In June 2003, Wal-Mart made the announcement that its top 100 suppliers must begin using radio frequency identification (RFID) on cases and pallets. It started a firestorm of activity surrounding RFID and the supply chain.
But as a conference in March proved, the surge of activity will not begin and end with logistics. It will also include industries such as pharmaceuticals, airlines, libraries. And now, cell phones.
At the Smart Labels USA 2004 conference, hosted by IDTechEx and held at the Long Wharf Marriott in Boston, cell phone manufacturer Nokia announced the creation of a mobile RFID kit.
The kit, which is compatible with the Nokia 5140 cell phone, transforms the phone into a reader. Owners touch their phones to an RFID