RFID: Beware the Commodity Mentality
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Add a
screwdriver and you can be in real trouble.
You can buy RFID reader/encoders and tags online.
There are USB readers you can plug into a wide range of mobile devices. There
are kits that allow you to add tags to everyday household items. Even Dell
Direct is offering a turnkey RFID IT asset tracking package. And thanks to the
increasing number of international standards and interoperability, there's no
longer a question of "will this stuff work?" it's a question of
"what can I do with this stuff?"
It seems as if RFID is going main-stream and that
it's really not all that hard to use RFID. In some respects that's true. In other
respects, it couldn't be more wrong.
Publication date: May 2010