A Brief History of RFID

The first use of RFID technology was in WWII for help identifying aircraft. Further development occurred in the 60’s and 70’s, extending the use of the technology into civilian space. The first patent for RFID was in 1973 for door card readers. By the 80’s RFID was used for tracking nuclear material, cattle, toll payments and many other applications.

Faster data transfer was achieved for transmission over longer distances in the early 90’s. This is the UHF RFID period. In the late 90’s UHF RFID tags started interacting with the Internet. Between 1999 and 2003 the EPC (Electronic Product Code) introduced.

Finally, after more than 50 years, a standardization occurred and now a wider adoption of the technology is happening.