If there's still any question whether RFID is the bar code of the next decade, it's fading every week.
If there's still any question whether RFID is the bar code of the next decade, it's fading every week. The big name companies continue to throw their hats in the ring, and the investments they're making all but assure that yet another wireless technology will be transmitting more and more data over the next several years.
The good news in the entrance of IBM and others is that they're creating plenty of opportunity for smaller companies as they spark growth of the technology. The more these major companies come in, the more prices will decline, making it possible for companies large and small to employ RFID chips in new ways.
Since it's still pretty new, this means that people who have an understanding of RF transmissions and RFID technology will be in a good spot job-wise. Implementing an RFID system is no small undertaking. At the start, it requires good, solid business reasons for its deployment. The system has to be robust enough to meet changing needs and unexpected uses.
Whether it's the technical or business side, that means that the majority of companies are going to farm out some portion of their RFID setup. Companies and consultants who can demonstrate their success in creating well-planned RFID systems should be able to ride this wave through the next decade, and perhaps beyond.