RFID, one of the hot technologies of 2005, shows every sign of maintaining that status in 2006. The latest release of ABI Research's "RFID Research Service" highlights three trends in a market already experiencing rapid growth.

The RFID market is becoming increasingly global, but the United States remains a very important piece of real estate within it. Recent months have seen a number of RFID tag and reader vendors based outside the US working to establish footholds and strengthen their presences in North America. Hailing mostly from Japan, South Korea and Europe, they include companies such as Sato, KSW Microtec, Rafsec, Siemens, Omron and Samsung, and they are refining their channel strategies for the region. According to ABI Research's director of RFID and ubiquitous networks, Erik Michielsen, this is generally a good thing: "Increased competition, and the infusion of international perspectives, will have a beneficial effect on the markets."

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