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By Beth Bacheldor

RFID Market Tops $10 Billion in 2015, IDTechEx Research Estimates

The RFID market is estimated to hit total sales of $10.1 billion this year, according to a new report from IDTechEx Research. The research firm says growth will continue in established markets but is also expected in new markets. More than one third, or 38 percent, of the 2015 market value is for the tags themselves, for a total of 9.1 billion tags being sold—up from 7.8 billion tags in 2014, including all of the main RF frequencies, as well as both passive and active tags—according to IDTechEx Research.

A significant part of the growth is attributed to passive, ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags (also now known as RAIN RFID). UHF RFID is being widely adopted for tagging apparel, the research firm notes, with 3.75 billion tags used for that application alone in 2015 versus three billion in 2014. For shorter-range high-frequency (HF) RFID, growth can be attributed to banks' use of secure RFID cards enabling contactless payments, with just under two billion being sold for that and other contactless card applications this year. Near Field Communication (NFC) is part of HF RFID as well, and NFC tag sales (excluding payment and personal ID applications) in 2015 will amount to 230 million units for such applications as tagging computer game figures and setting up Bluetooth pairing of consumer electronic devices.

IDTechEx's RFID market projections
The continued growth has resulted in many new entrants in the market, the firm reports, and companies will have to carefully consider their positioning. For example, IDTechEx Research, which has studied the RFID sector since 1999, has profiled more than 150 RFID companies in China alone. Despite the growth, there are still only a handful of businesses with more than $100 million in RFID sales, though the company says several are now moving into that category.

IDTechEx Research's new detailed report, titled "RFID Forecasts, Players, Opportunities 2016-2026," assesses the entire industry. Historic sales of RFID are provided from 2005 to 2015. Tables break out the sales of RFID by tag numbers, average sales price and total market value for 39 application areas, in addition to reader and software sales. Research is based on interviews with players all over the world.

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