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Futureproof Your RFID System

Industry insiders share seven strategies to design and manage an RFID system that will keep pace with evolving technologies and business demands.
By John Edwards
Aug 01, 2012—Obsolescence. You believe radio frequency identification will help your organization handle tasks more efficiently and cost-effectively, yet that word lingers in your mind. While the benefits of RFID have been proven, there's still some risk in investing thousands of dollars in a relatively new technology. You fret about deploying a system that may be made obsolete within a few years by evolving technologies or business practices.

This is a real concern, but not a reason to put off deploying an RFID solution that can deliver benefits today, say early adopters, technology providers and analysts. By applying some "futureproofing" strategies, just about any adopter can ensure its new system will function smoothly and productively for many years.

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Futureproofing means taking a holistic approach to RFID design, implementation and maintenance. That involves determining your goals, analyzing systems from multiple angles, and understanding the relationships among hardware, software, standards, scalability, design and quality—all with an eye toward maximizing durability and longevity. Futureproofing also means keeping up with emerging trends—examining what's new while knowing what may be heading toward obsolescence—and creating strategies to deal with inevitable changes in technologies and business practices.

On the following pages, then, are seven strategies to futureproof your RFID system.
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