The aerospace and defense (A&D) industries are constantly seeking better ways to manage complexity, cut costs, and boost productivity.
Which is why they’ll be exploring RFID technology more actively, according to ABI Research’s latest market study, which delves into the technological endeavors of Boeing, Airbus, and NASA.
ABI Research’s “The RFID Aerospace and Defense Market” expores major studies and new applications on the rise.
“RFID has the strategic potential to help A&D companies improve supply chain visibility as well as asset management and optimization,” says the firm’s RFID research director, Michael Liard. “However it must be noted that RFID is not a stand-alone panacea for all business problems. ABI Research believes that the integration of bar code, passive and active RFID, GPS, Wi-Fi, cellular, and sensors is increasingly required to provide a holistic view of the sophisticated and dynamic A&D vertical market.”
The report sums up the current state of RFID in the A&D industry as follows:
Supply-chain mandate-compliance remains a leading industry driver as A&D supply-chain partners work to satisfy the US Department of Defense’s RFID requirements.
Boeing, Airbus, and other industry influencers are actively pursuing asset-based RFID applications, including solutions for returnable and reusable asset management and spare parts tracking and authentication.
Standards focus has predominantly been on low-cost passive UHF solutions and off-network RFID data; however, ISO 18000-7 is also garnering increased attention as a technology standard for active-based RFID solutions.
The initial focus for A& D RFID will be on enhanced visibility but, in the future, it will be used in conjunction with sensor technology to authenticate and monitor objects, assets, or items in real time. Semi-active/semi-passive solutions are expected to play a key role here.
ABI Research’s RFID Aerospace and Defense Market ()