The Real World of Active RFID Tags

Here's how the technology is being used today to solve real problems, and what's in store for the future.
By John Shoemaker

The Internet of Things, Clouds and RTST
All data captured from reading a myriad of devices using various wireless technologies will feed Internet-accessible clouds and bring to reality the Internet of Things, in which everything becomes connected and visible. This allows for what I call the RTST—or "Real Time Status of Things"—into the fold. Yes, we want to know where stuff is, but we also want to know the status of our stuff: location, security, temperature, humidity, motion and more. Where is it, where is it going and what condition is it in? And we want it all accessible from tablets, smartphones and future devices that aid in mobility and ease of use. Even more, we need geo-independent access, especially if the Internet goes down for any reason. Companies require an integrated and distributed computing infrastructure that allows secure access from anywhere in the world at any time, without having to log into their own ERP or corporate network.

Frost & Sullivan defines a smart product as an "intelligent sensing technology that is increasingly being integrated with Internet technologies, thereby allowing the product to react to and communicate with the changing environment around it. This leads to optimal operations and improvement in efficiency."

Yes, wireless devices will multiply and bring a new wave of creative thinking to how we solve problems. It is an exciting time for us all. Everything is becoming smart.

Smart thinking leads to transformations and the development of disruption for market advantage. So now is the time to make the "smart play."

John Shoemaker has spent the past 25 years in the AIDC industry, functioning at the C-level for several technology companies offering wireless and sensor solutions. He is currently the executive VP at Identec Solutions Inc., a supplier of active UHF RFID technology for use in providing safety, productivity and efficiency within harsh environments.

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