RFID: The Next Generation of AIDC

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Radio frequency identification (RFID) is one of the most rapidly growing segments of todays information technology (IT) and automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) industries. Organizations are taking advantage of the robust, unattended wireless data exchange capabilities of RFID, plus innovations like smart labels and Electronic Product Code (EPC) developments, to complement their existing bar code systems and improve numerous business processes; RFID systems have been recognized as an enabler for business process change. RFID technology has received heightened visibility recently because of mandates from leading retailers and the U.S. Department of Defense to incorporate EPC RFID solutions into supply chain operations that support these organizations. However, RFID growth is not limited to these programs and has extended into manufacturing control and materials management, cargo logistics, pharmaceutical security, asset management, patron and patient tracking, and many other areas.

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