RFID Report

RFID Sensors 2017-2027: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities

Passive and Active RFID sensor systems monitoring temperature, humidity, moisture and more

Brand new for February 2017
The market value of RFID sensor tags will be $490 million by 2027
The general RFID market has seen substantial growth over the last few years, with successful public offerings and rapid growth in terms of the number of RFID tags sold. Vendors are now exploring allied technologies with RFID sensors at the forefront of this. RFID sensors combine a sensors system (such as monitoring temperature, humidity, shock, pressure or moisture) with RFID communications. This has been enabled thanks to new chipsets, at both HF(NFC) and UHF (RAIN) which are dedicated to support sensor platforms and therefore make RFID sensors simpler to make and lower cost in addition to the increasing maturity and wider scale adoption of RFID reader infrastructure. Additionally, new technologies from printed sensors and flexible batteries to bio sensing films meet unmet needs and provide differentiation.
Different technologies approach different market segments
Several different technology categories exist, namely:
1. Passive RFID sensors with no on board power source
2. Passive RFID tags with bio sensors, with no board power source
3. Battery assisted passive RFID sensors
4. "Chipless" RFID sensors - without a conventional silicon chip
From the above options, most can be bought to operate at either HF or UHF RFID, with HF RFID options offering a wider reader network thanks to NFC enabled consumer electronic devices albeit with limited read range of UHF devices with longer read range but requiring more expensive reader systems. The RF protocols developed for RFID are effectively being used as a means of data transfer of sensory information.
RFID Sensors 2017-2027 is the first report that covers all these options, the players behind the ICs, sensor tags and systems, the applications, trends and market size, forecast over a ten year period. The report draws comparisons form and assesses the related data logger market, and explores the role for RFID Sensors within that. SWOT (Strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) reports are given for the leading players, along with application case studies and impartial IDTechEx assessment of the whole sector.
Detailed Forecasts
For the first time, this report provides detailed forecast breakdowns of the entire sector, including:
  • Forecasts in unit numbers for each technology type, for 2017-2027
  • Forecasts of average sales price for each technology type, for 2017-2027
  • Forecasts for total RFID sensor tag market value for each technology type, for 2017-2027
  • Forecasts for systems cost (including readers, software, networking), for 2017-2027
  • Total RFID Sensor market value (tags and systems), for 2017-2027
  • Breakdown by HF versus UHF RFID Sensors, for 2017-2027
Technology Innovations
In addition to assessing the current capabilities of the existing solutions, the research also includes the progress with RFID sensor systems based on recent technology innovations including printed temperature sensors and antennas, flexible batteries and flexible transistor circuits. The timelines and capabilities of these technologies, in addition to the players, are all covered.
17 years' experience covering the RFID and wireless sensor market
IDTechEx Research has covered the RFID market since 1999, providing the most granular and accurate data on the sector above all others. Our long standing relationships with those in the industry, together with our accurate prior forecasting and respected impartial views have been part of the basis on which this report has been conducted. Extensive interviews were conducted with the key players, from IC makers to system integrators, with additional voice of the customer surveys to validate the needs of the technology.
If you seek to understand this sector, the players, your opportunities, and not repeat the mistakes of others, this is the ideal report for you.
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Table of Contents
1.1.About the report
1.2.What is RFID?
1.3.RFID Technologies: The Big Picture
1.4.RFID market size growth indicating RFID sensor potential
1.5.RFID sensors
1.6.Different types of RFID sensors
1.7.Examples of RFID sensors
1.8.Examples of Battery Assisted Passive RFID sensors
1.9.Data Loggers
1.10.Electronic Indicator and Data Logger companies
1.11.Chemical Time Temperature Indicators
1.12.Three main markets in the data logger business today
1.13.Retail perishables
1.16.Slow Innovation in Conventional Data Loggers
1.17.RFID Sensors providing new differentiation
1.18.Why RFID-based?
1.19.Comparison of wireless technologies
1.20.Why now?
1.21.Pros and Cons of RFID sensor
1.22.Lessons from Failures
1.23.Technology push: technologies that help with RFID sensor development
1.24.Current status
1.25.Medium term trends
1.26.Distribution models & Business models
1.27.Value Chain
1.28.Territorial Differences
1.29.List of Players
1.30.RFID sensor companies
1.31.IC development Enables RFID Sensors, but some ICs are more generic I2C while market is small
1.32.The impact of RFID Sensors on Data Loggers
1.33.NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN)
1.34.NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - IC Providers
1.35.NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - Sensor Makers
1.36.RFID Sensor Technologies without silicon ICs
1.37.Market Forecasts - Assumptions & Methodology
1.38.Market forecast by tag type - number of units (millions)
1.39.Market forecast by tag type - average sales price (US $)
1.40.Market forecast by tag type - Market Value ($ millions)
1.41.Market forecast for tags and systems ($ millions)
1.42.Market forecast for tags and systems by frequency ($ millions)
2.1.Industrial revolution timeline
2.2.Embracing the Cyber revolution
2.3.IoT Ecosystem
3.1.What is RFID?
3.2.RFID tag
3.3.RFID reader
3.4.RFID system classification
3.5.Comparison of RFID by different frequencies
3.6.NFC and RFID
3.7.Passive RFID Interrogators Market Size
3.8.Manufacturing RFID Labels, tickets and cards
3.9.Passive RFID tag cost comparisons
3.10.Comparison of RFID by power source
3.11.Range versus Cost
3.12.Frequency versus Range
3.13.Cumulative sales in millions of tags from 1943 to the start of 2016
4.1.RFID sensor architecture
4.2.Sensor enabled RFID system
4.3.Companies supplying RFID sensor chips
4.4.Typical chip design of RFID sensor ICs
4.5.AMS's solution: HF/NFC
4.6.AMS's solution: UHF
4.7.Delta: NFC RFID sensor chips
4.8.ANDY100 from Farsens targeting RFID sensor market
4.9.Impinj Monza X Dura chips enable intelligent embedded RFID
4.10.NXP's UHF Sensor IC with an I2C interface
4.11.NXP's NFC Sensor IC
4.13.ST Microelectronics
4.14.Texas Instruments
4.15.IDTechEx Analysis and Comments
4.16.NFC/HF versus UHF (RAIN) - IC Providers
5.1.Passive RFID Sensor
5.2.Power calculation for passive RFID sensors
5.3.Chemical powerless RFID sensor tag
5.4.RFID tag sensor from IC-TAG
5.5.Passive UHF RFID sensor co-developed by Powercast and Vanguard ID Systems
5.6.Passive UHF RFID Sensor: RFMicron and Smartrac
5.7.Company Assessment: SmarTrac RFMicron product
5.8.Xerox PARC: Passive UHF Sensors with Printed Electronics
5.9.PST Sensors
6.1.Battery-assisted passive RFID sensor
6.2.Flexible battery-assisted RFID sensor label
6.3.RAMSES developed by EML²
6.4.BAP RFID sensor tags for perishables
6.5.QUAD Industries, Enfucell and NXP
6.6.Avery Dennison NFC Temperature Logger
6.7.Company Assessment: Avery Dennison's RFID Sensor Label
6.8.Phase IV UHF Temperature logging tag
6.9.Temperature sensor from Infratab
6.11.Blulog NFC RFID Sensor
6.12.Company Assessment: Blulog
7.1.Chipless RFID sensors
7.2.Surface acoustic wave (SAW) RFID sensors
7.3.Printed / Flexible logic
7.4.Advantages of printed and thin film transistors and memory vs traditional silicon
7.5.PragmatIC's wine temperature sensing label
7.6.PragmatIC Profile
7.7.Thinfilm / Kovio
7.8.RFID sensors based on printed IC provided by Thin Film Electronics
7.9.NFC OpenSense from ThinFilm
7.10.RFID Sensor Technologies without silicon ICs
8.1.Data Loggers
8.2.RFID data loggers
8.3.Data logger tag of Sealed Air Corporation
8.5.The impact of RFID Sensors on Data Loggers
9.1.Batteries - the Bain of Wireless Sensors
9.2.Technology benchmarking - different power sources
9.3.Battery options for active & semi-active RFID sensor tags
9.4.The initial innovation of RFID sensors will be form factor - power source is key
9.5.Value propositions of thin-film batteries
9.6.Laminar/flexible lithium-ion batteries companies
9.7.Printed battery companies
9.8.Coin cells or thin batteries, that is the question
10.1.Company Assessment: Farsens
10.2.Company Assessment: InfraTab
10.3.Company Assessment: Institute of Printed Electronics Industry
10.4.Company Assessment: PhaseIV Engineering
10.5.Company Assessment: KemSense
10.6.Company Assessment: IC-TAG Solutions
10.7.Company Assessment: RFID Sensor Systems
10.8.Company Assessment: RFMicron
10.9.Company Assessment: Silent Sensors
11.1.Past stories

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