It's a strange feeling spending the day at an RFID conference. Normally, any IT event will attract a fair number of guys who look like they spend little time in human company but this was different: very different.
I realised how different when I looked up from my note-taking and realised that I was sat in a phalanx of blokes, nearly all middle-aged and all, without exception, in a grey suit.
The name of the conference should have given the game away "RFID ROI" - no self-respecting techie would ever attend anything that had ROI in the title. But what quickly became clear is that there is a clear disconnect between the world of the logistics manager who's eagerly looking to take RFID on board and the techie whose job it will be to implement this technology.
Actually, that should be techies, because, it's also clear that wide-scale adoption of RFID is only going to come about when a variety of people throughout an organisation 'buy into' the idea that it's a useful asset. There are going to be the out-and-out crazies who love playing the wireless stuff, the networking people who are going to have to deal with a whole heap of traffic piling on the network, the programmers who link the data that's been gathered to the back-end systems, the security experts who ensure that it's not hackable and, finally, the lawyers who make sure that it's all foolproof.
And when such a disparate group of people have got to get together to make a technology sing, you know that this technology is a long way from widespread implementation.
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