The World Loves RFID, But In Different Ways

Although RFID is making major adoption advances globally, different continents are using the tags in very different ways, according to a report just released by British RFID analysis firm IDTechEx.

North America, for example, leads the world in retail applications (thanks, Wal-Mart) with Europe and East Asia faring better in the Finance space and Australiasia is supreme in the books/libraries/archiving category.

"Contrary to popular opinion, this is at item level, from books to jewellery and apparel, not pallet and case, which is in the ascendant only in North America and then only in the number numbers of RFID projects, not the money spent, which has been little more than $100 million under the retail mandates," the report said.