You are right different technologies should be used for different uses. Keeping the pros and cons of RFID in mind I am sure they cannot be used for all purposes. But I think they can be used for intelligent solutions.
I would like to add here that there are different types of tags in the market, i.e. read only, read-write, write once and read many. Counterfeiting may also be difficult depending upon the nature of the tags being used.
Read only tags the information is stored in the manufacturing process and cannot be changed.
Read-write tags the information one can add information to the tag or write over the previous information. But still you cannot write over the serial number.
Write once and read many tags can have a serial number written onto them once which cannot be overwritten later.
@Barbara: I agree with you. Counterfeiting tags is a lot of trouble for very little reward. Even if counterfeiters get hold of the tags and clone/modify them it will mostly likely be non productive.
Firstly, they will have to get hold of tags from a specific shipment. Since, information on tags is relevant to orders they will have to predict the information for the next order to get into the system. And I think the chances of doing that are pretty slim.
@Cryptoman, looking at the pro and cons of the RFID i can imaging that they are not useful for everything for lagging. Airline industry still use barcode technology and they handle huge amount of customer luggage. So, i think that just for tracking and keeping an inventory database barcode is more than enough. To keep a check on counterfeit we need more intelligent solutions.
Exactly right. For about 10 EUR, a tag can be cloned. If the counterfeit tag enters the Supply Chain First, the real tag sets off the alarm, but often times not before the counterfeit tagged goods are through distribution and onto retail shelves or in OEM stockrooms.
@hm: Excellent point. No doubt that will or already is happening. I would think, though, that efforts are spent on circumventing the technology rather than counterfieiting it becuase it is not a really high-value product. Tags themselves should cost less than a nickel apiece, so I think it is a lot of work for little reward. The real money is made in the scanners, which no doubt could be counterfeited as well. But scammers would have to develop an entire system. I think they still prefer the path of lease resistance, which is taking an existing chip and re-marking or re-topping it in some way.
That is essentially what it is. It is an imporovement upon the previous iteration of scanning technology. But now it extends those same functionalities and more to all types of devices and on the Internet.
@cryptoman: It is indeed a very informative post. Thanks for sharing this.
Although the RFID technology is not mature and has some other drawbacks. I still think can be used in developing an intelligent supply chain network. Where more information about the products can be transmitted rather than just a unique identification number?
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