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Table 1 A brief history of RFID technology

From: A systematic review of RFID applications and diffusion: key areas and public policy issues

Date Event
1886 The idea of using Radio Frequency to reflect waves from objects was started from Frederick Hertz’s experiment.
1930–1940 American navy research laboratories developed a system known as IFF (Identify Friend or Foe).
1940–1950 The first application of RFID consisted of identifying allied or enemy planes during WW2 through the use of IFF system.
1973 Charles Walton, a former IBM researcher registered patent using RFID technology, a radio-operated door lock.
1980–1990 Many US and European companies started to manufacture RFID tags.
2003 The Auto-ID center for MIT became EPC global, an organization whose objective is to promote the use and adoption of RFID technology.
2005 Wal-Mart launched and RFID pilot.