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Mar 20, 2012

Analysis of the Active RFID and Sensor Networks Market

The research service analyses current and future trends in the Global active RFID and sensors market. Active RFID and RFID-based sensors are expected to gain greater traction in an emerging market. This service discusses various market drivers and restraints and also the challenges the market is facing right now and also gives an overview of various market and technological trends. Various segments such as traditional active RFID, RTLS and active RFID sensors are discussed in detail along with their total revenues and revenue forecasts. Regional analysis and competitive analysis are also provided. This deliverable will give market participants the necessary business intelligence to accelerate growth in this fast-paced, upcoming market.

Industry Challenges Explained

Integration Issues

At present, we have a wide range of technologies such as RTLS, sensors, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, GPS, RuBee and ultra-wideband (UWB) that can be combined with traditional active RFID to develop better solutions that add more value to end-users’ businesses. As the industry matures, more convergence of different technologies is bound to happen to achieve the best results.

The present challenge is to make all these technologies work together. Stronger middleware and algorithms that can support the seamless integration of various technologies with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are required.

Active RFID and Sensor Networks Market

Published: March 2012
No. of Pages: 139
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Power Supply

At present, supplying continuous power is one of the main challenges that active RFID tags face.

Most readers, both fixed and mobile, either have access to power or their batteries can be easily changed. The power supply for tags, however, cannot always be accessed. Therefore, changing batteries is neither a practical nor a cost-effective approach.

Tag manufacturers are developing tags with longer battery lives. Today, many tags available in the market have a battery life of five or more years depending upon the applications they are used in. More research and development is required to improve upon this.

Privacy and Security Issues

Privacy has been an ongoing issue from the introduction of RFID; end users have always been concerned with privacy breaches, data theft, and identity theft. Although industry participants are addressing this issue, the lack of knowledge and the fear over losing confidential data inhibits growth of RFID.

Concerns over privacy and security are greater in the case of active RFID because these tags are able to transmit RF signals that can expose IDs. Tags can be read from a distance and through any substance, including metal, liquid, and concrete. The radio signal can be easily observed and pursued with a cheap reader and without the owner of the systems or products knowing. Therefore, unauthorized use of data can occur. The identities of purchasers using credit cards are particularly vulnerable to this type of privacy breach.

Competition from Battery-assisted Passive Technology

ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 standard has helped battery-assisted passive RFID gain traction in the current RFID market. Battery-assisted passive tags are not active transmitters and depend upon the signals received from readers. They can be easily customized for specific applications and do not need Federal Communications Commission (FCC ) certification.

Battery-assisted passive technology brings the best of both passive and active technology together. Battery-assisted passive tags are smaller in size than active tags and compatible with Gen2 RFID architecture. The batteries embedded on battery-assisted passive tags enhance RF signal strength, resulting in a longer read range, more read accuracy, and smoother communication in difficult environments than purely passive tags. With additional solutions such as RTLS and sensors that battery-assisted passive supports, the technology is highly preferred in transportation, logistics, manufacturing, cold chain, supply chain, retail, healthcare, and aerospace sectors.

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