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RFID USES…Current and Those to Come

There are many uses for RFID technology currently being used today. In fact, RFID technology and its distant kin spy-ware have been around since the thirties, when Europe invented a transformer that could identify friend and foe planes. Since then, RFID uses have been primarily limited to government entities, like in the late 60’ and early 70s when the need for security and safety regarding personnel at government agencies or laboratories that handled the materials and equipment used in the making of nuclear devices.

Although, the history of spy-ware and early RFID uses is perhaps a little far-fetched; since then the RFID uses have grown considerably in the field of consumer products and everyday people may find themselves in contact with some type of RFID device. Unlike barcodes, which typically are the means of tracking inventory and goods, an RFID device can identify the exact product when it was made, by whom, etc… barcodes only identify the manufacturer and product category in most instances. As well, barcodes must be held at the line of sight of a scanner, whereas a RFID device is not visible to the eye and as long as the product or item is within a certain range of a reader the item can be accounted for.

The food industry, more specifically the cattle industry, has considered using this type of RFID system in tracking herd orientation, and with the wide concern regarding disease carrying animals, this may not be a bad idea. As well, many pet owners have embedded RFID devices into their pets or have purchased special collaring devices that contain RFID chips; a home reader can track the pet’s where-a-bouts at any given time. There is also a company in Georgia that is implementing RFID that is used when the bartender pours out your drink so you don't get too much liquor in the glass.

Other countries are experimenting in the use of RFID regarding national security, in fact, New Zealand, Pakistan, as well as Malaysia have all embedded RFID chips into their citizen’s passports.

The future of RFID uses will most likely affect all consumers within the future. There has been talk of incorporating RFID tags into the health care world. And the largest drug maker, Pfizer, has already started implementing RFID labels on some of their drugs, and has high hopes of incorporating this system onto all prescription drug labels within the next few years.