Top Stories in 2004

By Bob Violino

A look at the events that affected the RFID industry during the year.

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• Albertsons, Best Buy, Metro, Target and Tesco announce plans to use RFID in their supply chains.

• Airbus and Boeing agree on one RFID standard in the airplane manufacturing industry.

• The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends the use of RFID to combat counterfeiting of pharmaceutical drugs.

• McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Hong Kong International Airport and Delta Air Lines announce plans to use RFID to track passenger baggage.

• Countries around the world move toward using 860 to 960 MHz for UHF RFID systems.

• Intermec Technologies announces plans to require vendors making products based on EPCglobal’s Gen 2 specification to pay license fees of 5 percent to 7 percent for Intermec’s intellectual property, which the company says is incorporated in the spec.

• China raises the possibility that it will create its own RFID standard.