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CompTIA tackles RFID skills issues at conference in Singapore

The need for workers with validated skills in radio frequency identification (RFID) and the impact a worker shortag...


March 5, 2007  


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The need for workers with validated skills in radio frequency identification (RFID) and the impact a worker shortage could have on adoption of the technology is being addressed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) this week at the RFID Connect Asia 2007 conference in Singapore.

“RFID is not yet a plug-and-play technology,” said Michael Mudd, a spokesman for the association.

“Each deployment is unique and within each deployment any number of variables can affect success or failure.

“Most of the skills that are lacking are in the areas of understanding how the physics of radio frequencies work; and how to tag items so that they are readable.”

He added that in order to execute any RFID initiative successfully there is a need for trained and certified professionals with knowledge and experience in radio frequency engineering and design, supply chain management, logistics, warehouse management and familiarity with RFID products and standards.

CompTIA has worked with more than 20 organizations with leadership positions in RFID technology to develop an industry accepted credential that validates a technician’s knowledge and skills in the areas of installation, maintenance, repair, and upkeep of hardware and software functionality of RFID products.