RFID providers and users present demands at European Commission workshop
Is a global UHF RFID harmonisation within reach? AIM Europe President Frithjof Walk recently represented the RFID stakeholder community at a European Commission workshop on the efficient use of the 915 to 921 Megahertz frequency range. Worldwide, these frequencies are being used by UHF RFID.
In several European countries, railway companies and “governmental applications”, such as military and security applications, currently claim them for their sole use.
Industrial companies stand up for global harmonisation and standardisation
In order to present their point of view, RFID providers and users joined forces at the workshop. In addition to AIM, RAIN, CNRFID, and GS1, companies such as Decathlon, C&A, and Volkswagen made presentations calling for an establishment of the 915 to 921 Megahertz range for RFID in Europe to achieve global harmonisation. In the audience, other AIM and RAIN members from Bosch, Siemens, and Ericsson added their voices, as did as other stakeholders including Airbus.
“The representatives of the RFID industry and the users were able to clearly express the requirements, as well as the potential of RFID regarding the implementation for the development of the IoT and further automation. We took an unequivocal stand,” AIM Europe president Frithjof Walk summarises.
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Frithjof Walk explains: “At the end of the workshop, it was agreed that the railway companies in particular should examine the possibilities for the harmonised use of the frequency band. Meanwhile, a technical review of the proposed compromises has been agreed on with experts from AIM member companies.” The first results of this round of discussions should be available by September.
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