As a software developer working to foster and encourage the growth of RFID, my single biggest gripe has been the dearth of standards-related work in this space. Every hardware vendor has its own view of the world such that designing software solutions that work across RFID device vendors requires specialized treatment for almost each and every device supported. Now, finally some good news via this article in eweek (http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,1846877,00.asp?kc=EWRSS04069TX1K0000697)
describing a new "group of 20 companies that develop RFID-based products -- chips, tags, labels and readers...". Hallelujah!! However, nothing is perfect. In this case, Intermec is reportedly not currently part of the new "RFID Consortium". While reminiscent of the "Eclipse vs. Sun" kerfuffle, one can only hope Intermec will join up and the industry will begin to coalesce around some common standards and those of us in the software world can focus more on the functionality of our solutions, rather than the idiosyncrasies of any given vendor's particular device.
Think I'm overstating the importance of the RFID Consortium announcement? Please post your comments below.
Vendors Form RFID Consortium