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In Short: RFID Now Limited To Track-And-Trace Apps

Use of radio-frequency identification by pharmaceutical companies will surpass that of consumer packaged-goods makers within 18 months, a new Meta Group report predicts.
Use of radio-frequency identification by pharmaceutical companies will surpass that of consumer packaged-goods makers within 18 months, a new Meta Group report predicts. Still, the immaturity of tag technology is the limiting factor in the rate of RFID adoption, the report says. Current electronic-product-code specifications, for example, lack safeguards to prevent one chip's programming from being copied onto another. Such limits reduce RFID's potential usefulness in the pharmaceutical industry to simple track-and-trace applications until EPC specifications are revised.