Defense Department wants RFID tags on everything but sand
The US Department of Defense has announced a sweeping policy to slap an electronic tag on every item in its inventory - well, almost every item.
By January 2005, the DoD will require all suppliers to place RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags on their goods. The feds hope this technology will help it keep track of massive inventories and improve transaction speeds. Government officials appear very bullish about the technology, but they do have limits on how far they are willing to take the RFID plan.
"RFID policy and the corresponding RFID tagging/labeling of DoD materiel are applicable to all items except bulk commodities such as sand, gravel or liquids," the DoD said in a statement.
Gravel suppliers rejoice.
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