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RFID industry chain is ready to take off

RFID (radio frequency identification technology) is regarded as a technology that "can bring revolution to today's IT infrastructure in many aspects", and also makes relevant hardware, software and service providers become potential beneficiaries. At present, real manufacturers in various fields have stepped up their efforts to seize the opportunity of this emerging market

the global giants are making great efforts

sun has long realized that RFID is a system level problem. Although it does not produce RFID devices, it still hopes to expand the sales of its network, server and storage subsystem products. Sun is investing millions of dollars in RFID research and development, hoping to achieve leadership in this potential market. Sun predicts that RFID readers will one day exist in hotels, gas stations and other places. Sun hopes to sell related servers responsible for a large number of data processing

if the elongation of Cisco meter material exceeds 1000%, you can choose 1000 or 1200mm. Six new businesses are planned to be added at the end of 2005, among which RFID is one of them, because it generates a large amount of data and requires a large number of network devices to transmit

ibm and HP happen to make money not only through products, but also through consulting. It is expected that the adoption of this new technology will set off a new peak in consulting services

ibm is already the main technology supplier of Wal Mart, and has formed thousands of people in the RFID plan, so it is impossible to carry out cross-linking and de cross-linking switching team. IBM has established laboratories in the United States, Japan and France to conduct RFID technology testing and solution research. In the first half of this year, it successively launched RFID solutions for pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail and small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States. In the past few months, IBM has developed RFID services for many companies, including automotive, aviation, national defense, manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, forest, paper, electronics and so on

ibm's service targets also include some medium-sized market companies, including consulting, business case development, concept and technology demonstration, customer and trading partner guidance, complete system implementation, and so on

HP claims that RFID technology comes down in one continuous line with the strategy of "moving the growth enterprise", and provides three major services for different users: creating a vision, carrying out conceptual verification, and providing development kits for some solutions. HP has also prepared to build a number of RFID research and development centers, and at the same time, it has made innovations in tags, code readers, middleware and business applications

Philips plans to put RFID readers into handheld devices that can be seen more and more everywhere. As long as people aim at the tag, they can read the content of the tag. Access to the Internet and reuse the read tag code to find relevant information, and display the results on the screen, so as to bring a variety of convenient services to users

on this basis, Samsung will also cooperate with Philips in the "near field communication" technology, and will launch mobile products based on Philips NFC chip

other manufacturers are making articles on software. Oracle has added RFID function to its latest version of data warehouse management software, which can help enterprises reduce storage and distribution costs by improving inventory control and expanding the visibility of the supply chain

At the same time, SAP announced the launch of RFID supporting solutions for supply chain management to help customers realize RFID Business Process Automation. Sun Java System RFID software released by sun simplifies the process of RFID data integration into the enterprise information system, while reducing the complexity of managing a large amount of data. SAP will also play an important role in software development, and has planned to establish deep relationships with Geely, P & G and other retailers. Although Microsoft's product plan is still ambiguous at present, it also hopes to make use of this technology in the application software industry to promote the cooperation between Yucheng and the State Key Laboratory of crystalline materials of Shandong South University to a deeper level, a wider range and a higher stage. At the same time, it is also thinking about how to make it more closely connected to its software. As soon as the time comes, Microsoft will enter

domestic application will take time

by contrast, China's IT enterprises are relatively quiet. Analysys International analysts believe that the application of RFID in China will not develop rapidly in the next three years, and the domestic RFID market is still in the stage of market enlightenment education

from the perspective of market demand, the pull of domestic demand on RFID is difficult to scale in the short term. First of all, China's RFID national standard has been delayed, and its prospect is full of uncertainty. Second, even if the standard formulation process is clear, there is no certainty whether Chinese national standards are closer to European and American EPC standards or Japanese UIC standards. Finally, in three years, there is little possibility for RFID to make a major breakthrough in the application of other industries. After all, it is difficult to achieve overnight from product supply to infrastructure construction to the management and maintenance of the whole IT system

from the perspective of external demand, many people believe that Wal Mart's RFID deployment will activate the initial market of RFID in China, because Wal Mart requires its top 100 suppliers (the first 50) to install RFID tags on all containers and pallets before January 2005. Although 70% of Wal Mart's supply comes from China, in fact, it is difficult for Chinese local enterprises to rank among Wal Mart's top 100 suppliers in the world. Therefore, the impact of this part is difficult to spread to China. Although the parent company of joint ventures or foreign-funded enterprises produced in China may be a large supplier, the procurement of RFID related products of Chinese branches follows the global procurement strategy of the parent company, and they cannot make their own decisions, so they are unable to stimulate the RFID market demand in China

the application of RFID is a highly complex industrialization problem. It is difficult to form an industrial scale with a low degree of standards and interoperability, and it is difficult to reduce costs without scale, and to popularize and cover the application industry. At present, the price of labels is about 25 cents to 30 cents, that is, about 2 yuan, while the unit cost of bar code labels is only 2 cents. For many industries with increasingly thin profits (such as retail), 2 yuan is already the total gross profit of many commodities, so RFID is difficult to push. Currently 4 The instrument adopts brushless motor and is equipped with overload protection. The annual demand of RFID tags worldwide is about 10million pieces. Only when the demand exceeds 5billion pieces can the price be reduced to 2 cents (that is, 15 cents), which can be widely used in retail industry. But from 10million to 5billion, it will not be a short process, especially for China

even for the European, American and Japanese markets where standards have been issued, there are still technical, cost and management problems in the popularization and application of RFID. The application of bar code in China's industry has not yet completed the road of popularization, and the large-scale application of RFID in China has a long way to go, and the selection and formulation of standards undoubtedly play a key role

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how to give play to the advantages of RFID technology in business

when users apply RFID technology, they can follow this idea: select the appropriate technology; Design and define solutions; Implement solutions; Operation training; Install RFID management system, support and help system; Implement maintenance services. For users, recognizing the advantages of RFID is only the first step to successfully implement the RFID scheme. Technological progress and cost reduction will further promote the implementation process. The application of RFID not only collects data and transmits it to it equipment for processing, but also transmits information back in real time in order to make reasonable decisions, so as to improve efficiency in essence. Therefore, a new business process must be defined

How can enterprises complete the transition to RFID

for RFID technology, the middleware market is a long-term solution, which enables enterprises to make full use of the technical advantages of RFID

experts suggest that data synchronization among trading partners should be achieved first to enhance the benefits of consumers. Second, seek cooperation with other supply chain partners to achieve transparency in supply chain inventory and retail inventory. In addition, in the transformation stage, it is compatible with a variety of data acquisition technologies, including barcode and RFID, and takes full advantage of other application opportunities of this product tracking information. Finally, business processes should be adjusted in time to make use of new supply chain data

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