Inventory control and theft are a big problem in the retail sector especially with high ticket items such as computers or high end running shoes.
RFID technology is starting to take hold in more and more sectors.
Shoe manufacturer New Balance has deployed an item-level solution that tracks individual pairs of shoes from the distribution center to the factory store. The company is realizing 99.5 percent accuracy. Expected benefits include "reductions in receiving and replenishment labor costs, reductions in inventory levels and reduced stockroom retrievals," commented president and COO Jim Tompkins in the announcement. The system uses the TrueVUE Platform software from Vue Technology, RFID tags from Avery Dennison Retail Information Services, and fixed and handheld readers from Motorola.
Source: RFID Update, Issue 760
The next level of intelligence integrates RFID with video surveillance and asset tracking
From one vendor's web site
..[this] system is a long-range RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) surveillance system with integrated video. Using RFID, our system acquires targets and tracks their movement. Integrated video allows the collection of evidence needed for convictions. Our systen tracks people and assets over any range and notifies you when critical targets start moving. It also sends video of the event and alerts to your cell, blackberry, email or pager, so you can make a decision on the required response."