Small devices with a large impact: CEPT Workshop on future UHF spectrum use for SRDs, RFIDs and Smart Metering



The size and the breadth of the SRD market at UHF have grown very considerably over recent years. Furthermore there is every indication that this rate of growth will continue. This is placing increasing strain on the present designation of spectrum at UHF for use by SRDs. In parallel with this development there has been a rapid adoption of RFID for use across a wide range of applications. Market projections indicate that the use of RFID will grow very significantly over the next ten years. To ensure the continued growth of these industries, administrations should consider making additional spectrum available.


Against this background, the Chairman of the ECC Frequency Management Working Group (WGFM) asked its sub-group (SRD/MG), which is chaired by the European Communications Office (ECO), to organise an ECC Workshop. Its purpose will be to examine the need for future UHF spectrum for SRDs, RFIDs and Smart Metering (improving the efficiency of the delivery of utilities to consumers, including electricity supply).


This followed a request from ETSI to make the band 915 – 921 MHz available for use by RFID and to designate the band 870 – 876 MHz to SRDs and Smart Metering. The workshop will take place at the German Bundesnetzagentur in Mainz on 4th and 5th April 2011. It is an excellent opportunity for industry and users of RFID, SRDs and Smart Metering to put their case to the frequency administrations on the need for additional spectrum in Europe.  The Workshop is open to the public and a registration link is provided below. 


The keynote speaker for the event will be Mr Thomas Ewers who is Chairman of the ECC. He will be joined by the Chairmen of ECC WGFM and SRD-MG. On the second day, there will also be some demonstrations of working SRD and RFID equipment by some manufacturers. Thr detailed programme of the workshop will be published here soon.


See detailed workshop programme: here.

Presentations made during the Workshop:
Session A - Day 1 morning

Session B - Day 1 afternoon

Session C - Day 1 late afternoon p1

Session C - Day 1 late afternoon p2

Session D - Day 2 morning

Session E - Day 2 afternoon


Workshop Summary

Photos from the Workshop

Photos from the Workshop


In August 2010, ECO published a Report on “The Dynamic Evolution of the RFID Market”. The report contains information on how RFID devices have progressively evolved from their very early use. It describes both technical and market developments and also includes forecasts of market growth. The most promising frequency ranges for the majority of applications are the HF and UHF bands. The present conclusion is that existing spectrum at UHF is sufficient in the short term although additional frequencies might improve the functionality of future applications and also foster the future market growth projected by industry.


New results from an ongoing UHF spectrum monitoring campaign on RFID and SRDs in the UHF band will also be presented during the workshop. This campaign is coordinated within ECC WGFM.



SRDs and RFID are deployed in a very wide variety of important economic and social situations.




For example, RFID systems can be installed at the dock doors of warehouses to monitor stock flows. This can reduce the large losses which can occur between factory and the retail point. Some studies have stated that these losses can reach up to 20% of the value of shipments.


RFID offers a more robust alternative to optical barcodes in many applications. In particular this applies to logistics operations: manufacturing, shipping, medical, postal, etc.  Technological development and economies of scale are reducing the relative cost of RFID tags in relation to barcodes. 



Airline baggage tag using RFID 


Smart metering




Wireless alarm systems



Detailed information regarding the workshop venue, registration and Workshop programme is available below:


Date: 4th to 5th April 2011


The Workshop will start at noon on the first day and will end by late afternoon of the second day. It consists of several sessions, followed by a panel discussion and an open-floor debate. The meeting will close with a summary of the proceedings.


Location:    Bundesnetzagentur / Federal Network Agency, Mainz, Germany

Canisiusstr. 21

Room 1083

55122 Mainz


How to find the location: here

Hotels in Mainz: here


Participation is free of charge but is limited to room capacity (around 120).


For late registration, please contact   


Participants are requested to have a passport or ID at hand to identify them.




For further information, please contact:


Ms Edith Schoenfelder ( )

Bundesnetzagentur / Federal Network Agency


Mr Thomas Weber (

European Communications Office

Chairman SRD/MG