Sunday, April 25, 2010

RFID enables Fembot interactivity

Cool robotics enabled by RFID technology ...

... "She's also got an RFID reader, which scans the objects in her hand (obviously said object must have an RFID tag to recognize) ... " ...


Via CNET: German Fembot

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Monday, April 19, 2010

iPhone 4 RFID iintegration

iPhone 4 prototype evaluated ...

... "It's also compatible with the notion Apple will place some sort of RFID tag/reader tech in upcoming iPhones. " ...


Via Fast Company: iPhone 4 Leaked Photos

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Monday, March 08, 2010

RFID in Apple iKey

Apple patent points to RFID technology and automatic identification use cases in future iPhones. ...

... "Apple's patent describes a future in which iPhone users open their front doors ... " ...


Via Gizmodo: Apple iKey

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

ODIN RFID Weapon Accountability

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Red Bull RFID Smart Cards in NY

Red Bulls soccer will improve the customer experience using RFID smartcards for their best customers. ...

... "Red Bulls season-ticket holders, of which the club said there are now more than 6,500, will be issued smart cards (using RFID or radio-frequency identification) that will activate turnstiles at the team’s new stadium. " ...


Via NYTimes Goal Blog: RBNY RFID

Red Bulls apply RFID for customers

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

TI RFID Market Shift

Texas Instruments applies the brakes to its R&D investments as its target markets are adjusted. ...

... "But March said while RFID remains attractive for uses such as keyless entry for cars and ensuring the safety of pharmaceutical shipments, profits are being squeezed in the management of warehouse inventory. " ...


Via Dallas Morning News: TI RFID

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

ODIN Tech RFID Predictions



Via AIM Global: Keys to RFID Implementation: "Patrick J. Sweeney II, President and CEO of ODIN technologies, Inc. ... "

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Monday, January 18, 2010

SAP RFID Tracking by Zetes

RFID technology will enable inbound material tracking for sugar refiner. ...

... "Zetes has rolled out the pilot phase of a project based on RFID technology at the Azucarera Ebro Guadelete sugar refinery ... " ...


Via Supplychain Standard: RFID for sugar refinery

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

RFID Manufacturing Interface

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Bling RFID Point of Purchase Payment

Cellphone-deployed RFID tags enable customer purchases through local banks. ...

... "Venture-backed Bling lets customers make payments at the point of purchase via a simple tap of an RFID tag provided by the user’s bank. "


Via San Jose Business Journal: RFID simple tag

Cellphone payments with RFID tags

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

RFID is Fashionable in the Apparel Industry

ABI Research takes pulse of the RFID market and sees growth in the application of RFID technology in the apparel industry. ...

... "Specifically, adoption of item-level RFID in the fashion apparel market is graduating from pilot testing to full-scale deployment. While installations at Marks and Spencer in the United Kingdom, American Apparel in the US, and Charles Vögele in Switzerland remain the largest contributors to market growth, scores of companies are now in various stages of implementation. " ...


Via ABI Research: RFID Bright Spots

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Monday, December 07, 2009

RFID Enabled Military Supply Process

Military sensors add intelligence to equipment and RFID technology enables efficient and effective supply processes. ...

... "The troops love it. When they need to find out where some vital bit of supplies are (a spare part, new equipment, whatever), they just get on the Internet and check the status of the item. " ...


Via Strategy Page: Smart Supplies

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Metal RFID Applications

Fraunhofer researchers have integrated RFID technology into challenging metal production conditions. ...

... "Fraunhofer scientists can control this process in a manner that allows the RFID to be installed and completely encased by the material. " ...


Via Science Daily: RFID inside metal components

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RFID Chemical Sensors Research at GE

GE Researchers will explore the use of RFID technology integrated with sensors to monitor exposure to toxic volatile chemicals. The solution will be wearable. RFID readers will interrogate the worn sensors and integrate readings to the monitoring system / software where exposures can be understood and actions and alerts can be generated. ...

... "A prototype of wearable wireless sensor system will be developed and demonstrated that will contain replaceable passive RFID sensors. Developed sensors will be interrogated by a small-sized, wearable sensor reader that will relate the findings to a local base station. " ...


Via GE Global Research: Wearable RFID Sensors Detect Chemicals

GE research explores RFID chemical sensing ...

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Verayo RFID Puf Authentication

Verayo uses challenge techniques to validate signature of chips, which will be used to enable object authenticity. ...

... "Then you put the chip into a radio identification tag (RFID) that can be attached to a retail product as if it were a bar code. When someone buys that product, a reader at the cash register will read the serial number on the tag. " ...


Via VentureBeat: Verayo technology adresses counterfeiting

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Friday, November 06, 2009

RFID-enabled Apple iPhone in Development Pipeline

Apple could bring an RFID-enabled iPhone to market that would simplify transactions through swipe payments. ...

... "RFID-enabled iPhones should enable so-called swipe payments where you simply swipe your device near a payment pad to approve transactions. " ...


Via Geek dot com: Apple testing RFID iPhone

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Powermat RFID Adapter

Powermat uses RFID technology to identify charging needs of devices. ...

... "For starters, each Powermat charging adapter contains an RFID chip to communicate with the Powermat how to deliver the exact power requirements of the device it is connected to. " ...


Via Gadling: Powermat wireless charger review

The Powermat RFID handshake.

Powermat uses RFID for identification

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

RFID Signature Visualization with LED Wand

Immaterials: the ghost in the field from timo on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

RFID Enables CARB Reporting

Port operators adapt to new regulations by leveraging already deployed RFID applications. ...

... "By modifying radio frequency identification (RFID) systems previously installed at the terminals under the PierPASS program, terminal operators will meet CARB’s new reporting requirement without requiring additional registration or other action from truck and cargo owners. " ...


Via Refrigerated Transporter: CARB clean trucks

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Monday, October 05, 2009

NFC RFID Door Locks at Grand Millennium Sukhumvit

VingCard has installed its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit in Bangkok, Thailand. The doors can be operated using NFC compatible cell phones. ...

... "With the security provisions offered by VingCard’s Signature RFID, Grand Millennium Sukhumvit is geared to meet the sophisticated needs and requirements of business travellers. The luxurious five-star hotel property sits within a three minute walk from the Asok Skytrain and Sukhumvit subway stations, and is within easy access to Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre and major shopping areas. Its central location demands for the highest in security standards to protect its elite, international guests.

Grand Millennium Sukhumvit will be fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the hotel’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched control and security – with a 600 event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software – creating a sense of ease for hoteliers ... " ...


Via VingCard: RFID Locks at the Five-Star Grand Millennium Sukhumvit

Vingcard RFID NFC Capability

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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Motorola RFID Strategy in Retail Space

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

WalMart RFID Manages Inventory Driving Sales

Walmart sees strong benefits from RFID program if inventory stock-outs are eliminated and the customer experience is improved. The key is improving inventory accuracy so that the right product is available at the right time. ...

... "The key behind it all is making sure RFID tags are installed on all products, and using a forklift with RFID equipment installed to show the driver exactly where merchandise is inside store warehouses. " ...


Via CIO: WalMart RFID Benefits

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Intermec RFID Overview

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Coke RFID Machine

Coke transitions their RFID-enabled Freestyle drink dispenser into beta test mode after years of technology development. ...

... "The new drink dispenser, four years in development, utilises RFID technology to identify 30 or more cartridges, determine the quantity of flavouring inside each, and transmit data back to Coca-Cola indicating which drinks are being consumed, and when. " ...


Via Manufacturers Monthly: RFID dispensers


Freestyle dispenser uses RFID technology

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Autopilot RFID Reader Adjusts on Fly

Impinj bring the Speedway Revolution reader to market, which uses Autopilot technology to improve the RFID reader performance. ...

... "Impinj’s patented Autopilot technology continuously and automatically optimizes the reader for its operating environment to deliver peak performance at all times. Because RFID system performance depends upon a multitude of ever-changing environmental conditions (including RF interference levels, tag density in the reader field and ambient RF noise) users configure readers for worst-case scenarios, compromising optimum performance in the process. Autopilot guarantees peak performance while eliminating the need for manual tuning ... " ...


Via Impinj: Speedway Revolution Reader

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

RFID Cane Design

University students integrate RFID technology into canes that guide the blind to improve navigation and safety. The initial design will continue to be refined in further research projects. ...

... "Yelamarthi said it's one of the first outdoor applications of RFID and said he plans for students in upcoming classes to further refine the system while he seeks grants to speed the research. " ...


Via Associated Press: Cane with e-tags

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

RFID Drives Aquarium Kiosk Interactivity

Design firm integrates RFID technology in aquarium exhibit to improve interactivity with the audience. ...

... "When an item is picked up, the claw reads an RFID tag embedded in the object, which triggers animation on the kiosk screen providing further information. " ...


Via Digital Signage Expo: Shedd Aquarium’s Oceanarium

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Active RFID Tent Glocation by Orange

Orange pilots a number of technologies, including RFID and photovoltaics, in its solar concept tent at the Glastonbury festival in the UK. The tent can be located by its glow, ...

RFID tech sets tent aglow

... "To avoid festival-goers ever losing their tent, the Concept Tent would be fitted with innovative glo-cation technology. Glo-cation works by enabling campers’ mobile phones to identify their tent using either an SMS message or automatic active RFID technology (a longer range version of that used in London Underground Oyster cards); both would trigger a distinctive glow in the tent helping identify it from a distance. " ...


Via Orange: Glastonbury Solar Concept Tent

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Smart RFID-Integrated Supply Chain Software

Savi Technology releases SmartChain 6.0 software for managing visibility in the supply chain and just in time operations through RFID integration. ...

... "SmartChain 6.0 is designed to ease the integration of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies, such as bar codes, IUID, RFID, GPS and sensors, into existing business processes. With Savi SmartChain 6.0, it is easier than ever to manage assets, shipments and inventory moving within facilities and throughout the global supply chain. " ...


Via Savi Technology: Adaptive Applications Simplify Integration of RFID into the Enterprise

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mobile RFID Customer Loyalty Program

Tetherball launches its RFID technology solution for mobile marketing that measures the effects of loyalty and rewards on customer actions. ...

... "Tetherball’s unique 360 degree approach helps clients tether their brand to target audiences by identifying what their customers want and delivering mobile campaigns that interact with the ultimate call to action through permission based mobile coupons, mobile rewards, mobile sweepstakes and mobile notifications. Integrating traditional marketing methods such as in‐store advertising, customers are engaged to sign up for mobile loyalty rewards programs offering promotional discounts. Upon joining, customers are given a Tetherball Tag, a tiny RFID chip that is easily affixed to their mobile phones, which uniquely identifies them through Tetherball’s sophisticated technology platform. Tetherball clients are then able to send offers to their customers via standard text messaging. Offers are redeemed electronically using existing in‐store RFID point of sale terminals or stand‐alone RFID kiosks provided by Tetherball. " ...


Via Tetherball: RFID Integrated into Mobile Marketing (PDF)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

RFID Strategic View

Walmart and other companies have moved beyond the hype of RFID to integrating the technology into operational business processes to gain visibility and insight into performance, often based on a strategic business case instead of tangible payback. ...

... "Those that have scaled back on their RFID aspirations, however, are now looking at the technology in a more strategic light. " ...


Via Technology News: RFID Revolution

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Monday, May 18, 2009

RFID Brewery Keg Fleet Visibility

RFID for brewery inventory tracking
New Belgium Brewing Company will implement Fluensee RFID-enabled asset tracking system to better manage the utilization of brewery’s kegs through its supply chain. ...

... "New Belgium Brewing has implemented the browser-based Fluensee AssetTrack application and passive RFID technology to provide better visibility to its keg fleet. On its fill line New Belgium installed passive RFID readers that capture data on all tagged beer kegs, sending RFID data to Fluensee AssetTrack. Fluensee's AssetTrack solution and RFID provide the brewer with up-to-date information about which kegs are being filled most often and with what brand of beer. This information will help New Belgium to increase the utilization of its existing kegs through improved visibility throughout the fill-to-fill process. " ...


Via Fluensee: New Belgium Brewing RFID Solution

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

RFID Convergence Enterpreneurs

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Monday, May 11, 2009

RFID Data Center Application Improves Asset Inventory Process

Computer assets tagged with RFID are easier to identify and track. The information technology industry is beginning to embrace the technology for the data center applications. ...

... "Financial institutions using RFID are seeing on average a 90% decrease in the amount of time it takes to inventory their IT assets, says John Fricke, chief of staff at the New York-based Financial Services Technology ... " ...


Via Computerworld: RFID in the data center

Wells Fargo embraces the use the RFID technology in the data center.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

RFID Spine Tags for Item Level Retail Tracking

UPM Raflatac collaborates with partners to create an integrated RFID-enabled retail solution that performs item-level tracking and provides business intelligence. ...

... "The solution, an industry first, pairs a free-standing, RFID-enabled MAXRPM retail display, developed, built and sold by Alliance, with Seeonic’s SmartWatch service and UPM Raflatac UHF Gen2 DVD Spine tags, to create actionable intelligence that business users can use to optimize the manufacturing, distribution, management and marketing of high margin promotional inventory such as entertainment DVDs. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: RFID-enabled item-level inventory management system for retail promotions

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Monday, April 20, 2009

GPS RFID Integration

Queralt wins research grant to investigate RFID tracking that learns based on tracking movements. ...

... "While broadly termed an RFID product, the system also incorporates a variety of protocols in addition to RF, including the global positioning system (GPS). " ...


Via Mass High Tech: Queralt Funding

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

RFID Research Alliance

Georgia Electronic Design Center and Microsoft Research will collaborate through a research alliance to develop RF-DNA, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology for advanced authentication. ...

... "Under the alliance, Microsoft Research is investing $600,000 over two years. The new lab’s work, which is based on intellectual property from both partners, is providing both basic research into RFID technology and ongoing student education in the field. New RFID technologies allow tiny circuits, sometimes printed on paper, to enable secure sharing of product information and other data via wireless networks at low cost. This new collaborative RF-DNA research project will be designed to enable the creation of hard-to-forge certificates of authenticity by exploring the randomness of simple objects in the RF electromagnetic domain. Advances in this area of research could have a significant and positive impact on the pharmaceutical and banking industries. " ...


Via Georgia Tech: Electronic Design Center Alliance

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

RFID Location Beacon for RTLS Accuracy

Ekahau has created small mobile battery-powered transmitters, location beacons, to improve location accuracy where poor Wi-Fi coverage exists. ...

... "But in areas where there is marginal or poor wireless coverage, Ekahau location beacons can help improve location accuracy to levels previously available with expensive, proprietary systems not based on standard Wi-Fi technology. For a typical hospital environment, Ekahau location beacons can guarantee bed- and room-level accuracy in areas with poor Wi-Fi coverage, without the need to install additional Wi-Fi access points. Ekahau Wi-Fi tags recognize these location beacon signals and transmit the signal data to the RTLS server, which calculates the precise location of the Ekahau tags. The location beacons are typically mounted on a wall. Because they do not require any cabling, the location beacons can be moved around as needed to improve accuracy for a period of time or installed permanently in specific locations. " ...


Via Ekahau: Location Beacon

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Monday, March 23, 2009

RFID Records Management Application Uses Gen2 Tags

RFID is used to better manage records
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Archives has implemented Infolinx's physical records management application, which uses RFID technology to manage archival processes and space more efficiently. Infolix has seen increased productivity benefits from RFID-enable archiving through fast retrieval of missing files, being able to conduct inventories in much shorter cycle times, and processing multiple files simultaneously. ...

... "Tim Butler, Infolinx Managing Director: One of the exciting details of the Montgomery County application is the selective implementation of Gen II Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). Via the use of barcoded RFID tags, county departments desiring the added benefits of RFID are implementing this technology on an as-needed basis. Located twenty miles west of Philadelphia with more than 750,000 residents, Montgomery County is the third most populated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is actually larger than a number of states. The County's prudent fiscal management and integrity is constantly borne out by the highest AAA Bond Rating possible from the financial marketplace ... " ...


Via Infolinx: Montgomery County, PA Records Management (doc)

Relevant Infolinx references on RFID technology use in the records management process:

Infolinx RFID Solutions: "Using RFID tags and readers, it can be used to control, detect and track your records. "

Infolinx Radio Frequency Identification Benefits in Archiving and Records Management.

Here's a Google Tech Talk on the concept of digital memory ...

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Thursday, March 05, 2009

RFID on Barclays Card

New debit / credit cards from Barclays will integrate RFID to support efficient payment process. ...

... "Barclays customers getting new or replacement cards will receive ones containing RFID technology. " ...


Via BusinessWeek: RFID Debit Card

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RFID Skier Training

Fraunhofer researchers collaborate with industry to apply RFID technology to the training of skiing athletes, where thousandths of a second in improvements matter. The technology can be used to monitor performance and identify areas for improvement. ...

... "The underlying technology is radio frequency identification or RFID. A computer calculates the position of the skis every millisecond and displays their exact path on a monitor. A coach recognizes whether both skis were parallel, explains Richter, whether the skier has drifted from her path in a curve and whether she is able to carve properly. " ...


Via Fraunhofer Institute: Signal opportunities on the slopes

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Walgreen RFID Program


Walgreens sees positive results from its implementation of RFID-enabled GOLIATH marketing intelligence system last year. The Walgreen initiative has measured a substantial increase in the average execution of tracked promotional displays across its drugstore value chain. ...

... "The two companies are now moving forward with an upgrade to GOLIATH'S system, which uses patented RFID-based technology to determine the location and execution of in-store promotional displays. The upgraded system extends accurate monitoring and locating capabilities to include EPC tags placed on the displays and represents a significant leap forward in RFID technology. GOLIATH, the industry leader in in-store merchandising marketing intelligence, uses proprietary reporting capabilities to provide retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies with the information they need to maximize sales from promotional display campaigns. The GOLIATH product directly measures daily store execution of promotional display campaigns as well as consumer response and performance metrics. Combining daily point of sale information with display location, timing and execution data, the Goliath product identifies a range of sales lifts within and across campaigns. " ...


Via Goliath Systems: Significant Increase In Execution Of In-Store Displays

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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

RFID Waste Management Process Implements Access Control and Tracking

Alien Technology and Creativesystems collaborate to deliver a process-integrated RFID solution for LIPOR, the municipal Waste Management organization for Greater Oporto, Portugal. The RFID technology support a more streamlined and automated process, which was previously manual. ...

... "LIPOR has installed the Alien-Creativesystems RFID tracking solution to verify if a certain truck is allowed to unload its garbage at the waste management disposal center. Alien’s ALR-8800 passive UHF reader/writer, controls the gate barrier’s opening and closing by first reading the tagged vehicle to determine if the vehicle is allowed entry. Once the barrier opens, the truck proceeds to a designated weigh bridge where the weight of the vehicle is recorded and is assigned to a tag on the windshield. This weight is then communicated to the driver via a display, and the vehicle then travels to a specific unload point inside the facility, where the waste is unloaded. The RFID solution also ascertains that the driver went to the correct unload point since there are readers mounted throughout the facility. When the truck exits LIPOR’s facility, the tag is once again read to determine if the truck is allowed to exit. Periodic, real-time reports are issued to the municipalities via email to for billing purposes. " ...


Via Alien Technology: Waste Management Application in Portugal

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Sony RFID HDTV

Sony Felica RFID
Sony integrates RFID technology into its HDTV to enable customer transactions. ...

... "They center on a FeliCa RFID tag reader built right into their remotes that lets owners pay for Video on Demand and other multimedia purchases using their cellphones. " ...


Via Electronista: Sony Bravia HDTV

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Jungheinrich RFID Forklift Stacker


Intelligent forklift uses RFID technology integrated with warehouse management software to direct its movements. ...

... "The most important innovation: The RFID floor control module introduced during the first stage is now expanded by RFID warehouse navigation. The stacker is now communicating independently with the warehouse administration system. " ...


Via Jungheinrich AG: High rack stacker

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

RFID Wallet

Stainless steel wallet resists RFID hacks. ...

... "These woven threads produce strength that surpasses leather without being impervious to stretching or straining. It even passively resists RFID hacking. " ...


Via Mobile Magazine: Stainless Steel Wallets

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

RFID rTag LocationSpecific

Animal RFID technology
Digital Angel introduces new RFID system, r.Tag, which is a flexible active RFID tag technology for automatic collection of identification data that can be correlated to a specific location. ...

... "The electronic transponder r.Tags can be read at distances up to100 feet, and when coupled with the system's r.Tag Position Indicators, an animal's location can be established within a few feet. The low-cost scanners feature solar-powered backup batteries, and all communications are wireless with no cabling required. " ...


Via Digital Angel: R.TAG SYSTEM

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

RFID Food Traceability

RFID technology looks to be the natural choice to safeguard food and pharmaceuticals in the supply chain, as the need for traceability is elevated in importance. ...

... "observers expect RFID to emerge as the long-term technology of choice in both the pharmaceutical and food industries. " ...


Via Computerworld: Food poisoning

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Library RFID Renovation

RFID will be built into library
Library will renovate with RFID technology in its design, in support of materials tracking. ...

... "The interior of the well-used facility will see the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) for the circulation of material, the enhancement of the children's area with early literacy workstations and child-friendly furniture, and an additional 3,800 square feet of community space that will be available for public use. " ...


Via Stratford City Gazette: Cyril Clark Library

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Monday, January 05, 2009

ElPaso Texas RFID Border Construction

Mexican Border by marcokalmann
El Paso, Texas border control begins construction of RFID technology upgrades. ...

... "The upgrade involves the installation of so-called Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) technology that will allow inspectors to quickly identify border crossers using new state-of-the art travel documents. " ...


Via Las Cruces Sun-News: Port upgrade

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

IT Hardware RFID Asset Tracking Standard

RFID will track IT assets in financial industry
The financial services industry, through the Financial Services Technology Consortium, looks to RFID technology in asset tracking role. The group is working on numbering and tagging standards that can be adopted by information technology hardware vendors. ...

... "FSTC's desire to provide guidance to members adopting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to drive efficiency, accuracy, and security. The member banks are looking for a numbering strategy, and a performance baseline. The goal is to create an incentive for hardware vendors such as Dell, HP, and others to pre-tag and pre-number assets prior to shipping. " ...


Via Financial Services Technology Consortium: IT Data Center Asset Tracking

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Friday, November 28, 2008

RFID Networking Enables Asset Tracking

The mobile networking future includes advanced asset tracking capabilities, enabled by RFID technology. ...

... "With mobile devices becoming more pervasive and finding application across verticals, mobile technologies that enable high user volumes, high bandwidth voice services, seamless roaming and adaptive mesh creation, as well as industry-specific services like RFID asset tracking, will become important for businesses and consumers. " ...


Via CIOL: Networking predictions

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Smart Tag Biking

Collaborate in real-time with RFID smart tags. Smart tags will enable social networking while biking. ...

... "The program, which formally gets underway in 2009, will work through a smart tag that functions a lot like RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. The tag, which they expect to be the size of a USB flash drive, can be installed under a bike seat, inside the frame, or on a headlight. " ...


Via The Boston Globe: MIT bike mechanics

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Metro RFID Traceability Manages Product Replenishment

METRO Group will implement IBM software to capture and manage inventory and expiration dates for meat sold in its retail Future Store. ...

... "The IBM software automates the process of identifying items nearing their expiration dates and alerts staff when the store is low on a particular meat item. In the past, these tasks have been performed manually by employees, who visually scanned shelves for items about to expire, and surveyed the freezer frequently to determine which meats needed to be restocked. Using IBM's RFID technology, METRO Group can improve customer satisfaction and boost sales by ensuring that its freezer is stocked with the meats shoppers are looking for. " ...


Via IBM: METRO Group Selects IBM Traceability Solution to Manage Products Better

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Monday, October 20, 2008

RFID Enables Purchase Decision

Retail service provider and media technology firm collaborate to improve the customer experience while cross-selling related products at the point of the purchase decision using RFID technology. ...

... "Using the latest RFID technology, shoppers can now interact at the Point of Decision, in amongst product, where they are provided with media content specific to their needs at the point at which they are making the decision to purchase. " ...


Via Cambridge UK: customer experience

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

RFID in the Data Center

ABI analyst sees RFID as an enabler to efficiency in the data center, automating manual processes. ...

... "With RFID technology, Collins said employees could simply walk around the data center with handheld RFID readers and determine what's present and what's missing. " ...


Via Computerworld: Data center asset tracking

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

RFID Smart Building

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Monday, September 29, 2008

RFID Waste Tracking

Ireland firm creates waste tracking solution for use in the U.S. waste management market. ...

... "In the program, an RFID chip in each recycling bin monitors weighing operations and communicates with centralised information management systems, allowing the company to track the recycling activity of individual residents - in the case of household wastes. " ...


Via MoreThanWaste: U.S. waste management innovation

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Olympics RFID

Beijing Olympics showcased innovative uses of information technology, such as printed RFID tickets which was focused on improving security and the customer experience. ...

... "ASK-TongFang RFID tickets are based on ASK's technology that uses silver ink-printed antennas, which were manufactured at the company's plant in Miyun, near Beijing. " ...


Via InformationWeek: RFID At The Olympics

ASK-TongFang: "In accordance with customer demand for non-contact paper inlay products can be made to different specifications, HF chips or UHF chips may be used. ... "

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

RFID Kidnap Protection

RFID technology implanted into humans and linked to satellite systems can be used to track and prevent kidnapping. ...

... "Most people get the chips injected into their arms between the skin and muscle where they cannot be seen. Customers who fear they are being kidnapped press a panic button on an external device to alert Xega which then calls the police. " ...


Via Yahoo: Satellites track kidnap victims

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

RFID Vision

Look back at vision for RFID technology and see how far we have come. ...

... "Today systems based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology are helping to move Weiser's vision closer to reality. These systems consist of tags (small silicon chips that contain identifying data and sometimes other information) and of readers that automatically receive and decode that data. " ...


Via Scientific American: RFID is Key to Automating Everything



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Sunday, August 17, 2008

RFID Performance at Cold Temperatures

Demonstration of RFID performance as low temperature. ...

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Monday, May 12, 2008

RFID Vehicle Logistics

RFID used in vehicle management process
Assistor will use RFID technology to leverage real-time data to manage large vehicle warehouses and locate vehicles. UHF RFID tags are integrated into the process for vehicle logistics. ...

... "UPM Raflatac is supplying UHF EPC Gen2 tags to car logistics company Assistor for use in a new real-time vehicle logistics management solution. The RFID technology contributes to the efficient handling of vehicles in demanding environments, namely large harbours and warehouses. The complete solution has been developed by Digia. The system utilizes cost-effective, passive RFID technology to identify vehicles quickly and reliably. When unloaded from ships, vehicles are equipped with UPM Raflatac's UHF Gen2 DogBone RFID tags. An exact warehouse location is assigned to each vehicle so that they are easily located with a hand-held RFID reader. A total of 250 readers are used by the system. Each RFID tag carries information about all actions related to the vehicle during storage and production. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: Europe's largest UHF RFID deployments at vehicle logistics company Assistor

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

RFID Smart SIM Card Technology Enables Convergence Lifestyle

Touch SIM service is offered using TrueMoney RFID technology to provide customers access to convenient touch services that support their specific lifestyles and communities. ...

True offers RFID technology in its SIM cards to enable customer services

... "Supporting RFID technology, Touch SIM is a world-first offering that best suits all convergence lifestyles with just a touch. Its highlights include convenience, speed and security with smart features that match a range of modern lifestyles. Personal data and expense information can be recorded and stored on the Touch SIM. True also introduced leading new allies including Major Cineplex Group, The Esplanade, Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl, McDonald's and CP Fresh Mart which will offer more alternatives for new generation consumers in terms of supporting services for RFID technology. The first RFID offering, exclusively designed for fans of the top reality show True Academy Fantasia Season 5 (AF5), will allow voting for contestants simply through touch via the Touch SIM, making it more easy and convenient. " ...


Via True Corporation: Touch SIM innovation on TrueMove mobile phones with just a touch using RFID technology

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

RFID Contrast Delivery Shares Data

Covidien RFID-enabled syringe improves patient safety and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...

... "Covidien's contrast delivery system combines its unit-dose Ultraject prefilled contrast media syringes with its Optivantage DH power injectors to provide the only RFID-enabled contrast delivery solution available in North America. RFID is an automatic identification technology that captures, stores and transmits data between the Ultraject syringe and the Optivantage DH power injector using devices called RFID transponders, or tags.

With RFID technology, the system creates an intelligent interface between the contrast media syringe and the power injector that enables radiology technologists to better ensure that each patient receives the prescribed drug and drug dose during a procedure. " ...


Via Covidien: Contrast Delivery System with RFID Approved by FDA

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Passive Radio Frequency Identification (pRFID)

Federal government opens request for proposal for passive RFID solutions. ...

... "The Government requires commercially available state-of-the-art Passive RFID EPC Class 1, Gen 2, communications hardware, software, documentation, training, warranty service, and maintenance to provide a common, integrated structure for logistics tracking, locating, and monitoring of assets for users. In addition, the Government requires technical engineering services, including turnkey solutions integrating existing AIT and Active RFID with Passive technology to ensure the users have the capabilities to integrate technologies to accomplish a transparent solution. Passive RFID EPC, Class 1, Gen 2, technology will provide standardization and interoperability amongst Government users of Passive RFID EPC technology. " ...


Via Federal Business Opportunities: 70--Passive Radio Frequency Identification (pRFID)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

RFID Green Applications for Monitoring Beijing Olympics

AIM Global sees application of radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies in enabling green capabilities as a growth market segment. ...

... "Vehicle emissions monitoring using RFID is being implemented at this summer's Olympics in Beijing to help supervise air quality. Emissions testing is required for all vehicles travelling in and out of Beijing. An RFID tag is embedded in a decal which is placed on the windshield if the vehicle passes the emissions test. A handheld reader is used to check vehicles on the road. This application will continue even after the 2008 Summer Olympics to help reduce pollution in the city. " ...


Via AIM Global: Increased Acceptance, Utilization Of RFID Technologies in Green Applications

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

RFID Baggage Handling Savings Potential Significant

Baggage handling report confirms opportunity size and positions RFID technology as a means of reaping cost savings benefits. ...

... "According to this year's Baggage Report published today at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam, the air transport industry lost $3.8 billion in 2007 because of growing pressures on baggage management linked to passenger volumes, tight aircraft turnaround times, and heightened security measures. Figures from WorldTracer, SITA's fully-automated system for tracing lost and mishandled passenger baggage used by 400 airlines and ground handling companies, show that 42.4 million bags were mishandled or delayed in 2007. The air transport industry handles around 2.25 billion pieces of checked baggage every year. In 2007, the single largest cause of baggage delay was in transfer baggage mishandling, 49%, but this number has been falling steadily since 2005 when it was at 61%. This was followed by ticketing error/ passenger bag switch/ security/ other, 14%; failure to load, 16%; space-weight restriction, 5%; loading/offloading error, 5%; tagging errors, 3%; and arrival station mishandling, 8%. " ...


Via SITA: RFID used for Bag-Handling Crisis

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

RFID Dogbone Tags Mobile Phones

UPM RFID tags are used to better manage the mobile phone customer experience. ...

... "UPM Raflatac's DogBone tags are attached to mobile phone packages, while accessories are tagged with UPM Raflatac's ShortDipole and Belt products. In addition to global functionality, these UHF tags provide security features (EAS) for anti-theft purposes. FCC has introduced intelligent shelves with RFID reader antennas that monitor the stock and provide automatic notification if stock levels fall below specified volumes. This results in fewer out-of-stock situations and increased sales, as RFID tagged items are easily located in the store or backroom.

FCC's customers benefit from the RFID technology with enhanced customer service and reduced checkout times: the entire contents of a shopping basket can be scanned in one go at the point of sale. RFID also opens new opportunities for special promotions and cross-sales, as FCC has RFID enabled loyalty cards in use. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: UHF tags to Future Communications Company retail store in Kuwait

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ladybag RFID Technology

Students have fun with RFID technology application. ...

... "It's a smart bag that uses RFID technology to ensure that you leave the house with those three staples you need in the modern world: mobile, keys, and wallet ... " ...


Via Gizmodo Australia: Ladybag Idea Uses RFID

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

RFID Womens Workout

RFID technology is integrated into workout routine and tracks a participant's exercise regimen. ...

... "At each station, a woman flashes an RFID-tagged wristband over a scanner on the machine. The machine reads the woman's workout program and gives the exerciser real-time feedback ... " ...


Via Dallas Morning News: RFID consumer applications

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Checkpoint RFID Powers Metro Markets

Metro will use Checkpoint Systems RFID technology in the next phase of its rollout. ...

... "Checkpoint will equip another 200 Real hypermarkets across Germany with its RFID portals. " ...


Via RF Design: METRO Group RFID

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

RFID Trailer Tracking Simulation

Trailer tracking using RFID technology is simulated in this video. ...

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

RFID Privacy Amex Style

Amex RFID technology is not without privacy concerns for its cardmembers. Read on. ...

Amex card RFID technology

... "Amex has given up on smart card tech and has instead led us down the primrose path with their ExpressPay RFID based technology. " ...


Via Geeks in Paradise: RFID Payment

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Monday, January 07, 2008

Taiwan RFID Library Implementation

Taipei Public Library System implements RFID technology in its branches. ...











Insights on Taiwan's Open Book Intelligent Library.



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Sunday, December 16, 2007

RFID Pharmaceutical Tracking Monitors Location and Status

University of Michigan Health System implements RFID technology to enable tracking of pharmaceutical drug supply for location, status, and replenishment. The system will be enable via an on-site wireless network. ...

University of Michigan Health System uses RFID, radio frequency identification, on its drug supply ...

... "The Department of Pharmacy Services selected InnerWireless PanGo to help manage the supply and location of pharmacy boxes, which are often stored on highly mobile crash carts. Federal guidelines – from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) – also require that these boxes contain an adequate supply of medications that are not expired. The PanGo platform gives the pharmacy department the capability to monitor the location, as well as replenish supplies and replace soon-to-expire medications in each box more quickly.

PanGo is the first location management platform to aggregate location data from a variety of RTLS and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) sources and integrate it into the enterprise in a standards-based way, delivering a cost-optimized, scalable solution. Additionally, PanGo is the only asset-tracking application that provides a seamless, Web-based view of thousands of assets, regardless of the RTLS or RFID technology used to track them. Through this combination of features, PanGo offers a solution specifically designed to give users real-time visibility, alerts and analysis about the location and status of key assets. " ...


Via InnerWireless: University of Michigan Health System Selects Asset Tracking Solution

University of Michigan Facts: "The University of Michigan Health System includes three hospitals, approximately 30 health centers and 120 outpatient clinics, the U-M Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice and the Michigan Health Corp."

2008 Patient Safety Goals

InnerWireless Products: In-Building Wireless: "PanGo Vision is a web-based enterprise asset tracking solution specifically designed to give business users real-time visibility, real-time alerts, and real-time analysis about the location and status of key assets. "

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Library RFID Reading Demonstration

Video of library checkout process using RFID technology ...









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Saturday, October 13, 2007

RFID Disaster Response Enabler

RFID seen as an enabler to a better disaster response. ...

Dr. David Nabarro

... "Dr. Nabarro said that the use of RFID technology made a lot of sense when the point was to transport large amounts of goods, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, civil war or disease outbreak, to affected areas. " ...


Via heise: RFID Tech for emergency efforts

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Intel RFID Technology

Fools take on Intel and RFID technology in the blood supply chain. ...

... "RFID technology could also reduce waiting time, errors, and blood-type mismatches by strengthening quality control and logistics systems. " ...


Via The Motley Fool: Intel Has RFID Technology in Its Blood

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

RFID Fast Moving Consumer Goods

TOSHIBA TEC is working to demonstrate fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) in an integrated Supply Chain Management system, called the RFID EXPRESS POS Project. ...

RFID pilot by Toshiba TEC focuses on consumer goods

... "The TOSHIBA TEC set up consisted of a barcode printer at the manufacturing side to print RFID tags and the innovative RFID-driven Express POS terminal in the retail shop. The combination of barcode and RFID technologies allows a gradual integration of RFID into the retail organisation while at the same time protecting their ICT investment. " ...


Via TOSHIBA TEC: TOSHIBA TEC tests Supply Chain Management program for item-level RFID consumer goods

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Monday, July 02, 2007

WalMart RFID Program Proposes Acceleration

WalMart provides update on its RFID program and seeks to influence the market on adoption. ...

WalMart discusses its accomplishments with RFID technology

... "WalMart has implemented RFID in 1,000 of its 6,500 stores and clubs, covering 200,000 items, manufactured by about 600 participating suppliers, said Myron Burke, strategy manager of WalMart's store innovations and operations group in a keynote speech at the event." ...


Via CNN: WalMart RFID

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Implanted RFID Not Without Risks Per AMA

American Medical Association issues report on implantable RFID technology. ...

... "RFID technology has the potential to improve patient care as well as patient safety. However, the safety and efficacy of human-implantable RFID devices has yet to be established. Therefore, the medical community should support further investigations to obtain the data necessary to make informed medical decisions regarding the use of these devices. The medical community should also be sensitive to potential social consequences of RFID devices, such as non-medical applications in law enforcement. " ...


Via AMA: REPORT OF THE COUNCIL ON ETHICAL AND JUDICIAL AFFAIRS (Doc)

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

BestBuy RFID Enables Customer Experience

Best Buy sees RFID technology as an enabler of business benefits in customer-facing business processes. ...

... "For instance, the company has already initiated pilot projects that use RFID technology to help customers more easily find items they are looking for in the stores. " ...


Via PC World: Best Buy RFID

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Monday, June 04, 2007

RFID Steel Slab Identification

ThyssenKrupp Steel uses RFID Anywhere for slab identification. Accenture felt that RFID Anywhere is appropriate for ThyssenKrupp Steel's application, which requires a range of mobile and fixed RFID devices and printers to be deployed globally and integrated into corporate systems. ...

RFID used for steel handling at the Port of Duisburg

... "The software infrastructure will be used in ThyssenKrupp Steel's new steel mill in the Bay of Sepetiba, Brazil, as well as at the European sea harbor and local harbor in Duisburg, Germany, to automatically identify steel slabs and to speed up the unloading process. Working with consultants from Accenture, ThyssenKrupp Steel recently completed successful pilot trials with 1,000 slabs sent from Brazil and marked with RFID tags. Custom-made software applications based on RFID Anywhere were used to tag the slabs in Brazil and identify them at various points throughout their journey. At the harbor in Duisburg, slabs hanging on a crane were identified in a fully automated fashion while being unloaded. The Brazilian steel mill is currently under construction and is scheduled to start production of five million metric tons of steel per year in 2009. Overall, a total of 250,000 slabs will be transported every year, 100,000 of which will be processed at ThyssenKrupp Steel's German plants -- a highly complex logistics process for which ThyssenKrupp Steel will rely on Sybase iAnywhere RFID technology. " ...


Via Sybase iAnywhere: ThyssenKrupp Steel Selects Sybase iAnywhere RFID Technology For Multi-Site Slab Identification

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Texas RFID Tracks Hospital High-Value Assets

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Dallas-Fort Worth uses RFID technology to track high-value assets. The system is designed to be transparent and simple-to-use to drive adoption. ...

Hospital RFID enables healthcare asset tracking

... "The system essentially automates the tracking and cataloging of almost all of the hospital's most expensive equipment. " ...


Via Dallas Morning News : Hospital RFID For Asset Management

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CLIP RFID Connects Patients and Medical Assets Through Microsoft Biztalk RFID

Aventyn releases V1.2 of CLIP, its Clinical Information Processing Platform. CLIP integrates RFID capability to support hospitals and medical manufacturers to connect patients and medical assets. CLIP v1.2 integrates with Microsoft's BizTalk RFID technology. This creates a health information management solution that enables healthcare industry to link care provider business processes with events in the supply-chain. Aventyn participates in the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Technology Adoption Program (TAP) to enable new RFID features in this release. ...

... "Enterprise Deployment of Connected Health Information: The availability of CLIP v1.2 provides clinicians and healthcare providers a flexible, yet affordable choice in the secure tracking of critical resources in a healthcare setting based on hospital, medical lab and supplier requirements. CLIP is available as a RFID-enabled hosted platform solution or as an installable packaged solution, seamlessly integrating into most existing IT environments with support for multiple users. A robust, ease-of-use interface offers installation, industry standard Gen2 RFID tag-reader configuration and deployment within hours. The modular CLIP architecture allows for true connected information processing for automated patient administration and medical asset tracking with built-in support for processing Gen2 RFID tagged health cards, patient wristbands and asset labels. " ...


Via Webitpr: CLIP V1.2 With Enhanced Integrated RFID Capability For Hospitals And Medical Suppliers

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Intel-Reva RFID Reader LLRP Developer Trial

Reva and Intel collaborate to enable equipment vendors to trial LLRP protocol for RFID readers. ...

... "Intel will provide Reva's Low Level RFID Reader Protocol (LLRP) developers' kit and test tool to reader vendors employing Intel's R1000 radio chip. This is in addition to the ongoing LLRP development activities Reva and several leading reader manufacturers started earlier this year. LLRP is an EPCglobal standard for reader control and communications that is paving the way to industry‐wide reader interoperability. Upon completion of a 30‐day prototyping period among reader manufacturers, the Reva LLRP developer's kit, implementation code and supporting documentation will be turned over to an open source project available to any individual or company who wishes to participate." ...


Via Reva Systems: Reva Systems and Intel Collaborate to Drive RFID Reader Standard (PDF) ...

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

RFID Benefits Realized: No Cat Virus

AIM Global will collaborate with RFID leaders to proactively communicate case studies, benefits, and industry thought leadership. ...

... "Consider these instead: RFID secures US ports, RFID saves elderly patient who's wandered off, RFID to protect coal miners, RFID ensures emergency evacuation, RFID tire pressure monitors help prevent roll-overs. Given the chance, the real news about RFID can also provide compelling human interest headlines - they're just not such great tabloid fodder. There is a real lack of understanding among the public and media of the facts about RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and applications. " ...


Via Aim Global: Mission to Highlight Real Benefits and Debunk Myths ...

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Monday, April 23, 2007

McAfee on RFID Security Weaknesses

McAfee analysts recognize the positive possibilities of new technology, such as RFID, but are wary of the emerging opportunities to monitor and gather critical data surreptitiously. Sustaining security is critical to the long-term viability of these technologies. ...

... "Current RFID technology is vulnerable to eavesdropping, recording, cloning, and forgery. RFID readers could contain vulnerabilities that would allow RFID chips to contain exploits to steal information from backend databases. Proof-of-concept attacks are becoming more common and mass production of the technology has driven the cost of the devices way down, which has more manufacturers jumping onto the bandwagon." ...



Via McAfee: The Future of Cybercrime (PDF) ...

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

RFID Barriers to Pharma Adoption: Cost Benefits Standards

Health Industry Insights shares survey findings that identify the top barriers to pharma industry's adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID). 143 life sciences industry leaders point to technology cost, lack of ROI and standards as the barriers. ...

RFID barriers in pharma industry discussed

... "The report goes on to spotlight the slower-than-expected RFID adoption with additional survey findings. Results reveal less than one in five (16%) pharmaceutical companies are currently evaluating the benefits of RFID technology, and even fewer (15%) companies adopting RFID in some capacity. Overall, the report indicates average life science company spend on RFID technology is approximately $25,000, although this level is expected to triple to $75,000 over the next 12 months. Additionally, the report discusses read rate results from commercial RFID pilots in the pharmaceutical industry. The report reveals that initiatives utilizing high-frequency (HF) technology for item-level tagging are achieving better read rates than those using ultra-high frequency (UHF). Findings show initiatives using HF are experiencing read rates in the Four to Six Sigma (a well-know management practice used to help companies achieve exceptional performance levels) range, and exceeding Six Sigma in some cases, whereas those using UHF are typically between Three and Four Sigma. " ...


Via Health Industry Insights: Pharmaceutical Industry's Top Roadblocks to RFID Adoption ...

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Sunday, April 15, 2007

Canada RFID Conference

is upcoming this May - conference registration. ...

... "May 8th & 9th 2007 at the Delta Markham " ...


2007 Canadian RFID Conference

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Saturday, April 14, 2007

RFID Filtration: Millipore Integrates Smart Technology

Millipore is collaborating with Tack Smart Filter Technology BV to integrate RFID technology in its filters and filtration apparatuses for biopharmaceutical applications and will use Tagsys RFID technology for tags and reader components. ...

Millipore uses RFID technology to integrate into its filtration products for pharma production

... "By using RFID technology in filtration products, Millipore's customers can increase their speed by quickly and reliably retrieving critical information, such as when and how the product was manufactured. Additionally, when the filters are coupled with sensors, RFID can deliver real-time information about product performance and identify which fluids are present during the manufacturing process. This information will help customers to ensure regulatory compliance and make recording and conveying manufacturing data faster and more reliable. Unlike previous labeling methods such as barcodes, RFID enables customers to automatically document product and process information, eliminates the risk of losing critical information, and provides the ability to rewrite their own information into embedded RFID tags. " ...


Via Millipore: Company to Embed RFID Technology in Filtration Products Used for Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Sirit RFID Orange County Traffic Management

OCTA uses RFID technology in its express lanes
OCTA utilizes Sirit RFID technology on the SR-91 Riverside Freeway Express Lanes in Southern California. ...

... "Sirit Inc. announced that it has secured an order totaling US$2.0 million from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) in Southern California. The contract calls for Sirit to deliver its UHF RFID transponder technology over the next 3 years, with deliveries to commence in Q2 2007. " ...


Via PR News Wire: US$2.0 million RFID Transponder Contract

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

European Perspective on RFID Technology

European Union provides results of regional survey on RFID technology. ...

... "RFID – smart radio tags - are the keystone of the emerging Internet of Things that will connect objects and places. " ...


Via European Union: Radio Frequency IDentification RFID - The Internet of things - European Perspective

EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding discusses RFID technology

Survey reveals key findings, such as mixed views on the benefits of RFID, belief in a higher risk to privacy due to RFID, and a general lack of adequate information on RFID to support education of citizens. Europeans want to continue the dialogue on the privacy risks of RFID. ...

... "Overall, 60% of respondents feel that there is insufficient information available to make an informed analysis of RFID technologies. There is therefore considerable support for awareness and information campaigns. Views on whether RFID can improve the lives of Europeans are evenly split. The benefits mentioned include food safety (identification of allergens, more comprehensive information, easier product recalls), healthcare (prevention of drug misuse, authentication) or supply chain management (fewer stocks-out, better after sales service). Privacy, health and environmental risks are among the RFID concerns given." ...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Active RFID Technology Secures Port of Oakland

WhereNet Corp. will assist the Port of Oakland in meeting security requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by implementing a truck RFID tagging system at one of its most active marine terminals. Drayage trucks at the Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) will be equipped with WhereNet active RFID tags. ...

WhereNet supports Port of Oakland security improvements with RFID technology

... "The Port of Oakland has purchased 1,700 WhereTag active RFID transmitters and is contracting with WhereNet and eModal to distribute the tags to drayage companies that serve the OICT, which is operated by Stevedoring Services of America Terminals (SSAT). WhereNet has completed installation of RFID readers at OICT and drivers using that terminal are already voluntarily installing the tags on their truck cabs. When a driver arrives at the terminal and approaches security, a transmission from the WhereTag is picked up by the WhereNet Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) infrastructure of antennas installed at each marine terminal and automatically cross-references with the information available through the eModal trucking database, ensuring that only authorized vehicles are granted entry. The Port of Oakland's security initiative should be bolstered by the recent DHS decision, announced on January 9, 2007, to award increased grant funding to help secure California ports this year. " ...


Active RFID Technology Improves Security at Port of Oakland

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Printronix RFID Printer Compatible With Microsoft Biztalk RFID Solution

Printronix collaborates with Microsoft to create turnkey radio frequency identification (RFID) printing solution that is compatible with Microsoft's BizTalk RFID infrastructure. ...

Printronix RFID printer will be compatible with Microsoft BizTalk RFID solutions

... "Ready to meet global supply chain operators' RFID compliance needs, Printronix's SL4M is the industry's most economical, industrial-grade metal printer/encoder designed for global Class 1 Gen 2 as well as ISO compliant ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID applications. Synchronized with Microsoft's BizTalk RFID technology, it encodes and prints RFID chips and labels to meet retail, government and other supply-chain compliance mandates. It also is ideal for closed-loop UHF applications. Announced in June 2006, BizTalk RFID will incorporate Microsoft's vast technology expertise and developer network to provide an innovative platform solution that is enabling businesses to optimize RFID technology and create greater supply-chain efficiencies. Printronix worked with Microsoft as the company first announced its BizTalk RFID solution to improve greatly the customer's ability to experience all of the benefits of RFID. First to market with a UHF EPC printer, Printronix leveraged its RFID installation experiences with top suppliers to Wal-Mart, the U.S. Department of Defense, Target, Albertsons and Best Buy to create its RFID product and solutions portfolio. Printronix then shared its patented MP2 RFID Smart printing knowledge with the Microsoft development team and contributed SmartLine RFID printers to Microsoft's technology centers in Redmond, Wash.; Paris; Beijing; and Bangalore, India, among other locations. " ...


Via Printronix: Printronix Utilizes Microsoft BizTalk RFID Technology to Deliver Turnkey RFID Printing Solution to Supply Chain Operators Worldwide ...

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bookseller RFID Enables Growth


Bookseller implements RFID technology from its supply chain throughout the customer experience and shows increased sales. ...

... "Selexyz, the Netherlands's largest book chain, has been testing an RFID inventory-management system at an outlet in the town of Almere. " ...


Via CNN-Money: Bookseller uses RFID technology

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

RFID-Enabled Mobile Clinical Assistant, MCA

Healthcare mobile device incorporates RFID to automate patient processes
Motion Computing introduces new C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) at UCSF Medical Center. The MCA is a new computing category that enables the healthcare processes of nurses, physicians and other clinicians with mobility. The Motion C5 integrates reliable, automated patient data management at the point of care. UCSF piloted the the mobile clinical assistant to assess clinician productivity improvements through enabling mobile point of care. Its analysis demonstrates a substantial improvement in nurse productivity, satisfaction and documentation accuracy. ...

... "This collaborative effort resulted in development of the Motion C5 - designed with and for clinicians - that is now being implemented in clinician usability studies worldwide. The C5 is the first highly sealed, fully disinfectable computer to integrate into one durable device the relevant technologies important to clinician workflow and productivity. The C5 combines multiple devices into one - including a built-in barcode and RFID reader for patient identification and supply, specimen and medication administration verification; a built-in camera; and a fingerprint reader to improve security and simplify clinician authentication. " ...


Via Motion Computing: Motion Launches Industry's First Mobile Clinical Assistant Designed Specifically for Clinicians ...

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

WalMart RFID Challenging Rollout

Walmart is challenged to complete its full roll-out of RFID technology through its supply chain. ...

... "But so far it has installed the technology at just five, plus 1,000 stores. WalMart expects to add another 400 stores this year. " ...


Via Graphic Arts Monthly: WalMart RFID

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

RFID Supports Intermodal Transportation

Horizon Lines implements RFID technology to better manage logistics across multiple modes of transportation. ...



... "To overcome the lack of highway readers, the company placed so-called active RFID tags, which use an internal power source to contact readers, on 5100 containers. " ...


Via Computerworld: RFID in Transportation

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