Proponents of RFID tags, who only a few years ago were shouting predictions of sky-high growth, have been keeping their heads below the parapet of late, but Europe’s RFID revolution is far from dead, especially in specialty areas like pharmaceuticals.
New European legislation requires not only traceability, but also, for temperature sensitive drugs, proof that temperature limits have not been exceeded during transport and storage. Major logistics company DHL Coldstream is reported to be studying the possible use of RFID to trace all such shipments.
A cluster of RF tag innovations will reportedly be unveiled at the annual RFID/Traceability Exhibition and Conference to be held in December 2008 in Paris. Around 100 exhibitors and 30 speakers will take part.