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Radio frequency identification: technology, applications and impact

Steve Hodges and Duncan McFarlane


Radio Frequency Identification or RFID has sprung into prominence in the last five years with the promise of providing a relatively low cost means for connecting non electronic objects to an information network. In particular, the retail supply chain has been established as a key sector for a major deployment of this technology. This short report provides a background to the technology and its position with regard to competing technologies. A range of applications is reviewed and we conclude with some comments on the likely societal impact of RFID and potential barriers to deployment. This report is aimed at a non-technical audience, namely senior staff from a spectrum of areas, such as insurance, banking, telecommunications, government institutions and academia. The report does not cover any technologies other than RFID, in particular those that may be candidates for tracking people.


Publication typeTechReport
NumberAuto-ID Centre Whitepaper AUTOIDLABS-WP-HARDWARE-016
PublisherAuto-ID Centre
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