The Auto-ID Center's goal of creating a global network for tracking goods with RFID tags may hinge on Europe. EPC faces some special challenges in the region, but the technology appears to be gaining ground.
Rumors are rife that Wal-Mart plans to require suppliers to tag pallets and cases by January 2005. RFID Journal
reveals the truth about Wal-Mart's plans and its 12-year quest for affordable RFID.
Last week, the International Organization for Standard- ization took a major step forward on proposed RFID standards for supply chain applications. This guide explains why they are important to your company.
This month, Gillette begins testing smart shelves in Wal-Mart and Tesco stores. If the pilots prove that RFID can dramatically reduce out-of-stocks and thwart shoplifters, the technology could change stores forever.
Sun Microsystems was among the first high-tech manufacturers to see the value of ubiquitous RFID. Sun's Dirk Heyman talks about the benefits and the challenge of creating the needed infrastructure.
Ravikanth Pappu is developing inexpensive plastic tokens that can be used to authenticate items. When combined with RFID tags, they could make it nearly impossible to sell forged goods.
Prof. Ted Selker and his Context Aware Computing Group at MIT are using RFID to power sensors, transmitters and other microelectronic devices.
Researchers at Infineon have found a way to create microchips on common packaging materials. One day, chips may be printed with commercial processes for less than a penny.
The establishment of open, global standards for RFID will reduce equipment costs, spur adoption and create enormous investment opportunities.
A pool could reduce the risk of lawsuits slowing the adoption of its EPC system. But it’s not clear whether the RFID industry will go along.