E3402C2501 - Active RFID - Innovation and Very Rapid Growth...

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Active RFID - Innovation and Very Rapid Growth Active RFID is little reported, but its use is growing rapidly. New IDTechEx research “Active RFID 2006-2016” has determined that the value of sales of active systems including the tags will grow from $0.55 billion in 2006 to $6.78 billion 2016. Here Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx, analyzes some of the findings. www.idtechex.com Radio frequency identification where there is a power source in the tag is called active RFID. It was something of a backwater, with frequent million dollar sales only being achieved with tags that act as car clicker immobilizers and with $30 tags and their sophisticated systems for tracking key military vehicles and assets. No longer. Several applications have been above $100 million and it is currently responsible for over 20% of all spend on RFID. New IDTechEx research has determined that the value of sales of active systems including the tags will now grow very rapidly from $0.55 billion in 2006 to $6.78 billion 2016. We have constructed forecasts usefully segmented by frequency, application and many other parameters. Technologies facilitating growth The three primary technologies creating this growth will be Real Time Location Systems RTLS, disposable RFID sensor systems, including ones in the form of Smart Active Labels (SALs) and thirdly sophisticated multifunctional devices. These will serve the burgeoning market demand for tracking, locating and monitoring people and things, driven by security, safety, cost and other factors. Active RFID will create competitive advantage in consumer goods, combat the new terrorism, other crime and threatened epidemics of disease and serve consumers and governments demanding better service, more information, food traceability and condition monitoring. The safety of constructions and risk of natural disasters will be monitored by Ubiquitous Sensor Networks USN, usually as a form of active RFID, and they will assist and monitor the increasing numbers of elderly and disabled. These needs have been building for some time, but two new facilitators combine to make active RFID a much more practicable solution. They are: Reduction in cost and size of active tags and systems. With lower power circuits, even printed batteries are gaining a place. In future, miniature fuel cells, printed photovoltaics ( including the new power storage photocapacitors), better batteries and printed transistor circuits will also be used. This will overcome constraints of tag lifetime, cost, performance and size. Availability of open standards – notably the new ISO 18000 EPC Types 3 and 4 and
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E3402C2501 - Active RFID - Innovation and Very Rapid Growth...

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