Monday, March 22, 2010

RFID Fish Monitoring Tags in Pacific Northwest

Digital Angel deploys RFID monitoring solution on Federal Columbia and Snake River hydroelectric projects to monitor the native salmon population. ...

... "Destron Fearing unit has been awarded new orders for Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) fish-monitoring RFID tags from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The value of the new orders is expected to be in the range of $1.5 to $2.0 million over the next year. The Company expects to begin shipping product under the new orders within two weeks. The new orders extend the Company's participation in a project currently underway to continue to develop a PIT-tag system for monitoring salmonids using the spillways at hydroelectric projects in the Columbia and Snake River basins in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. " ...


Via Digital Angel: NEW ORDERS FOR FISH MONITORING RFID TAGS

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

RFID Piglet Identification

Destron Fearing offers animal identification focused on tracking piglets. ...

... "Can be applied from birth to approximately 40 lbs; Molded with high-grade polyurethane; Matching square shapes - 1.25in x 1.25in " ...


Via Destron Fearing: Litter Max 2

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Animal RFID Tags Track Trends

Dairy farmers can apply RFID technology to support analysis of cow performance and health to understand trends and proactively intervene. ...

... "The system, developed by Danish firm Smarterfarming, uses RFID tags and readers to analyze eating patterns and movement to catch signs of illness early. " ...


Via Fast Company: CowDetect RFID Tags

RFID integration into the dairy cow milking process can yield benefits for the farmer. ...

Ubisense on Smarter dairy farming: "For cows in lactation the potential value of this knowledge is said to be EUR 315 – 355 per animal if the information is converted into action by the farm manager. In addition there are many soft benefits derived by using the system such as better animal welfare and health. "

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tiger RFID

Chinese zoo implants RFID chip into its resident tiger. ...

... "This Manchurian tiger is among the zoo’s three Chinese tigers, which were numbed and injected a one-centimeter-long RFID microchips into its neck beneath the skin. " ...


Via Xinhua: RFID microchip implant

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Friday, April 10, 2009

RFID Twitter Cat Door

Twitter tracking cat movements with RFID-enabled pets ....

... "Each of the couple's cats has since been equipped with an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag on their collar. " ...


Via Switched: Twitter-Enabled Cat Door

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

RFID SNIF Tag

SNIF tags use RFID technology to enable monitoring of pet activity and social contacts. ...

... "When dogs wearing SNIF Tags come into close contact, the Tags record the encounters. Later, when logged in online, the owner can try to connect with other SNIF Tag dog owners ... " ...


Via WebVet: Monitor pet activity

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Monday, June 16, 2008

RFID Voice-Activated Software

RFID combined with voice activation software is aimed at animal management to drive productivity of farmers. ...

... "Many farmers also used an EID device which involved putting electronic ear tags on the animals and using an RFID (radio frequency identification) aerial and reader. " ...


Via Waikato Times: Farm software

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

USDA RFID For Bovine TB Disease Control

The USDA implement RFID ear tags in cow populations to control the spread of animal disease. The goal is to link the cattle to their premises of origin. If an outbreak occurs in the future, infected animals can be quickly traced in the supply chain. Bovine tuberculosis investigations are active in several States. ...

... "NAIS-compliant 840 tags provide for individual identification of livestock through a 15-digit number beginning with the U.S. country code. Through the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the 840 tags allow animal health officials to electronically identify an animal. This increases the efficiency of animal disease investigations that involve the tracing of exposed and potentially infected animals. RFID technology also increases the accuracy of recording the animal's 15-digit animal identification number (AIN). USDA has purchased a total of 1.5 million 840 RF animal identification tags to support animal disease control programs, including the bovine TB and brucellosis programs. " ...


Via U.S. Department of Agriculture: NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM BUSINESS PLAN

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Monday, February 11, 2008

RFID Ink Tattoo Identification

Ink-based RFID is being piloted on cows for identification, which will replace the physical RFID ear tags. ...

... "You've just made a new kind of tattoo identification, and it's being used on cows. " ...


Via kwmu: Tattoo Identification

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

RFID Puppy Training

Get that puppy for Christmas? How about RFID to support your training efforts. ...

... "If this is your concern, you can always get an RFID key or infrared pet door that opens or closes for your puppy. " ...


Via American Chronicle: Train Puppies

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

RFID Pet Portal

Track your pet's coming and going with an RFID activated pet portal.









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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

RFID Animal ID Subsidy

Wisconsin supports animal protection through subsidized RFID tags
Animal ID cost-sharing program in Wisconsin subsidizes cost of RFID tags. ...

... "The cost share has been increased to cover 50% of the cost of a DATCP-approved Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tag or up to $1.00 per approved tag for every animal in the herd. " ...


Via wfrv: Animal ID

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

RFID Ink Tattoo

Somark is a technology company located at the Center for Emerging Technologies and is
developing a proprietary ID system based on a biocompatible ink with chipless RFID functionality. The company has successfully tested RFID ink in animals, which proves that ink can be delivered and read. The primary application of the RFID ink is animal tracking in the livestock industry. ...

... "Somark announces the successful testing of Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink in cattle and laboratory rats. The test proved the efficacy of injecting and reading a Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink tattoo within the skin of animals. The technology will be initially leveraged to the livestock industry to help identify / track cattle and thus mitigate export trade loss from BSE (a.k.a. Mad Cow Disease) scares. Secondary target markets include laboratory animals, dogs & cats, prime cuts of meat, and military personnel. The company, which is currently raising a Series A equity financing, will license the technology to secondary target markets." ...


Via Somark Innovations: Somark Innovations Announces Successful Live Animal Tests of Biocompatible Chipless RFID Ink in Cattle and Laboratory Rats

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

RFID Animal Identification and Management

RFID technology supports the management of animals, such as cattle, and enables efficient and effective tracking of samples. ...

... "The animals also had management tags that were paired up with the RFID tag so each animal had two forms of identification. After the tag was read, the animal was given the tuberculin test to be read three days later. " ...


Via The Prairie Star: Animal Identification Using RFID Technology

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Monday, April 17, 2006

RFID Animal Tagging: Record Month ...

Digital Angel has record month due to RFID animal tagging ...

... "McGrath noted that the expanding move toward electronic RFID tagging by ranchers, prompted primarily by the need to verify the sources and history of livestock from birth to the processing plants, has also increased demand for visual tags, a product which Digital Angel pioneered more than 60 years ago. While ranchers need the electronic system to create a permanent history and database for livestock, visual tags also play a role in easily identifying the animals, particularly in the early years of their lives. " ...

RFID Animal Tagging: Record Month: Via Digital Angel: DIGITAL ANGEL CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD SALES MONTH FOR VISUAL LIVESTOCK ID TAGS IN U.S. ...

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RFID Bird Flu Thailand ...

AdvancedID implements RFID for bird flu application in Thailand. ...

... "Dr. Kummalue Pongsak, Director of 4P Technology Ltd and advisor to the Dept of Agriculture in Thailand, confirmed that the Advanced ID DataTRAC UHF / RFID system has been certified as the best proposal for the containment of bird flu in Thailand. The three year program includes readers and tags totaling an investment of $26,000,000.00 from the Thailand Government. Advanced ID will provide the data base management to include chicken coops, processing plants, check points, as well as slaughter house integration. There are over 700,000,000 poultry per year processed and approximately 11,000 farms that are all included in the total requirements for this program." ...

RFID Bird Flu Thailand: Via Advanced ID: Advanced ID Corporation Confirms Avian Flu Application In Thailand ...

Advanced ID Corporation is a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market. RFID provides a means for positive identification and trace-back of objects that have been identified with a Low Frequency (LF) microchip or RFID tag. The Company's subsidiaries are Advanced PET ID, The Pet Microchip Company, the largest provider of companion animal identification in Canada, and Advanced ID Asia Engineering Co. Ltd., our R&D and technical support company. Since 1994 Advanced ID Corporation has been offering a Low Frequency (LF) product line of over 100 items comprised of RFID microchips, identification scanners, and a proprietary pet recovery database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. Advanced ID is also a leader in UHF/RFID technology with its line of DataTRAC livestock tracking and traceability products, and UHF/RFID automotive tire tag applications.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

RFID Market Overview ...

ABI publishes annual overview of the RFID market. ...

... "New ABI Research study, RFID Annual Market Overview: Vertical Market and Application Market Overviews for Tags, Readers, Software and Services provides a high-level, but still detailed, examination of RFID technologies, applications, and addressable vertical markets by region, and is intended to give readers a general outline of the broad RFID market. The research also highlights the differences between low-growth RFID applications such as access control, animal tracking and vehicle immobilization, and high-growth applications such as personal identification documents, contactless point-of-sale and item-level RFID tracking. " ...

RFID Market Overview: Via ABI Research: RFID's Big Picture ...

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

RFID Animal Tagging Issues ...

RFID technology animal applications discussed ...

... "Next they intend to tag every single one of your animals with a RFID or other tag. This will be mandatory. " ...


RFID Animal Tagging Issues: Via RedState: NAIS Threatens Small Farmers, Homesteaders & Pet Owners ...

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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Plastic RFID Electronics Demonstrated by Philips

Philips Research crew demonstrates RFID electronic based on plastic ...

... "Scientists at Philips Research have created a fully functional 13.56 MHz RFID tag based entirely on plastic electronics. In contrast to conventional silicon-chip-based RFID tags, a plastic electronics RFID chip can be printed directly onto a plastic substrate along with an antenna without involving complex assembly steps. This could pave the way for the packaging industry to replace existing barcodes by a low-cost RFID tag that provides individual packages with a unique item-level identification code - something not feasible with current barcode technology.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, based on remotely retrieving information via radio waves from miniature electronic circuits called RFID tags. Philips has now realized the first plastic-electronics-based tag that is capable of transmitting multi-bit digital identification codes at 13.56 MHz � the dominant industry-standard radio frequency for RFID tag applications. As an additional demonstrator for the technology, scientists at Philips Research have also developed a 64-bit code generator, showing the practicality of building plastic electronic circuits with the complexity required for item-level tagging.

Performance results for these circuits will be presented at this year's International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC, February 5-9, San Francisco, CA, USA) in a paper that will also be awarded the conference's Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence. Being a world leader in the RFID business, Philips supplies silicon-based components for applications such as supply chain management, public transport, pharmaceuticals and animal tracking. Current silicon-based tags have excellent performance, and when produced in volume, can be manufactured at low cost. Philips is also conducting research into plastic-electronics-based RFID tags, since these tags have the potential to be manufactured in a radically different way, namely via even lower-cost reel-to-reel and other in-line processing techniques. " ...


Plastic RFID Electronics Demonstrated by Philips: Via Philips: Philips demonstrates world-first technical feasibility of 13.56-MHz RFID tags based on plastic electronics ...

Additional references on plastic RFID technology:

German researchers move forward on plastic RFID chip - Via Computerworld: "By 2008, PolyIC hopes to have a chip with a storage capacity of 128 bits and a processing speed of 13.56 MHz to comply with radio frequency identification (RFID) standards, according to Mildner. "

Beyond Bar Codes: Tuning up plastic radio labels: Via Science News: "Electronic labels made from plastic semiconductors can now pick up and respond to radio signals at a frequency suitable for use on products. "

OrganicID, Inc.: Printable, Plastic RFID Tags: "Organic Transistors - The Pros: Compatibility with flexible plastic substances, Lower temperature manufacturing (60-120°C), Lower-cost printable deposition processes "

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

RFID Seminar: Diary Management ...

The Cooperative Extension Office of Carroll County is offering seminar series, which includes RFID applications ...

... "Feb. 14: Overview of the National Animal Identification System by Bob Peters; Premise Identification by Marilyn Bassford; and RFID for Dairy Management by Jere High. " ...


RFID Seminar: Diary Management: Via Baltimore Sun: Agriculture Notes ...

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tamper-Proof RFID Tag ...

Certification leverages tamper-proof RFID tag for animals. ...

... "Cattle must be tagged in the left ear with an ISO approved, tamperproof RFID tag by the producer in the first physical possession of the animal prior to any movement from their birthplace premises and absolutely no later than at weaning time. " ...

Tamper-Proof RFID Tag: Via Hot Springs Star: Beef certification program featured at Ag Seminar ...

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

RFID Application Results: Positive on Elk Herd Tracking ...

Advanced ID Corporation reports on the results of its RFID applications study with the Colorado Department of
Agriculture with multiple herds and roughly 130 tags and readers in use. Chronic Wasting Disease – CWD is another reason for this pro-active identification effort. ...

... "Scott Leach Chronic Wasting Disease Field Investigator for Colorado Department of Agriculture has roughly 130 captive elk in a current study of the Advanced ID DataTag(tm) and Advanced ID RFID - UHF Reader.

Advanced ID Corp. President & CEO, Dan Finch attended a recent meeting at Top Rac Elk Ranch along with members of Advanced ID and members of Colorado Department of Agriculture. According to Dan Finch, We are very pleased to see our applications used to protect and enhance the value of the ranchers’ stock. This is a good example of what RFID can provide to industry and what our DataTag and the Advanced ID RFID – UHF Reader is all about. We believe our tags and readers will achieve better value for our rancher partners with superior readability and competitive or lower pricing. We currently have tags and readers on ranches in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Taiwan and Thailand mostly in limited release and in practical testing. We are launching the DataTag and the Advanced ID RFID – UHF Reader on a commercial level in the first and second quarter of 2006. " ...


RFID Application Results: Positive on Elk Herd Tracking: Via Advanced ID: RFID Provider, Advanced ID Corp. Advances Colorado Elk Program With Positive Results For Advanced ID DataTag And Advanced ID RFID – UHF Reader New Advanced ID Corp. ultra high frequency animal livestock identification system that provides superior reading distances and greater ease of use for ranchers being used in tracing multiple elk herds by Colorado Department of Agriculture.

CWD: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) affecting elk and deer (cervids) in North America. This degenerative neurological illness has affected both farmed and wild cervids in the US, thus impacting the hunting and wildlife industries as well as domestic and international markets for farmed cervids and cervid products. APHIS' response to this disease includes support of surveillance in both farmed and wild populations and assistance to State agencies for quarantine of affected animals and premises, humane euthanasia, and testing affected and exposed animals. In addition APHIS provides indemnity to animal owners for the value of positive and exposed animals euthanized in disease control efforts. A Herd Certification Program (HCP) is being developed by APHIS in coordination with states, the farmed cervid industry, and the US Animal Health Association (USAHA) to support this effort. APHIS also has assisted, and continues to assist, states with CWD surveillance and management in wild cervid populations. Finally, APHIS is working with the US Department of Interior, Tribes, and States to implement an interagency, national plan to help manage CWD in captive and wild cervids.

Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO) is a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market. RFID provides a means for positive identification and trace-back of animals or objects that have been identified with a microchip or RFID tag. The company has realized growth of 62% in the first two quarters of 2005, primarily through the companion animal identification segment; Advanced ID Pet Microchip, the largest provider of companion animal identification in Canada. Since 1994, Advanced ID Corporation has offered a product line of over 100 items comprised of low frequency (LF) RFID microchips, identification scanners, and a proprietary pet recovery network database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. Advanced ID Corporation supplies over 3,000 organizations such as animal shelters, veterinarians, breeders, government agencies, universities, zoos, research labs and fisheries with LF RFID devices for companion animals, equines, bovines, llamas, alpacas, ostriches, aquatic species, reptiles, migratory and endangered species. Advanced ID Corporation has implanted LF microchips in over 450,000 animals, currently tracks nearly one million animals in a proprietary pet recovery database, and reunites numerous lost pets with their families each month. Since 2001 Advanced ID Corporation has been developing and commercializing its UHF line of food-animal and wildlife identification products and systems. Advanced ID Corporation continues to be actively involved with government and industry livestock identification and trace-back projects and pilots in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Taiwan and the United States.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Wireless RFID Animal Tracking and Traceback System ...

ScoringAg leverages RFID to enable web-based animal tracking system and could replace NAIS cattle ID project. ...

... "Instead of waiting for hours or days for animal health history - which is the stated goal of the proposed NAIS animal ID consortium - all field data updates, including those that are available on the animal's public page, are displayed instantly - in real time - as they occur, when and where the data is collected and uploaded - in the field or in chutes at auctions, feedlots, packing plants, and elsewhere. Only ScoringAg's system is ready and able to deliver this level of secure information in just seconds to those in need during a catastrophic event. The animal's public records page can also show other tags, brands or tattoos, or a photo of the animal if needed. This gives an additional means of animal ID when RFID ear tags are lost or stolen and only the animal's unique identifying characteristics can give positive ID. ScoringAg's Web-based databank uses its secure Internet interconnections and servers to provide real-time traceup and traceback, as well as complete traceability and animal movement history, to geographically diverse livestock groups - from original producers through all production stages, using a system of checkpoints to account for tagged livestock as they move through the system. " ...

Wireless RFID Animal Tracking and Traceback System; Via ScoringAg: NAIS Cattle ID Pilot Projects Not Needed, Since Proven Advanced Technology Already Exists: While NAIS regional pilot projects merely promised some limited animal ID and tracking results after a few years of study, ScoringAg's Web-based traceup / traceback database system delivers real time results in seconds – in operation now for all livestock species, using high-speed, wireless RFID and precise premises locations ...

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Animal RFID: Minnesota Tag Trials ...

Animal RFID tags are slated to gain significant adoption in 2006. Janet Kubat Willette reports on the experience with RFID animal tagging in the state of Minnesota. ...

... "The board is starting to tag the state's 11 Johne's demonstration herds and the animals that are being tested for tuberculosis with radio frequency identification tags. Tagging the animals with RFID tags eliminates human error because the tags are simply scanned using a handheld reading device. " ...

Animal RFID: Minnesota Tag Trials: Via Agri News: Minnesota moving along with Animal Identification System ...

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Friday, December 09, 2005

RFID Cost Analysis ...

Cost analysis for an animal RFID application. ...

... "In one example, a 62-animal herd equipped with RFID and all the herd recordkeeping equipment could cost $24.10 per animal per year, while a 1,250-animal herd would have a $3.43 per animal per year cost. In the latter example, the ear tag itself is the most expensive part because all cattle share expense of the recordkeeping equipment. " ...

RFID Cost Analysis : Via Capital Press: Ranchers sort through choices of ID programs

"Animal RFID Electronic Identification": "Study the implementation constraints of the electronic identification system from the technical and organizational levels. Cost-benefit analysis of an electronic identification system. "

Farnam Livestock Tracking Systems: "Fixed costs are those associated with the various components (e.g., hardware, software, management, etc.) that are constant, regardless of the number of animals. These costs will vary tremendously across operations due to variability in herd size. Economies of size exist with regard to the fixed cost components of an RFID system such that the per-unit costs will be lower for larger operations."

Automatic Identification: When to Use RFID | Fall 2004 Perspectives | ICF Consulting: "RFID, which allows passive data collection technology, would have minimal impact on operations. While the cost for RFID tags and infrastructure are higher than barcode, its impact is less severe since only nine million containers and pallets are in circulation, and tags will be reused many times before replacement."

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Monday, November 28, 2005

RFID BioChips: FlipChips Animal Tests ...

In February, the International Solid-State Circuits Conference will demonstrate emerging technology and innovations, such as RFID bioChips and animals with implanted flipchips. ...

RFID BioChips: FlipChips Animal Tests: Via EETimes.com: CMOS, biochips to share ISSCC bill ...

... "In one case, a 13.56-MHz RFID transponder has been printed on an organic substrate. In bioelectronics, one remarkable example is a flip-chip combination of a mixed-signal ASIC and an electrode array intended to be implanted in the inner ears of guinea pigs. " ...

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

RFID Inlay Acquisition By Sokymat

RFID Inlay Acquisition By Sokymat: Via Sokymat: Sokymat acquires IMASYS ...

... "Sokymat SA, the world's leading supplier of RFID transponders, announces today that it has acquired IMASYS, a leading German supplier of RFID inlay manufacturing equipment based in Pfronten, which joined the Sokymat Group effective November 1st, 2005. IMASYS is a designer and manufacturer of high frequency (HF) transponder inlay production machines based on the wire-embedding process. IMASYS current goal is to significantly increase the production capacity of its 13.56 MHz RFID inlay manufacturing machines, in order to respond to the tremendous growth of the markets for e-passports and contactless payment cards. " ...


Sokymat, the world’s leading supplier of RFID transponders, is present in all major market segments that express a strong interest in the benefits of RFID technology, namely access control and security, industrial automation and supply chain management as well as animal identification. Thanks to its 15 years of experience in transponder manufacturing technology and its know-how in packaging technology, Sokymat can design and manufacture virtually any type of custom-made transponder suited to the specific operating environment and packaging material requested by the customer – including metal. Alongside with its expertise in 125/134.2 kHz and UHF RFID technology, Sokymat boasts the most complete know-how in 13.56 MHz technology and serves fast growing industry segments such as the emerging market for government-issued electronic passports and travel documents. The group employs more than 300 people worldwide, has both research and development centers and manufacturing plants in Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

RFID Electronic Identification Technology: Animals

Animal RFID tags are based on passive tag technology. ...

RFID Electronic Identification Technology: Animals: Via USDA: Animal Electronic Identification

... "All transponders contain a microchip and an antenna. Transponders can be classified as active or passive depending on whether their power source is internal or external. Passive transponders are used in livestock because they get their power from the reader device (antenna). The power antenna transmits radio frequency bursts and the passive transponder returns a coded signal to a separate antenna. A transmission link, via radio waves, is established between the transponder and the reader device (antenna). Animal electronic identification technology uses passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) because it is cost effective and offers the characteristics desired for animal identification. RFID technology does not suffer from signal absorption by tissue or moisture, and it can be packaged differently without affecting performance. " ...

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Thursday, October 20, 2005

RFID Retinal Scans Animal ID Evaluation

RFID Retinal Scans Animal ID Evaluation: Via Innovations Report: Retinal scans eyed for New Mexico show cattle

... "In a first-of-its kind project for New Mexico, scientists tested 35 market steers from 18 Quay County farm families, using a combination of eye-scanning and radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags for animal ID evaluation. Most of the cattle were high-value 4-H and FFA show cattle that spent much of the past season moving between regional livestock fairs. " ...

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

RFID LowFrequency Mobil Speedpass ...

The Mobil Speedpass is enabled by RFID technology operating at a low frequency of 134 KHz. It is an example of RFID used in a payment application, as compared to the wave of recent retailer RFID applications in the supply chain .

Via Network World: RFID (radio frequency identification)

... "Exxon Mobil uses RFID technology in its Speedpass payment system. Customers wave a small transponder in front of a sensor on a gas pump, debiting their account. Low-frequency RFID applications range from 3 KHz to 300 KHz; Speedpass operates at 134 KHz. " ...


Reference material on Speedpass RFID operating at 134Khz low frequency:

... "Analysis of the Texas Instruments DST RFID: DSTs of the type found in SpeedPass and automobile ignition keys are designed for short range scanning - on the order of a few centimeters. ... The DST, however, operates at 134 kHz. Signals at this considerably lower frequency penetrate obstacles more effectively, which may facilitate eavesdropping ... " ...


... "Texas Instrument’s ISO 14443 payment platform promises faster data transfer rates and more security: Speedpass, for example, uses a 134-KHz RFID platform made by Texas Instruments. The data transmission speed is around 10 to 15 kilobits per second, according to Richardson. " ...


... "Mobil tags (supplied by Texas Instruments) are excited by and interrogated with a 134 KHz signal because of its ability to provide solid coverage. Early field trials, however, revealed interference problems when the much lower-power tag-to-reader link operated at that frequency. The tags now deployed still use a 134 KHz downlink, but a 902 MHz uplink solves the interference problem. " ...


... "Psion Teklogix: Understanding RFID and Associated Applications: Low-frequency RFID systems are typically 125 KHz, though there are systems operating at 134 KHz as well. This frequency band provides a shorter read range (< 0.5m or 1.5 ft) and slower read speed than the higher frequencies. LF RFID systems have the strongest ability to read tags on objects with high water or metal content compared to any of the higher frequencies. LF tags are typically slightly more expensive than HF or UHF tags. Typical low-frequency RFID applications are access control, animal tracking, vehicle immobilizers, healthcare applications, product authentication and various point-of-sale applications (such as Mobil/Exxon SpeedPass). " ...

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

RFID National Animal ID Program ...

RFID National Animal ID Program: Via CattleNetwork: AMI: Congress Hold Hearing On National Animal ID System ...

Industry reps testify about the national animal identification program, which can be supported through the use of RFID technology ...

... "They also emphasized the importance of incorporating radio frequency identification (RFID) systems into marketing centers and processing plants. Additionally, they sought to ensure that USDA has adequate access to animal movement data to maintain animal health standards or address challenges that may arise. " ...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Low Frequency RFID Device ...

Low Frequency RFID Device: Via Atmel Corporation: Atmel Targets Low-frequency RFID Applications with Introduction of Contactless RF IDIC® Featuring Fast Anti-collision Functionality and 1-kBit Memory ...

... "The ATA5558 is a contactless Read/Write (R/W) RFID device for multi- or single-tag applications in the low frequency (LF) range, such as animal identification, laundry management, industrial automation, item tagging, and ISO cards. The ATA5558 extends Atmel's broad RFID product portfolio ranging from standard read-only up to high-security crypto devices. The need for RFID is growing substantially due to its increased performance and enhanced functionality. Compared with bar codes, RFID provides extended read/write distances, line-of-sight is not necessary, and data can be changed whenever needed. Low-frequency RFID provides advantages such as insensitivity in rugged environments (e.g., against water, dirt and dust). " ...


Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are®.

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

RFID Ear Tags Accurate ...

RFID Ear Tags Accurate: Via BillingsGazette: Researchers find ear tags accurate ...

... "The researchers divided the calves into four groups, then tagged three groups at the owner's ranch and one at the Montana Livestock Company in Ramsey. Each tag contained a unique 15-digit number that is often called an RFID tag or electronic tag. It stays with the animal until it is slaughtered. " ...

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

TECTUS RFID Certified ATEX Regs

TECTUS RFID Certified ATEX Regs: TECTUS RFID components

... "TECTUS Transponder Technology GmbH (located in Moers, Germany) is a leading and innovative RFID system components manufacturer and an expert company for applications in industrial & logistics, security & access and animal identification areas. From June 2005, TECTUS is certified manufacturer according to the ATEX regulations for low frequency range 125 kHz RFID readers and transponders. TECTUS belongs now to a few ATEX certified RFID manufacturers worldwide. " ...

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

RFID Company Revenue Growth ...

RFID Company Revenue Growth: DIGITAL ANGEL CORPORATION ANNOUNCES 2OO5 SECOND QUARTER, SIX-MONTH RESULTS: Year-Over-Year Revenues Up Nearly 48 Percent for Second Quarter, 36 Percent for First Six Months; Company Reiterates Revenue Guidance for 2005 ...

... "Revenue for the Company's Animal Applications segment increased 36.4 percent to $8.3 million in this year's second quarter, and 26.2 percent to $16.6 million in the first six months of 2005, when compared to the prior year periods. The increases were principally due to increased sales to fish and wildlife customers, increases in microchip and visual product sales to livestock customers and the inclusion of revenues from Denmark-based DSD Holdings A/S, which was acquired in February 2005. DSD Holdings, which manufactures and markets visual and electronic radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for livestock throughout Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Australia, contributed revenues of $1.5 million for the second quarter and a total of $2.1 million for the first six months of this year. " ...


Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish, humans and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors. Digital Angel Corporation is majority-owned by Applied Digital, Inc.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

RFID Company Governance Changes ...

RFID Company Governance Changes: ADVANCED ID ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS ...

Advanced ID Corp enhances its governance through board changes ...

... "Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO), a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) and traceability market for the animal industry, announced changes to its Board of Directors. Advanced ID appointed Terry Fields and David Goldenberg to its Board of Directors. Fields practiced law in California for over thirty-three years, initially in litigation, but ultimately concentrating in corporate and business law. " ...


Advanced ID Corporation is a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) and traceability market for the animal industry. RFID provides a means to positively identify and track animals or objects. Advanced ID markets low frequency RFID microchips, scanners, and its pet recovery database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. Advanced ID also markets its ultra high frequency DataTRAC™ tags, readers, and software solutions to minimize or eliminate the impact of biosecurity and food safety issues related to the livestock industry.

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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Texas RFID Animal Identification Trials

Texas RFID Animal Identification Trials: Texas Animal Health Commission: Real Life Trials for Animal Identification Underway: Livestock Owners: Get Your Premises Number Now ...

State of Texas trials RFID technology for animal identification through this year ...

... "Through the rest of the year, livestock identification in Texas is moving from the drawing board to field conditions to test identification devices, equipment durability and reliability. Using USDA cooperative agreement funding, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has awarded contracts to four manufacturers of radio frequency ear tags (RFID), five makers of tag reader devices, four computer software providers and a data trustee to maintain the computer records. Tag readers and computers are set up in several livestock markets, and customers of these facilities will be issued RFID ear tags for cattle that will be marketed through the livestock markets. " ...


Registering for a premises identification number is easy, and the application is simple to complete. Producers can call for an application, or they can go on the internet to register. To obtain a paper copy or schedule a presentation, call the TAHC at 1-800-550-8242.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

RFID Tags Mobile Assets Beer Distribution

RFID Tags Mobile Assets Beer Distribution: Sokymat - Sokymat Supplying RFID Tags to TrenStar

... "Sokymat, the world's leading supplier of RFID transponders, is supplying RFID tags to mobile asset management company TrenStar Inc. to track beer kegs for clients in the U.K. including Coors. " ...


Sokymat, the world’s leading supplier of RFID transponders, is present in all major market segments that express a strong interest in the benefits of RFID technology, namely access control and security, industrial automation and supply chain management as well as animal identification. Thanks to its 15 years of experience in transponder manufacturing technology and its know-how in packaging technology, Sokymat can design and manufacture virtually any type of custom-made transponder suited to the specific operating environment and packaging material requested by the customer – including metal. Alongside with its expertise in 125/134.2 kHz and UHF RFID technology, Sokymat boasts the most complete know-how in 13.56 MHz technology and serves fast growing industry segments such as the emerging market for government-issued electronic passports and travel documents. The group employs more than 300 people worldwide, has both research and development centers and manufacturing plants in Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia.

TrenStar is the first company to offer mobile asset management. From the start in 2001, TrenStar’s singular mission has been to buy, track and manage high-value containers for customers throughout asset-intensive industries. TrenStar offers one complete outsourced solution that combines asset acquisition, tracking technology and management services all for a per-use fee, so customers, and eventually entire industries, reduce operating expenses, improve customer service and manage assets and their contents effectively. TrenStar's clients include Carlsberg UK, Coors Brewers Limited, Kraft and Goodyear. Consistently ranked one of the top software developers in the Denver area and named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Rising Star in North America in 2004, TrenStar has offices in Denver, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. TrenStar is privately held, and the primary shareholders are Trencor Limited, The Carlyle Group and the Leede Companies.

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

RFID Electromagnetic Spectrum ...

RFID Electromagnetic Spectrum Distance reading will increase serving more RFIDs per reader. Many RFIDs have write capabilities. Costs will drop making writable RFIDs commonplace ...

... "RFID (radio frequency identification) is a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person. " ...

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Monday, June 27, 2005

Accelerated Animal RFID Plans

Accelerated Animal RFID Plans: DIGITAL ANGEL CORPORATION ACCELERATES PLAN TO INTEGRATE NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION COMPLIANT DATABASE: Database to Work with All Electronic RFID Livestock Tags;Company Plans to Integrate Database as Standard Procedure within Next Six Months ...

Digital Angel accelerates its RFID-based animal identification plans ...

... "Digital Angel Corporation (Amex:DOC) an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets, announced today that it has accelerated its plans to introduce a national database system that will provide for the registration, tracking and source verification of all livestock tagged with electronic radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags throughout the United States. " ...


Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of pets, humans, fish and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors. Digital Angel Corporation is majority-owned by Applied Digital Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSX).

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

RFID National Animal Identification System NAIS

RFID National Animal Identification System NAIS: Consumer Poll: Food Safety Confidence Will Improve With Mandatory National Animal Identification System ...

... "NAIS provides the potential for the industry to gather and manage information that may help maintain global markets and ensure consumer confidence in the food system. Livestock producers could record the age, source and breeds of their animals, along with feed, animal health, and other production data that may be important to buyers, both domestically and abroad. Information captured using NAIS technologies also can be integrated into retail grocery and foodservice logistics, quality control and traceability processes, such as radio frequency identification (RFID), or bar-coding systems. " ...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

RFID Border Control Biometrics UK Conference

RFID Border Control Biometrics UK Conference: OMNIKEY sponsors the Global Border Control Technology Summit in London: OMNIKEY, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, is sponsoring the Global Border Control Technology Summit, the premier meeting place for governments, technology vendors and system integrators to debate the ongoing concerns involving biometric passports ...

Omnikey sponsors UK conference to address the requirements of RFID-based border control with biometric technologies ...

... "OMNIKEY, one of the world´s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, is sponsoring the Global Border Control Technology Summit, the premier meeting place for international governments, technology vendors and system integrators to debate the ongoing concerns involving biometric passports. The conference will take place on July 11th to 12th in London at the Selfridge Hotel in London. The decision of governments worldwide to introduce high-security electronic travel documents based on RFID and biometric technologies, as well as to roll-out a new globe-spanning border control infrastructure, presents an array of technological and logistical challenges. " ...


The Global Border Control Technology Summit will enable all those involved in the rollout of technology-led projects to discuss critical practical, technical and commercial issues; and to find appropriate solutions to common implementation problems. High-profile attendees, including government representatives, from all over the world guarantee a unique insight in how the early adopters of biometrics for border control have introduced and implemented the technology. First-hand information on how the different products and solutions are working in practice can be expected. This event has been specifically designed and timed to coincide with the rollout of biometric passports and is therefore essential for Passport Issuing Authorities and Border Control Authorities. It will also be invaluable for any government organisation responsible for making the business case, selecting technology partners, procuring services for or managing any project involving identification technologies, services and products.

OMNIKEY, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative smart card readers, offers the most diversified product portfolio available on the market today. Having established a tight collaboration with key decision makers in the card manufacturing and software industries, OMNIKEY sits at the table of innovation. OMNIKEY’s smart card readers for PCs can be utilized by any application including logical access control, digital signature, GSM authentication, secure banking and online transactions, loyalty programs, and healthcare solutions. OMNIKEY, headquartered in Walluf, near Wiesbaden (Germany), is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group (ITG). OMNIKEY´s North American headquarters reside in Irvine, California with technical support in Atlanta, Georgia. The Asia Pacific operation is located in Hong Kong. Design, production management, and quality control of OMNIKEY’s products are carried out in the company’s two R&D centers in Linz, Austria and Erfurt, Germany. OMNIKEY readers are distributed worldwide through a global network of partners, including value added resellers, system integrators, and OEMs.

ITG is the world’s leading supplier of RFID components, products, solutions and services. Comprised of a dynamic group of companies including HID, Sokymat, ACG Identification Technologies, Indala, OMNIKEY and Interlock, ITG innovation spans the value chain of smart card and RFID-based systems for identification and security. Applications include physical and logical access control, supply chain management, animal tagging, national ID and e-passport programs, transport and various industrial and manufacturing applications. ITG Research in Denver, Colorado, focused on advanced research projects at the cutting edge of RFID and smart card technologies, and its SmartWorldAcademy in Prague, uniquely position ITG at the forefront of the secure identification industry. ITG headquarter offices are located in Walluf, Germany and Irvine, California. ITG is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, an international group listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange with some 30,000 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3 billion. The ASSA ABLOY Group is the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of locking solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience.

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

RFID Smart Cards: Animal Identification

NAIS 2004 Projects

... "Further, selected horses identified with RFID implants will also be issued smart cards with the horse's adult picture imprinted on the card, and the RFID number, premises identification and animal health information recorded on the smart card's chip. Animal identification including RFID and biometrics will be utilized and integrated into the Consortium's databases. Traceability exercises will be used to evaluate the projects ability to meet the 48-hour trace back goal. " ...

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Automated RFID Clothing Industry ...

Automated RFID Clothing Industry: Garan Inc. reaches for positive ROI with Accu-Sort® FAST Tag™ automated RFID labeling system ...

... "Accu-Sort Systems, Inc., announced it has installed a FAST Tag™ In-Motion automated RFID and bar code system for clothing manufacturer Garan Inc. FAST Tag In-Motion will help the company’s distribution center in Jena, Louisiana; meet the RFID compliance standards outlined by Wal-Mart® and other retailers. Garan® is a leading manufacturer of children’s, women’s and men’s apparel bearing the private labels of its customers as well as several of its own trademarks, including Garanimals®. FAST Tag In-Motion automates the process of applying and verifying RFID tags on cartons. At the Louisiana facility, a tag applicator places tags only on cartons that require RFID tags, while all cartons processed on the line receive a retailer-compliant shipping label and an option carrier parcel label. An outbound verification system screens for inaccurate tags and incorrect labels; it sends those boxes to a subsystem for verification and relabeling. On the other side of the line, the cartons are loaded on pallets for shipment. Accu-Sort’s FAST™ Suite software controls the process and seamlessly provides data aggregation, filtering and reporting to Garan’s WMS system. " ...

Garan uses RFID technology in the clothing industry ...

Garan produces the popular Garanimals line of apparel, which encourages children to match shirts and pants themselves by using special animal-themed tags on the clothing. Garan also produces brand apparel for girls and women and sells garments featuring college and university marks and pro-sports emblems for boys and men. In September 2002, Garan was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway®.

Accu-Sort Systems is a pioneer in reliable auto ID and high-speed compliance solutions with more than three decades of experience deploying and supporting scanning and tracking solutions in distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, and retailer environments. The company is also an established provider of convergent RFID and bar code systems with more than 50 RFID installations.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

RFID Animal Traceability Market ...

RFID Animal Traceability Market: ADVANCED ID’S SHEEP TAG DELIVERS STRONG PERFORMANCE IN AUSTRALIA ...

... "Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO), a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) and traceability market for the animal industry, delivered results from its field trials in Australia which have exhibited a clear advantage over other identification technology. Advanced ID’s DataTRAC™ 4000 Series tags and readers, specifically designed for the sheep industry, were deployed in a series of field tests beginning in late 2004 with one of the largest sheep processors in the country. " ...

Animal traceability enabled by RFID technology in Australia ...

Trace Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Polymer Direct Australia Pty Ltd, and was created specifically to focus on the development of radio frequency identification (RFID) partner programs in Australia and New Zealand as the exclusive agent for Advanced ID Corporation.

Advanced ID Corporation is a complete solutions provider in the radio frequency identification (RFID) and traceability market for the animal industry. RFID provides a means to positively identify and track animals or objects. Advanced ID markets low frequency RFID microchips, scanners, and its pet recovery database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. Advanced ID also markets its ultra high frequency DataTRAC™ tags, readers, and software solutions to minimize or eliminate the impact of biosecurity and food safety issues related to the livestock industry.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

RFID Microchips in Horses ...

RFID Microchips in Horses: COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCES MICROCHIPS FOR NEW YORK HORSES: Injectable Social Security Number Provides Permanent ID for Equine Operations ...

... "State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today announced the introduction of microchipping in horses, an injectable chip that provides permanent identification. The RFID microchips are currently available for equine operations enrolled in the New York State Horse Health Assurance Program (NYSHHAP). " ...


In April 2004, the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced the framework for implementation of a National Animal Identification System for all livestock, which defines the standards rapid tracing of all animals and premises potentially exposed to an animal disease to quickly contain and eradicate it. The plan contains no mandatory requirements at this point, however microchips are a preferred identification method. NYSHHAP is a voluntary certification program designed to promote and teach a proactive approach to equine health, care, and welfare through the use of best management practices. Currently, 22 operations are enrolled in NYSHHAP. In addition to microchipping, the Program also provides unlimited educational opportunities for all operations. All equine operations in New York State, regardless of size or discipline, are encouraged to participate.

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

RFID Animal ID Surveillance ...

Hearings of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee - U.S. Senate

... "That task is even more daunting given the long incubation period of BSE, requiring the back tracing of the entire life of animals through multiple owners and locations. While I recognize and appreciate the many efforts of the USDA and the animal industries in developing and implementing a national animal ID system, the weakness is that such a system is a voluntary effort at this time. I believe the US now requires a mandatory national animal ID system. Technologies are already available and pilot projects, such as the National Farm Animal Identification and Records (FAIR) Project funded by Congress in the recent past, have demonstrated the utility of an ISO-certified radio frequency ID (RFID) system that is cost effective and reliable. Other ISO-certifiable technologies are also available." ...

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RFID Animal Identification ...

Transcript of Technical Briefing and Webcast on BSE with Government Officials

... "We have species-specific groups that will be making recommendations on appropriate means of identification of animals based on the species and marketing patterns of those animals. So, for example, with cattle for the most part and animals moved individually, and as we are looking at appropriate means for individual animal ID, largely based on radio frequency ID (RFID) chip. For other species of animals, such as poultry and swine that largely move in groups or lots, there could be potentially a lot ID as opposed to individual animal ID. Conceptually, ID would be put on the animals at the time that they leave the premises of birth, and would follow those animals through slaughter, with a means of tracking them electronically as they go through concentration points such as feed lots, livestock markets, and of course to slaughter. " ...

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

RFID Animal Tracking Q+A ...

APHIS | News

... "Q. What Forms of Identification Will be Used? A. USDA understands that there is no onesizefitsall identification technology. Many methods are currently on the market: radio frequency identification devices, retinal scans, DNA, etc. It is likely that some technologies will work better for some species than for others. Rather than focus on a specific technology, USDA will focus on the design of the identification data system what information should be collected and when it should be collected and reported. Once the identification system is designed, the market will determine which technologies will be the most appropriate to meet the needs of the system. " ...

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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

RFID 48Hour Trace Back For Animal Tracking ...

Idaho State Legislature - 2004 House Agricultural Affairs Committee Minutes

... "The process is called RFID. It will be a mandatory national program. It will register all premises where food animals are held or kept by having a tag number on the animal's ear. These tags would be in specific animals groups, ex. sheep will be with other sheep, cattle to other cattle, etc. USDA will maintain national premises information. The goal is to have a 48-hour trace back capability for disease control purposes. Idaho is at an extreme advantage because we have branding and grazing associations. There is a good chance this will be funded federally. Because of Idaho's advantage, we could start registering July of this year. " ...

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Sunday, March 06, 2005

RFID Reader Questions for Animal Identification ...

NAIS Q&A

... "Radio frequency technology is one form of electronic identification that has been discussed for use with cattle. Animal owners that use RFID for official identification will not necessarily need to have an RFID reader. For example, a producer may be able to record the RFID code of the electronic device before it is applied to an animal and cross-reference the code with a visual-tag number. This would allow the producer to maintain a record of the RFID code without having to read (scan) the transponder. Industry providers may sell RFID eartag attachments on which the RFID code is printed for visual readability. While reading and recording the RFID code manually is not ideal, it can be achieved. " ...

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Monday, February 21, 2005

RFID Animal Identification System ...

Tri-National National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Project Synopsis

... "selected horses identified with RFID implants will also be issued smart cards with the horse's adult picture imprinted on the card, and the RFID number, premises identification and animal health information recorded on the smart card's chip. Animal identification including RFID and biometrics will be utilized and integrated into the Consortium's databases. Traceability exercises will be used to evaluate the projects ability to meet the 48-hour trace back goal." ...

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

RFID Animal Identification, National Program ...

Animal Identification

... "APHIS and its predecessor agencies began using ear tags, back tags, tattoos and face brands in the early 1960's. These identification methods were required by statutory regulations and successfully used to trace the movements of diseased animals during disease outbreaks and eradication programs. With this long history of contact with the field, APHIS has led the way in the development of national identification systems. The agency continues to place a high priority on livestock identification and database development.
Current methods of livestock identification include but are not limited to ear tags, back tags, neck chains, tail tags, freeze brands, tattoos, paint marks, and leg bands. Electronic identification methods including bar codes and/or radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders are becoming increasingly useful tools in herd management programs. As these new technologies develop and become compatible with one another, they may prove to be cost-effective tools to increase the efficiency of production. Similarly, regulatory agencies may benefit from these systems through increased accuracy and efficiency of tracing the movement of livestock. " ...

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Animal RFID ...

Questions and Answers on the National Animal Identification System ...

... "Will Animal Owners Need to Have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader?

A. USDA is maintaining a technology neutral position with regard to the technologies that will be used to identify animals. USDA is developing the standards for collecting and reporting information, but industry will determine which type of identification method or methods work best for each species. Radio frequency technology is one form of electronic identification that has been discussed for use with cattle. Animal owners that use RFID for official identification will not necessarily need to have an RFID reader. For example, a producer may be able to record the RFID code of the electronic device before it is applied to an animal and cross reference the code with a visual tag number. This would allow the producer to maintain a record of the RFID code without having to read (scan) the transponder. Industry providers may sell RFID eartag attachments on which the RFID code is printed for visual readability. While reading and recording the RFID code manually is not ideal, it can be achieved. " ...

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Saturday, January 22, 2005

RFID Human Implantation ...

RFID Implantation: Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School Recieves ...

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... Included in this diversified product line are RFID applications, end-to-end ... revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than ...

... VeriChip Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX), a provider of Security Through Innovation(TM), announced today that John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, was implanted with a VeriChip(TM) in December 2004 and began an assessment of the technology. Prior to making a recommendation to a patient, Dr. Halamka wished to undergo the VeriChip "experience" so that, with his extensive clinical and information technology experience, he could make an assessment from all dimensions. ...


VeriChip Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital. The VeriChip product is a sub dermal RFID micro transponder that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and healthcare applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip device contains a unique verification number that is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. In October 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared VeriChip for medical applications in the United States. VeriChip is not an FDA-regulated device with regard to its security, financial, personal identification/safety applications and is MRI compatible.

Additional resources on RFID implants:

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RFID: Getting Under Your Skin?: some 1000 people in the US and elsewhere have RFID chips implanted in their ... Drug Administration still hasn't given its approval for human injection of ...

Life Chip - RFID Report: of the transponder implants migrated from the implantation site ... Knowing that the RFID transponder fitted with Bio-Bond ... and eradication and to promote human safety ...

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Animal RFID Field Testing Is Ready ...

Premises identification numbers now available

From Texas Farm Bureau ...

... "animal identification is ready for field-testing. This involves the unique identification of each head of livestock moved from its original herd. For cattle, sheep, goats, cervidae (deer) and some other species of livestock, the identification device will be an electronic ear tag, also called a radio frequency (RFID) identification device. For other species, such as swine and poultry, the number can be applied to groups of animals, if they spend their entire production life together as a group or unit. " ...

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Sunday, November 28, 2004

BSE RFID: Animal Sensors ...

From DORGAN TOURS HIGH-TECH ANIMAL ID PROJECT WITH DSU, NDSU RESEARCHERS: Senator secured $3 million for Dickinson State, NDSU role in research corridor ...

... "the research teams plan to tag up to 10,000 calves with tiny RFID chips that will track and record data including an animal's movement, diet, body temperature, and vaccination history. The project has taken on new significance with the discovery of a Washington state dairy cow infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow disease. If an animal is contaminated, RFID technology can be used to accurately trace where it has been and identify other animals that might be infected. " ...

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Cost-Effective RFID Animal Identification ...

From Hearings of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee - U.S. Senate ...

... "issue relates to species-specific implementation plans. There are vast differences between species including the diseases of concern, production practices, record keeping, animal movements, and animal value. For example, the cattle industry has embraced electronic ID eartags (RFID tags) as the identification device of choice for their species. The value of a single bovine coupled with the frequent commingling of animals from different owners make RFID a logical choice for their species. However, a $2.00 RFID tag is much less of an issue in an animal valued at $1200 versus a $90 animal. From another perspective, if cost of identification is based on breeding females, a cow has one calf per year and therefore the cost per cow is $2.00 per year. On the other hand, a sow will have 22-24 offspring per year and pork producers would have $44-$48 per breeding female per year in identification expenses. Group/lot ID is an effective identification system for swine due to production practices but not commonly applicable to bovine. In addition, many species don�t tolerate eartags (equine, llamas, etc.) It is important that all species are allowed to develop an effective yet affordable ID system. " ...

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RFID EID Program ...

From Hearings of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee - U.S. Senate ...

... "Another example is the State of Michigan, which launched an Electronic Identification (EID) Program as a pilot project in November 2001 as part of the State's bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication plan. The program was developed and implemented through a cooperative agreement from APHIS. EID uses a tag imbedded with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) and marked with a unique, individual number that will not be duplicated. The project made tags available to producers at no charge in the Northeast Lower Peninsula or those with accredited herds. As of 2002, 432 herds, representing 17,000 individual animals, had been TB tested and tagged with RFID tags. Each RFID tag is linked to a database that includes information specific to that animal, including date of birth, sex, and type/species. EID is also tied to the FAIR Program to ensure accurate individual animal identification, tracking and coordination of TB test results and herd status. " ...

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Friday, November 26, 2004

RFID Technology in the National Animal Identification System ...

From APHIS | News ...

... "Q. Will Animal Owners Need to Have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Reader? A. USDA is maintaining a technology neutral position with regard to the technologies that will be used to identify animals. USDA is developing the standards for collecting and reporting information, but industry will determine which type of identification method or methods work best for each species. Radio frequency technology is one form of electronic identification that has been discussed for use with cattle. Animal owners that use RFID for official identification will not necessarily need to have an RFID reader. For example, a producer may be able to record the RFID code of the electronic device before it is applied to an animal and cross reference the code with a visual tag number. This would allow the producer to maintain a record of the RFID code without having to read (scan) the transponder. Industry providers may sell RFID eartag attachments on which the RFID code is printed for visual readability. While reading and recording the RFID code manually is not ideal, it can be achieved. " ...

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RFID Animal Identification and Tracking ...

From The Committee on Energy and Commerce ...

... "considering the billions of animals bought and sold each year for human consumption, coupled with the increased risk of bio-terror, airborne and genetic diseases, efficient, comprehensive data capture tools - like RFID tags - are practically a global trade requirement. The EU plans to implement a pan-European electronic animal identifier system by 2006. At that point, the system will not only gather information from electronic readers of individual animal tags, but will also include an electronic identifier management module. Say for example the electronic identifier is in the form of an ear tag. In addition to registering the tags themselves, ear tag suppliers and distributors could be registered, along with the individuals authorized to apply ear tags to animals (farmers, veterinarians, control assistants, etc). " ...

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Monday, September 27, 2004

RFID Technology: Digital Angel Corporation Selected as a Technology Partner for ...

From Yahoo News (press release) ... of high value assets, announced today that it has been selected by the state of Minnesota as a technology partner and provider of RFID (radio frequency ...

... Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC - News), an advanced technology company in the field of rapid and accurate identification, location tracking and condition monitoring of high value assets, announced today that it has been selected by the state of Minnesota as a technology partner and provider of RFID (radio frequency identification) systems for a pilot program designed to test the viability of a large scale food animal identification and tracking program. ...


Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Animal RFID: Advanced ID and PetNet Microchip Identification to Create National ...

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary ...

... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB: AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, AVID Canada Corporation, acquired the PetNet(R) Recovery Database of petowners microchipped prior to January 1st, 2003 from Anitech Identification Systems Inc. As a result of this acquisition, AVID Canada will have the most robust and largest database in Canada with nearly one million registered pet owners. In addition, AVID Canada and PetNet have agreed to work towards establishing a national pet recovery service, a goal of animal and veterinary associations for several years. AVID Canada and PetNet are the only two providers of an approved Canadian standard microchip known as FECAVA. ...


Anitech continues to be a leader in the areas of identity management and online tracking/tracing by taking advantage of the emerging opportunities within RFID technologies. Anitech's PetNet business unit returns home thousands of lost pets every year. Advanced ID Corporation (AID) is a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market. RFID allows for the positive identification and tracking of animals or objects that have been identified with a microchip. AID markets low frequency RFID microchips, scanners, and its proprietary PETtrac database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. AID also markets its proprietary ultra high frequency DataTRAC(TM) tags, readers, and software solutions to minimize or eliminate the impact of biosecurity and food safety issues related to the livestock industry.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Animal RFID: Digital Angel Corporation Signs Distribution Agreement With ...

From PR Newswire (press release) ... Plough to increase the pet health and safety of all companion animals." Digital Angel has been developing and manufacturing a series of RFID (radio-frequency ...

... Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC) announced today that it has signed a 10-year exclusive product supply and distribution agreement with Schering-Plough Animal Health Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP). The new agreement allows Schering-Plough Animal Health to continue to be the exclusive distributor of Digital Angel electronic identification products (microchips and scanners) for companion animals throughout the United States. The agreement calls for annual purchases to increase at least 20 percent per year for 2005 and 2006. ...


Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors.

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Animal RFID: Digital Angel Corporation Signs Distribution Agreement With ...

From PR Newswire (press release) ... Plough to increase the pet health and safety of all companion animals." Digital Angel has been developing and manufacturing a series of RFID (radio-frequency ...

... Digital Angel Corporation (Amex: DOC) announced today that it has signed a 10-year exclusive product supply and distribution agreement with Schering-Plough Animal Health Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Corporation (NYSE: SGP). The new agreement allows Schering-Plough Animal Health to continue to be the exclusive distributor of Digital Angel electronic identification products (microchips and scanners) for companion animals throughout the United States. The agreement calls for annual purchases to increase at least 20 percent per year for 2005 and 2006. ...


Digital Angel Corporation develops and deploys sensor and communications technologies that enable rapid and accurate identification, location tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value assets. Applications for the Company's products include identification and monitoring of pets, fish and livestock through its patented implantable microchips; location tracking and message monitoring of vehicles and aircraft in remote locations through systems that integrate GPS and geosynchronous satellite communications; and monitoring of asset conditions such as temperature and movement, through advanced miniature sensors.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004

RFID Partnership: Advanced ID Targets Global Technology Leader for Joint Venture

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB:AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today announced that it has held preliminary ...

... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB:AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today announced that it has held preliminary discussions with an established global technology company with over US $1 billion in annual sales. The parties have agreed to hold a meeting to further evaluate the merits of a joint venture partnership to design, develop, and manufacture RFID solutions. ...


Advanced ID Corporation (AID), through its wholly owned subsidiary, is a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market. RFID allows for the positive identification and tracking of animals or objects that have been identified with a microchip. AID markets low frequency RFID microchips, scanners, and its proprietary PETtrac database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. AID also markets its proprietary ultra high frequency DataTRAC(TM) tags, readers, and software solutions to minimize or eliminate the impact of biosecurity and food safety issues related to the livestock industry.

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Animal RFID: Pennsylvania Ag Department Launches Animal Identification ...

From PR Newswire (press release) ... Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) will play a critical role in the new initiative. RFID employs an ear tag with an electronic ...

... Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today that the state Department of Agriculture was recently awarded $615,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture for a pilot study involving premise and animal identification. ...


CONTACT: Kristina L. Watson, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, +1-717-787-5085.

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Friday, August 13, 2004

Animal RFID: Canadian cattle industry chooses Allflex in move to RFID

From Agriculture.com ... Allflex has been selected by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) to supply Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for official cattle ...

For nearly four decades, Allflex has been leading the industry with livestock management systems that incorporate the latest design technologies, materials and manufacturing processes. Utilizing the Allflex developed state of the art electronic order processing technology, combined with our accreditation to the International Standards ISO 9001 classification on production procedures, Allflex can proudly lay claim to the Global Leadership in Livestock Identification.

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

RFID Research: Advanced ID to Establish Joint Venture to Capitalize on RFID ...

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB:AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today announced that it is actively seeking a ...

... Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB:AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, announced that it is actively seeking a joint venture partner to establish a research and development company to develop solutions for broad based RFID applications ...


Advanced ID Corporation (AID), through its wholly owned subsidiary, is a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market. RFID allows for the positive identification and tracking of animals or objects that have been identified with a microchip. AID markets low frequency RFID microchips, scanners, and its proprietary PETtrac database to the companion animal and biological sciences markets. AID also markets its proprietary ultra high frequency DataTRAC(TM) tags, readers, and software solutions to minimize or eliminate the impact of biosecurity and food safety issues related to the livestock industry.

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Friday, July 23, 2004

Animal RFID: RFID Goes To The Dogs In Portugal

From Information Week ... The countrry's agricultural ministry has awarded Digital Angel a contract to launch a dog-ID program using implantable RFID chips. By Laurie Sullivan. ...

" ... Digital Angel Corp. said Friday it has won a $600,000 contract from the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture to launch a mandatory dog-identification program using implantable radio-frequency identification microchips. Shipments have begun, with completion scheduled for the third quarter this year. The Portuguese dog-identification program is being conducted simultaneously with the country's annual rabies vaccination drive. The deadline for Portuguese residents to tag the approximate 2 million dogs is 2007 ... "


Digital Angel Corporation (formerly Destron Fearing) has been involved in the development and manufacture of livestock identification products since 1948. Digital Angel pioneered the development of miniaturized microchip technology for use in fisheries, companion animals and livestock since the 1980's. The Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX:DOC) is a leading provider of sensor and communications technologies that enable secure and accurate identification, tracking, and condition monitoring of high-value mobile assets. Digital Angel can provide a full complement of radio frequency identification products and software solutions to automate the collection of critical livestock production and carcass information. Individual and herd information can then be easily transferred between all parties involved in the production and retail of meat products. Information sharing allows the food industry to meet the discriminating demands of the market place. Digital Angel uses 134.2 kHz Full Duplex (FDX) microchips in RFID products. FDX technology provides reliable read distance and functionality on the farm and in the challenging environments of food processing facilities. All of Digital Angel's RFID products meet ISO 11784 and 11785 guidelines for animal identification.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Animal RFID: Australian Sheep Industry to Trial Advanced ID's RFID Technology

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2004--Advanced ID Corporation (OTCBB:AIDO), a pioneer in the radio frequency identification (RFID) market, today ...

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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Animal RFID: COLT Technologies Completes First 'Live Animal' Tests of its ...

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... - TekVet SmartManagement(TM) (an electronic management, data tracking/collection and RFID system, including a sickness alert and animal-locating system). ...

Central to the TekVet System is the TekVet SmartSensor: a small wireless device that is attached to a cow's ear and includes a flexible thermometer, a wireless transceiver and other electronic components. The TekVet SmartSensor is attached to an animal's ear in much the same way identification tags are as used by beef producers, ranchers and dairy farmers. Formed in 2003, COLT Technologies, LLC is a privately funded Salt Lake City-based developer and manufacturer of agricultural technologies. The company focuses on the application of wireless technologies to lower production costs, increase profits and improve product safety in the livestock industry. For more information on the company, call 801-365-2222.

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Animal RFID: Nat ’ l Feeder Cattle Weekly Summary

From AgWeb ... Stockyards held the first large-scale commercial feeder cattle auction where the entire offering was carrying Radio Frequency Identification Ear-tags (RFID). ...

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Animal RFID: Bluetooth aids livestock tracking

From EE Times UK, UK ... The animals are tagged with an RFID ID tag soon after birth and from then on are tracked across a farm-to-market data network supplied by AgInfoLink. ...

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Monday, June 21, 2004

Animal RFID: RFID Will Find Major Niche as Livestock Tracker, Says ABI ...

From Business Wire (press release), CA ... OYSTER BAY, NY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2004--"One RFID market that's gaining a lot of momentum at present is animal tracking," according to Sara Shah, an ...

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Animal RFID: Cows Goes High Tech

From Electronic News ... "One RFID market that's gaining a lot of momentum at present is animal tracking," Sara Shah, an analyst at ABI, said in a statement. ...

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Monday, June 14, 2004

Animal RFID: Companies race to develop animal ID technology

From Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman, IA  ... The livestock industry has come to an early agreement that radio frequency identification (RFID) ear tags are the most practical and cost-effective technology ...

Capital National Animal Identification Development Team: The goal of the Capital National Animal Identification Development Team is to ensure that when a highly infectious animal disease is spotted the infected animal's whereabouts can be traced back at least 48 hours. The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) facilitates this effort among industry, state, and federal entities focused on “safeguarding animal agriculture by protecting American animal agriculture.”

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