--- Im Bereich der Funktechnik RFID hat sich China zu einem wichtigen Spieler entwickelt: China is quickly moving to take the dominant position in the use of radio-frequency identification technology, and could soon become the majority consumer. The country is preparing to launch several major initiatives supported by RFID, Rocky Shi, a consultant for RFID applications in China, told attendees at RFID World in Denver during the keynote roundtable on Wednesday. Others participating in the general session included Doug Ebert, VP of strategic development at McKesson; Pat Rary, manager of baggage strategy at Delta Air Lines; and Scott Stuart, president and CEO of the National Lifestock Producers Association. Contributing to this technology explosion in China is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. From 2005 to 2007, the retailer's suppliers are estimated to use 5 billion tags annually on cases and pallets, Shi told InformationWeek. Analysts say between 60% and 70% of Wal-Mart's non-food items are shipped from Asia. China also has initiated several national projects. For example, Chinese citizens will receive an identification card, meaning more than 1 billion RFID-enabled cards. Shi says China wants to eventually combine all applications, such as banking, driver's license, and credit, into one card.


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