Although radio frequency identification (RFID) has been used since World War II, employing it to track physical objects is a recent development. Only since the 1990s has the potential of RFID to expedite the operation of supply chains and increase visibility into them been recognized. Thus, standards for its widespread global use in that arena are only now under development. Adding urgency to the development of those standards are recent directives by Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Defense that their top suppliers begin RFID-tagging goods starting in January 2005.
HP, which has the worlds ninth largest non-military supply chain, plans to comply with these directives. HP began trials and pilot projects involving RFID technology more than two years ago, both to improve its own supply-chain management and to offer new capabilities to its customers. HPs work in RFID rests on five pillars, which are described in this paper. This paper also discusses HPs vision for RFID, its leadership role in global standards development, RFID-related research conducted at HP Labs, internal HP RFID pilot programs, and RFID-related services and facilities available to HP customers.
HP RFID Brochure
This brochure looks at HP and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and gives an insight into enabling the next generation supply chain today.