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 ITU-T Workshop on "Networked RFID: Systems and Services"
 Geneva, 14-15 February 2006  
Contact: tsbworkshops@itu.int

Introduction

ITU-T hosted the workshop "Networked RFID: Systems and Services", in collaboration with ITU’s Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU), in Geneva, 14-15 February 2006 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG) http://www.cicg.ch

Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the much-touted system that 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. The development of RFID systems creates new possibilities for the support of object-to-object communications. Analysts predict that RFID will revolutionize areas of industry including supply chain management, security and mobile telecommunication services. Additionally, RFID is expected to play an important role in the realization of the Ubiquitous Network Society. All this will create a yet unquantified demand on telecommunication networks.

Currently, the market for RFID standards is extremely fragmented. Special standards for certain limited fields of applications exist as well as quasi-proprietary or proprietary standards. Many RFID applications still lack global standards for data formats, compatibility, interoperability, interference problems, personal information protection, authentication, key management and others.

Objectives

The event focused on the use of RFID technology in networked environments, and reviewed international standardization. Particular emphasis was given to the impact that networked RFID applications have on telecommunication networks, especially on network and service capability requirements and interworking aspects.
  • Present the status of RFID technology and identify future trends
  • Review current and future applications, services and business models leveraging networked RFIDs (NRFIDs)
  • Identify NRFID aspects relevant to telecommunications (services and network capabilities, architecture, QoS, performance, security, etc.)
  • Analyse how far existing standards can support NRFID applications and services, and identify where enhanced or new standards might be needed
  • Identify elements for a roadmap for a standardization framework, including the clarification of the role of applicable SDOs, forums and consortia
Webcasting/archive (audio only) of this workshop is available here.
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