Aberdeen: Major RFID Hurdles Remain

Written by Evan Schuman
July 18th, 2006

A new report from industry analyst firm The Aberdeen Group does not bring a lot of optimistic news for RFID proponents, with predicted trouble for finding sufficiently-experienced RFID personnel, migrating to new data-collection methods such as mobile and biometrics as well as predicted major hiccups with efforts to scale RFID to the next level.

One bright note: the survey finds that users no longer see cost as the single most important factor. That’s significant because it’s the first time in the years that Aberdeen has conducted this study where interviewees did not choose cost as the most important issue when making RFID decisions.

Report author John Fontanella, Aberdeen’s Senior VP and service director for supply chain and retail research, said one of the most troubling findings in the survey of RFID users was that most companies were doing the absolute minimum to comply with mandates. In other words, they weren’t leveraging what they are required to do for a major customer and using it to improve their own operations. To read the full story, please click here.


2 Comments | Read Aberdeen: Major RFID Hurdles Remain

  1. Chris Kapsambelis Says:

    I am struck by the fact that the reliability issue has now eclipsed the cost issue.

    Is it possible that up until now reliability has been taken for granted, and users are now finding out that not only is RFID expensive, it’s also unreliable.

    You can forget about the multiple read points in dense reader mode. The industry will opt for Wi-Fi connected hand held readers that can be taken where ever they are needed. It’s not only cheaper it’s more reliable.

  2. Chris Kapsambelis Says:

    Please add the following to my previous comment:

    Gen3,4,5,6 will only add complexity to something that is already too complex. The vision of RFID and complete automation that will lead to “The Internet of Things” will go the way of Artificial Intelligence and computers that actually think. They may be theoretically possible, but not very practical.


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