U.S. Department of Defense Wants Suppliers to Use RFID Tags

- The U.S. Department of Defense plans on expanding its use of RFID tags on pallets, cases and big-ticket items, requesting that its top 100 suppliers implement RFID technology soon, possibly as early as 2005. These suppliers include Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

The military already uses RFID technology on pallets sent to the Gulf and Afghanistan. It is looking into expanding this technology, using active tags on containers, and possibly moving to GPS devices on all shipments. The goal is to obtain “perfect visibility,” said a military spokesman.

Presently, the military is watching developments with EPC technology. The department is interested in it, but will wait to view specifications and standards for compatibility with existing technology before endorsing EPC.

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