The Business Value of Radio Frequency Identification (rfid)



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The Business Value of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Microsoft Corporation

Published: January 2006

Abstract

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a rapidly evolving technology that can dramatically improve operational efficiencies and customer service. RFID will fundamentally transform the way information about products, equipment, animals and even people is gathered and analyzed in real time, providing new business opportunities.

This white paper describes for C-level executives and line-of-business managers the opportunities and business benefits of RFID. In addition, it includes a high-level view of the systems foundation for achieving those benefits while minimizing financial and technological risks.

Highlights of this white paper include:



RFID will revolutionize materials handling and supply chain management.

  • Healthcare, veterinary medicine, casinos, and a wide variety of other industries are adopting RFID, following the lead of manufacturers, retailers, and government agencies.

  • More widespread RFID deployment awaits completion of international standards and lower cost devices.

To encourage widespread adoption of RFID technology, Microsoft is developing a layered RFID infrastructure and platform, using an open building block approach. The infrastructure described in this white paper enables independent hardware, software, and systems integration partners to offer a robust variety of cost-effective and standards-compliant RFID applications.

The information contained in this document represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation on the issues discussed as of the date of publication. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft or its respective suppliers cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information presented after the date of publication.

This white paper is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT AND ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT.

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© 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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