Not Going the Distance

By Evan Schuman  |  Posted 2004-10-13 Print this article Print

Lahore says the distance limitations are precisely what will cause the current RFID efforts to stumble. "Lets say that magically we somehow have item-level tagging today. Right now, it wouldnt help [retail IT] that much. Its so far away from the reader that it doesnt do any good," he said. "The range for a passive RFID is so short that you simply cant have readers close enough to all of our tagged items. The current RFID tags dont transmit very well at all." To read more about practical and technological hurdles that self-checkout faces, click here. Wouldnt such devices be highly susceptible to in-store tampering? Yes, which is why Lahore wants so many video cameras