To provide a RFID network of excellence that creates opportunities and increases the competitiveness of European Member States in the area of RFID through innovation, development and implementation. At the same time it will position RFID technology within the mainstream of information and communications technology. The network draws upon the expertise of Member States and the evolving RFID community to create a dynamic, change-responsive capability that not only aligns with the initial Information and Communications Technologies Support Programme objectives, but extends that capability to accommodate emergent and future needs. RACE networkRFID will meet the pressing need to generate greater awareness and uptake and the exploitation of user-facing opportunities for innovation and enterprise. It will capitalise on work done by European projects and national initiatives to confirm Europe’s position as a leading force in RFID.