I would like to launch a radio frequency identification business. Do you think it would be possible to obtain help from the U.S. RFID industry? I am located outside of the United States, and my nation lacks RFID businesses. Where should I begin seeking assistance?
I think there is a great opportunity to establish RFID businesses in countries in which the technology is still unknown. My recommendation would be to take CompTIA's RFID+ certification training (see RFID Journal Online Training), and to then try to get some hands-on experience with specific hardware and software products. Some RFID vendors offer training to their partners.
I would also recommend that you attend next year's RFID Journal LIVE! event, which will be held in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 3-5, 2012. That would be your best opportunity to meet RFID vendors and make contacts within the industry—and you could establish reseller arrangements with some of the key hardware and software suppliers.
In addition, I would suggest you focus on a specific sector, rather than bouncing from one project to another within different sectors. If your country has a large energy industry, for instance, that might be a good place to start—or, if it has a bustling textiles industry, then that might provide a good jumping-off point. Knowing both the technology and its application within a particular industry would offer you the best chances for success.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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