SAP calls for public talks on RFID

SAP has called for a public discussion on the benefits and implications of using radio frequency identification technology.

SAP has called for a public discussion on the benefits and implications of using radio frequency identification technology.

SAP hosted a summit for industry leaders and political representatives at the end of September in the first of a series of discussions on RFID aimed at helping all parties clear up misconceptions and differences of opinion and to find common ground.

The initiative aims to address concerns about privacy, which are impeding widespread adoption of RFID and the development of the technology, said SAP.

SAP has also established a SAP community web forum for RFID-related issues for users, partners, suppliers and industry observers.

Claus Heinrich, executive board member at SAP, said, "RFID, data privacy and security are issues that need leadership. SAP has the reach and credibility to bring interested parties together.

"For a new technology to gain widespread acceptance, businesses and the public should be well informed of its advantages and implications. SAP is dedicated to establishing an environment of knowledge and trust where RFID is implemented in a practical and responsible manner."

SAP has been conducting research into RFID since 1998. Since March 2003 it has been working with its RFID Customer Council, which comprises more than 60 companies from the aerospace, defence, consumer products, pharmaceutical and retail industries.

At its TechEd conference, SAP said it is working with Infineon to target retail, manufacturing, aerospace and high-tech companies with a package to integrate RFID hardware and software into heterogeneous IT environments.

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