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RFID Journal Live! 2019: Nothing New – and That’s Good
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I think this was my 11th time at the RFID Journal Live! show. For me the show is mostly about meeting a lot of customers and partners during a highly effective couple of days. The number of exhibitors seems to be going down, as is the number of people visiting the exhibition. At the same time, we are seeing less and less significant, new technical advancements at the show. Nevertheless, I think there is a valuable insight to be found: RFID is business as usual!

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Future-proofing RAIN Connectivity
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The RAIN RFID market has been growing nicely throughout the latest years. The latest news is that last year a total of 15.4 billion RAIN ICs were sold – and we are nicely on track for more than 20 billion in 2020. At the same time, the market penetration is still very low, so there is plenty of room to grow. We can already see 100 billion tags a year in the horizon. Then maybe another ten more years, and we will be at 1 trillion. However, several things in our thinking will need to change for that to happen.

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RAIN RFID Maturing, BLE on the Rise – Report from RFID Journal Live! 2018
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I have been going to the biggest RFID shows for 12 years now. In 2007, it was RFID World in Grapevine, TX. And for the last ten years, it has been RFID Journal Live!. Once again, I flew to Orlando to find out what is new and exciting in RFID. And I have to conclude that not much. Which is pretty much what I also said last year. But - there was something new after all.

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Connections Summit Brings RAIN RFID, NFC, and AIDC Together
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Both RAIN RFID and NFC have been focusing on their own applications and they don’t seem to have much in common. However, the two technologies have a common goal: they strive to be means for connecting items to the cloud. And the technologies don’t really compete against each other. So, it makes perfect sense that the two industries started to pull into one direction. That is why the RAIN RFID Alliance, the NFC Forum and AIM Global joined forces to arrange the first Connections Summit at the Google campus in Sunnyvale, California.

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RFID Journal Live in Phoenix - The New Exciting Stuff Was in IEEE RFID
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This year’s RFID Journal Live! was arranged in Phoenix, AZ three weeks ago. I have been scanning through different reports about the show, and they all seem to amplify my own perception: the overall business was good, things are moving forward, but there was nothing particularly new and exciting this time. Sure, the inventory robots were still there, readers are integrating with antennas, and some new chips were announced, but that’s about it.

So, instead of writing about Journal Live!, this year I am focusing my show report on a co-located event that always delivers something new, the IEEE RFID conference.

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Downgrading Your Spec Does Not Make a Quality Tag - Thoughts About RFID Quality
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I work as the CEO of Voyantic, a company that specializes in RFID test and measurement equipment. Since our systems are used by hundreds of companies around the world, we often come across cases where a customer needs our help to verify that their tags work as they should. This is a story about a case where things went wrong…

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What Gen2v2 Security Offers for RAIN RFID Applications
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In October 2013, the management board of GS1 ratified EPC Gen2v2, a new version of the widely used Gen2 UHF RFID standard. Gen2v2 is backwards compatible with Gen2 but adds a number of new features for consumer privacy, authenticating tags and readers, tag memory management, and electronic article surveillance (EAS). These new features ease the adoption of RFID especially in application areas where the tag carries more information than only its identification. Let’s have a more detailed look at one new key feature of Gen2v2: authentication.

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The Pioneers of UHF RFID: The Aerospace Industry
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Retail RFID seems to get the most limelight in the RFID industry at the moment. And that is not surprising because of its huge tag volumes and growth rates. But there are many other industries that are benefiting from RFID use as well. One of my personal favorites is the aerospace industry. To serve this industry, an ecosystem of RFID technology providers has emerged. In addition, the ecosystem has generated business opportunities for the supporting industry.

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