RFID report makes waves

DUBLIN — The adoption of RFID is increasing significantly, and the time is right to understand what has been done so lessons and paybacks can be learned, according to a new report from Research and Markets.

In its second RFID in Action report, the company says RFID is being used to tackle many problems, from anti-counterfeiting in healthcare to customer service and costs in retailing, consumer goods and the air industry.

Drawing on the 2,300 case studies in the company’s RFID Knowledgebase, which now extends to 85 countries, it says the Electronic Product Code is now used in either in trials or in production in manufacturing in Brazil, consumer goods in Colombia, fresh food in Japan, air baggage in China and aircraft parts in the UK for example.

Uses include helping security in a Canadian shopping mall, jewellery being tagged in Dubai, smart packages to monitor what pill was taken when in a U.S. drug test, smart passports in Singapore and tags on intermodal containers in the U.S.

The largest RFID project of any type ever, is the US$6 billion China National ID Card.

The RFID business is taking off for different reasons in different application sectors, the report concludes.

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