RFID is being adopted worldwide but with very great differences of emphasis as revealed by the IDTechEx Knowledgebase of over 2450 case studies in 92 countries. This is a tale of four, very different continents. North America is by far the largest market for RFID in value, number of tags and number of case studies of RFID in action. That is almost entirely due to the USA, with its massive orders for military RFID and widespread adoption in all sectors, Canada being a late follower.

The primary applications differ greatly between the continents as shown below. However, the financial, security, safety sector dominates overall and this employs mainly cards and card-like structures such as badges and flat key fobs.

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