The idea behind the design:
With the advancement of information and communication technologies and the increasingly competitive global digital economy, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has recently burst forth as one of the emerging technologies for modern society. Apart from internet security and faster order processing, the potential benefits of RFID include increased productivity, labor utilization, reduced recording errors, fewer stockouts, and reduced opportunities for counterfeiting and pilferage.
Please note: Beside the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and that of Homeland Security (DHS), several major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Metro, Target, and Best Buy have endorsed the use of RFID to track items in their supply chains. The DHS has begun to test RFID for border and port management. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) views RFID as the most promising technology in developing an electronic safety net.
The birth of the RFID Lab!
Despite of its embrace by industry and government, most universities (except for a few Auto-ID centers, such as the one at MIT) are far behind in RFID research and education, because of the dearth of physical facilities for exploration, testing, and training. This motivates us to establish a dedicated RFID lab at the Pennsylvania State University. The lab was established on October 2006 by a seed funding support from the National Security Agency and Department of Defense.