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  • friscotrader friscotrader Dec 31, 2003 9:39 AM Flag on RFID

    Five Big Tech Trends to Watch in 2004

    By Jim Jubak
    MSN Money Markets Editor
    12/31/2003 07:10 AM EST

    Do You Speak RFID?
    Get used to it. This is the tech acronym most likely to get big media play in 2004. It stands for Radio Frequency Identification Tracking, and with Wal-Mart (WMT:NYSE - commentary - research), the Pentagon, Visa and American Express (AXP:NYSE - commentary - research) behind it, the technology will generate a lot of excitement in 2004.

    The idea is simple: A tiny radio transmitter embedded in a tag printed on a product (much like today's bar code) or in a credit card or a cell phone transmits a radio signal that allows a retailer to charge your credit card without a swipe, to track the location of any product as it makes its way from plant to store to consumer, to keep even more detailed records on who buys what and where and when.

    The Pentagon has said that its top 100 suppliers -- that's out of 43,000, mind you -- will have to implement RFID by January 2005. Wal-Mart is rolling out its program at about the same pace. Visa and American Express have pilot programs going to test the technology. Private companies such as Alien Technology of Morgan Hill, Calif., and Matrics, Inc. of Columbia, Md., both working with the Pentagon, are hot among venture capitalists.

    Four names of public companies to check out: Zebra Technologies (ZBRA:Nasdaq - commentary - research) and Printronix (PTNX:Nasdaq - commentary - research), both bar-code printer makers that are pushing into RFID printing; Checkpoint Systems (CKP:NYSE - commentary - research), a maker of integrated systems for retail security systems; and Symbol Technologies (SBL:NYSE - commentary - research), a maker of the wireless networks needed to collect data from RFID tags.

    My preference is for Zebra Technologies and Symbol Technologies, but it's slight and I'd watch valuations carefully among RFID companies. This could get enough hype to drive stocks to wildly inflated prices.

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    • Another RFID application listed on Yahoo! today: Tracking cattle herds.

      • 2 Replies to huffandswoon
      • Your absolutely right ! More and more applications for RFID -- too bad ALAN doesnt have a product to reach this market. I noticed Jubak didnt mention ALAN in his article. When are lemmings going to realize that ALAN is a one trick pony when it comes to RFID - prisons - and they aint exactly cleaning up in that sector either.

      • didn't I talk to you before?

        I can't imagine anyone out here using real name?

        As to tracking, there have been radio tracking ov various animal herds for over 50 years
        caribou in alaska,
        bears in montana
        (we even saw a bear, xanatou, in WV who was tracked by satelite, but that was newer.

        even. Tiny mostly male bats at villa grove and hundreds more.

        Russians do it, also s. americans in the rain forest and on the pampas

        the firm in broomfield not only contributed to the PR business before they went private, they
        contributed a ALAN VP, if memory serves serves???

        good day to buy.

        Lots of shares available at below the knockdow or "plunk" so the trader bids it up
        to make the yearend look good

        good day to trade,.

        check your level II

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