The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) held a two day workshop on Radio Frequency ID (RFID) technologies. The event was organized in cooperation with RFID technology providers Caliber Software Solutions and OMNI-ID.

International RFID experts from Europe and Asia spoke on the latest developments in RFID and the latest applications the technology has to offer. Participants for the first day of the event included industry professionals as well as representatives from various government agencies looking into utilizing RFID. The second day was set aside specifically for students and members of the academe with the intention of developing academic interest in the technology with the purpose developing systems and applications that use RFID.

Undersecretary Louis Casambre of DOST-ICTO had this to say about RFID: “For the past decades that RFID technology has been available for commercial use, it has revolutionized the logistics, manufacturing and retail industries, helping them keep up with the demands of the information age, saving not only time but also manpower costs and generally contributing to improving the overall customer experience.”

About RFID: RFID is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. Some tags require no battery and are powered and read at short ranges via magnetic fields (electromagnetic induction). Others use a local power source and emit radio waves (electromagnetic radiation at radio frequencies). The tag contains electronically stored information which may be read from up to several meters away. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not need to be within line of sight of the reader and may be embedded in the tracked object. RFID tags are widely used in tracking goods and cargo as well as a means of access management.

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About DOST-ICTO – The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology is the Philippine Government’s lead agency on ICT related matters. Its primary thrusts are in the ICT Industry Development, eGovernment, ICT policy development, Internet for all and Cybersecurity.