|Networked RFID: Systems and Services
Geneva, 14-15 February 2006
Mr. Houlin ZHAO
Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of ITU-T, please let me welcome you to this Workshop on "Networked RFID: Systems and Services".
We are all honored by the presence of Mr. Utsumi, Secretary-General of ITU, at this opening session.
He finds our workshop very important that he managed to find time to join us. We have just heard his
views on the situation we are facing after the WSIS Tunis phase. He encourages us to be more active in
the global ICT market. On behalf of the workshop organizers, and the whole participants, I would like to
thank Mr. Utsumi for his guidance.
As one of today’s hot information technologies, the development of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Systems opens new possibilities to support object-to-object communications in ubiquitous services and applications.
Analysts predict that RFID will revolutionize areas of industry including supply chain management, security and
mobile telecommunication services. Currently, the market for RFID standards is extremely fragmented. Many RFID
applications still lack global standards for data formats, compatibility, interoperability, interference, personal
information protection, authentication, key management and others. ITU will try its best to work with its Members
to improve this situation.
This event will focus on the use of RFID technology in networked environments, and review international
standardization. Particular emphasis will be given to the impact that networked RFID applications will have
on telecommunication networks. And, we will also analyze how far existing standards can support networked RFID
applications and services, and identify where enhanced or new standards might be needed. If possible, we might
come up with a roadmap for a standardization framework, including the clarification of the role of applicable
SDOs, forums and consortia.
I am pleased to note the fact that three companies have prepared small, but important exhibitions
to show their products of RFID.
For those who might not have had a chance to participate in ITU-T activities during recent years, I would like
to pick up two things on the current situation. The first thing to mention is that ITU-T has improved its
efficient, open, transparent, and energetic environment. The famous AAP procedure is unarguable proof of this.
With this procedure, ITU-T can approve ITU-T Recommendations in less than two months after an SG or a WP agrees
the text. Such a speed can challenge anyone in today’s market. The second thing that I would like to mention here
is the timely responsiveness ITU-T has demonstrated in recent years. The establishment of NGN Focus Group is an
excellent example in this respect. I hope this workshop will provide us with another good example to prove that
ITU can reply to the market needs in a timely fashion.
As RFID is a relatively fresh topic for ITU-T, almost all ITU-T Study Group Chairmen including the TSAG Chair
have actively participated in the steering committee of this workshop. I would like to take this opportunity to
express my sincere thanks to Mr. Probst, Chair of the Steering Committee and all members of the steering committee,
to the Session Chairs, and to the Speakers. I would also like to express my high appreciations to the ITU staff
who have spared no effort to organize this workshop. I should not forget to thank the exhibitors who attend our
meeting with their products. Last but not least, I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to the workshop
sponsor Freescale Semiconductor Company who kindly sponsors all coffee breaks during the next two days. To conclude
my speech, I would like to invite all of you to join me at a reception tonight at the ITU Cafeteria of Montbrillant
starting from 6:30 p.m.
I wish you a successful meeting.
Thank you for your attention.