accessed easily from anywhere, and at any time.
This will require a great deal more flexibility in solution definition, technology application and development time for solution providers. Customers want to track all things important in their world, in order to affect safety, security and operational effectiveness—all while not interrupting existing processes or work methods.
Ultimately, those who can deal with this kind of rapid change in the Internet of Things world will emerge as the solution leaders of tomorrow.
John Shoemaker has spent the past 25 years in the AIDC industry and functioned at the C-Level for several technology companies with wireless and sensor solutions. Currently, he is the executive VP of Identec Solutions, a supplier of active UHF RFID technology designed to increase people safety, productivity and efficiency in harsh environments.
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