Symbol Technologies putting itself up for sale , has got me pondering. I realize RFID tags will eventually replace the barcode, but did this announcement speed things up a bit?
Are we seeing the beginning of the end for the 1d code (barcode)?
Symbol, known as the pioneer of the barcode industry, acquired RFID pioneer Matrics in 2004 to ready itself for the next wave of identification technologies .
Instead of becoming another “Kodak” or "Xerox", Symbol Technologies saw change and adapted. Will Physical World Connection (PWC) companies recognize this and do the same?
This is already happening in the Physical World Connection (PWC) space.
As I see more 2d code players enter the physical world space, it appears to me that the 1d code (barcode) is being passed over. I recognize a shift in the PWC is occurring.
More companies are focusing on using a 2d code or an RFID tag (in various forms) to connect to the Internet than a 1d code.
The three physical world hyperlink contenders (right now) are an RFID tag, a 2d code and a 1d code. 2 of them are just starting to be implemented, the other is being phased out.
Think of the biggest industries and the companies in them, what PWH will benefit them the most because that’s where the money will go.
The major phone manufacturers are already producing phones that can scan a 2d code and an RFID tag. Where does that leave the 1d code space?
Would you create a business or application around a technology that is being phased out, or being implemented?
Somewhere I am sure there are creative ideas floating about for the VHS tape too, but would any legitimate banker provide financing for them?
Like Symbol Technologies, will PWC players create applications that include all types of RFID tags?
The transformation is already occurring.