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Editor's Note

  • If There's a Patent Pool, Should You Jump In?

    By Dan Mullen

    Everyone agrees more RFID standards are needed. But a patent pool may just add an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. By Dan Mullen, Interim CEO of AIM

  • Looking Ahead To 2003

    By Mark Roberti

    The buzz about RFID will fade quickly in 2003 if standards groups don't deliver, and companies don't move beyond the pilot stage.

  • Pieces of the Puzzle, II

    The coalescing of the supply side of the market continues to gather momentum.

  • The World Just Changed

    Gillette's plan to purchase 500 million RFID tags from Alien Technology forces vendors and end users to confront a new reality.

  • Opportunity Knocks

    Open standards create opportunity by dramatically increasing the size of the potential market.

  • The March of Folly

    It foolish to continue selling proprietary systems when the broad market has embraced open standards.

  • Item-Level Trend Spotting

    A lot of people say item-level tracking of low-cost goods is many years away. Recent news stories suggest otherwise.

  • Patently Obvious

    The Auto-ID Center is considering creating a patent pool to reduce the risk of lawsuits derailing its technology. The idea is good for vendors, as well as customers.

  • Transforming the Warehouse

    To reduce inventory, companies are going to have to do a lot more than slap RFID tags on pallets and readers on dock doors.

  • It's Time To Get Strategic

    It's time for companies to begin developing a long-term strategy for using RFID and a plan for deploying it in stages.

  • Pity the Poor Customer

    By Mark Roberti

    Companies looking to buy RFID systems are hearing conflicting information about what RFID can do and where the market is going.

  • The Pull of the Culture

    The companies that benefit most from RFID technology will be the ones that create a culture that embraces change.

  • Underestimating Asia

    By Mark Roberti

    Asia lags behind in auto-ID technology, but recent events indicate that it could emerge as a dominant force in RFID.

  • Pieces of the Puzzle

    Successful RFID systems involve a lot more than tags and readers. Gradually, all of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.

  • The Way Forward

    Our special report examines the prospects for the Auto-ID Center's proposed system for tracking products using a low-cost RFID and open-standards and lays out a roadmap for companies looking to adopt the technology.

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