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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.
By John Shoemaker

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.

USER COMMENTS

Ben Grieser 2014-09-25 03:44:56 AM
Very good points! RFID opens up a variety of opportunities to improve supply chain performance, but it is vitally important that the technology works 'right out of the box." Apple understands this. As the Internet of Things blossoms and grows to encompass the myriad array of RFID technologies, people will continue to find more innovative ways to apply those technologies, but only if the tools work. Users need to be free to focus on the solutions, without having to worry about making the tool work. Companies which can provide that will not only benefit greatly, but will also empower their customers to be of much greater benefit to their own organizations and their own customers.
Larry Phillips 2014-09-30 05:43:34 PM
I posed a similar question in regards to improving workflow in a logistics centre - the problem was how to ensure the entity starting a movement would also adopt RFID - it is simple when you are a large department store or a company with clout - but when you are a small entity how do you ensure a RFID tag using your prescribed format is used - if this was possible yes it would simplify everything and even make customs and quarantine processing of goods a lot easier - how do we work towards this

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