The One-stop RFID Event to Learn, Network, and Plan the Future
CAMBRIDGE, U.K.—The eighth IDTechEx RFID Europe event broke all previous records with over 350 delegates from 19 countries who heard major corporations sharing their RFID success and needs. According to IDTechEx, the four biggest RFID sectors by tag value in 2007 are contactless cards (the Chinese national ID card project shipping 350 million cards alone), animal tagging (due to government pressures in Asia-Pacific and South America), then passport tagging and finally item level tagging, such as clothing and books. Presenter Marks & Spencer confirmed that they have already used 100 million RFID tags on clothing—the biggest order placed by any retailer for RFID, and it’s not EPC.
IDTechEx holds premium content events—run by analysts—that examine the profit centers, hot emerging sectors and genuine disruptive technology developments for selection in the conference. For example, a section on RFID in the postal sector covered the huge work being done there, including the world’s largest RFID network operating in 50 countries by the International Postal Corporation. City Link spoke of the largest Wi-Fi RFID deployment in the world, allowing them to track cages cost effectively.
Royal Ahold, a Dutch retailer, described how they are using temperature sensing RFID within their cold supply chain. The data obtained allows them to ensure compliance with regulations and increase the shelf life for their products.
Many new technology and product developments were covered, some exclusively at the event. For example, Cambridge Resonant Technologies spoke of a massively improved HF interface preventing the need for careful tuning while improving performance at HF. Additive Process Technologies covered their metal plating technology which can plate copper onto paper. From active RFID to printed RFID, it was all here with more than 60 presentations and a sold-out exhibition.
The Printed Electronics/Sensors Session included presentations from InkSure who will be introducing a sub-one-cent chipless RFID tag by the middle of 2008 and ChipSensors who described their single chip wireless sensors for temperature, humidity, light, gas and pathogen detection.