Monday, 4 October 2010

RFID Europe

A number of members trekked up to Cambridge for the annual RFID Europe event. While the event has a strong technical angle, it is the place to find out about market trends and how organisations are using innovative technology. I would like to thank IDTechEx for welcoming SCNF and members to the event.

During the conference sessions, there was focus on RFID technology in retail, a presentation by contactless payment provider sQuid Card, some interesting case studies in the use of NFC (contactless enabled mobile phones), Multi-function Wayfinding from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cubic on transportation smart ticketing and use of RFID in Cambridge central library.

The use of RFID continues to grow across the world in every sector from transport and goods to healthcare and animal tagging. The cost of devices continue to fall in real terms as well as getting smaller and lighter. This makes RFID and related smart card technology a major enabler of process improvement, increasing customer satisfaction and reducing costs.

We are considering running a Public Sector stream again next year, so members can see the bigger picture of the effective use of identification technology. We will try and obtain some presentations from this year to publish on the website.

We would welcome your thoughts on ideas and topics to cover

Kevin Farquharson
Co-Chair SCNF

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