RFID applications - What will it take in the retail marketplace for
When radio frequency identification came to be there were many skeptics
that doubted that it would be in use any time in the near future.
While in some terms they were correct in many ways they were just flat out
wrong. RFID acceptance in the marketplace has grown and will continue to
grow on a steady pace. This of course all hinges on RFID manufacturers
finding a way to reduce the price on low cost
Some other important factors are cost reduction when it comes to RFID
infrastructure such as printers, networks, and readers. Over time when more
and more major retailers realize that RFID will save them both time and
money over the long run they will save money.
A major headache such as employee theft will be cured when stores make RFID
solutions a priority. RFID shop lift prevention systems will take the place
of a few store security jobs as management can cut the jobs and use that
money towards more
Another problem is the acceptance of a global standard when it comes to
which type of technology will be the main one in use. Many stores are scared
to invest in a technology that will be useless when it comes to adapting
towards future growth. Remember the Betamax VCR!
Currently the airline industry does not know which type of system to use
when it comes to
luggage tags. If they don't come to a certain decision on which type to
implement soon the smaller airlines that invest in the wrong technology will
find themselves in a big debt on useless equipment.
No manager wants to give a report on how his department made the error in
buying expensive tags that are now worthless to the company. We all know
what happens to the head of that department.
The transportation industry
has many uses for RFID from fare collection to using RFID for scheduling.
You may have seen my article on the breeze
card that is being used in Atlanta.