RFID Skills Shortage Still Affecting Deployment

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<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; June 1</strong><br />The shortage of technology workers skilled in radio frequency identification (RFID) is lessening, but the lack of talent continues to impact deployment of the technology, according to a survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).</p><p>More than two-thirds of the organizations surveyed by CompTIA (68.8 percent) think there is an insufficient pool of RFID talent from which to hire. </p><p>That figure is down slightly from the previous two years (75 percent in 2006 and 80 percent in 2005).<br /><br />Among companies that believe there is a shortage of RFID talent, 68 percent said the lack of workers skilled in RFID will affect the adoption of the technology. </p><p>That&#39;s down from 2006, when 80 percent of responding organizations said the skill shortage was affecting RFID<br />adoption. In 2005, the figure was 53 percent.<br /><br />&quot;The skills shortage is not the most significant factor in the relatively slow adoption of RFID, but it is a contributing factor,&quot; said David Sommer, CompTIA vice president, e-business and software solutions. &quot;Had RFID adoption taken hold at a higher level, the skills shortage would be even more pronounced.&quot;<br /><br />Sommer said that although RFID adoption might not have occurred at the rate many sources predicted, usage is growing at a modest, steady pace.<br /><br />&quot;The number of RFID pilot programs, tests and closed-loop deployments designed to address specific business problems continues to grow,&quot; he said.<br /><br />CompTIA and its members are addressing the skills shortage through the use of an industry-developed and -accepted credential that validates a technician&#39;s knowledge and skills in the areas of installation, maintenance, repair and upkeep of hardware and software functionality of RFID products.<br /><br />CompTIA RFID+T is a professional vendor-neutral certification designed to validate a technician&#39;s competencies and skills in RFID solutions.</p><p>The curriculum built to support this certification has become an industry standard of foundation-level skills for the RFID technologist.<br /><br />Respondents to the CompTIA survey included technology resellers, value-added resellers, solution providers, systems integrators and others directly involved in the delivery of IT products and services.</p><p>The Web-based survey conducted earlier this year closed with 64 responses.</p>

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