Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

Top 10 Stories of 2006

Last year may not have been filled with blockbuster RFID news stories—no new mandates were issued, no huge technological breakthroughs were made—but there were some significant developments. Here are the most important stories of 2006.
By Andrew Price
Feb 01, 20071. EC ruling harmonizes use of UHF for RFID (December).
The European Commission issues a decision requiring EU member nations to designate UHF spectrum for RFID and make it available within the next six months. The decision makes previous recommendations mandatory, alleviating some concerns about the ability of European companies to implement large-scale UHF RFID systems.

2. Marks & Spencer expands item-level tagging—again (November).
Retailer Marks & Spencer announces plans to expand the RFID tagging of “complex-sizing” items—such as men’s suits that come in a large range of sizes—to 120 of its stores by spring 2007. The clothing and specialty-food retailer has been tagging items sold in six of its clothing departments at 42 of its 450 stores in the United Kingdom.

3. China endorses ISO 18000-7 433-MHz standard (November).
The China State Radio Regulation Committee gives its approval for vendors to sell 433-MHz RFID equipment that is compatible with the ISO 18000-7 standard. This solidifies the protocol as an international 433-MHz RFID standard. Now RFID technology vendors can market their wares in China more easily.

4. Metro Group announces RFID rollout to about 150 sites (October).
After testing five generations of the technology for more than two years, German retailer Metro Group is ready to roll out so-called dock-door RFID technology. The rollout is slated to occur at roughly 150 locations by the middle of next year.

5. Interop tests bring EPCIS closer to standard (October).
EPCglobal completes testing of prototypical software based on the EPC Information Services (EPCIS) specification. This set of protocols was designed to let end users of RFID technology exchange data with their supply-chain partners regarding the movement of EPC-tagged goods. The tests were an important step toward the ratification of the EPCIS specification as an EPC data standard.

6. ETSI tests show EPC scalable in Europe (October).
An RFID subgroup of The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announces the results of tests it conducted to determine the effectiveness of RF signal-synchronization schemes designed to enable large numbers of interrogators to function simultaneously under current ETSI regulations. The tests reveal that interrogators using the dense-reader mode of the EPCglobal Gen 2 air-interface standard are able to meet the requirements of the typical end user.

7. Boeing’s in-flight active-tag test is successful (September).
A test conducted by Boeing and Federal Express shows that active RFID tags on a plane have no effect at all on the operation of the aircraft. The successful tests open the way for adding tags with sensors to parts so that the status of the parts can be monitored in real time during a flight.

8. Intermec and Symbol resolve outstanding IP disputes (July).
After settling one of five lawsuits last fall, RFID hardware manufacturers Intermec and Symbol Technologies report that they have settled the four remaining intellectual property disputes between them. The settlement resolves some concerns that IP issues might slow the adoption of UHF RFID systems.

9. ISO approves Gen 2 EPC protocol (July).
The International Standards Organization (ISO) approves the EPC Gen 2 Class 1 UHF standard, as an amendment to its 18000-6 standard RFID air interface for item management using devices operating in the 860-MHz to 960-MHz ISM band. It ends concerns about competing UHF standards and opens the door for China, which said it would embrace only ISO-standard RFID technology, to use EPC technology.

10. Philips demonstrates polymer HF tags (February).
Philips Research, the research arm of Philips Electronics, creates a high-frequency (13.56-MHz) RFID tag using a polymer-based chip instead of a silicon one. Paper-thin and roughly the size of a postage stamp, the tag includes a printed metallic-ink antenna. This breakthrough brings the world a step closer to low-cost tags that can be printed cheaply and efficiently.
To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 622 words and 1 page. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations