Monday, August 23, 2004

Random RFID Update: China to adopt RFID National ID cards

The Chinese are rolling out RFID in mass for the Olympics, for a national ID card, and for Wal-Mart, according to Asia Times' Jayanthi Iyengar.

Selected Quote:

Rocky Shi, a Chinese government official, told the RFID World Conference held in Denver in April that the Middle Kingdom was set to launch several major RFID-linked initiatives. Shi estimated that Chinese suppliers would end up using about 5 trillion tags annually to supply to Wal-Mart alone during the next two years. (Emphasis mine)

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