Gartner Research

RFID Enables Sensory Network Strategies to Transform Industries

Published: 19 October 2005

ID: G00130189

Analyst(s): Jeff Woods

Summary

Radio frequency identification is a complex technology. Making it work for your business will require careful planning of architecture and a reasoned approach to business case development.

Table Of Contents
  • What You Need to Know
  • Factors Affecting RFID Adoption
    • Frequency Unification
    • Hardware Standards Agreement
    • Numbering System Standards
    • Cost Reductions
    • Integration of Sensor Interfaces
    • UHF Read Rate Performance Improvements
    • UHF Read Range Performance Improvements
    • Capability Improvements
    • RFID Framework and Management Architecture
  • Misconceptions About RFID
    • Nonrepudiable RFID Tags
    • Scanning Arbitrary Numbers of Tags Without Line of Sight
    • RFID as a Data Carrier Replacing Traditional Systems Integration Work
    • Broad Coverage Systems
    • Replacing Human Intervention in Data Collection Is Difficult
    • Paper Records Management
  • RFID's Impact on the IT Department
    • New Application Deployment and Application Upgrades
    • Middleware-Based Architectures as Stopgaps
    • Massive Infrastructure Expansion
    • Managing RFID IT Assets
    • Securing RFID Installations
    • Intellectual-Property Plans
    • IT Asset Management
  • RFID's Impact on Business
    • Unstructured Business Processes
    • Trust Shifting
    • Durability
    • Mismatch of Personal Incentive
    • Mobile Asset Management
    • Supercritical Processes
    • Inverse Location Scenarios
    • RFID as a Low-Cost Data Transmission System
  • RFID's Impact on IT Industry Vendors
  • RFID's Impact on Retail
    • Analytics-Driven Retail Operations
    • Direct Store Delivery Receiving
    • Invoice Reconciliation and Chargebacks
    • Scan-Based Trading and Vendor-Managed Inventory
    • Automated Checkout
    • Supplier-Managed Store Operations
    • Media Management
    • End Cap and Merchandising Effectiveness Management
    • Loss Prevention
    • Perishable Shrink Reduction and Freshness Control
    • Returnable Asset Management
    • Consumer Returns for Consumer Electronics
    • Product Recall
    • Consumer Browsing Data
    • In-Store Electronic Merchandising
    • Store Personnel Assistance
    • Country-of-Origin and Food Mileage Labeling
    • Demand Forecasting and Replenishment Planning
  • RFID's Impact on Consumer Goods Manufacturing
    • Lot Tracking
    • Product Recall
    • Diverting, Counterfeiting and Stolen Goods Management
    • Warehouse Management
    • Passive Warehouse Management
    • Manufacturing Operations/Work-in-Process Tracking
    • Contract Manufacturer Management
    • Livestock Tracking
    • Truck Yard Management
    • Replaces Syndicated POS Data
    • Sales Authentication and Post-sale Management
    • Gray Market and Stolen Goods Management
  • RFID's Impact on Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
    • Counterfeit and Diverting Management
    • Clinical Trial Management
    • Schedule 2 Narcotics Management
  • RFID's Impact on Healthcare
    • Wheelchairs and Intravenous Pump Tracking
    • Bed Management
    • Crash Cart and Inventory Tracking
    • Lab Operations Management
    • Pharmacy Operations Management
    • Vendor-Managed Inventory for Medical Equipment
    • Surgery Management
    • Medication Dispensing
    • Extending Computerized Record Keeping Into the Structured Management of Hospital Processes
    • Emergency Room Patient Tracking
    • Smart Medicine Cabinets
  • RFID's Impact on Banking/Financial Services
    • RFID Payment Systems
    • Currency Tagging
  • RFID's Impact on Third-Party Logistics and Shipping Companies
    • Cross-Dock Management
    • Passive Warehouse Management System
    • Container Yard Management
    • Shipping Yard Check-In/Checkout
    • End-to-End In-Transit Visibility
    • Container Security
    • Fuel Management
    • Rail Car Tracking
  • RFID's Impact on Industrial Manufacturing
    • In-Field Configuration Management
    • Warranty Management
    • Work-in-Progress Management
    • Automation and Robotics Safety
    • Automation Routing and Sorting
    • Product Features
  • RFID's Impact on Military Applications
    • Structured Warehouse and Distribution Operations
    • Unstructured Warehouse and Distribution Operations
    • Container Tracking
    • Battlefield Applications
    • Meals Ready to Eat Tracking
    • Manual Sortation Process Verification
    • Repair Tracking
  • RFID's Impact on High Tech and Consumer Electronics
    • VMI and Kanban
    • Contract Manufacturing
    • Consumer Returns
  • RFID's Impact on Automotive
    • Spare Parts
    • Tire Tracking
    • Tire Tracking on Fleets
    • Vehicle Identification in Dealer Lot Applications and Service
    • Use as a Vehicle Feature
    • VMI
    • Prototype Car Management
    • Showroom Vehicle Management
    • Vehicle Line Management and Cage Management
    • Engine Tracking
    • Finished-Vehicle Tracking
    • Self-Service Car Management
  • RFID's Impact on Aerospace and Defense
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Aircraft Configuration Management
    • VMI
  • RFID's Impact on Utilities
    • Truck Inventory Control
    • Yard Inventory/Asset Control
    • Forward-Deployed Meter Storage and Installation
    • Utility Pole Inspections
    • Emergency Inventory Facilities
    • Tool Management
  • RFID's Impact on Airports
    • Baggage Tracking
    • Security
    • Asset Management
    • Passenger Management
  • RFID's Impact on Other Government and Nonprofit Applications
    • Fare Collection in Public Transportation
    • Prisoner Tracking
    • Fire Personnel Site Management
    • Disaster Management
    • Library Book Management
    • Museum Audio Tours
    • Museum Asset Management
    • Assistive Location Applications
    • Pupil Tracking in Schools
  • RFID's Impact on Travel and Hospitality
    • Conference Attendee Management
    • Uniform Management
    • Gambling Chip Management
    • Quick-Serve Restaurant Inventory Management
    • Drink Refill Monitoring
  • RFID's Impact on Consumers and Society
    • Consumer Privacy Issues Are Immense
    • RFID's Limited Read Range Is an Insufficient Answer to Consumer Privacy
    • Post-Purchase Destruction of RFID Tags Is Undesirable
    • RSA's RFID Blocker Is Interesting, but Defeatable
    • Potentially Advances the Industrial Ecology Movement
  • RFID's Impact on Investors

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