Journal of International Technology and Information Management

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Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, has been around for decades and is being used in manufacturing to complement established barcodes for the past 25 years. Recently, many companies are embracing RFID as a competitive weapon that can improve their efficiencies, and provide significant business benefits. Despite many useful applications, the technology's potential has yet to be fully realized. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of contemporary RFID systems, highlight its promises as well as its pitfalls, identify the implementation challenges and key business drivers, survey its application in various industries, and speculate about where this technology is headed.