China's smart tag market is projected to grow around 33.2 percent
per year, buoyed by government support and promotion, according to
a report released Wednesday by Analysys International.
The research company, based in Beijing, expects the Chinese market
for RFID (radio frequency identification) technology will reach around
5 billion renminbi ($620 million) by 2009. About 3.8 billion renminbi
will be spent on RFID products, 684 million renminbi for tag readers
and 567 million renminbi for software and services, it said.
In 2004, China's RFID market was more than 1.2 billion renminbi,
according to Analysys International. Most RFID applications were in
closed and proprietary application fields, with software and services
accounting for only 7.1 percent of the market, the company said.
The market has been slightly restricted by the technology's high
price and interoperability problems caused by inconsistent standards
between vendors, according to the report. Large-scale deployment of
RFID in retail environments is unlikely in the next five to 10 years, it
said. As standards evolve and prices fall, RFID is expected to catch
technology and also has another program underway to use smart tags
in the livestock industry, the report said.
The three central areas for smart tag development are Beijing,
Shanghai and the Pearl River Delta, centered around the high-tech
With a wave of his hand, Amal Graafstra, a 29-year-old entrepreneur
based in Vancouver, Canada, opens his front door. With another, he
Tiny radio frequency identification (RFID) computer chips inserted
into Graafstra's hands make it all possible.
"I just don't want to be without access to the things that I need to
get access to. In the worst case scenario, if I'm in the alley naked, I
want to still be able to get in (my house)," Graafstra said.
The computer chips, which cost about $2.70, interact with a device
installed in computers and other electronics. The chips are activated
when they come within 8cm of a so-called reader, which scans the
data on the chips. The reader devices are available for as little as
Graafstra said at least 20 of his tech-savvy pals have RFID implants.
"I can't feel it at all. It doesn't impede me. It doesn't hurt at all. I
almost can't tell it's there," agreed Jennifer Tomblin, a 23-year-old
marketing student and Graafstra's girlfriend.
Mikey Sklar, a 28-year-old Brooklyn resident, said, "it does give you
some sort of power of `abracadabra,' of making doors open and
passwords enter just by a wave of your hand."
The RFID chip in Sklar's hand, which is smaller than a grain of rice
and can last up to 100 years, was injected by a surgeon in Los
Graafstra was drawn to RFID tagging to make life easier in this
technological age, but Sklar said he was more intrigued by the
technology's potential in a broader sense.
In the future, technological advances will allow people to store,
transmit and access encrypted personal information in an increasing
number of wireless ways, Sklar said.
Wary of privacy issues, Sklar said he was developing a fabric shield
to protect such chips from being read by strangers seeking to steal
One advantage of the RFID chip, Graafstra said, is that it cannot get
lost or stolen. And the chip can always be removed from a person's
Finland's Nordic ID has launched a versatile, radio-based handheld
computer designed for users in the retail and logistics sectors who
prefer to collect and forward data wirelessly.
one-dimensional and two-dimensional bar codes, as well as RFID
(radio frequency identification) smart tags, says Nordic ID.
The robust terminal can connect wirelessly to back-office computer
systems via a handful of technologies, including WLAN (wireless
LAN) 802.11a and 802.11g systems, GPRS (General Packet Radio
Service), EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution) and
Designed for easy use, the PL3000 has a 3.5-inch VGA (video
touch-panel display and a backlit keyboard with 29 keys. It weighs
500 grams, is equipped with a 200 MHz processor designed by ARM
and runs Microsoft's Windows CE operating system.
Memory can be adjusted to up to 4G bytes with SDRAM (synchronous
dynamic RAM) and Flash chips, and the device has a slot for
SD/MMCs (Secure Digital/MultiMedia Cards).
The PL3000 terminal costs between #3,000 (NZ$5,300) to #5,000 per
unit depending on configuration, a Nordic ID spokesman says.
electronic identification in the trade sector.
The registration of barcode this year is estimated to grow by 100%
Eddy Syahbudi, Head of Business Development at GS1 Indonesia, said
that in 2005m there were 320 companies registering new code
identification numbers for around 1,000 items of products. "Until the
end of 2005, the total number reaches 2,343 prefix numbers," he said
Membership of GS1 Indonesia at the moment consists of companies
from the food and beverages, pharmaceutical, advertising, cosmetics,
GS1 represents Global System, Global Standards and Global Solution
and also represents organization standard and trade unification under
According to Eddy, at the moment there were efforts to develop
electronic identification using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
and electronic Product Code (ePC) technology by using UHF 860-960
With RFID/ePC, consumers shopping in modern markets needed not to
queue long in the cashier "Trolleys that pass through the cashier will
The information technology in the trade sector has been used
globally, especially in the supply chain line, to make tracking more
efficient and to reduce human error rate. (Bisnis/roy)
Mercury Infocomm System Pvt Ltd (MISPL) of Mumbai has launched a
outsourcing (BPO) workers. The product combines radio frequency
communication (GSM) technology. The unit will be fitted with the
engine of the vehicle and a remote signalling key will provided to
each of the passengers. The vehicle will be stalled with the press of
a specific button on the key and messages requesting for help will be
sent to 5 phone numbers, including the police.
Use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology will increase
this year, but early adopters moving to new standards could face
costly transition periods, according to research.
A report published last week by market researcher Regan, Jacob and
Sydney says wider adoption of RFID will push licence revenue up by
30 per cent in 2006, from $504m (￡285m) last year to $751m
A new RFID standard, Gen2, was introduced in December, which sets
interoperability and bandwidth technologies. ‘We expect to see stories
in 2006 about the horrific costs of conversion from Gen1 to Gen2 tag
frequency standards or users who made bad deployment decisions in
2004 and 2005,’ say the report’s authors Peter Jordan, international
business-to-business strategy director at food giant Kraft, says new
‘I do not anticipate any real problems for those testing RFID because
they are likely to go straight for the Gen2-compliant systems,’ he
said. The report estimates that only 15 to 25 per cent of RFID
deployment and support will be handled by large IT firms, and
service providers or consultancies will only claim a 10 per cent share
Culture Minister David Lammy officially launched Haringey Libraries'
RFID (radio frequency identification) service at his local library just
before Christmas. Haringey's system is the first in the UK with an
innovative glass issue station, and multi-read capability that enables
up to five library items to be issued at the same time.
The RFID tagging of library books enables library users to self-issue
their own books at the 'Supa Kiosk' issue station and saves staff time
through automatic sorting of returned books, better stock control and
security improvements. The launch took place at the Marcus Garvey
Library in Tottenham, David Lammy's local library, which he has used
since he was a child and currently uses for his regular MP's surgery.
"As Minster for Culture, I visit many libraries. This year I have been
to libraries in Liverpool, Hull, Peckham and many other places", said
David. "Coming back to my own constituency it is good to know that,
in Haringey, we have libraries that are right at the leading edge."
The project was led by Diana Edmonds, Head of Libraries, Archives
Chambers of RFID suppliers 2CQR. Diana Edmonds said: "Haringey
Libraries is very proud to have launched perhaps the most advanced
library automation solution in the world, which promises to make a
great difference to both users and to staff."
Cllr. Lorna Reith, Executive Member for Community Involvement,
London Borough of Haringey, said: "This automated system succeeds
in offering the people of Haringey an excellent level of library
service." Library Projects Engineer for 2CQR Mike Chambers said:
"The work we have undertaken with Diana and her staff at the
Marcus Garvey Library has been both challenging and immensely
rewarding." He added: "The installation has allowed us to demonstrate
the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of our RFID products and I'm
sure that they will benefit a large number of libraries across the UK."
Although RFID is enjoying global usage, tag and reader vendors based
outside the U.S. are working to strengthen their presence in North
America, according to a recently released report by Oyster Bay,
"Increased competition, and the infusion of international perspectives,
will have a beneficial effect on the markets," says Erik Michielsen,
research director of RFID, ABI Research.
According to the study, "RFID Research Service", companies from
Japan, South Korea and Europe, including; Sato, KSW Microtec,
Rafsec, Siemens, Omron and Samsung are refining their channel
At the same time, EPCglobal is trying to take a leading role in
traditionally the territory of technology giants such as Microsoft,
Oracle, SAP, BEA Systems, Sun Microsystems and IBM according to
Pfizer Inc., in a move to thwart counterfeit Viagra, on Friday said it
packages of its anti-impotence pill to verify they are the authentic
The world's biggest drugmaker said the new technology, which is
difficult and costly to duplicate, would create barriers "for criminals
who might attempt to counterfeit our products."
Pfizer has previously also opposed illegal imports of authentic Viagra
into the United States, where they can be sold at steeply discounted
rates, but said the new technology is not designed to block such
"We honestly have not looked at this from an anti-importation
perspective," said Pfizer spokesman Bryant Haskins, whose company
has vigorously opposed U.S. legislation that would legalize importation
Haskins said the tiny tags are small computer chips that have been
affixed to the underside of labels on each bottle of Viagra, as well as
on cases and pallets of the drug. The invisible tags relay an
electronic code that verifies the product is bona fide and authorized
scanners that communicate the code over the Internet to a secure
Pfizer Web site" for verification purposes, the New York-based
Haskins said Pfizer is the first large drugmaker to put the radio-tag
technology to use but said privately held Purdue Pharma LP already
uses such tags to monitor shipments of its widely-abused OxyContin
Although the technology can physically scan packages of Viagra and
thereby authenticate them, Pfizer said it cannot yet "track and trace"
the whereabouts of packages as they are distributed across the
Tracking and tracing would require all parts of the distribution
system to invest in compatible technology and agree to use it to
The company said it plans to further explore tracking and tracing
abilities of the technology and how the radio tag technology might
also help thwart counterfeit versions of other Pfizer drugs.
Viagra had global third-quarter sales of $386 million, almost half of
which were in the United States. Although it remains one of the
competition from the longer-acting Cialis treatment sold by Eli Lilly
Pfizer last February filed lawsuits against a number of Web site
operators that it alleged have sold illegal versions of Viagra. At the
time, Pfizer said it did not know how much the company was losing
in Viagra revenue as a result of illegal Internet sales.
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