New RFID Developments Discussed at Recent Summit

<p>The 2008 IDTechEx Active RFID and RTLS Summit in Dallas saw remarkable developments in the technology and its application compared to previous years.<br /><br />Here are the highlights:<br /><br /><strong>Focus on Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS).</strong> By many parameters, there is substantially more work being done on RTLS than before. For example, the number of companies offering solutions in RTLS has trebled in the last three years. Increasingly applications for active RFID want RTLS capability, particularly in health care, manufacturing and other asset management applications. </p><p>Ultra Wide Band (UWB) developer Time Domain, who did a flawless live demo of real time tracking at the event, report that 2008 is a turning point for UWB – they see a very strong demand and full pipeline for 2009. IDTechEx expect the RTLS market in 2008 to be $140 million. The conventional active RFID market (no RTLS) is still much larger at $490 Million this year but the majority of this is for car clickers and their systems, a mature market.<br /><br /><strong>Strong case studies.</strong> Tom Bradshaw of Wayne Memorial Hospitals in the U.S. spoke of the many paybacks of the RTLS system they are using. One payback alone is the reduction of new IV pumps purchased because the hospital could track and more efficiently utilize existing pumps. That alone pays for the whole system. </p><p>Applying the system to wheelchairs and other assets results in many direct and rapid cost savings that Bradshaw covered in detail. The system can pay for itself many…


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