Emerging use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is going to have a major impact on enterprise networks, a new Cisco-sponsored study finds.

The study, done by international information technology research firm IDT, says that companies wanting to implement RFID successfully must plan on how to handle data intelligently and securely.

“RFID system expansion is inevitable, as proliferation throughout the supply chain is a core premise for the realiztion of system benefits,” said Duncan Brown, UK Consulting Director for IDC and author of the report.

“It is important for organizations to consider the impact on network infrastructure at the beginning of RFID rollout, and to build in scalability from the start. Adjusting the network design retrospectively will be complex and expensive,” he added.

For details and a white paper about RFID, see: newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2005/prod_031105.html