Expert Speaks ( RFID market to witness a phenomenal growth in 2016-2017 )

RFID market to witness a phenomenal growth in 2016-2017

V.C.Srikanthan

Vice President (East), AIDC Association of India / ARS Technologies

"With government and private sectors embracing digital identification system for smart cards and other purposes, the RFID Market in India is set to witness a phenomenal growth in 2016-17,” says V.C.Srikanthan, Vice President (East), AIDC Association of India.


The Smart Card industry which in the last year was progressing little has shown prospect of good growth in the coming years with the Finance Ministry sanctioning Rs 1500 Crore for the Rashriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).


The Government is planning to launch Unorganised Worker’s Identification Number (UWIN) Smart Cards to provide social security to all those workers who are not covered under the EPFO or ESIC schemes.


These is also a spurt in the use of Aadhaar Card with the notable being Ration Cards in Haryana to be linked to Aadhaar Card and Aadhaar-Based attendance system to draw salary in Jammu & Kashmir Region. Aadhaar Card is being linked to National Population Register (NPR). Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) is rolling out open-loop smart cards by this year.


RFID Market in India is set to see a phenomenal growth. The RFID system is also being mooted by the Government to help prevent baby Lifting in Hospitals. The first pilot project is being planned at Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai and if successful , it could lead to this system being used on a PAN-India basis.


The top trends in the RFID area is RAIN RFID (UHF), Low-energy Bluetooth in place of active/wi-fi RFID tags as these are costly compared to Bluetooth. Bluetooth is relied on many within the enterprises by use of smartphones. Hybrid RFID Systems which uses active ABD RAIN RFID. Use of memory space in the RFID tags which can act as flash drive and avoiding uploading to database to retrieve. Preperinted tags as inhouse printing is still costly.


On the Biometric front Allahabad university has set up Biometric attendance system for students. DTC Plans to install e-ticketing machines in buses to plug revenue leakages and cut down on ticketless travelling. Once this is successful there is a plan to introduce Smart Cards.


All these things tell us one thing loud and clear. The AIDC market in India is expected witness a phenomenal growth in 2016-2017.

- K. Ramanathan   ram@justransact.com

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