RFID's Popularity Still On the Rise

Asset tracking is the most frequent use of the technology.

Interest in radio frequency identification (RFID) is on the rise, according to a survey conducted by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The worldwide survey of 155 IT companies found that 46% of their customers have implemented one or more RFID solutions, either as pilot projects or production deployments. This represents a 12% jump over the past year, when IT companies reported 34% of their customers had initiated RFID projects.

The most popular RFID deployments, according to the survey, are asset tracking (32%), personal identification (28%), supply chain (25%), retail marketing (15%), and closed-loop manufacturing (9%), according to the CompTIA survey.

"RFID offers adopters of the technology a number of benefits, from improvements in manufacturing, inventory and distribution processes, to reduced costs for product theft, spoilage or obsolescence," says Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.

Among the RFID products and services IT companies say they're currently delivering to customers are:

  • Hardware installation and maintenance (62%)
  • Consulting (46%)
  • Training (43%)
  • Software implementations (40%).

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