RFID is nothing new really, since technology has always been a double-edged sword, but does it necessarily mean that it is has to be that way?
Granted, the way of progress is through conflict. (Disclaimer: Iâ€™m no advocate of war, but you get the picture yes?)The thing is, thereâ€™s nothing wrong with technology but the usage of it. In fact, nothingâ€™s really changed looking back in retrospect.
Last year, a Texas girl was expelled from school for refusing to wear her RFID-enabled student ID card. Her reason was that the tag violated her freedom of expression and religion. Undoubtedly, itâ€™s an effective way for the school to be responsibly accountable for students through the use of RFID by sticking tags on them but that just seems to take the fun out of being in school in the first place.
Iâ€™m not going to elaborate on that but itâ€™s just the level of control being imparted onto kids and the adverse effects that it has on the new generation that follows through. Itâ€™s not so much a case of being stuck in the nostalgia-ness but itâ€™s the uneasy feeling that entails.
Ultimately, itâ€™s a matter of perspective and the factor of time in dissolving primitive thinking for people to constantly evolve with intelligence.
Nevertheless, the market for RFID has staggering growth potential due to its limitless appeal that can be found from retail apparel tagging to tracking consumer information despite the technology being around since World War II.
Regardless, RFID has seen a strong push in improving supply chain visibility, data analytics as well as integration to the worldâ€™s current infrastructure.
Although itâ€™s hard to imagine how this â€˜old-schoolâ€™ technology will prevail, the global RFID market will reach $23.4 billion in 2020 as reported by IDTechEx Research.
Yet the question that remains to be answered is, how much privacy are we willing to give up in the exchange for technology progression?