RFID technologies come in many variations and exhibit a range of capabilities; understanding the specifics of a particular RFID technology is important to determining appropriate uses and applications for it.
In many ways, RFID is still in its infancy. Much experimentation and study must be done in order to achieve a deep understanding of its potential and implications.
The cultural and social questions that arise from the use and deployment of RFID technologies include significant challenges in the areas of privacy and data collection.
A summary of the panel discussions, together with background research and insights from the steering committee, is presented in this report. Chapter 1, “Technology and Applications,” addresses technical constraints, architecture, standards, and business applications. Chapter 2, “Society and Culture,” discusses some of the potential social and policy implications of RFID.