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RFID LABELS…ULTIMATE TRACKING

As little as three years ago, when people heard the term Radio Frequency Identification they were usually watching a top notch spy film. But fortunately since that time, the market place has been flooded with the use of RFID labels, and projections in the RFID world say that the future is looking even brighter for these ultimate tracking devices.

Currently, these RFID labels are being used on pallet and vendor shipping for companies like Wal-Mart and Circuit City and even those that supply parts and items to the Federal government. However, in recent months, the use of RFID labels in the pharmaceutical world has gained popular course. In fact, the largest drug company in the world has joined the RFID labeling future and word has it that their first efforts are paying off.

It is projected that all prescription drugs in the United States and even some of the prescription drugs in both East Asia and Europe will no doubt have RFID labels within the next three to four years. These labels make tracking of drugs, inventory of drugs, and safety of their patients and consumers top priority.

Other RFID labels can be found on employee ID batches, just like in those spy films from years back, these ID batches can carry pertinent information about the staff member and only allow them into certain areas of a building or restrict them from seeing confidential information that is not in their job description.

If you ever wonder upon a foreigner from the countries of New Zealand or Pakistan, you may want to ask to see their passport, these two countries have adopted RFID labels for passport security reasons. These RFID labels can track the travelers where-a-bouts within minutes, and best of all - they cannot be altered like the paper passports can be. Speaking of travel odds are if you have flown lately you had an RFID tag on your luggage.

Most likely, you could even see RFID labels on everyday products you buy at the grocery store. Although, this may be a futuristic concept, these labels will allow companies to track their products for sales marketing strategies, recall recourse, and other business reasons. In fact, in January of 2003, Michelin began testing RFID chips in their tires, these are available to car makers at their request.