Gartner Research

A World of Smart Objects: The Role of Auto-Identification Technologies

Published: 12 August 2002

ID: G00109050

Analyst(s): Paolo Magrassi, Tom Berg


"Smart" objects will be protagonists of supply chains and people's lives after 2010. Radio frequency identification is playing a key role, along with the Internet, wireless networking and miniaturization.

Table Of Contents
  • Management Summary
  • Introduction
  • E-Tagging: A Primer
    • Auto-Identification Technologies
    • RFID and E-Tagging
    • Technological Developments
    • The Role of the Internet
  • E-Tag Applications
  • Supply Chain Management
    • Security and Public Safety Applications
    • Dispatching and Logistics
  • Toward a Universal RFID Infrastructure? The Enablers
    • From Car Manufacturing to Traffic Control
    • From Bus Maintenance to Automatic Routing
    • Intelligent Products
    • A Universal Infrastructure
    • The Auto-ID Center
  • Obstacles On the Road Toward a Universal RFID Infrastructure
    • The "Lowest Common Denominator" Problem
    • More Rocks on the Road
  • Conclusion
  • Acronym Key

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