In the framework of its Technology Watch activities, 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. It is only recently that
the technology has begun to take off in the mass market. Analysts predict that
RFID will revolutionize areas of industry, such as supply chain management and
the retail business, for example by reducing costs with better stock
management. The technical paper presents several ideas for applications of RFID
technology in mobile telecommunication services as well as possible areas for
standardization efforts. Apart from purely technical concepts, the challenging
aspects of security and privacy are discussed. A PowerPoint
presentation of the paper is also available.
ITU-T recently set up a correspondence group on RFID in the framework of its Technology Watch and a dedicated
e-mail reflector on the matter for initiating studies on the technology.
Additionally, ITU-T is to hold a workshop on RFID standardization issues in the
first quarter of 2006.