As the $5 billion RFID market moves strongly to over $25 billion in ten years, advances are on a broad front. This year, the IDTechEx RFID Europe conference in Cambridge UK 18-19 September is growing and widening its scope to reflect this booming industry. RFID is an enabling technology that provides safety, security, cost reduction, increased sales, reduced crime and much more.

In item and conveyance tagging, Unisys has recently landed an extension order from the US Department of Defense worth $28 million yearly and up to $112 million if three further planned extensions are granted. Not to be confused with the DoD's highly publicized new passive RFID mandate initiative involving billions of tags, or the $425 million Lockheed Martin military order for active RFID, the Unisys project uses active RFID technology to track 125,000 shipments every week - ammunition, rations, medical supplies, vehicles and vehicle parts.

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