RFID Makes Headway In India

by Neha Agrawal    Oct 18, 2005

Historically, RFID is said to be a technology around since World War II, when the British put IFF transponders in planes to identify returning aircraft.

Lately however, it has caught the attention of the whole world. A 2-day conference-cum-exhibition has been organized by EPCglobal India, in New Delhi. The focus of this event is on global developments, applications, benefits and future of RFID technology in India across retail, aviation, logistics, IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

At a press meeting, Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India spoke to CXOtoday about the benefits of RFID technology, its current state, future dimensions and implications.

Commenting on how far this technology could be adopted by the SMB segment, he said,”There are two key points, first being the cost and the second being a comprehension of the usage area. With demand soaring high, costs shall automatically crash and there are some areas like export, arrest counterfeit, spurious medicines etc where people shall be left with no other option.”

EPC Global India is in the process of coming up with an auto ID lab in India in the near future, while there are already seven running across the globe.

The conference-cum-exhibition will see leading IT companies exhibit applications of RFID through live demonstrations.

Delegates from companies like IBM, SAP, Wipro, Reliance, Bharat Petroleum, Infosys Technologies, Alien Technology, Tyco Fire & Security, Hongkong Airport Authority, Hindustan Lever, Johnson & Johnson, Gillette, ITC, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Pfizer, BHEL, Larsen & Toubro, are expected to participate, besides Government departments from defense and others from varied industry segments.

Elaborating on the focus of the conference, Mathur said, “Moving ahead from the launch of EPCglobal India last year, we are focusing on actual experience, sharing and case studies of RFID deployment across the world in order to trigger a discussion on the early adoption of RFID in India.”

Said Nicholas Fergusson, Senior Technical Director, EPCglobal Inc, “India is emerging as a strong global economy with a wide Industrial base. It also possesses globally recognized and well respected IT skills. These two factors offer exciting possibilities for deployment of RFID technology in India and across the world leveraging its IT skills.”

Emphasizing on the need for adoption of EPC standards in RFID by different industry segments, Mathur said, “Indian industry should actively participate in RFID adoption to facilitate product visibility across supply chain, improve on-shelf availability, end-to-end track and trace capabilities and built safety and security in supply chains. Rapid deployment of EPC/ RFID technology in India will benefit to businesses, consumers and government.”

Indian industry has evinced keen interest in adoption and deployment of RFID technology. It would be of immense use across numerous industries like shipping, defense, aircraft, pharmacy, automobile and IT.

Implementation of RFID can also help eliminate unnecessary stock, enhance productivity, arrest theft, pilferage and is a big opportunity for IT companies.

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