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Embedding RFID in Electronics Makes Sense

In addition to enhancing the functionality of computers, mobile phones, tablets and other devices, the technology might help to reduce the counterfeiting of software.
By Mark Roberti
It is now possible to embed RFID on printed circuit boards (PCBs) to track work-in-process and finished goods inventory in electronics manufacturing plants, and to monitor goods in the supply chain and within retail stores. There is a lot of value to be seized, if electronics makers are willing to embrace RFID.

It probably won't be possible, at least in the near-term, to use an embedded RFID chip to track servers within a data center, because a chip on a PCB would lack sufficient read range to be read within such an environment. But an inexpensive tag can now be placed on any data-center asset to allow it to be tracked from the time of purchase until it is disposed of.

What's more, inventory counts can be performed quickly and accurately with RFID. During the event, Maryanne Flynn, Cisco Systems' director of operations, will explain how her company has benefited from employing the technology to track IT assets around the globe. And Diana Hage, RFID Global Solution's CEO, will explain how the infrastructure can be put in place.

It's exciting to see the capabilities that RFID can deliver in the high-tech sector. I hope you'll join us at the conference to learn more.

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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