China's first National RFID Industrial Zone has formally opened in the Zhangjiang area of Shanghai.

The zone will be the largest RFID industry congregation center in China with an annual production capacity of 500 billion tags, and it will account for more than one-third of the market share within China's domestic market.

The zone will play host to a variety of RFID applications and services. In the future, the entire pork processing system in Shanghai–from the birth of pigs to the pork sales at the market–will be monitored by the tags so consumers can monitor the quality of their purchased products.

In addition, RFID technology will be applied at shopping malls to provide more convenience for the retailing sector. A representative from Ministry of Science and Technology says that RFID is further expected to play a big role in the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

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