One of the hottest sectors for RFID technology in 2010 looks to be the tagging of IT assets at financial institutions and federal agencies, where close to a million assets could carry RFID tags by year end. Almost half a million IT assets were tagged last year.
So it’s a good bet that the total number of tagged IT assets will exceed one million this year, which represents about 50 percent growth in the sector. Big banks like Wells-Fargo, Bank of America, Chase and Citibank have either already finished data center tagging projects or are in the midst of completing them. One of the largest ongoing projects is the worldwide deployment of RFID at 17 bank data centers around the world, a contract won recently by ODIN technologies, which tagged about 100,000 IT assets in 2009.
Some large banks have dozens of data centers with tens of thousands of items like servers, blades, and laptops being tagged. Banks that decide to tag items like storage tapes could add several hundred thousand more products to the mix.
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