RFID tags, laready gaining broader acceptance in factories, should get a nice boost from moves by the Department of Defense, Mastercard and others. Advances in the consumer market should help drive prices down, while DoD projects should help prove RFID's ability to operate in harsh environments.
The DoD has roughly doubled an RFID contract. That sign of success should help move the technology forward.
Before long, MasterCard is expected to expand its PayPass credit card program, which uses RFID chips to provide conactless payment plans. While these consumer applications don't have a direct impact on most industrial environments, they help expand the infrastructure.
More companies will be making card readers and more engineers will be involved in the basics of RFID communications. That will also bring improvements in development tools, making life a bit simpler for those designing the complex RFID systems being used in factories around the globe.