RFID and Retail Applications
RFID, Radio Frequency Identification, provides a means for
identifying unique items using radio waves. The data is stored in a
digital format typically within a microchip. This storage method
provides much more data than can be stored in traditional barcode
There are numerous potential applications of RFID. Some are in
the planning stages now, some are being prototyped, and others are still a bit blue sky but certainly
- Providing markings for electronic equipment, automobiles, and
other large items with unique serial numbers or codes. By scanning the
RFID, the item can be located by it's unique serial number.
- Marking shipping containers, pallets, or cartons. This application
is being implemented in the retail industry by Wal-Mart, Target, and
- Attaching patient history to medications, so that the information
is readily available in a hospital or clinic with a scanner.
- Attaching medical history to a person so that during an emergency
an EMT or other medical personnel could quickly gain access to the
Wal-Mart is paving the way with a test program for RFID that the
company hopes will eventually replace bar codes. In early 2004, they
began testing with eight manufacturers and one distribution center. The
manufacturers implemented case and pallet level RFID tags. In January
2005, Wal-Mart went live with RFID at distribution centers in Dallas.
The initial 100 suppliers has since grown to more than three times that
number to 500 stores and five distribution centers. Wal-Mart expects to
have 1000 stores capable of handling RFID-tagged items by January 2007
and 600 suppliers using the technology.
Target Corporation set a June, 2005
deadline for its top 100 suppliers to start using RFID.
Albertsons expected its top 100 suppliers to be participating in the RFID program at the case and pallet level by April 2005.
RFID is finding a home in the data center
Financial institutions say tagging IT assets speeds the inventory process. "We put an RFID tag on the laptop and a picture of the individual in the database," he says, "so all the user has to do is pass the laptop over the RFID scanner and a picture of them shows up on the security guard's screen."
Minnesota turns to RFID to monitor inmates - The system can detect track
prisoners, modify behavior. (06.18.2007)
RFID adoption hobbled by lack of trained staff - Two thirds of companies
see shortage in skilled labor pool. (05.31.2007)
McAfee: RFID chips exposing users to danger - As use expands, the
technology becomes a very tempting target for hackers. (04.23.2007)
RFID-enabled vending machines installed at Atlanta airport - Thirsty
travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international Airport
can now buy their soft drinks without having to fumble for exact change.
California lawmakers try again to create RFID protections - The
California legislature this month is expected to vote on several bills that
would regulate the use of radio frequency identification technology in
government documents. (04.02.2007)
The Death of the 'Six Months Rule' for Retail RFID Strategy - Rapid
progress of early-adopting retailers is stretching their headstart beyond
the often cited six-month comfort zone. (02.28.2007)
Wal-Mart Shifts RFID Plans - Emphasis now on stores rather than
distribution hubs. (02.26.2007)
Company hopes to tame Wal-Mart RFID requirement - Schiff Nutrition
International is in the middle of an RFID pilot intended to help the midsize
company deploy the technology in order to continue doing business with
Trucking firm turns to RFID to fill black hole - Horizon Lines Inc. has
turned to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track
containers seamlessly from a Seattle distribution center over the sea and
land to their final destination in Alaska. (02.13.2007)
NASA testing RFID chips for trip to Mars - Looks to determine whether
technology can survive in outer space. (02.08.2007)
RFID-enabled tattoos eyed for livestock tracking - Start-up firm Somark
Innovations is touting technology designed to help tag and trace livestock
with radio frequency identification enabled ink tattoos. (01.24.2007)
IBM pushing RFID data repository - IBM is rolling out RFID tag mddleware
that's designed to enable real time, reliable and secure data sharing.
Nissan taps WhereNet's RFID system for supply chain - It will also be
used to keep tabs on the automaker's outbound delivery chain. (12.05.2006)
Drug wholesaler to pilot RFID drug-tracking
effort - One of the nation's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers today announced plans to launch a pilot program early next year to track drugs throughout the distribution process using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
Gen 2 Tags Boost RFID, but Uncertainties Linger - Proponents of radio
frequency identification technology have a lot riding on the success of a
new generation of systems now being deployed. Although their initial
findings look promising in terms of accuracy, cost and compatibility,
questions remain among some users about RFID's maturity and business value.
RFID Success Signals - AS the cost of tags come down, RFID projects are
finding appropriate niches, and implementation is up. (08.14.2006)
The failure of RFID - A few years ago, the IT industry was abuzz with
the wonders of radio frequency ID technology. It was set to revolutionize
everything about business process management. But in the past year, there
have been few advances in RFID that would put it center stage in networking.
Wal-Mart expands its RFID efforts to Canada - Wal_mart STores INc.
appears to be taking a new tack as it continues to roll out its much-touted
radio frequency identification (RFID) technology supplier collaboration
Wal-Mart keeps RFID momentum after IT management reshuffle - Radio
frequency identification technology is very much a part of Wal-Mart Stores
Inc.'s future, despite a recent IT management reshuffle at the retailer.
Wal-Mart details its RFID journey - Retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
continues to build momentum around its radio frequency identification tag
initiatives, adding new uses for the supply chain technology and getting
more suppliers and partners to comply with its RFID mandates. (03.02.2006)
RFID for trucks coming to Los Angeles, Long Beach ports - PierPass, a
nonprofit company owned by marine terminal operators at the ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach, plans to equip up to 10,000 trucks with WhereNet
Corp. RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to enhance security around
the trucks entering the two facilities. (01.18.2006)
Colorado looks to RFID to protect elk herds - The state of Colorado is
testing radio frequency identification tags as one way to help protect elk
herds from contagious disease. (01.12.2006)
Forecast 2006: RFID Cost and complexity continue to block enterprise use
- Respondents to a recent Computerworld survey ranked RFID second among
technologies that hold promise for their companies or industries - but first
among technologies that haven't lived up to their hype. (01.02.2006)
RFID and C-Level Thinking - "When
exploring potential RFID applications, we must look beyond passive tags. For
instance, active tags can be highly cost-effective when they are configured
to be reused hundreds of times. They can provide the current status,
availability or condition of an object throughout a plant or campus."
Think Tank:RFID is Showing Up in the Strangest Places - RFID is Showing
up on Food, Tools, and Casino Chips. (08.03.2005)
Is RFID Revving up Retailers' Competitive Edge? -
The retail industry is rife with competition, making
it challenging for businesses to attain a leadership position—and maintain
it for very long. (08.03.2005)
Companies announce RFID drug-tracking project -
Unisys Corp. and SupplyScape Corp. have begun a test
project to track pharmaceuticals through the supply chain using radio
frequency identification tags or bar codes.
The Impact of RFID on Business Operations and IT Infrastructure.
(05.23.2005) The Wal-Mart and DOD mandates -- technology and quality
standards and implementation deadlines -- have pushed RFID from the
proverbial minor leagues to the World Series.
German hospital uses RFID for patient identification (05.20.5005)
RFID hitches ride on German mass transit project (04.27.2005) The use of
electronic-ticketing systems in Germany's huge mass transit sector is moving
forward after the successful testing of a smart-card system that uses radio
frequency identification (RFID).
The e-ticketing venture is one of many RFID projects in
Germany, which is at the forefront of smart-tag development in Europe. Metro
AG, one of the world's largest retail groups, which is based in Dusseldorf,
Germany, is currently rolling out the technology across its German stores.
Price of New RFID Tags Must Fall Fast for Users to Reap Rewards
(04.19.2005) An emerging generation of radio frequency identification tags
promises reduced costs for manufacturers that have to put RFID labels on
pallets and cases for retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target
Texas bill would replace vehicle inspection stickers with RFID tags. A
Texas legislator has filed a bill that would, in part, call for the state to
replace vehicle inspection stickers with radio frequency identification (RFID)
tags, otherwise known as transponders.
RFID chips in world soccer tournament tickets questioned (04.01.2005)
All 2.9 million tickets now on sale for next year's FIFA World Cup soccer
tournament in Germany include an embedded radio frequency identification (RFID)
smart tag that will allow entry to the games, according to Gerd Graus, a
spokesman for the FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee.
Pushing RFID Deeper into Manufacturing (03.30.2005) As manufacturers
rush to implement radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, pushed
by the likes of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and regulatory mandates, don't be
surprised if they start asking about what's in it for them.
Suppliers eye RFID data, search for potential uses. (03.07.2005)
More than 100 suppliers have started shipping RFID-tagged
pallets and cases to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
U.K. store expands RFID trial (03.02.2005) U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer
PLC (M&S) will extend its ongoing trial of radio frequency identification (RFID)
technology for the management of its clothing stock from nine of its stores
to 53 in the second quarter of next year.
From A to RFID: Plumbing 101 (02.15.2005). RFID
systems are as dependent on the integration of business applications and
processes as they are on wireless technology itself.
Med school CIO tests RFID for patients
Retailers Drag Feet on RFID Initiatives
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