Low-cost wireless sensor networks developed by NASA can detect environmental changes and take action in response to what they detect. Now RFID is set to make them even more effective.
Using active RFID tags, the Indy Racing League not only times and scores 16 events, it also provides critical data to drivers and race crews, and helps engine, tire and chassis makers develop products.
A maker of RFID products for libraries develops tag technology to ensure smart labels on CDs and DVDs are successfully read 100 percent of the time.
There are still many problems to be solved before RFID technology can dramatically improve efficiency throughout the global supply chain. But our democratic capitalist system means they will be resolved quickly.
After a national law firm installed an RFID system to track legal files at its Boston location, accuracy in locating files jumped from 35 to 98 percent—saving tens of thousands of dollars in time spent looking for documents.
Coates Screen and QinetiQ of the United Kingdom are teaming up to offer RFID tag makers the ability to "grow" low-cost metal antennas.
Even as the mainstream business media begins to grasp the importance of RFID in the supply chain, the technology is rapidly expanding into new areas.
The world's largest provider of cell phones is offering a kit that will enable workers to scan tags remotely and transmit data via their cell phones.
Toppan Forms of Japan has developed the first RFID chip that can operate at all frequencies from 13.56 MHz to 2.45 GHz.
A semiconductor maker joins the RFID market and promises to drop the price of Electronic Product Code RFID tags by using tunable transistors.