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RFID 2030: Home and Education

RFID Journal's writers imagine how radio frequency identification will shape the household and school environments two decades in the future.
Mar 01, 2010All CEOs wish they had a crystal ball, so they could see the future and prepare for it rather than simply react to change. Unfortunately, there's no way to know what the world will be like in, say, 20 years. But we believe radio frequency identification will be widely adopted by 2030 and will have a profound impact not just on the way companies do business, but on the way people shop, travel, learn and more.

Exactly how this growth will take place isn't clear, but there are signs. Technology providers that promote the benefits of RFID and deliver solutions to solve specific business problems, providing a fast return on investment, will lead the way.

At the same time, companies that use the technology—to track assets and inventory, streamline operations and business processes, or provide customer services—will create and leverage an RFID infrastructure to achieve even more benefits.

In the following scenarios, we imagine what the world will be like in 2030. Read them, then ask yourself where your company will be 20 years from today. Will you be powering or using the solutions that attract shoppers to retail stores, expedite product shipments, put the joy back in travel, enhance education, simplify chores and save lives? Or will you be playing catch-up?

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Home: The Sandwich Generation Blog
By Jill Gambon

Since starting my Sandwich Generation blog, I've shared legal, medical and financial tips that have kept me sane while I care for my aging mother and three young children (not to mention my husband, the dog and the goldfish). For this week's entry, I'll share the real secret to juggling work and home: intelligent household tools. They're well worth the investment, and prices are dropping, making them a must for any caregiver buried under an avalanche of daily tasks. They enable both your parents and your kids to have some independence while you have the peace of mind of knowing they're safe and the chores are getting done.

Here are the smart appliances and systems that have made a huge difference in our lives. What works best for your family? Please add yours to the list.

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