Tuesday, June 07, 2005

RFID & Mobile Technology

ITU-T has recently published a technical paper on radio frequency identification (RFID) and opportunities for its use in mobile telecommunication services. RFID enables data to be transmitted by a tiny portable device, called a tag, which is read by an RFID reader and processed according to the needs of a particular application.Many experts see RFID as an enabler for ubiquitous computing 135- the integration of computation into the environment: any device, anytime, anywhere. RFID enabled mobile phones could be a first step in this direction. The combination of mobile phones and RFID technologies promises great potential in the market for mobile telecommunication services. As in many fields of ICT, the search for the killer application has begun. Field trials in some sectors and some regions of the world have recently started. However, the development of services is far from being complete. While a broad range of services can be imagined, based on various scenarios, only attractive propositions will convince customers to adopt the technology. One has to await the implementation of mobile payment systems to see whether similar systems will prove to be attractive enough to push the new technology. A powerpoint presentation of the paper is available here
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