Celebrating All That is RFID

Charlene OHanlon

Don't look now, but there's a celebration going on. And we're all invited to the party.

RFID reader vendor ThingMagic is celebrating 10 years in business, and as such, is spending 100 days espousing the many uses of the technology that spawned the company.

Each day during its 100 Uses of RFID campaign, ThingMagic will highlight a different use of RFID, giving readers a chance to learn about myriad ways RFID is being used to enhance not only the way we do business, but also the way we live our lives. Updates are posted on the company's website, and the campaign is slated to run through the end of December.

OK, there is no cake involved, but this is a pretty nifty idea, especially for those who lost track of RFID (pun intended) beyond Walmart's foray into the technology about six years ago. Turns out, RFID has become much more ubiquitous that most folks realize.

Take, for instance, the first application discussed, which is the automation of data collection, identification and location systems-RFID's main reason for being-and its impact on the future of wireless and mobility applications.

The advances in RFID technology are what's driving the future; according to the ThingMagic blog, 'The read range of passive UHF RFIDS tags has quadrupled in past three years, meaning that UHF devices can now �see' objects at distances from millimeters to tens of meters.'

That is kind of cool. And scary.

There are more factoids in ThingMagic's blog, but I don't want to ruin the read for others. You can be sure, however, that I'll be reading ThingMagic's updates to find out more about the magic of the barcode.

Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday, ThingMagic.

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