Wireless, RFID poised for rapid adoption

The pharmaceutical industry over the past few years has increasingly looked at and tapped into wireless technologies that automate production, process controls, security, safety, logistics, product authentication and other aspects of the overall business, writes Ian McPherson, Apprion and Hesh Kagan, Invensys Process Systems in an interesting piece on how to maximize enterprise-wise management of wireless systems in pharma. Notably, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advocated use of wireless technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to help verify the pedigree of pharmaceutical supplies as they are transported throughout the supply chain.

They cite a recent Gartner Research report, entitled, "RFID is the Limit," stated that "industries with the greatest opportunities to use RFID include retail, aerospace and defense, while the healthcare, logistics and pharmaceutical industries will adopt RFID the fastest."

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