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2008 RFID INDUSTRY RECAP
published by RFIDUpdate

9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 1
This article is Part 1 of a three-part series that recaps the top RFID developments from 2008. This installment focuses on advances in UWB, passive UHF and NFC technologies. Tomorrow's Part 2 will examine startups, funding, and M&A in the RFID vendor landscape, and Part 3 will identify new trends and provide an outlook for 2009.

9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 2
This is the second installment of a three-part series recapping the top nine RFID developments from 2008. This article covers how the RFID vendor community was changed by mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, startups and venture funding. Yesterday's Part 1 covered technology developments, and tomorrow's conclusion will identify new trends and the 2009 outlook.

9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 3
This article concludes a three-part series that recaps the top RFID developments from 2008. This final installment highlights prominent security-related activity, updates ongoing trends and shares thoughts on how the overall economy may impact the RFID industry. Part 1 covered technology developments, and Part 2 documented merger, acquisition, startup and investment activity.

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Summary of Observations from the EPCglobal Conference, October 2007 in Chicago

RFID Recruiters attended the EPCglobal conference.  The following is a summary of RFID Recruiters' observations.

This year's conference was jointly sponsored by EPCglobal and RFID Journal under the theme "EPC Connect."  From EPCglobal's perspective the recent unveiling of various EPCIS initiatives is demonstrating that the standards organization is driving beyond tag and reader specifications to an architecture in which RFID data can be effectively delivered as business information into enterprise systems. 

In keeping with the EPC Connect theme one of the more notable developments was the relatively high profile taken my Microsoft.  Microsoft made its case for why Microsoft software and in particular BizTalk should be considered as a key technology for connecting the RFID edge environment with interior enterprise applications.  In addition to Microsoft, the relatively high profile taken by Intel and also Hewlett Packard signaled that these leading IT providers along with IBM and other IT leaders are committed to pursuing and developing the RFID market.  One result of this is that the RFID industry is continuing to  develop a healthy commitment to advancing RFID system architectures that are increasingly standardized so as to enable rapid and dependable "plug n play" implementations in IT environments.  RFID Recruiters views this as a very important trend that will move the industry beyond one-off industrial custom solutions to configurable, increasingly repeatable, dependable, and highly scalable IT solutions.

On the business front, the prevailing sentiment among conference attendees was that the RFID industry is transitioning from a focus on mandated compliance projects to internally (user organization) motivated implementations.  Confidence remains high that RFID holds the power to automate and drive the transformation of many business processes from production to distribution across virtually all industries in both closed loop and open loop environments.  At the same time this outlook is tempered by the recognition that transformations will happen sector by sector and application by application.  Perhaps even more strategically, the conference raised awareness that in many areas production and distribution chains are likely to increasingly converge across sectors and verticals.

The conference reflected a maturing of the RFID industry in which best practices are steadily and continually surfacing through the information sharing and collaboration of individuals and organizations within many verticals and sectors including retail and CPG, music and entertainment, information technology and electronics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, chemicals, energy, transportation and logistics, automotive and heavy equipment, aerospace, defense, and others.  One popular sentiment is that while RFID applications often begin in closed loops, such as Work In Progress manufacturing environments, many such tagging initiatives are likely to subsequently result in tagged products and other tagged assets moving beyond the initially closed loop thereby finding their way into open loop applications.  This recognition that initial tagging applications can spawn new applications has reinforced the importance of adopting standards-based solutions even within closed loop environments.

Another theme that ran throughout the conference was the sense that the industry has little doubt that the necessary price points and technological performance levels will be achieved sufficient to drive way beyond pallet and case tagging to item level tagging.  Various item level applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to apparel are vying to achieve the tipping point needed to unleash very large scale RFID item tagging.  RFID Recruiters believes that such a tipping point will require a high degree of focus on the successful design and implementation of very specific "full solutions" but that such full solutions are technologically and economically within reach. 

In summary, RFID Recruiters viewed the EPCglobal conference to be a valuable opportunity to ground attendees with the latest insight into the challenges and opportunities ahead for RFID.  RFID Recruiters continues to believe that RFID is destined to become nothing less than the basic building block for Pervasive Computing - and we continue to believe that the people and organizations who deliver focused full solutions will be those who deliver the most value to their constituents and who achieve the greatest level of success.

(For more on RFID Recruiters' view of how the RFID industry is evolving toward its destination in the realm of Pervasive Computing, click here.)

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Melanie Murphy
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as Director of Recruiting

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Summary of Observations from the EPCglobal Conference, October 2006 in Los Angeles

RFID Recruiters attended the EPCglobal conference.  The following is a summary of RFID Recruiters' observations.

As expected the conference focused largely on passive tag technology for supply chain applications.  While EPCglobal expresses an openness to frequencies other than UHF and a desire to harness active tag technology the current state of focus is heavily on Gen 2 (UHF passive) tagging.  The key take away from the conference is that between GS1, EPCglobal, and Wal-Mart there is an enormous amount of momentum that has been created for RFID.  While RFID Recruiters is confident that active tag technology, sensors, and other capabilities beyond UHF passive technology will also play an extremely large role in the evolution of RFID, EPC Gen 2 supply chain management is the most visible face of all commercial RFID applications.  What is perhaps not so visible to many people following RFID is the highly committed leadership role being played by GS1. 

From the GS1 2005/2006 Annual Report:

GS1 is the result of the union between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council.  GS1 encompasses the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) with more than 10,000 companies populating the network through seven interconnected data pools – which provides an agreed upon data quality protocol used between trading partners.

GS1 is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.

GS1 is a fully integrated global organization

  • 104 member organizations representing all points in the supply chain
  • Over a million companies doing business across 145 countries

GS1 operates in multiple sectors & industries

  • Over 20 represented sectors ranging from Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) to healthcare, transport, defense, aerospace…

The conference provided a glimpse of the major revolution that is taking place in worldwide electronic commerce.  In fact, GS1 has created a framework for organizing trading partners on an unprecedented worldwide scale.

GS1 considers EPCglobal to be no less than its “standards factory”.  When viewed in this context it becomes clear that Gen 2 tags are just the tip of an enormous effort that extends way beyond RFID standards. 

GS1, through its organizational efforts, is bringing clarity and a neutral and shared purpose to enterprises in 145 countries which desire a streamlined process for connecting the flow of information with the flow of goods on a worldwide scale.  As ambitious and impressive as the EPCglobal initiative has been in terms of standardizing RFID development and promoting RFID adoption, the EPCglobal initiative takes on an entirely new level of significance when it is recognized for what it is:  the leading technological standards initiative of
a much larger initiative to transform the connection between the flow of information and goods for worldwide commerce.

RFID Recruiters believes the RFID industry is steadily working its way through the many challenges and opportunities that come with early adopter technology markets.  Following this most recent conference we believe that critical mass - especially with the fervent commitment of GS1 - is coming ever closer to the ubiquitous adoption of the EPCglobal specification for passive tag technology in supply chain applications.  We believe EPC Gen 2 has laid the groundwork for what will be an enormous adoption of passive RFID tag technology for supply chain management.  Further, we believe that in parallel active tag and sensor technologies will also gain tremendous traction.

RFID Recruiters believes that the convergence of passive tag, active tag, and sensor technologies will give rise to platforms for Pervasive Computing.  EPC Gen 2 is simply the most visible face of RFID - which as a technology overall has the potential to become nothing less than a third wave comparable in impact to the Personal Computer and the Internet in terms of the ability to improve productivity by automating the flow of information and commerce.

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Summary of Observations from the RFID Journal Live Europe Conference, October 2005 in Amsterdam

RFID Recruiters participated as a sponsor in the RFID Journal Live Europe Conference.  The following is a summary of RFID Recruiters' observations.

The conference provided a view into the European market.  Approximately 200 people attended the conference - mostly from provider (vendor) organizations, with significant attendance by investors, several high profile user organizations, and various potential new user organizations. Many of the attendees were notable business and technology leaders in the RFID field.  While passive tag systems for supply chain management applications continued to be the most visible face of RFID, active tag/RTLS technologies were also well represented at the conference.

It is RFID Recruiters' impression that the market is in the early adopter stage of development in Europe as it is in the U.S. and that while the ultimate market size in Europe may be roughly the same as the market size in the U.S., the U.S. might be a year or so ahead in terms of adoption.  While the European Union has done much to create a common regionalized market, there appear to be some unique requirements EU-wide along with some unique requirements country by country - all of which makes selling RFID (and probably many IT-related products) in Europe a bit more challenging.

Nonetheless, it is RFID Recruiters' view that the leading providers and users in Europe (and around the world) see that RFID is becoming an important technology worldwide.  Much of the early effort by user organizations and a number of key provider organizations is going into preparing IT systems to accommodate/utilize/integrate RFID.  It appears that the first wave of large (and medium size) enterprises deploying RFID will be in a position to (further) report their results over the coming year (2006) and the results will no doubt stimulate and accelerate adoption by follower user organizations.

Further, based on demonstrations and discussions conducted in Amsterdam, RFID Recruiters believes that that within 24-36 months, consumers will shift from being relatively unaware of or apprehensive about RFID to being pro-RFID.  RFID Recruiters is projecting that roughly within this timeframe the market will start to see "personal shopping" and other consumer applications delivered in telephones and PDAs - and that these applications will appeal highly to consumers.  When this opportunity for a pro-RFID consumer orientation is detected by retailers and other user organizations, the market will have added incentive to more aggressively move toward implementing item level tagging in addition to pallet and case tagging.  Once this happens, smart shelves with RFID readers and RFID-enabled Point Of Sales systems will become popular, at which point RFID will hit the knee of a very substantial growth curve.  It is possible that RF-enabled consumer PDAs will be as much a stimulus to the implementation of smart shelves as will be RFID-enabled Point Of Sales systems.  Smart shopping systems will enable customers to more effectively select and efficiently purchase preferred items.  Additionally, this growth will be further fueled by the accompanying adoption of active/RTLS applications.

Whether this could happen slightly faster than 24-36 months or perhaps take somewhat longer is difficult to predict, but it is clear that RFID will play a huge role in extending the reach of Information Technology.  It is highly conceivable that RFID will become a major intersection of commercial/industrial information technology and consumer electronics.  RFID Recruiters believes that RFID will become a key architectural building block for pervasive computing which in turn will make virtually every item of any significant value capable of becoming an addressable, intelligent, and programmable network node, accessible from extranets, intranets, and the Internet.

If your organization would like to speak with RFID Recruiters regarding our ability to help you find the best RFID candidates, or if you are an RFID experienced candidate and would like to discuss career opportunities, please email or call RFID Recruiters at your earliest convenience.

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Read About The Coming Intersection of RFID and Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehousing in DM Review:

"Building Business Intelligence
RFID:
 An Opportunity for Business Intelligence, Part 1"

(DM Review is published in both a hard copy printed version and a soft copy web-based version.  DM Review is positioned as “the premier publication for business intelligence, analytics, integration and data warehousing.  Now in its 15th year, DM Review delivers thought-provoking and informative editorial written for corporate executives and IT managers.”)

Click on the magazine image below for the first in a three-part article featuring Q&A with RFID Recruiters' Michael S. Shiff.

July 2005 issue of DM Review magazine

From RFID Recruiters' perspective, the significance of the article and the underlying discussion is two fold:

  1. The Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehousing segments of the IT Industry are starting to get a glimpse of the huge amount of data that is headed toward IT organizations as RFID comes on line.  One recent estimate projected that Wal-Mart will experience 8 terabytes per day of RFID generated data.  While integrators see the data volume coming, they are perhaps sometimes more focused on “application and infrastructure integration opportunities” than the data and the underlying value of the information that can be extracted from the data.  However, the Business Intelligence, Analytics, and possibly the Data Warehousing professionals are likely to focus at the data level in a manner that will yield valuable information, rather than primarily focusing on application integration and smoothly running IT infrastructure.
     

  2. RFID Recruiters believes that an accelerated adoption of RFID technology can be achieved if more RFID provider and user organizations can focus further on the “critical success factors” which need to be addressed in order to achieve faster and more widespread adoption.  Among these critical success factors in the EPC passive tag supply chain segment is the recognition that the RFID industry is in an early market phase in which RFID implementations can be cost-justified by making data available that will help optimize supply chain productivity and profitability, but the data won’t be available until RFID is implemented.  While this is likely to be intuitively understood by many people involved with RFID and supply chain management, specialists adjacent to RFID (such as those involved in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence) should be embraced (and naturally incented by market opportunities) to bring specificity to the creation of “whole solutions” that truly provide a defined path to ROIs for RFID user organizations.

"Building Business Intelligence
RFID:
 An Opportunity for Business Intelligence, Part 2"

Click on the magazine image below for the second in a three-part article featuring Q&A with RFID Recruiters' Michael S. Shiff.

August 2005 issue of DM Review magazine

"Building Business Intelligence
RFID:
 An Opportunity for Business Intelligence, Part 3"

Click on the magazine image below for the third in a three-part article featuring Q&A with RFID Recruiters' Michael S. Shiff.

September 2005 issue of DM Review magazine

 

     
 
 
 
 


I don’t have time to read the whole web site – what should I know about RFID Recruiters?

RFID Recruiters is focused on recruiting professionals for RFID and related fields, worldwide.

Specifically, RFID Recruiters finds and recruits employees for companies engineering, manufacturing, marketing, selling, implementing, supporting or using passive and/or active RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) and related technologies, products, applications and services.  RFID Recruiters provides personnel at all levels from senior management to entry levels who have expertise at each stage of the vertical integration and value creation continuum including semiconductors, tags, sensors, smart labels, readers, printers and printer applicators, middleware, application software, system integration, consulting, and full solutions.  Additionally, through our NFC Recruiters, Sensor Recruiters, M2M Recruiters, and RF Cloud Recruiters business units we provide specialized recruiting services for the technology fields we believe are most adjacent to and important to the evolution of RFID.

RFID Recruiters believes that RFID tags are basic building blocks and the volume enabler of Ubiquitous Networking and Pervasive Computing.  We believe that RFID and related edge technologies including NFC, sensors, and M2M plus Cloud Computing and Networking will dramatically extend the reach of Information Technology.

The mission of RFID Recruiters, NFC Recruiters, Sensor Recruiters, M2M Recruiters, and RF Cloud Recruiters is to help the best companies and the best individuals find one another in a manner that brings into being the best RFID, NFC, sensor, M2M, and Cloud technologies, products, applications, and services.  If you are looking for a recruiter (headhunter) because you would like help with finding the best RFID and related expertise, or because you would like to search for a new  job  - our job specializes in helping you find the best expertise and opportunities, worldwide.  Our goal is to be the best recruiting (headhunting) firm, for RFID and related expertise, worldwide. 

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