Radio Frequency Identification

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Nov 27, 2013 (4 years and 6 months ago)


David A. Olive

General Manager, Fujitsu Limited

WITSA Public Policy Chairman

WITSA Public Policy Meeting

Hanoi, Vietnam

November 26, 2005

Radio Frequency Identification

Supporting ICT Infrastructure Deployment

Drafted WITSA Statement on the
Policy Implication of Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID)


Radio Frequency Identification

RFID refers to the subset of automatic identification that
uses radio waves to identify an object.

The simplest tags are "passive"
without their own
power supply, receiving power from the electromagnetic
waves emitted by the reader which allows the
transmission of the information stored on the tag.

Other tags are "active" containing some form of power
supply to broadcast the information to the reader.

Radio Frequency Identification

Tags can have chips that can be read
write, read
tags or electrically read
only memory where data can
be overwritten using an electronic process.

The two critical elements are the readers which
receive the ID and the network for the transmission
and storage of information about the objects.

Radio Frequency Identification

The Electronic Product Code (EPC) has been
designed to make the supply chain much more
visible, from manufacturer through distributor
to the retail outlet at various points along the

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Taking advantage of the read/write
capabilities, inspectors can read the maintenance data,
update it and reprogram
the chip.

Medical information:

Printed bar code labels come with
RFID tags embedded in them. The tags can be read in
unattended scanning environments.

Several suppliers can walk into a work
area to see if the next shipment should go out without
relying on paperwork at customer sites to get up
info on quantities needed and pricing.

Radio Frequency Identification


Electronic article surveillance:
for apparel and high
end consumer goods. Sensor tags used as antitheft

Retail Checkouts:
Enables checkout at kiosks that
automatically updates the inventory information in
real time.

Handheld Devices: A
dding RFID computing to devices
will lead to a variety of RFID uses, such as reading
utility meters, taking inventory or tracking items
through the supply chain.

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Competition law

Access to radio frequency spectrum

Health effects

Labor practices

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Customers should be given their choice to remove
and/or discard, destroy, or deactivate RFID tags from
the products purchased.

Companies should disclose their policies regarding
any linkage between personally identifiable customer
information and information generated by RFID use.

Companies should implement technical measures to
address privacy, security, and access to information
issues in the development of new RFID applications.

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acknowledges the substantive contributions of
Elliot E. Maxwell

in the preparations of this briefing
paper on RFID. He is a Fellow of the Center for the Study
of American Government at Johns Hopkins University,
Distinguished Research Fellow at the eBusiness
Research Center of the Pennsylvania State University,
and chair of the International Policy Advisory Council of
MIT’s Auto
ID Center.

“…providing a voice for the global IT industry.”


David A. Olive

General Manager, Fujitsu Limited

WITSA Public Policy Chairman

WITSA 2003 Global Public Policy