ABI Rolls out RFID Reader Market Report

New report built in collaboration with equipment manufacturers; shows RFID reader shipments increased nearly 14 percent in Q1 2006

New report built in collaboration with equipment manufacturers; shows RFID reader shipments increased nearly 14 percent in Q1 2006

Oyster Bay, NY — August 3, 2006 — Technology market-watcher ABI Research debuted a new RFID reader market report as part of its RFID Reader Market Sizing Database, which was compiled in collaboration with various global RFID equipment manufacturers.

According to the report, the global market for radio frequency identification (RFID) readers and reader modules grew to more than 35,500 unit shipments in 2005, and reader unit volumes grew nearly 14 percent in Q1 2006 compared to Q1 2005.

"By aggregating quarterly RFID reader shipment data from the industry's top suppliers, we are pleased to be the first in the industry to provide a truly accurate quantification of this fast-growing market," said Michael Liard, ABI Research's practice director for RFID and contactless.

Liard added that the new database has a core focus on passive supply chain technologies, particularly those employing UHF technologies. "Given the current state of the market, such selectivity is particularly timely and relevant," Liard asserted. "Future updates to our market metrics will include additional frequency ranges, active technologies and other applications."

ABI Research also publishes a similar RFID tag IC market sizing database, built in partnership with various RFID manufacturers worldwide. With both tag IC and reader databases, by receiving actual volume data from leading RFID suppliers, ABI Research believes it is in a position to provide quarterly shipment research that spans the range of hardware and to maintain effective tracking of supply side dynamics, Liard said.

In addition to the RFID Reader Market Sizing Database, ABI's RFID research service comprises an RFID forecast database (examining technologies, applications and markets through 2011), specialized research reports and other analysis of the market.

Additional Articles of Interest

— Contemplating RFID? Here are three critical questions to answer before embarking on a radio frequency identification initiative. Read "Recognizing Real RFID Adoption Potential," in the February/March 2006 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— A recent independent study revealed that Wal-Mart customers are finding the items they wanted in stock more often due to the retailer's use of RFID technologies when compared to control stores. Read more in "Wal-Mart Achieving Improved On-shelf Availability with RFID, Study Finds" on SDCExec.com.