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Monday, December 11, 2006

2007 To See More RFID Adoption, Continuing Need For Training

Many businesses aren’t ready to deal with the growth.  The RFID market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20% over the next six years and several factors are coming together to ease adoption of the technology.  David Sommer, VP of e-business and software solutions at CompTIA, who speaks often about the looming shortage of RFID-trained workers, said that many factors are converging to promote RFID growth, but companies must focus on training workers to make sure the technology will work for them.  Global standards, interoperability, and declining prices are working in favor of rapid adoption, said Sommer, who worked with more than 20 organizations to develop CompTIA’s professional RFID certification program.

Sommer said he doesn’t believe there is a “magic number” for calculating when the cost of RFID technology will be low enough to trigger widespread adoption.  “We’ve seen where the tag itself, the semiconductor with the antenna, has gotten down to the 10- to 17-cent level,” he said during a recent interview, adding that the prices vary depending on how companies deploy the technology.

Eventually, when RFID is used in personal items such as clothing, retailers are likely to use technology that allows consumers to have the tags “killed” at checkout counters.

First, companies must train or hire people who have mastered the technology.  “Few people understand how to tag goods to make sure they’re readable and how to configure readers in order to make sure they work,” Sommer said.;jsessionid=GQ2KNKRGEDPBYQSNDLRSKHSCJUNN2JVN?articleID=196603236

Posted on 12/11