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By blueprints on Jan 06, 2011
RFID has been around for decades. It became a commercially mainstream technology in the early 2000s, when retailers like Walmart, Home Depot, Target and Lowes mandated that their top suppliers begin affixing RFID tags to pallets and crates of merchandise. As the cost of the RFID technologies dropped and the range and function of the technologies expanded, RFID has been used to tag and track animate and inanimate objects in ever evolving ways.
The Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) has defined standards for using RFID as an augmentation to the automation capabilities that barcodes provided. Oracle includes RFID tags on all server and storage products to facilitate automated asset tracking. The RFID tag used by Oracle is a superset of the FSTC standard, enhanced to simultaneiously support US and International frequeny bands, making it universally recognizable.
If you want to understand the technology and complexities behind RFID, some of its best practices, and how to use it effectively in your environment, take a look at How to Track Your Oracle Sun System Assets by Using RFID, by Fred Ceraukis and Tracy Shintaku. This is a topic that is more relevant to your IT environment than you might have thought.