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China to buy 3 billion RFID tags, says In-Stat

Posted: 15 Mar 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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By 2009, nearly 3 billion RFID tags will have been shipped into China, a country of about 1.4 billion people, according to market forecast company In-Stat. The company said that 100 million RFID were shipped into China in 2005 and the flow will increase in subsequent years.

The company said the major application for the RFID tags would be for the identification of humans by way of China's second-generation resident ID card program. The shipments could easily be worth billions of dollars, estimated the firm.

"With a population of over 1.3 billion, the issuance of RFID-tag-inlaid Resident ID cards by the Ministry of Public Security is one of the biggest RFID projects in the world," said In-Stat analyst, Anty Zheng, in a statement. "More than one billion ID Cards will be issued before the end of 2008."

In-Stat did not disclose which semiconductor maker of makers would supply the RFID chips for inclusion in cards, or which companies would make the cards or reader systems. The company added that RFID tags vary in price from about 15 cents to over $200.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times

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