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Mr. Roques
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Re: More effective for consumer electronics
Mr. Roques   6/22/2012 2:55:00 PM
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Well, as long as the cost of the item and the amount of items that are being stolen matches the TCO of the RFID.

syedzunair
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Re: More effective for consumer electronics
syedzunair   3/24/2012 5:59:41 PM
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@TaimoorZ:

You are correct. RFID tags can be used effectively for military and scientific purposes. It will make much difference there because counterfeit products in those industries can do great harm. 

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Re: Cost of tagging
sohaibmasood   3/24/2012 5:28:21 PM
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@TaimoorZ: Cloning a genuine tag may be possible I haven't seen it happen myself so I am not certain. But in theory it might not be possible with some tag types. 

Moreover, the beauty of RFID tags is that they store more information than just a serial number. So even if someone clones a tag and changes some information on the tag the chances of all changed information holding up are extremely less. 

Companies can use RFID tags to validate all information about products like product number, batch number etc. So that the chances of success may become less for counterfeiters. 

sohaibmasood
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Re: Nature of tags
sohaibmasood   3/24/2012 5:11:07 PM
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Thank you for the comment Waqas.

I am not sure exactly how many companies are making these tags. But I am pretty certain that counterfeiting is not one of their primary concerns. 

TaimoorZ
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Re: More effective for consumer electronics
TaimoorZ   3/24/2012 3:12:44 PM
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I agree. If the RFID tags are being used to prevent counterfeiting, the usefulness and effectiveness would be far greater with electronics than apparel. Many of the electronic components are being used for scientific and military technologies and counterfeit components is a serious threat in these areas.

 

TaimoorZ
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Re: Cost of tagging
TaimoorZ   3/24/2012 3:03:24 PM
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@Sohaib: Isn't it possible to produce a clone/copy of a genuine tag and stick onto a counterfeit product? The system may not be able to restrict a counterfeit product from going to the consumer then. Are there preventive measures companies can take with regards to this?

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Re: Nature of tags
WaqasAltaf   3/24/2012 10:28:21 AM
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@ sohaibmasood

Nice info regarding tag types. I too agree with Barbara that circumventing the technology here is easier than counterfieting it. It will be good for the anti-counterfiet campaign that the more experienced manufacturers or rather the pioneers of hardware technology get involved in RFID manufacturing so that trust in RFID grows simultaneously with the growth in anti-counterfeiting/circumvention activities taken around the globe.

WaqasAltaf
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More effective for consumer electronics
WaqasAltaf   3/24/2012 9:46:58 AM
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I think RFIDs will do more good to electronics industry than apparel one. The cost of consumer electronics is far higher than apparel and hence the RFID, as percentage of cost is quite lower and the revenue saved, due to anti-counterfeit actions, per item is more than in the apparel's case. That makes it more viable for the OEMs to adopt the tool. However, it is also essential that the RFID usage culture to track authenticity  spreads up and down the supply chain so that the benefits of RFID dont remain confined to the internal aspect of organization such as inventory management. 

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Re: RFID
pocharle   3/23/2012 7:17:30 PM
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That is a difficult question to answer right now. I'm not sure if there has been much rumblings regarding newer iterations. This article is a bit old but see how the innovation now is comparable:

If you think RFID is simply a replacement for bar code think again



Mr. Roques
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Re: RFID
Mr. Roques   3/23/2012 4:24:44 PM
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Well, it adds a new layer of security. Yes, they can counterfeit tags, but if you think about it, they can do anything... but you have to make it harder for them.

Whats RFID's replacement technology? There should be one around the corner.

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