U.S. Department of Defense to Adopt International RFID Standards

The U.S Department of Defense recently decided to switch from its own technical standards for RFID tracking systems to adopting the international RFID standard.

This major change will allow multiple providers of RFID tags, opening the doors for international RFID businesses and possible cost savings to the U.S. taxpayer. In addition, the change will expand the availability of serial numbers. Having only one RFID tag provider limits the amount of serial numbers, so being able to use tags from multiple suppliers will prevent identifiers from running out.

Full implementation of the international standard should happen by 2014, and until then, systems are operating in dual mode, allowing data from either standard to be entered into their system.

Ideally, there will be no impact on the end user and the U.S. Department of Defense would be able to have complete tracking from the time an item arrives at their distribution centers from vendors to the time they are consolidated.

By switching to the international RFID standards, the U.S. Department of Defense will not only encourage competition and ensure enough serial numbers, but also ensure that they are able to completely track and trace all of their items in a sustainable way.