Industry giants are tagging RFID
RFID has generated tremendous interest with the recent announcement of Wal-Mart
and the U.S. Department of Defense requiring its vendors to adopt RFID by 2005.
All the major technology companies are planning RFID solutions and other inventory-tracking
Microsoft for instance, has kicked off a new project dubbed Smarter Retailing
Initiative, that it says will make it easier for companies to connect their
legacy applications in the retail arena with their storesand through Web
services, with their customers. Microsoft has already signed on a number of
partners and technology vendors to contribute to the project. It also recruited
several retail chains to participate in the program. IBM, HP and Sun have similar
plans to tap the retail segment.
While RFID has been around for decades, cost of the technology and lack of standards
hampered its widespread adoption.
Speaking at the launch of its own RFID solution, Nandan M. Nilekani, President
and CEO, Infosys said enterprises across verticals face many challenges in real-time
visibility and tracking of physical movement of goods, assets and personnel.
"Our customers can now look to us to provide the cost reduction, improved
customer service and streamlined operations with the launch of our RFID solution
and expertise," said Nilekani.
Infosys is identifying pilots with clients based on strategy sessions on RFID
technology, and how best it can be applied to business processes.