For the last couple of years, the technology industry has been touting the next year as “The Year of RFID.” Every spring, however, the RFID industry gathers and wonders why the prior year wasn’t “the” year. The reality is that there never has been—and never will be—a hockey stick-like uptick in our industry. The RFID community is incredibly creative, ambitious and insanely entrepreneurial; however, we work within some very cautious and slow-moving industries. The ecosystem for passive RFID readers and tags is still maturing and there are solid signs that the vendors within this market will be facing significant growth in the years to come.

This paper discusses the pace of growth in the RFID industry and what needs to be done to help RFID reach the mainstream.