Challenges and Problems with RFID

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Challenges and Problems with RFID
Technical challenges such as erroneous reads, read collisions and the costs of handling large amounts of data generated by RFID have hampered progress. The process level change demanded by RFID still requires endless hours of discussion with organizational stakeholders at various levels; strategic, tactical and operational. The technology is still not well understood outside the laboratories, tag orientation requires extensive trials, and companies are still not willing to part with scarce resources for capital intensive projects and concerns over the invasion of privacy.
Source: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research. Curicó: Apr 2008. Vol. 3, Iss. 1

Partially agree
Giuseppe Scarpi
I think that the technology is already mature enough not to require too extensive trials. Whay you say in the rest of the message is true, but at least in my country, the biggest obstacle to RFID is the lack of technically prepared persons. This creates too high expectations on the customer side and may contribute in the end to a full or partial failure of the project

Standardisation for RFID Implementaton
Arnab Sen, Member
The main problem, hampering the implementation of RFID system in the industrial sector, is the lack of standardisation. We need organisations to come forward and work out a global standardization on the frequency, range of detection, tag design including the size and fixing and also the other standards of implementation in very specific industries and the usage. Once this is done we can also work on the integration of the same with ERP and other application softwares, to provide a holistic solution.
I am very much interested in working on this standardisation aspect with any interested party. Regards,

Implementation Costs of RFID
Pandurang Londhe, Member
Whatever everyone said is true regarding implementation but I think standardization is not the only factor which is causing slow progress in the implementation of RFID, cost is most important. Retailers are currently focusing only on pallet level not item level, because of cost. Due to this they only apply RFID on valuable items.

Implementing RFID
Arnab Sen, Member
I agree, finally what matters most, in making a system acceptable is the ultimate cost of implementing the system and also the short and long term benefits that it is going to provide.
There is no magical solution to cost reduction of course.
A lot of work has to be done at the implementation level to understand in detail the actual application needs, and the "pain areas" and work out an apt solution using the technology (RFID) to provide the most cost effective solution. We need to be more creative, while working out a solution and focus on the actual requirement, and not go overboard while suggesting any technology.


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