Monday, March 15, 2010

IDSystems RFID Luggage Handling

ID Systems receives patents for system that controls human access to mobile assets, and a mobile portal for tracking the movements of luggage. ...

... "The patented mobile portal for tracking luggage describes baggage handling vehicles equipped with both a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader and a device that actuates the reader under certain operating conditions. The system identifies RFID-tagged luggage as it is loaded, moved, and unloaded—wherever the baggage handling vehicles may travel. The system also compares scanned luggage to a predefined list, such as a manifest that matches airline passengers with their luggage. " ...


Via I.D. Systems: I.D. Systems Awarded Patents for Access Control and Luggage Handling

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oakland RFID Trucking

Oakland marine terminal refines its new process for truck access. ...

... "Registration of vehicles with the California Air Resources Board and proper installation and use of RFID tags will be the keys to improving the efficiency of the Oakland operation, Wargo said. " ...


Via Journal of Commerce: Oakland Truck Gate Delays

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

SMARTRAC RFID Vehicle Identification Project

SMARTRAC N.V. will participate in a RFID-enabled traffic management project in the Philippines which will improve traffic congestion, passenger safety, and driving law compliance. ...

... "The project, which employs long range passive RFID tags for identification of vehicles, is one of the first country-wide implementations of RFID technology for traffic management in the world. Stradcom Corporation, one of the largest private sector suppliers to government information technology projects in the Philippines, was awarded the Information Technology Project from the Philippine Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Office (DOTC-LTO). The project is expected to improve traffic flow, help enforce traffic law and increase vehicle security. " ...


Via SMARTRAC: Philippine vehicle identification project

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Monday, August 24, 2009

ThingMagic RFID IVR

ThingMagic introduces Vega RFID reader and Development Kit based on the company's UHF RFID Mercury5e embedded reader module suitable for in-transit visibility solutions in rugged environments. ...

... "The ThingMagic Vega IVR (In Vehicle Reader) model offers vehicle manufacturers, automotive technology vendors and integrators the tools needed to advance in-vehicle RFID application development. Vega IVR meets the operating and business requirements of many everyday in-transit use cases where extending asset, product, or personnel visibility into the vehicle can be beneficial. A serial interface connects the Vega IVR reader to an in-dash PC, on-board laptop, GPRS modem, or telematics platform for RFID tag information processing, system command, and integration with customized PC applications. " ...


Via ThingMagic: Rugged UHF RFID Reader for In-Vehicle Applications

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Monday, April 06, 2009

RFID Tool Tracking for Ford Commercial Vehicles

Dewalt Tool Link uses RFID for asset tracking
DeWalt RFID-enabled Tool Link will support asset management on Ford vehicles for commercial use. This RFID asset tracking capability is integrated into an in-dash mobile computer that is internet-connected. ...

... "You fasten standard second-generation RFID tags to tools and other items and then scan the tags. With the vehicle running, a pair of RFID antennas inside the pickup bed or van cargo box scans for tagged items. The result is displayed on the In-Dash Computer screen. And you’re alerted if any inventoried items have not been loaded on the truck. " ...


Via Ford Work Solutions: Keep Track of Tools

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

RFID Access Control at Ski Event

RFID access at skiing events
UPM Raflatac's RFID inlays are used to enable access control for the men's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and Piemonte Mondiale 2009 event in Sestriere, Italy. ...

... "At Piemonte Mondiale, all persons authorized by the event organizer were issued with an RFID-enabled plastic ID card carrying their personal data and access rights. These cards were used by all persons permitted to enter, including press, athletes and invited VIPs, authorities and operators. The same procedure was applied to vehicular access: authorized vehicles were issued an RFID-enabled ID pass. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: Alpine Ski World Cup

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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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Sunday, November 30, 2008

RFID on International Bridges

RFID technology implementation continues at border crossings where smart-passports will make the process more efficient and secure. ...

... "Radio frequency identification (RFID) hardware will be placed in all vehicle inspection lanes. It lets inspectors read travelers' passport cards ... " ...


Via Brownsville Herald: Border Security

Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates: "This four-lane bridge carries commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians. It is 4,024 feet long, with sidewalks on both sides. ... "

Gateway International Bridge

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Border Crossing RFID Deployments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection implements its Vehicle Primary Client computer system and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology hardware in the vehicle inspection lanes at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway crossings. ...

... "These technology enhancements will be incorporated into the ongoing construction of the new port facility at the Blaine Peace Arch crossing. The RFID deployment is part of a national construction initiative at 39 major entry points (354 total traffic lanes) along the U.S borders with Canada and Mexico over the coming months. Vehicle Primary Client, the new 21st Century portal-based system, represents the most substantial upgrade to the primary inspection computer system in 20 years. VPC incorporates the current license plate reader system with the new RFID enabled documentation technology. When completed, CBP officers will be able to quickly verify the validity of travel documents and make determinations regarding the admissibility of persons. " ...


Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Blaine Border Crossings

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Vehicle RFID Demo

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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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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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Friday, February 08, 2008

RFID Tags Ski World Cup

UPM Raflatac supplies RFID inlays to enable attendee and vehicle access to the FIS female downhill ski World Cup on February 9 to 10. ...

Skiing competition will use RFID technology to manage event access

... "At Piemonte Mondiale, all persons authorized by the event organizer will be provided with an RFID-enabled plastic ID card that carries their personal data and access rights. These cards will be used by all persons permitted to enter, from the press, athletes and invited VIPs to authorities and operators. The same goes for vehicle IDs: authorized vehicles will be issued an RFID-enabled pass. People and vehicles will be manually scanned with handheld RFID readers supplied by Brightpoint. " ...


Via UPM Raflatac: RFID tags in access control at female downhill ski World Cup

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Vehicle RFID Inventory Control and Asset Tracking

ThingMagic partners with DEWALT and Ford Motor Company to integrate embedded RFID asset tracking system into the 2009 Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty pickups and E-Series vans. The Ford Work Solutions Tool Link by DEWALT uses RFID reader system to enable Ford and DEWALT customers to track RFID-tagged assets and validate inventory is under control. ...

Ford F150 uses RFID technology for construction crews with high value assets

... "Ford is the first automotive manufacturer to offer passive, embedded RFID technology in its vehicles, allowing customers to capitalize on RFID's capabilities, including asset tracking and inventory control, to ensure crews arrive and leave the job site with the right tools and materials for their jobs. As part of the Ford Work Solutions, a collection of affordable technologies that will assist Ford customers in better running their business, Tool Link by DEWALT is the result of a partnership between leaders in the embedded RFID technology space, professional power tool industry and the automotive business.

Building on DEWALT's knowledge of the professional power tool market, ThingMagic's Advanced Development Group has also designed rugged, reliable RFID labels that allow truck operators to tag, scan and track expensive tools, equipment and other assets using the ThingMagic-designed system. Additionally, Ford Works Solutions Tool Link by DEWALT is designed to support loss prevention of equipment and supplies through real-time inventory updates. Ford is debuting the ThingMagic RFID-enabled vehicle line during the industry’s annual Chicago Auto Show. " ...


Via ThingMagic: Ford Motor Company and DEWALT to Provide First RFID Enabled Trucks

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

RFID Medical Transportation Implementation Based on Microsoft Sharepoint Server

B.O.S. Better Online Solutions Ltd will implement solution of strategic customer involved in medical transportation industry. ...

... "The system is based on BOS PointAct infrastructure enhancements to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). The first phase of the implementation will enable the customer, on a daily basis, to monitor, analyze, audit, manage and control its services, costs, pricing lists and other business aspects. In subsequent phases, new features for monitoring the customer's vehicles and equipment will be introduced, using BOS RFID and AVL technologies. Following the completion of this project, the Company and the customer intend to establish a Joint Venture that will offer the system to potential new customers. " ...


Via BOS: RFID SharePoint based logistics project

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Friday, November 16, 2007

RFID Vehicle Identification in China Car Park

Tagmaster RFID vehicle identification is demonstrated in Chinese car park. ...









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Monday, October 15, 2007

RFID Vehicle Systems Uses Biometrics

Privaris introduces new version of the plusID identity verification token which incorporates personal biometrics into the process for gate and vehicle security. ...

Token works with RFID to enable vehicle identification

... "Vehicle locking and starting: In addition to supporting long range communication to allow in-motion identity verification for gate access, the plusID 90 can be used with commercially available vehicle starting and locking systems that are designed to work with standard card-type access credentials. plusID supports all of the RFID access card formats offered by HID to provide the assurance of biometric identity verification of the driver when they enter and start the vehicle, as well as when they approach vehicle gates. Combining driver identity verification with vehicle identification: Privaris gate and vehicle solutions can be easily combined with long-range RFID technology, such as that used in automated toll road systems, to identify vehicles insuring that the right driver is behind the wheel of the right vehicle. RFID tags on the vehicle's windshield communicate with receivers mounted in the vehicle travel lane. Information from the vehicle RFID system is compared with the data from the driver's plusID to verify a match - the resulting combination insures not only the driver's identity, but that they are in their approved vehicle. " ...


Via Privaris: Fast Lane Biometric Identity Verification at Vehicle Gates

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

RFID AVI Reader Targets High Speed and New Applications for Vehicles

Sirit launches the IDentity 5100 RFID reader, its latest Automatic Vehicle Identification reader solution, or AVI. It is intended for advanced AVI applications, such as Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR) and Electronic Vehicle Identification (EVI). The RFID reader can communicate with vehicles traveling up to 100 miles per hour. The reader is compatible with North America, Europe and other global regulatory environments. ...

... "In an EVR system deployment, motor vehicles are outfitted with RFID transponders issued through vehicle inspection and registration offices. An entire EVR system consists of RFID transponders, antennas, readers and a host computer database system. A unique electronic identification code is assigned to each vehicle via the tamper-resistant windshield RFID sticker transponder and each unique code is linked to a record in the centralized vehicle-database. The EVR reader network of fixed reader points (similar to electronic tolling plazas) and randomly located handheld readers then verifies vehicle registration compliance. A back-office processing system generates violation citations. The IDentity 5100 solution protects both privacy and anonymity as no personal data is maintained on the transponders while authentication layers on the EVR reader provide additional security to the system making EVR an effective and attractive method to enforce transportation regulations. Motor vehicle compliance and enforcement is a growing issue throughout the world, and EVR is a solution which maximizes agencies’ ability to collect registration fees, process violations, and drive future infrastructure funding. " ...


Via Sirit: Solution for the Electronic Vehicle Registration Market

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Alien RFID Vehicle Tracks Employee Parking

Alien Technology partners with STS Technology to implement vehicle tracking solution for the Municipality of Pendik in Istanbul, Turkey. ...

Alien RFID reader used for vehicle tracking in Turkey municipality

... "The Municipality of Pendik has installed the STS/Alien RFID vehicle tracking solution for their employee parking lots. Employee and company vehicles now will feature an Alien RFID tag mounted on the vehicle window with fixed position ALR-8800 readers mounted at various entry/exit points within the parking lots. " ...


Via Alien Technology: STS Integrates Turkey’s First EPC-Compliant Vehicle Tracking Solution with Alien Readers and Tags at the Municipality of Pendik, Istanbul

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Bermuda RFID Electronic Vehicle Registration

Bermuda will use RFID technology on vehicles to manage the registration process. ...

... "Small radio frequency tags are attached to windshield stickers and placed on vehicles at the time of registration. Electronic readers are then used to remotely verify the registration status of the vehicle. EVR makes verifying motor vehicle registration easier and faster for law enforcement and, because it is less random, more equitable for Bermudians. The Government of Bermuda will be able to more efficiently collect revenue owed by vehicle owners who avoid paying registration fees. " ...


Via Bermuda Transport Control Department: Electronic Vehicle Registration (EVR)

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Honda RFID Assemply Line: Critical Component Traceability

Honda and IBM will implement RFID technology in motorcycle manufacturing processes
Honda Italia partners with IBM to implement RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and infrastructure in production processes at its plant located in Atessa, Italy. The solution will enable Honda Italy to increase efficiency and accuracy in managing its motorcycle production in Italy. ...

... "IBM Global Business Services will support Honda Italia in the design and development of the RFID implementation, which will enable the real time, automatic identification of each vehicle along the entire production chain. The RFID tags will also be used on micro-lots of critical components, such as engines. IBM business and technology consultants have been collaborating for a long time with Honda Italia engineers in the design of the new processes and in the identification of the best solution. The RFID technology will be then completely integrated with Honda's existing IT systems through an open standards-based, Linux and Java (J2EE) application built on the IBM WebSphere Application Server to track inventory and to monitor ways to improve efficiency.

Honda and IBM collaborate on RFID technology implementation

The first phase of the project, completed earlier this year, simultaneously with the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Honda Italia, calls for the transformation of Honda's large-displacement bikes (Hornet 600, CBF1000/600/500) assembly line. The RFID tags were used to monitor the traceability of critical components, WIP (Work In Progress) management and inventory replenishment. In the future, RFID tags will also be applied to Honda's scooter production line, starting with the European best seller SH150i/125i and the bigger SH300i. " ...


Via IBM: Honda Italia and IBM Revolutionize Motorbike Production With RFID: Innovation Project at Honda's Plant in Italy Expected to Improve Efficiency and Accuracy ...

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Monday, January 08, 2007

RFID Warehouse Forklift System

RFID enabled forklift system manages warehouse processes
Intermec introduces forklift RFID system that integrates automated data collection to drive efficiency in warehouse business processes. ...

... "This ground-breaking RFID (radio frequency identification) forklift installation system allows forklift drivers to use RFID and other data collection technologies to gather complete real-time inventory data efficiently and safely without leaving their vehicle. Intermec partnered with Cascade Corporation, the world leader in the design and manufacture of lift truck attachments, to create an RFID-enabled forklift system that integrates durable, rugged inventory and data collection technology with existing forklift equipment. The system improves performance and safety while significantly reducing the cost of RFID forklift deployments in warehouse applications. The Intermec Adaptable Load Backrest and Antenna Cell system can be made to accommodate almost all forklifts on the market, providing customers a factory-certified product designed specifically for their lift trucks that meets OSHA and industry safety requirements. Flexible and configurable, the Adaptable Load Backrest switches easily from one application to another, allowing the driver to accomplish pallet-, case- and even shelf-level readings without the costly and intensive labor associated with retrofit systems. " ...


Via Intermec: Intermec and Cascade Introduce Mobile RFID Forklift Adaptable Load Backrest for Rugged, Industrial Warehouse Use

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

RFID Supports Nissan Continuous Improvement Initiative

Nissan implements a continuous improvement initiative to target vehicle labor cost reduction, increase logistics throughput accelerating customer service, and enhance vehicle quality through defect elimination early in the product lifecycle. The initiative will be enabled by a wireless architecture and active RFID technology in the Nissan Canton MS manufacturing facility, supplied by WhereNet. ...

Wherenet active RFID tags support Nissan continuous improvement

... "As part of a continuous improvement initiative at its four-million square foot assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, Nissan will leverage a single wireless architecture to run multiple WhereNet applications, including the WhereSoft Yard Management System (YMS) and Vehicle Tracking and Management System (VTMS), to improve production velocity and throughput, labor productivity, and vehicle quality. Nissan's Canton assembly plant has the capacity to produce 400,000 vehicles per year, including the Altima sedan, Armada full-size sport utility vehicle, Infiniti QX56 full-size sport utility vehicle, Quest minivan, and Titan full-size pickup truck.

Deploying the WhereNet single wireless infrastructure over the entire Canton complex will take less than 90 days. The hardware consists of 1500 active RFID WhereTag transmitters, which are temporarily attached to new vehicles as they roll off the assembly line as part of the WhereNet VTMS system; 700 WhereTag transmitters that are permanently fixed to trailers belonging to Nissan's dedicated suppliers or temporarily attached to others as part of the WhereSoft YMS application; 120 WherePort magnetic exciters positioned between gates and at key choke points across the complex; and a local infrastructure of 80 wireless WhereLAN locating access points.

Nissan also plans to deploy the WhereNet automated gate check-in/out solution known as Fast Gate that supports 24x7 sequenced parts deliveries from Nissan suppliers. Fast Gate senses when a truck is approaching the gate; cross-references detailed information about the truck in a database; and, if authorized, automatically opens the gate to grant entry. Then, based on business rules loaded into the WhereSoft yard management application, the system instructs drivers and yard personnel to deliver the inbound load to the appropriate dock door for just-in-time sequencing of parts based on the assembly line build plan for that work shift.



When new vehicles roll off the Nissan assembly line, each vehicle is assigned an active RFID WhereTag transmitter that is married to the vehicle identification number (VIN). The WhereTag remains on the vehicle until it has been processed and is ready to ship to its final destination. Nissan uses the WhereNet VTMS in off-line areas to manage post-assembly verification and test processes, as well as quality repair, containment and shipping zones. The system includes a logical hierarchy of rules that manages the processing of every vehicle in accordance with its assigned status so that critical orders are processed before lower-priority units. " ...


Via Wherenet: NISSAN SELECTS WHERENET'S LOCATABLE, ACTIVE RFID SYSTEM TO AUTOMATE INBOUND SUPPLY CHAIN AND OUTBOUND DELIVERY CHAIN ...

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Construction RFID: Materials Tracking ...

BT Auto-ID uses RFID technology to increase the efficiency of the construction job site, through on-site material tracking and in-bound supply chain management. ...

BT implements RFID on the construction job-site ...

... "Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), existing bar-code technology or a combination of both, BT Constructnet provides real-time information on the status and location of materials and assets as they flow through the supply chain and as they move around vast construction sites. This data can be accessed at all points in the supply chain and used to ensure delivery of the right materials, to the right place at the right time, cutting the amount of items lost in-transit or on-site and reducing payment disputes. The solution works by enabling manufacturers to identify each unique batch of materials, taking an RFID tag or bar-code reading before goods are dispatched. Items such as bags of cement or tools are scanned again as they are loaded onto the delivery vehicle, generating an automated confirmation of receipt for the driver. They are then read as they pass through each point of the supply chain until the point of delivery at the construction site. Once on the site, remote readers can pinpoint where specific items or materials are being stored. Data is accessed via the internet using BT Auto-ID's collaborative data exchange platform. " ...


Via BT Auto-ID Services: BT Constructnet lays firm foundation for construction site efficiency ...

FIATECH Project Deliverables: "Field Tests of RFID Technology for Construction Tool Management: The purpose of these tests was to investigate the technical feasibility of using RFID technology to automate tool management processes. RFID technology offers the possibility that tools and valuable supplies tagged with RFID devices could be issued and received from central storage and the issue/receipt documented without intervention or help from a tool storage attendant. "

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

RFID SENTRI Rapid Inspection Technology ...

CBP encourages SENTRI users to upgrade to RFID technology decals ...
US CBP needs remaining Sentri users to upgrade to the latest RFID rapid inspection technology. ...

... "U.S. Customs and Border Protection urged San Diego and Tijuana area SENTRI participants who have not yet swapped their old fast pass vehicle transponder for the new RFID decal to make the conversion immediately or face loss of privileges. Of the 37,176 vehicles currently enrolled in the San Diego-Tijuana Secure Electronic Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program, about 8,200 still need to be converted to a newer technology Radio Frequency Identification decal that will provide secure occupant information to CBP officers as the vehicles enter ports of entry from Mexico. Detection equipment at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry that reads the old windshield-mounted transponder will be turned off on Thursday, June 22, replaced by newer equipment that reads an RFID chip embedded within the official SENTRI windshield decal, officials said. The vehicle conversion does not require an appointment and requires about 20 minutes to complete at the Otay Mesa passenger port, said James Hynes, director of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry. " ...

RFID SENTRI Rapid Inspection Technology: Via U.S. Customs and Border Protection: SENTRI Users Urged to Upgrade to Newer Technology Now ...

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Hoboken RFID Parking Permits ...

Hoboken implements RFID technology solution to enable efficient parking permit process ...
Hoboken implements software, mobile computers, and RFID technology to enable better management of residential parking permits. ...

... "Hoboken is one of the first municipalities in the United States to implement RFID in this way. Hoboken parking enforcement officers were finding it difficult to distinguish the permits of residents with extended parking privileges from those of city visitors with more limited privileges tinted windows, weather conditions and inconsistent permit placement were all challenges. As residential Hoboken parking permits become more valuable, officers have also noticed a rise in illegally issued and counterfeit permits. The combination of PayLock's RFID Permit Management software running on Symbol RFID rugged mobile computers enables Hoboken parking officers to rapidly read the parking permit information stored on the RFID tag, allowing them to easily identify illegally parked vehicles and those using counterfeit permits.

The city of Hoboken's solution consists of Symbol MC9000-G RFID mobile computers running PayLock software to read Symbol passive RFID tagged parking permits. With this integrated solution, Hoboken parking enforcement officials can do away with the laborious car-by-car inspections that were previously needed to determine whether a permit was real or counterfeit. The RFID tags, which are embedded in the parking permits, contain an identification number that is stored in a permit database. This database holds the information on the vehicle and the type of permit issued, defining where a vehicle can legally park. Valid tags and associated information are synchronized to the Symbol mobile computers daily, allowing parking officers to validate if a car is permitted to park in a particular location at a particular time. PayLock's RFID Permit Management software also allows the city of Hoboken to greatly reduce the cost and effort associated with issuing new permits every year permit holders are now able to renew online through a 24/7 call center and have their existing permit extended immediately. " ...

Hoboken RFID Parking Permits: Via Symbol Technologies: Symbol RFID Solution Helps City of Hoboken Battle Parking Permit Counterfeiting: Innovative RFID Solution Helps Manage City Parking Demands ...

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Walmart RFID: Vehicle Mounted Reader ...

Vehicle-mounted RFID reader will be presented at Walmart Supplier Forum. ...

... "LXE Inc., a leading manufacturer of rugged wireless computers that improve the performance of supply-chain execution applications, announced that it will be unveiling its ultra-rugged RX2 lift truck mounted RFID reader at WalMart Supplier On-Boarding Forum and EPCglobal US Tech Expo, April 25 and 26 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas. The RX2 is the second lift truck mounted RFID reader being developed by LXE, the first one being the RX1 announced last September. The RX2 addresses a need for a simple, easy-to-install, vehicle mounted RFID reader that can be used for standard RFID based forklift pallet move applications such as shipping, receiving, picking and put-aways where EPC RFID based identification of pallet loads and locations are used. The RX2's mounting solution requires no permanent lift modifications or lift truck downtime for installation. The unit is ultra-rugged and has been designed to operate in the extreme environment found on the business end of a lift truck. " ...

Walmart RFID: Vehicle Mounted Reader: Via LXE: LXE Inc. To Unveil RX2 Vehicle Mounted RFID Reader At Wal-Mart Supplier On-Boarding Forum And EPCglobal US Tech Expo ...

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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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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

RFID for Commercial Vehicle Fleets ...

Partners collaborate on RFID technology solutions for commercial vehicle applications, such as data collection devices. ...

... "AXCESS International Inc. and STEMCO LP announced a recently-signed business agreement between their companies to work together in the development of RFID based solutions for heavy-duty commercial vehicle fleets. These solutions will utilize semi-active tag technology and hardware from AXCESS that will be seamlessly integrated with STEMCO's BAT RF active RFID mileage and tire pressure data collection sensors. Future products utilizing these combined capabilities are in development and planned for release in 2007. AXCESS' patented ActiveTag RFID systems use small, battery powered tags (generically called semi-active tags) that when automatically activated, transmit a wireless message typically 30 to 100 feet to hidden palm size receivers. The receivers are connected via standard network simultaneously to the enterprise system software, the existing security alarm equipment, and standalone management software. Optionally, the tag system can be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission. The tags are used for a variety of enterprise productivity applications including automatic personnel access control and tracking, automatic vehicle access control and payload management, automatic asset management and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. " ...

RFID for Commercial Vehicle Fleets: Via Axcess: STEMCO LP and AXCESS Sign Business Agreement ...

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Friday, January 20, 2006

RFID in Military Deployments ...

RFID technology has role in the logistics of military deployments. DOD RFID policy was development from experiences in
logistics and operational requirements during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). ...

... "Radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies are being used by the military to provide visibility of items moving across the Defense Transportation System (DTS), as well as for asset visibility. RFIDs are a type of automatic identification system that has been available in commercial systems for a number of years. An RFID system enables data to be transmitted by a portable device called a tag. A tag is activated by an RFID interrogator and then transmits data stored on it. That information is read (by RFID), processed, and stored according to the needs of a particular application or information system. Typically, applications are in the fields of logistics, inventory control, rail yard asset management, and vehicle tracking. " ...

RFID in Military Deployments: Via FHWA Office of Operations: Coordinating Military Deployments on Roads and Highways - Chapter 5. Technologies Supporting Military Deployments

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Sunday, January 08, 2006

RFID Cargo Tracking System ...

... "The Cargo Tracking System will use a Citadel Vista-10XL mobile computer with an IDENTEC SOLUTIONS Active RFID reader module. As the cargo is loaded, antennas mounted outside the truck will read active RFID tags attached to cargo containers. The cargo contents will automatically be recorded and reported, and actions will be launched, all without human intervention. Commanders will immediately know the location of all cargo containers in the supply chain. This is a future-proof RFID system that can easily support multiple tag technologies and future technologies via plug-in modules. " ...

RFID Cargo Tracking System: Via Identec Solutions: IDENTEC SOLUTIONS Selected to Supply RFID Cargo Tracking System for US Army Maneuver Sustainment Vehicle ...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Goodyear RFID Technology Success ...

Goodyear describes its future and success through RFID technology. ...

Goodyear RFID Technology Success: Via Goodyear Tire: Goodyear’s RFID Technology Has High-Profile Success ...

... "The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the first to implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on a production scale, says RFID is the future for tire identification in manufacturing, supply chain management and tire/vehicle integration. This weekend, Goodyear's RFID technology passed its first major real-life test when NASCAR used it for Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series race at Homestead Miami Speedway in Florida. Goodyear began exploring RFID technology in 1984 and in 1993 began the first field trial with more than 3,000 tires. " ...

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Monday, November 14, 2005

RFID Trailer Location System ...

RFID tags enable trailer tracking. ...

RFID Trailer Location System: Christian Salvesen contracts Secreseal for new generation RFID trailer location system ...

... "The RFID tags being fitted to Christian Salvesen trailers are 5-year battery powered RFID transmitters. These transmit trailer ID wirelessly to a cellular GPRS hub that then updates a secure web server. " ...


Secureseal keeps a tag on trailer assets: Secureseal System uses radio frequency transmitters with a range of up to 300 metres and eight-year battery life. Linked to software at the gatehouse, the system provides data automatically as the trailer passes through the gate. This information includes the trailer identification number, the security seal number, the condition of the seal either open or closed, together with the date and time the trailer arrived and departed from the Depot. Trailer security and utilisation is a major issue with operators across all industry sectors. First developed by Secureseal for the major high street grocery retailers, Secureseal offers a highly cost effective solution to load tampering, theft and vehicle management and can be fitted to roller shutter and standard back doors of curtainsiders, box vans, rigids and other specialist trailers. ...

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

RFID Tags: Entry Lanes ...

RFID Tags: Entry Lanes: Via UnitedStatesVisas.gov -- Related Information

... "US-VISIT entry had little impact on wait times. Will this new technology impact wait times? There will be no effect on travelers exiting the United States. As visitors leave the United States they will exit at current speeds with no additional stops. Through our public education program, we suggest that the visitor keep the RFID enabled Form I 94A VISIBLE, so that it is in the best position to be read properly by readers located at entry and exit points at the port. Will there be RFID-enabled gantries at every vehicle lane at these test port locations? Yes, every lane will be able to read the RFID tag embedded inn the Form I-94A. " ...

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

RFID Revenue Growth: New Products: Forklift Readers

RFID Revenue Growth: New Products: Forklift Readers: Via EMS Tech: EMS TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES RECORD QUARTERLY SALES AND STRONG EARNINGS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS ...

... "LXE has now reported quarter-over-comparable-quarter growth for twelve consecutive periods. Newer products, especially our latest vehicle-mount computers, helped lead the growth in the third quarter of 2005. To maintain this sales momentum, we continue to expand our product line, including preparations for the full market roll-out of our new MX7 handheld computer, which has Bluetooth wireless technology and voice recognition capabilities. We are also pleased with the success of ongoing customer trials and the market potential of our new family of forklift-mounted RFID readers. " ...



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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Toyota RFID Project: Accelerated Processes ...

Toyota project will implement Alien RFID technology to drive accelerated supply chain processes. Anticipated benefits exceed the RFID project's capex investment. ...

Toyota RFID Project: Accelerated Processes: Via Alien Technology: Toyota South Africa Motors Ltd. Selects Alien Technology® RFID Solution for Vehicle Identification: Automated vehicle tracking will accelerate throughput of produced assets in the supply chain, resulting in reduction of time to invoice dealers and thus time-to-cash ...

... "Traditionally, RFID-based vehicle tracking applications have been hampered by the use of costly microwave systems and proprietary RFID protocols. Toyota's application will benefit from the use of open, global-standard EPC RFID technology that combines consistent reads, even in a heavy metallic environment, with the ability to leverage extremely low-cost RFID tags. In Toyota's implementation, an Alien RFID tag will be applied to each vehicle during production. The tags will then be accurately read by field-proven Alien ALR-9780 readers at ranges exceeding six meters as the vehicle is tracked from within the Assembly Plant, through the Plant Exit, into, through and out of the Vehicle Distribution Yard. The resulting precision tracking will enable Toyota to both streamline and accelerate its vehicle shipping and invoicing processes, and thus its time-to-cash. According to Stoop, the anticipated savings on interest for the targeted reduction of Stock (vehicles-on rubber) of one day is expected to more than off-set the CAPEX for this RFID Project. " ...


Toyota South Africa, established in 1961, has been the overall market leader in terms of domestic vehicle sales for more than 25 consecutive years. The company has now been integrated into the global supplier network of Toyota Motor Corporation after TMC took a 75% majority shareholding in the company in 2002. The current production capacity of Toyota SA’s plant in Durban is in excess of 100 000 vehicles annually. This is set to expand to 220 000 units per annum by 2008. The South African operation now exports built up units to both Australia and Europe.

Alien Technology Corporation is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) products for global customers in government, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and other industries. Using its patented manufacturing process, Fluidic Self Assembly (FSA®), Alien manufactures EPC tags in very high-volumes and at low cost. The company provides a family of RFID readers for a variety of applications including supply chain management, logistics, and anti-counterfeiting, to improve inventory management and reduce operating costs. Alien is an active member of EPCglobal.

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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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Thursday, October 06, 2005

RFID Vehicle Chassis Integration: Smart Tags ...

RFID Vehicle Chassis Integration: Smart Tags: Via The Auto Channel: InformationWeek Highlights PACCAR's Technology Leadership

... "PACCAR's world-class technology platforms include: RFID (radio-frequency identification) Smart Tags are being integrated in vehicle chassis to communicate their location and status via proprietary tracking software. " ...

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

RFID License Plates UK ...

RFID License Plates UK: Via theNewspaper: UK to Create Massive Government Insurance Database

RFID license plates in UK make police more efficient ...

... "The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has begun an experiment with RFID-enabled license plates that broadcast license plate and vehicle information to make it even easier for police to issue insurance citations and speed camera tickets. " ...

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

RFID RealTime Production Visibility ...

RFID RealTime Production Visibility: WHERENET'S LOCATABLE ACTIVE RFID TECHNOLOGY APPROVED AS A GLOBAL STANDARD BY LEADING LUXURY AUTOMAKER: German Automobile Manufacturer to Double WhereNet Deployments in 2005 as Worldwide Rollout Continues; Vehicle Location System Enhances Flexibility and Expedites Production of Custom-Ordered, Premium-Brand Automobiles ...

... "WhereNet Corp., the leader of wireless solutions for tracking and managing enterprise assets, announced that the BMW Group has approved the WhereNet® active RFID real-time locating system (RTLS) technology as a global standard and will accelerate its worldwide rollout in 2005. Already installed at BMW plants in Dingolfing, Munich, and Regensburg, Germany, WhereNet’s vehicle location system will go live this year at additional BMW plants in Leipzig, Germany and Rosslyn, South Africa, and at the MINI plant in Oxford, United Kingdom. " ...


WhereNet is the first company to deliver a single wireless location and communication infrastructure that reliably and cost-effectively manages valuable mobile resources and delivers a complete return on investment within 6-12 months. Based on patented, standards-compliant technology resulting from a collective 100+ years of development, the WhereNet real-time solutions enable companies such as BMW, Ford Motor Company, and NYK Logistics to reduce inventory, lower operating costs, and improve operations. The company has received the Henry Ford Technology Award; was recognized for strong ROI by Computerworld; was ranked among the top 10 in the InfoWorld 100; and has been recognized as a wireless innovator by Forrester Research, Computerworld ROI, Frontline Solutions, Plant Engineering, and Supply Chain Systems magazines.

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Monday, September 12, 2005

RFID Vehicle Inspection System

RFID Vehicle Inspection System: Via FleetOwner: Zonar debuts RFID inspection system ...

Wendy Leavitt writes about new RFID-driven electronic vehicle inspection reporting system presented by Zonar Systems, LLC at the International Trucking Show in Anaheim, CA last week ...

... "Dubbed EVIR (Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report), the system makes use of quarter-sized radio frequency identification (RFID) tags positioned around the vehicle. " ...


Via Zonar: RFID DataTrac™: Digital Mileage Interface ...

... "Zonar's DataTrac® is an RFID-Enabled electronic Hubodometer. This cutting edge technology provides a digital mileage interface for Zonar's EVIR® System. " ...

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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

RFID Automotive Logistics Terminal

RFID Automotive Logistics Terminal: WHERENET DEPLOYS WORLD’S LARGEST ACTIVE RFID REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEM TO PRECISELY TRACK 40,000 VEHICLES AT BROEKMAN GROUP’S AUTOMOTIVE LOGISTICS TERMINAL AT THE PORT OF ROTTERDAM: WhereNet Partners with Mieloo & Alexander to Provide Vehicle Tracking System that Enables Broekman Group to Improve Throughput, Quality, and Customer Service While Processing 250,000 New Vehicles Annually ...

WhereNet providing RFID technology to support automotive logistics terminal ...

... "WhereNet Corp., the leader of wireless solutions for tracking and managing enterprise assets, announced today that the Broekman Group is deploying the WhereNet® active RFID real-time locating system (RTLS) technology at its 750,000+ square-meter automotive logistics terminal at the Port of Rotterdam. Spanning the Rotterdam Car Terminal and Rotterdam Car Center, both part of the Broekman Group’s automotive division, the WhereNetwireless tracking system will precisely locate any one of 40,000 vehicles parked in the facility at a given time. To implement this system — the world’s largest active RFID/RTLS installation — WhereNet is partnering with Mieloo & Alexander, a European consulting firm specializing in optimizing business processes by implementing innovative technology for its clients. " ...


Founded in 1960, the Broekman Group now employs about 625 employees across several companies that are organized in four divisions: shipping (liner agencies, tramp vessel agencies); logistics (forwarding, NVOCC, logistic inland services, physical distribution and warehousing); automotive (logistics services for the automotive industry); and corporate (support HRM, ICT, accounting etc.). Widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in the shipping, logistics, and trade industries, the Broekman Group is headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with offices in western and central Europe.

WhereNet is the first company to deliver a single wireless location and communication infrastructure that reliably and cost-effectively manages valuable mobile resources and delivers a complete return on investment within 6-12 months. Based on patented, standards-compliant technology resulting from a collective 100+ years of development, the WhereNet real-time solutions enable companies such as BMW, Ford Motor Company, and NYK Logistics to reduce inventory, lower operating costs, and improve operations. The company has received the Henry Ford Technology Award; was recognized for strong ROI by Computerworld; was ranked among the top 10 in the InfoWorld 100; and has been recognized as a wireless innovator by Forrester Research, Computerworld ROI, Frontline Solutions, Plant Engineering, and Supply Chain Systems magazines. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with offices throughout the United States and Europe, WhereNet is funded by Crosspoint Venture Partners, Foundation Capital, Bay Partners, Crescendo Ventures, and Sun Microsystems.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

RFID Hype Cycle Highlights

RFID Hype Cycle Highlights: Via Government Technology: Gartner Highlights Emerging Technologies ...

News staff highlights Gartner Hype Cycle for 2005 ...

... "Radio Frequency Identification (Passive). Otherwise known as RFID, passive Radio Frequency Identification has been somewhat over hyped in recent years although vehicle-based systems are strong. " ...


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Thursday, August 11, 2005

RFID Integration Manufacturing Process ...

RFID Integration in the Manufacturing Process: Via ClearOrbit: ClearOrbit Launches Xtended Quality Control (X.QC) Suite to Add Manufacturing Execution Directly to ERP Systems: Tier One Automotive Supplier ArvinMeritor Selects X.QC to Automate Component Verification for Vehicle Assembly ...

... "RFID integration. Traps RFID tag reads in the assembly process for improved efficiency." ...


Since 1994, ClearOrbit has assisted more than 275 clients in automating and controlling their supply chain execution processes. ClearOrbit extends enterprise systems value with proven Supply Chain Execution (SCE) and Collaborative Supply Management (CSM) software solutions that allow customers to fully leverage their investment in enterprise applications while also gaining additional value by incorporating their trading partners into their supply chains. ClearOrbit products work within the existing enterprise system to leverage a "single version of the truth," expanding rather than duplicating functionality to eliminate inefficiencies in the supply chain. By using the customer's data model, ClearOrbit delivers on the promise of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) and SAP (NYSE: SAP) with fully integrated supply chain execution and collaboration solutions that address "last mile functionality" issues inherent in most ERP systems. ClearOrbit customers include Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), JDS Uniphase (NASDAQ: JDSU) and Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN).

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Monday, August 08, 2005

DHS USVISIT RFID Pilot at POEs

DHS USVISIT RFID Pilot at POEs: Testing of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology at Land Borders Questions and Answers ...

DHS makes Q+A's available for their RFID pilot at border points of entry, POEs, under the USVisit program ...

... "US-VISIT entry had little impact on wait times. Will this new technology impact wait times? There will be no effect on travelers exiting the United States. As visitors leave the United States they will exit at current speeds with no additional stops. Through our public education program, we suggest that the visitor keep the RFID enabled Form I 94A VISIBLE, so that it is in the best position to be read properly by readers located at entry and exit points at the port. Will there be RFID-enabled gantries at every vehicle lane at these test port locations? Yes, every lane will be able to read the RFID tag embedded inn the Form I-94A. " ...

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Sunday, July 17, 2005

RFID Prototype Development: Data and Processes ...

RFID Prototype Development: Data and Processes: Volpe Center: Transportation Strategic Plans

... "The prototype efforts have included development of common data elements and processes incorporating EDI, radio frequency identification (RFID), and vehicle roadside communications technologies (VRC) to process commercial cargo shipment data at the Canadian and Mexican land borders. By automating data transmission to obtain cargo clearance, NATAP eliminates redundant cargo clearance data entry across myriad US agencies and their counterparts in Mexico and Canada. " ...

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Saturday, July 09, 2005

RFID Vehicle Safety Recommendation

RFID Vehicle Safety Recommendation: Massachusetts FACE Report No. 01MA039

... "As in this case and many other cases, the police reported that the truck operator stated he did not see the victim behind the truck. New technologies that are both currently available and still in the research phase, such as video cameras, fiber optic systems and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and tag readers, should be evaluated by equipment manufacturers. Video cameras and fiber optic systems would be mounted at the rear of the equipment, or at a blind spot, and a monitor would be placed inside the operator's area giving the operator an unobstructed view of the area around the rear of the vehicle. The RFID system has each worker on foot wearing a small RFID tag and a tag reader mounted in the equipment. When a tag is sensed within the tag reader's sensing range, the equipment operator receives a warning. " ...

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Quick Vehicle RFID Security ...

Quick Vehicle RFID Security: SCHUMER: ALEXANDRIA BAY PORT CHOSEN TO TEST NEW INNOVATIVE RADIO ID SYSTEM TO IMPROVE BORDER SECURITY

... "Currently, visitors traveling in non-commercial vehicles staying in the US for over 72 hours or traveling 30 miles past the border station must answer a series of questions related to their stay. The new RFID technology will create an identification number corresponding to that information and issue a device to travelers to speed up the process. When traveling through the border, passengers must scan their device before reaching a border security official for final clearance. This scan will allow the border security official to call up the traveler's record quickly. " ...

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Monday, July 04, 2005

RFID Birth Certificate UID

RFID Birth Certificate UID: What is the difference between RFID and UII?

... "UII is a piece of data associated with an item that uniquely identifies it through out its life. RFID is a vehicle for holding and sharing data. IUID of tangible items deals with physical marking as prescribed in the policy and are applied directly on items or on labels themselves. IUID also requires data to be captured about the item and submitted electronically to a registry database. Think of this as creating a birth certificate for the item. " ...

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

RFID UID Differences ...

RFID UID Differences: Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy - Unique Identification (UID), Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

... "UII is a piece of data associated with an item that uniquely identifies it through out its life. RFID is a vehicle for holding and sharing data. IUID of tangible items deals with physical marking as prescribed in the policy and are applied directly on items or on labels themselves. IUID also requires data to be captured about the item and submitted electronically to a registry database. Think of this as creating a birth certificate for the item. RFID is either a passive (unpowered) or active (powered) transmitter/receiver that stores information on the case or pallet in which UII'd and non-UII'd items are placed. The RFID tag may store the unique item numbers for the items in the case or pallet or simply a different unique packaging number that when accessed in a transportation or logistics database provides an inventory of the items in the case or pallet. " ...

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

RFID Intelligent Transportation Systems

Committee Reports: INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS (RFID)

... "The Committee recommends $14,000,000, for architecture and standards work. The Committee understands that the Department has proposed a national standard under a mandate in the TEA21 legislation based on the use of an active radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for Commercial Vehicle Operations utilizing Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC). This is of concern because it minimizes, if not ignores, the significant presence of passive RFID technology equipment in transportation operations nationwide. As many states utilize an alternative passive system for transportation-related DSRC functions, particularly electronic toll collection, concerns have been shared with the Committee over not creating an architecture that precludes the application of passive RFID technologies in the search for a standard under the TEA21 mandate. " ...

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Open Source RFID Software ...

Open Source RFID: Open Source RFID Software Foundation Formed ...

RFID software supported by open source consortium ...

... "The formation of the RadioActive Software Foundation was announced in Toronto today by its founding members, N4 Systems and Refactored Networks. The goal of the Foundation is to develop freely available, mission critical class software for the entire suite of EPCglobal RFID standards. ... With over 30 active participants from 10 countries, the predecessor of the RadioActive Software Foundation has existed as an open source RFID middleware project for over a year. Recent donations of higher level data exchange software and the imminent publication of the EPC Information Service standards prompted the move to a larger mission. " ...


The RadioActive Software Foundation provides organizational, legal, and financial support for RFID and EPCglobal Network related open-source software projects. The Foundation is incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation. It's purpose is to ensure that the RadioActive projects are supported beyond the participation of individual members, to enable contributions of intellectual property and financial support, and to provide a vehicle for limiting legal exposure while participating in open-source projects.

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Monday, May 30, 2005

RFID Company CEO Named ...

RFID Company Career: Sirit Announces the Appointment of Norbert Dawalibi as President and Chief Executive Officer: William Staudt to continue as Chairman of the Board ...

... "Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) hardware technology, is pleased to announce that Mr. Norbert Dawalibi has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirit effective June 1, 2005. Mr. William Staudt will continue to play an active role in the Company as Chairman of the Board. As Sirit introduces its new portfolio of products in the rapidly expanding RFID marketplace, Mr. Dawalibi is uniquely qualified to assume leadership of Sirit. Most recently, Mr. Dawalibi was President and CEO of Psion Teklogix, a $300 million company and global provider of solutions for mobile computing, wireless data collection and RFID. In addition to his deep understanding of the RFID technology and markets, Mr. Dawalibi is a proven and skilled manager with a solid background in sales and marketing resulting from his 24 years at IBM where he progressed through increasingly executive roles in Canada and the U.S., including managing marketing for IBM Systems in the Americas and leading sales operations generating in excess of $1 billion in revenue. " ...


Founded in 1993, Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI) is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to customers worldwide. The Company designs, manufactures, integrates and sells RFID solutions with an emphasis in several vertical markets including Chain Management, Product Authentication, Asset Tracking, Security and Access Control and Automatic Vehicle Identification. Building upon years of success deploying traditional RFID products, Sirit continues to capitalize on the growing demand for next generation RFID solutions.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

RFID Career Path Promotion: Executive Vice President Of Marketing

RFID Career Path Promotion: HID Promotes Holly Sacks To Executive Vice President Of Marketing

... "HID Corporation, the premier manufacturer of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry, today announced that Holly Sacks has been promoted to executive vice president of Marketing. " ...


HID is the premier global supplier of contactless access control cards and readers for the security industry. With over 200 million credentials (cards, fobs and keys) in use worldwide, HID leads the industry in 13.56 MHz and 125 kHz RFID card and reader technology for a wide range of applications including access control, IT secure authentication, time and attendance, digital cash/cashless vending, automotive vehicle identification, and biometric verification. HID's award-winning product line includes iCLASS® 13.56 MHz contactless smart cards and readers, 125 kHz proximity, magnetic stripe, and Wiegand technology cards and readers. The company also provides specialized card manufacturing services including custom pre-printed graphics, micro printing and anti-counterfeiting elements, holograms or ultraviolet ink for increased card security. HID’s corporate offices are located in Irvine, California, with international offices supporting more than 100 countries. The company is part of the ASSA ABLOY Identification Technology Group.

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Vehicle-Based RFID Computing ...

Vehicle-Based RFID Computing: LXE Continues to Roll With the Industry’s Most Robust Line of Vehicle-Mounted Computers ...

LXE collaborating with partners to strengthen its product line for vehicle-based computers that leverage RFID technology and other means of automated identification ...

... "LXE recently announced an important additional step to further strengthen its line of vehicle-mounted terminals -- it is working with Intel and Sirit to produce robust, forklift-mounted RFID data collection solutions for use in warehousing and distribution. The prospects for our vehicle-mounted RFID reader are significant, says Peter Fausel, LXE’s senior VP of Sales & Marketing. " ...

RFID computers installed on vehicles, such as forklifts can enable powerful automated business processes through effortless data collection and warehouse task management ...

LXE Inc. improves supply chain performance by applying over 35 years' experience developing wireless products and solutions. From rugged mobile computers, advanced auto-ID technologies, and secure wireless network infrastructure, to our award-winning customer support – LXE’s easy-to-use products are as reliable as the people who install and support them. Based in Norcross, Georgia, LXE also offers a full range of turnkey services, including radio integration, project and installation management, network design, technical support, and repair services. LXE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), and has offices worldwide.

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RFID Technology: Production Management

RFID Technology: Production Management: PARAGON TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES A DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT WITH TGW TRANSPORTGERÄTE GMBH ...

... "The Company's SI Production & Assembly Systems capabilities have enabled it to become a market leader in serving customers in selected niches seeking horizontal transport of unit load products. Its LO-TOW Ergonomic Towline Vehicle employs RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology to impart ergonomic capability to the production of vehicles, ranging from golf carts, motorcycles, and snowmobiles to the assembly of lawn mowers, motor assemblies, and farming vehicles. This product line is installed in numerous government facilities, ranging from the Defense Logistics Agency to the U.S. Postal Service. Paragon's high precision CARTRAC product line has a well established customer base in the appliance and automotive industry, with new applications possible in the radiation technology field, where the need for precision guidance is paramount. " ...

RFID technology can play a role in production management in various industries ranging from automotive through public service ...

Paragon Technologies is a leader in integrating material handling systems and creating automated solutions for material flow applications. Ermanco’s branded conveyor technologies and material handling solutions address the needs of the distribution, assembly, and manufacturing marketplace. SI Systems’ branded technologies and material handling solutions address unit assembly handling and order fulfillment applications. One of the top material handling systems suppliers worldwide, Paragon’s leading clients have included the United States Postal Service, General Motors, IBM, BMG, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Peterbilt, Harley-Davidson, Walgreens, and Clark Equipment.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

RFID Authentication and Inspection ...

FMCSA - Appendix C. Technology Compendium - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

... "Each of these products is uniquely different. Vericom's product, Veriguard, is a covert system that ensures driver authentication and performs vehicle disablement when an unauthorized driver attempts to take a vehicle. Zonar's EVIR is a series of RFID tags placed at strategic points on a truck or bus in accordance with a pre-trip inspection. These RFID tags are read by a handheld reader when a driver comes into close proximity with them, ensuring that a driver performs a pre-trip inspection correctly. " ...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Innovative RFID System Patented ...

Innovative RFID System Patented: I.D. Systems Is Awarded Patent for RFID-Based Rental Car Fleet Management System ...

ID Sys obtain patent for an innovative RFID system that automates the rental car inbound and outbound business processes ...

... I.D. Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDSY), a leader in wireless RFID-based asset tracking and management solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a United States patent for a fully automated wireless vehicle rental and return system designed to enhance the car rental experience for consumers and increase security, reduce operational costs, and increase revenues for car rental companies. The patented system starts with an automated in-vehicle check-out process. Sensors automatically track and wirelessly transmit vehicle mileage and fuel level, as well as location and status on the rental lot. A unique radio frequency communication architecture prevents interference during multiple sensor transmissions. ...


Based in Hackensack, New Jersey, I.D. Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless solutions for corporate asset management. I.D. Systems’ customers include Avis Rent A Car System, Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, Daimler Chrysler, Deere & Co., Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Hallmark Cards, Northrop Grumman, Target Corporation, Walgreen Co., the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, among others. Using local area networks, wide area networks, and the Internet, the company’s systems enable management to control and track the location and status of their assets — from forklifts and cranes to automobiles and trucks to complex fixed machinery — in real time.

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Monday, May 09, 2005

RFID User Services: Cargo Identification ...

DESCRIPTION OF USER SERVICES FOR THE IVI

... "Electronic (RFID) tags are used for cargo identification in the Tranzit XPress system under development for the U.S. DOT by PAR Government Systems Corporation. This system provides real-time visibility of cargo to emergency responders. The tag functions as an Interrogate and Respond Module (IRM), which can be accessed by the on-scene emergency responders. The tag has data loaded at the terminal or warehouse. If an incident occurs, the emergency responders access the data through a radar gun, which activates the system to transmit data to a radio receiver in the response vehicle. " ...

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Monday, May 02, 2005

Microsoft RFID Certification: Sirit Technology Capability ...

Sirit Earns Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program ...

... "Sirit Inc (TSX: SI), a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) reader technology, today announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft’s Partner Program, which recognizes Sirit’s expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Certified Partner, Sirit Inc. has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customer needs. Microsoft Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, which give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace. " ...


Founded in 1993, Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI) is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) solutions to customers worldwide. The company designs, manufactures, integrates and sells RFID solutions with an emphasis in several vertical markets including Supply Chain Management, Product Authentication, Asset Tracking, Security and Access Control and Automatic Vehicle Identification. Building upon years of success deploying traditional RFID products, Sirit continues to capitalize on the growing demand for next generation RFID solutions.

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RFID AVI AVL System: Phoenix SkyHarbor Airport ...

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Selects TransCore to Implement First-Ever Vehicle Tracking System Integrating RFID and GPS

... "The City of Phoenix, operator of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, selects TransCore to design and integrate a first-of-its-kind vehicle tracking system, utilizing radio frequency identification (RFID)-based automatic vehicle identification (AVI) and GPS-based automatic vehicle location (AVL) capabilities. The RFID / GPS system will allow the airport to optimize tracking of the hundreds of shuttles, taxis and commercial vehicles that use the airport roadways. " ...


Supporting TransCore in this initiative is Bridge Technology Inc., a Phoenix company that provides AVL services accessed via the Internet, using GPS-based location technology. This enables airport shuttle operations, public and private transportation organizations, and municipalities to monitor their vehicles at all times, thereby increasing security, and enhancing passenger service.

Bridge Technology Inc
(602) 952-2526
5232 N 43rd pl
Phoenix, AZ 85018

TransCore is a transportation services company with 1,800 employees and 80 locations. With installations in 41 countries, more than 100 patents and pioneering applications of RFID, GPS and satellite communications technologies, TransCore's technical expertise is unparalleled in the markets it serves. TransCore’s 60-year heritage includes the development of RFID at Los Alamos National Labs to implementation of the first electronic toll system in the United States to establishing North America’s first freight matching network.

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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Microsoft RFID Automotive Initiative ...

Microsoft Drives Insight and Innovation for the Automotive Community With Peak Performance Initiative ...

... "Removing obstacles that hinder the direct flow of information gives manufacturers visibility across the supply chain and enables them to realize near-instant reconciliation of raw material and finished goods inventories, further optimizing operational efficiency. Microsoft industry partners are helping automotive manufacturers see deeper into their supply chain, leveraging the latest technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID) to provide manufacturers with real-time information that can impact product delivery schedules. To support these innovations, automotive manufacturers are leveraging Microsoft technologies such as SQL Server 2000, to capture data, and SharePoint Portal Server 2003, to distribute data to the appropriate business line managers. " ...


Microsoft has been working with the automotive industry for more than a decade. In manufacturing, Microsoft works with industry-leading partners to develop solutions based on Microsoft technologies that enable OEMs, suppliers and customers to improve efficiency, effectiveness and knowledge across the business. Through business applications, .NET technologies and enterprise platform support, manufacturers are able to accelerate time to market, collaborate globally with engineers, reduce costs by leveraging the power of the Internet, and increase visibility into their production and supply chain processes. From an in-vehicle technology perspective, Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit works collaboratively with the auto industry to deliver technology designed for advanced in-car information, navigation and entertainment systems. Microsoft technology is on the road today in 25 preinstalled and aftermarket devices from 13 world-class automakers and suppliers, including Acura, BMW, Citroën, Clarion, Fiat, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi, NexTech, Toyota and Volvo.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

RFID Airport Access Control ...

RFID Airport Access Control: AXCESS' RFID Vehicle Access Control System Installed at JFK International Airport ...

AXCESS RFID tag system is being used for airport access control purposes ...

... AXCESS International Inc. (OTCBB: AXSI .OB), a leading provider of Active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems today announced its wireless tagging system, ActiveTag™, is being used at JFK International Airport by food service companies to automatically control vehicle access, increase efficiency and improve the safety of the drivers. The system, installed by Digital Watchguard, provides automatic identification and validation of authorized trucks, thereby improving security and safety, while reducing the time it takes to enter the facility. ...


AXCESS’ patented ActiveTag RFID product uses small, battery powered tags (generically called “active” tags) that when automatically activated, transmit a wireless message typically 30 to 100 feet to hidden palm size receivers. The receivers are connected via an industry standard interface to existing security alarm equipment or networked on the existing corporate network. Optionally, the tag system can also be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission. The tags are used for a variety of security applications including automatic personnel access to facilities, automatic vehicle access to parking areas and yards, corporate asset tracking and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. Automatic email alerting and paging is offered for rapid response to security incidents. AXCESS International Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AXSI.OB), headquartered in greater Dallas, TX, provides patented Active RFID (radio frequency identification) for physical security and supply chain efficiencies. The battery-powered (active) RFID tags locate, identify, track, monitor, count, and protect people, assets, inventory, and vehicles. AXCESS' Active RFID solutions are supported by its integrated network-based, streaming digital video (or IPTV) technology. Both patented technologies enable applications including: automatic "hands-free" personnel access control, automatic vehicle access control, automatic electronic asset management, sensor management, and network-based security surveillance. AXCESS is a partner company of Amphion Capital Partners LLC.

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Monday, April 11, 2005

RFID Vehicle Security Tracking Integration ...

RFID Vehicle Security Tracking Integration: I.D. Systems Wins Grant from Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Integrate RFID Baggage Tag Tracking Into Vehicle Security System: Symbol Technologies, Inc. to Provide RFID Solutions

Symbol and ID Systems team up to integrate RFID bag tracking into vehicle security system to enable intelligent business processes in a vehicle and asset management network ...

... I.D. Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDSY) announced today that it has been awarded a grant from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to integrate RFID (radio frequency identification)-based baggage tracking capability into the company’s Wireless Asset Net™ vehicle security and tracking system. I.D. Systems will develop and prototype a mobile, automated baggage tracking system in which “intelligent” containers and vehicles identify and locate items tagged with EPC (electronic product code)-compliant RFID tags, and communicate that data through I.D. Systems’ wireless vehicle management network. To support the RFID integration, I.D. Systems will collaborate with Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: SBL), a worldwide leader in data capture, mobile computing, wireless infrastructure and RFID technology, to provide the EPC-compliant RFID tags and readers. ...


Based in Hackensack, New Jersey, I.D. Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless solutions for corporate asset management. I.D. Systems’ customers include 3M Company, American Axle, Archer Daniels Midland, DaimlerChrysler, Deere & Co., Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, Hallmark Cards, Northrop Grumman, Target Corporation, Walgreen Co., the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Postal Service, and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, among others. Using local area networks, wide area networks, and the Internet, the company’s systems enable management to control and track the location and status of their assets — from forklifts and cranes to automobiles and trucks — in real time.

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

RFID Travel Technology: Land Borders ...

Alternative Technologies for Implementation of Section 110 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 at Land Borders

... "We are working with the INS to test the feasibility of various technology solutions that could expeditiously collect entry and exit records for all non-citizens at a land border port of entry. The feasibility study is a limited evaluation of different types of technologies that could be used to track non-citizen travelers who enter and exit the U.S. either on foot or by vehicle. Machine readable document scanners and several types of radio frequency (RF) systems will be tested at INS's Glynco, Georgia training facility. For RF identification, tests will be conducted on cards with various data storage and read range capabilities. When a traveler holds their document near an antenna, the RF chip transmits the necessary information to create an automated record." ...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

RFID Toll Transponder Technology

SIRIT SIGNS 5 YEAR AGREEMENT WITH COLORADO’S E-470 FOR US$12.9 MILLION; Sirit reappointed primary provider of UHF RFID toll transponders to E-470 Public Highway Authority ...

... Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI), the leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) reader technology, announced today that it has completed a multi-year supplier agreement totaling approximately US$12.9 (CDN $16.0) million with the E-470 Public Highway Authority in Colorado. The agreement calls for Sirit to deliver its UHF RFID toll transponder technology over the next 60 months, the longest supply commitment ever made by a Sirit tolling customer. ...


Founded in 1993, Sirit Inc. (TSX: SI) is a leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) solutions to customers worldwide. The company designs, manufactures, integrates and sells RFID solutions with an emphasis in several vertical markets including Supply Chain Management, Product Authentication, Asset Tracking, Security and Access Control and Automatic Vehicle Identification. Building upon years of success deploying traditional RFID products, Sirit continues to capitalize on the growing demand for next generation RFID solutions.

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