Tracking the elderly
September 30th, 2004

NTT West Group and DNP (Dai Nippon Printing) will start a pilot project that tracks the elderly using RFID tags. The test will begin on October 1 at a healthcare facility for the elderly in the Japanese city of Hikone, reports RFID in Japan.

10 RFID readers deployed in the facilty receive signals from thr RFID tags worn by the elderly and send the location data to a personal computer. When one comes close to a parking lot or stairs (areas of potential hazard), cameras capture her image. The pilot test will last for 3 months.

Related: RFID News reports that Gartner predicts a 50% failure rate for RFID projects.

Here’s a statistic that might make your IT stomach flip: By 2007, at least 50% of RFID projects will fail. Within three years, according to Gartner Inc., a lot of companies will burn through plenty of money testing the new technology.


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