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First day of RFID Europe some good news and some challenges for the industry

For many years RFID has been seen as a volatile sector.  However, the bulk of the business conducted is based on fairly stable and "traditional" technologies.

However, some 10-15 years ago the opportunity for low cost UHF tags and huge orders from the retail sector started a hype cycle that completely dominated many people's view of RFID.

If anyone needed an industry to illustrate the Gartner hype cycle - RFID for Retail is about as good as you can get.  The projections of increasing the market size by billions of tags have never materialized - however at this year's RFID Europe conference there were more retailers confirming ROI from deployments so we may now be seeing the start of market expansion.  I am afraid that the only people who got rich in the UHF hype were consultants putting together strategy documents and business cases!  It also gave us the Internet of Things - at least the terminology if not the technology.

As ESP KTN expert on RFID etc. I have just attended the first day of the conference and can report some steady progress on developments within the sector.

(See /web/aidc/articles for a more comprehensive report.)

Sector overview is:

Steady growth in the industry

RFID sector is moving from a technology focus to a solutions focus

Government backed projects (e.g. Chinese passports, e-ticketing, Australian sheep tagging) provide the largest projects

Logistics continues to grow with increased uptake of tracking through the supply chain

Retail is starting to grow with more retailers deploying systems

Printed tags (very low cost) are coming (as they have been for several years!!)

Sensor tags, sensor networks and location systems are areas of exciting technology development

In terms of case studies: America is still ahead, UK is second but China has lept from 7th to 3rd

 

This last point is one of the most interesting.  In RFID the UK was one of the major drivers in the first phase of the industry,  for UHF (ultra high frequency) tags, as used by the retail sector, the US became the major player but we may be at the point where the Far East becomes the major player - particularly for Sensor Network and Internet based solutions as they invest in both university students and start-up industry.

 

The Electronics Knowledge Centre supports companies either developing or using identification systems with both knowledge transfer and brokerage - join the AIDC group to gain access to information and support.

 

Nigel Rix

Technology Business Manager
ESP KTN  (nigel.rix@espktn.org)
 

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