what experts have to say
"Some people speak about an imminent “explosion” of RFID. I’m more of a realist. I don’t think there will be an explosion, but I do think we will see steady significant growth. We’re seeing it already, and it’s definitely more than just a “catching-up” effect after the 2009 crisis."
Bernd Schoner, ThingMagic
I see RFID in every single facet of human life within the next ten years. The potential is just explosive. The integration of GPS is just the beginning. We’ll be seeing lot of creativity in the development of applications and services using wireless communication between GPS and RFID.
Kayode Aladesuyi, EarthSearch
Because RFID systems usually allow people to borrow and return books themselves, it can allow library staffers to be freed from front-desk duty and so able to perform other services.
"We believe that virtually every market we serve – including retail, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, wholesale distribution and healthcare – can benefit from RFID solutions."
Chris Schaefer - Motorola
"We see huge opportunities for RFID technology in the transportation sector, because it makes it possible for companies to follow their goods in real time in a way that simply cannot be done today."
Lennart Andersson, Swedish Transport Administration
"Using RFID tags for livestock means all of the movements of an individual animal can be traced and monitored. So, if ever there is a problem – an outbreak of a disease, for example – RFID-enabled traceability will allow livestock producers to more easily identify where the potentially dangerous meat is now located, and quickly remove it from the supply chain."
Peter Stegmaier & Joan Francesc Vilaseca, Datamars
"There is a great deal of interest in using RFID-based solutions for asset tracking, for warehouse automation, for enabling traceability and anti-counterfeiting, and for helping to reduce shoplifting."
Sergey Dudnikov – Vice-President & Director of the RFID Department, OOO Systematica
"The RFID system has proven to be a very economical and efficient way to manage the care of the trees on Budapest's Margaret Island."
Laszló Szuszkó – Managing Director, ODIN Technologies Hungary
“There are no ‘question marks’ about the future of RFID. We have seen overwhelming interest in what we are doing. RFID has a bright future in the apparel sector.”
Christian von Grone, Chief Information Officer, Gerry Weber International AG
“We believe in RFID and we believe in smart objects. The tipping point is behind us now: RFID is here to stay. It opens up a world of possibilities.”
Michel Leduc, Vice President Marketing & Sales, Neowave
“Most people cannot begin to imagine all the interesting things RFID could do!”
Laetitia Gazel-Anthoine, Founder & CEO, Connecthings
“Any warehouse, any company that needs to count or locate items would benefit from RFID in the same ways we have. I really cannot emphasize enough the difference RFID has made to our operations.”
Donna Smit, Company Administrator, EastPack Ltd New Zealand
“RFID can provide citizens – be they workers, patients or consumers – with an array of value added services.”
Gérald Santucci, Head of the Unit Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
“By printing RFID tags…we can drastically reduce the cost of tags and make it possible for RFID technology to be used en masse with better effects on the environment.”
Dr. Wolfgang Clemens, PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG
“With RFID, consumers will not waste time looking for the right products. They will be sure when entering a store that the products are available on the shelf.”
Antonio Rizzi, University of Parma
"RFID offers new ways to reduce the consumption of materials and energy in making and shipping goods as well as in the reuse, recycling and disposal of those goods at the end of their useful lives."
Elliot Maxwell, Initiator of Project PURE
"An increasing number of people know about RFID and are positive about its applications."
Simon Japs, Informationsforum RFID
"It would be very unfortunate if privacy advocates succeed in blocking consumer applications of RFID because there are many, many ways consumers will benefit."
Marc Roberti, Founder and Editor RFID Journal
"Our objective is to treat concerns about data privacy and RFID with allowing rational testing of the technology and roll-out of useful applications. We need to encourage the usage of this technology in a way that will keep consumers and the general public assured."
Paul Skehan, Director of the ERRT
"RFID ensures transparency in logistics. We use the technology at more than 180 locations in Germany in order to process incoming and outgoing goods quickly and easily. That saves both time and money."
Antonia Voerste, Head of Communications & Public Affairs, MGI METRO Group Information Technology
"In the future, RFID may help us base our buying decisions not only on the calories of a product, but also on its carbon footprint or the energy needed for its manufacturing."
Thorsten Staake, Chair of Information Management, ETH Zurich
Tobias Graml, Chair of Information Management, ETH Zurich
Markus Weiss, Distributed Systems Group, Institute for Pervasive Computing, ETH Zurich
"Just as computing and the Internet are fundamentally democratised, RFID is destined for the masses. Its future will be shaped by everyone around the world - people in companies and universities as well as individual consumers."
Sanjay E. Sarma, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)