With the availability of improved RFID technology, companies should be thinking more strategically about how they invest in RFID systems, according to analyst firm Gartner.
At the beginning of the month, retailer Metro Group and technology companies Philips and Internec jointly announced that they had produced and tested engineering samples of an RFID chip that complies with the improved G2 RFID high-speed processing standard. The news was followed by an announcement from Impinj that it had developed similar G2 technology.
Gartner said, "These announcements of the availability of G2 equipment - which Gartner believes will be followed shortly by many more - represent a positive development for enterprises seeking to adopt this advanced UHF RFID technology.
"The market is now moving toward true globally unified standards for UHF RFID. G2 tech- nology offers incrementally improved performance in all areas."
Gartner warned that the substantial technical differences from G1 technology will radically change the market positions of RFID suppliers, as some of them may fail to make the transition to G2 technology.
Gartner said any RFID equipment bought today will probably not be upgradeable to the new standard. Companies wanting G2-based equipment should start looking for it from the third quarter of this year.