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$8 Billion in NFC Volume Expected This Year, $30B in 2012
  Wednesday September 9th, 2009
Juniper Research predicts the value of NFC transactions will reach $8 billion this year and grow to $30 billion in three years. Coupon and promotion applications are expected to be prominent in the early market, but eventually will be supplanted by contactless payment.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- September 3, 2009
  Thursday September 3rd, 2009
Investment to develop RFID tags to secure pharmaceuticals plus RTLS contract agreements by a major hospital supplier highlight this week's RFID news, which also includes several NFC developments.


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Bloomingdale's Tracks Strong Results from RFID Pilot
  Tuesday September 1st, 2009
RFID improved inventory accuracy by 27.2 percent and reduced the time required for inventory cycle counting by 96 percent in an item-level jeans tracking pilot project completed by Bloomingdale's. Researchers said the results were consistent with other pilots and suggest similar benefits would be available to other retailers.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for August
  Monday August 24th, 2009
Baird has published the August edition of RFID Monthly. It is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- August 20, 2009
  Thursday August 20th, 2009
Italian soccer tickets, hotel linens, car dealerships, documents and Coke machines are among the things that were announced as being RFID-enabled this week. Today's news roundup also covers new market research and second-quarter financial results from several industry companies.


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IBM Releases New Version of RFID Software
  Tuesday August 18th, 2009
IBM released its latest RFID middleware product, WebSphere Sensor Events, which includes support for a variety of RFID and wireless sensor technologies and can scale to support high transaction volumes.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- August 13, 2009
  Thursday August 13th, 2009
The RFID industry got a new trade show and industry association this week. Other news highlighted in the weekly roundup include multiple new implementation announcements and a handful of product releases.


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RFID Mail Tracking Expands to 21 Countries
  Tuesday August 11th, 2009
This month 21 countries will begin using RFID to track delivery times for international mail. The Universal Postal Union expects the system will be adopted by more than 100 of its member nations.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- August 7, 2009
  Friday August 7th, 2009
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Michigan farmers who claimed, among other things, that RFID cattle tracking violated their religious beliefs. That story, along with new RFID deployments at BMW and Siemens, disappointing financial results from several major RFID vendors, and a new standard for tracking medical equipment lead this week's news roundup.


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Wireless RFID Reader Eliminates Need for Ethernet
  Tuesday August 4th, 2009
Invengo's XCRF-860E fixed RFID reader supports Wi-Fi, GPRS and Bluetooth wireless communications, allowing users to install it in areas without access to an Ethernet connection.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- July 30, 2009
  Thursday July 30th, 2009
A major military contract award highlights this week's news, which also includes financial results from several industry leaders, expanded activity at METRO Group and CHEP, plus new product and partnership announcements.


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Flexible Battery Maker Lands Funding for RFID Production
  Tuesday July 28th, 2009
Flexible battery manufacturer Blue Spark Technologies has closed $1.5 million of an anticipated $5 million round of Series B funding. The new funding will be used to support production ramp-up for large volumes of battery-assisted passive RFID tags.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- July 24, 2009
  Friday July 24th, 2009
Politics, patents, market projections and new products feature prominently in this week's roundup of RFID industry news.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for July
  Tuesday July 21st, 2009
Baird has published the July edition of RFID Monthly. The 20-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- July 16, 2009
  Thursday July 16th, 2009
RFID at Wal-Mart, wine sales, a major RTLS implementation, $20 million in venture funding for one RFID company and €65 million in credit for another are among the highlights from this week's industry news roundup.


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RFID Market Performing Unevenly During Recession
  Tuesday July 14th, 2009
The latest market data from VDC Research finds the recession is dragging down the RFID market, with vendors and end users differing on when the industry recovery will begin. The commercial services vertical is a bright spot for RFID sales, which are expected to top $4 billion worldwide this year.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup -- July 9, 2009
  Thursday July 9th, 2009
The Fourth of July wasn't a holiday for RFID technology as several organizations collaborated to provide an RFID-based access control system and public safety officer identification system to manage the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This article highlights that, plus all the other RFID news and developments from the past week.


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Item-Level RFID Pilot Sees Major Benefits, Proves ROI
  Tuesday July 7th, 2009
Australian telecommunications provider Telstra has completed a successful item-level RFID pilot in which the company tracked 15,000 cellular phones across the supply chain to its retail outlets. The benefits were considerable, and the company may expand the rollout next year.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup July 2, 2009
  Thursday July 2nd, 2009
Industrial, warehouse and public sector deployments around the world, new passive UHF and active RFID products, enhanced RTLS capabilities from a leading wireless LAN vendor, and organizational developments highlight this week's RFID news.


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New Component to Simplify RFID Tag Production
  Wednesday July 1st, 2009
Murata announced a new RFID tag chip which it says enables simpler and lower cost tag production. The company's new Gen2-standard MAGICSTRAP is available in sample quantities now and is scheduled for full production later this year.


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Public Sector Spending Driving RFID Markets
  Monday June 29th, 2009
Government and military spending are the driving forces in current worldwide RFID markets, according to IDTechEx. The market research and consulting firm predicts global RFID sales will grow five percent this year to $5.56 billion.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup June 25, 2009
  Thursday June 25th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from this past week. International activity plus product and service developments in the healthcare industry account for much of the week's activity, which also saw the release of several reports on market developments.


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Reva Virtualizes RFID Data Processing Appliance
  Wednesday June 24th, 2009
Reva introduced the first virtual machine option for processing RFID data. The new TAP-VM can run virtually on a PC, laptop, server or any other hardware that supports the VMware VMServer 2 environment. It processes data from RFID readers and interface with enterprise systems.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for June
  Monday June 22nd, 2009
Baird has published the June edition of RFID Monthly. The 16-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup June 18, 2009
  Thursday June 18th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from this past week, which saw regulations for RFID-enabled personal identification documents take a new twist. The week also saw continued RTLS and other active RFID implementations, as well as more examples of RFID functionality being embedded in consumer-oriented applications.


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How Can RFID Vendors Influence End User Opinions of Them?
  Wednesday June 17th, 2009
End user perceptions of RFID vendor companies are strongly shaped by systems integrators, analysts, researchers and media, according to a study. End users rate these industry professionals as stronger influences than RFID vendors themselves. Vendors are advised to target them -- instead of targeting end users directly -- in their marketing and branding efforts.


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RFID Tracks Mussel Beds in Spain
  Tuesday June 16th, 2009
An aquaculture company in Spain is currently testing passive RFID for tracking mussel beds.


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Savi Celebrates, Innovates with New RFID Products
  Monday June 15th, 2009
Savi celebrated 20 years as an RFID solutions provider by introducing three new products that enhance the company's ability to provide global tracking and visibility. This article introduces the new products and Savi's perspective on how markets are changing.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup June 11, 2009
  Thursday June 11th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from this past week, which include several stories about innovation in healthcare identification and electronic medical records (EMR).


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SaaS Suits Fluensee for RFID Solution Sales
  Wednesday June 10th, 2009
Offering customers the option of using software as a service (SaaS) is helping Fluensee get new business. The RFID solutions provider focused on specific types of asset tracking expects sales to triple this year and is even winning business in distressed industries.


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Dairy Queen Pilots RFID-Based Mobile Marketing Platform
  Monday June 8th, 2009
Dairy Queen is testing a new customer loyalty and discount system that uses an RFID tag to authenticate customers that have received coupons via text message on their mobile phones.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup June 4, 2009
  Thursday June 4th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from the past week. RTLS and near field communication (NFC) technologies provided most of the innovation in this week's news, which also includes reports of tracking cardiac devices and Manchurian tigers, plus changes at several industry vendors.


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N to Mark the Spot for Using NFC
  Wednesday June 3rd, 2009
The NFC Forum yesterday introduced the N-Mark logo that was created to give consumers an easy visual reference to where NFC services are available. The logo was unveiled the same day a competing NFC initiative was announced.


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Finnish Military Tests RFID for Triage Application
  Tuesday June 2nd, 2009
Researchers in Finland successfully tested an RFID system based on near field communication (NFC) for tracking mass casualties.


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Slowing Sales Bring Change to RFID Smart Label Suppliers
  Monday June 1st, 2009
Weaker-than-expected demand for RFID smart labels is causing changes in the supplier community, with Zebra Technologies exiting the market and Alien Technology scaling back. This article examines the implications of these and other developments.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup May 28, 2009
  Thursday May 28th, 2009
Announcements from Europe highlighted a relatively quiet week in the RFID industry, which also saw new information products released to help RFID buyers and integrators.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for May
  Wednesday May 27th, 2009
Baird has published the May edition of RFID Monthly. The 17-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup May 21, 2009
  Friday May 22nd, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from this past week. Other than a noteworthy plant closing in the US, international customer wins, product releases and partnership agreements produced most of the news.


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New Belgium Brewing Hops to RFID for Keg Management
  Wednesday May 20th, 2009
Craft brewer New Belgium Brewing began tracking its kegs internally with RFID and hopes to expand the system to track keg movements at distributor and retailer locations. The system is expected to improve fill rates and asset utilization.


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Vietnamese Seafood Industry to Test RFID
  Tuesday May 19th, 2009
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers is backing a food traceability pilot that will utilize RFID and bar code technology from IBM and FXA Group to track shrimp and seafood from the farm to retail shelves.


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Dayton Opens First RFID Company Incubator
  Monday May 18th, 2009
The Dayton RFID Convergence Center is believed to be the first business incubator for RFID companies. The 46,000 square foot facility will house small RFID firms and offer them a variety of technical and business services.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup May 14, 2009
  Thursday May 14th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from the previous week. The biggest RFID industry news this week came from Europe, where the European Commission issued RFID privacy guidelines after years of discussion.


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New Chip Represents Key Step in Adoption of NFC
  Wednesday May 13th, 2009
NXP released the first Near Field Communications (NFC) chip that complies with the single wire protocol (SWP) standard, a specification analysts and a leading industry group have called an important milestone to NFC commercialization.


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STMicroelectronics Offers Active RFID Development Kit
  Tuesday May 12th, 2009
STMicroelectronics has released a hardware developer kit (HDK) that will help integrators and other solution providers build ISO 18000-7-compliant active RFID tags and readers for a variety of niche applications.


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RFID Implications Unclear from Nashua Acquisition
  Monday May 11th, 2009
RFID label converter Nashua is being acquired by graphics communications company Cenveo in a deal expected to close this summer. Nashua is not releasing details about how the acquisition will impact its RFID business, which provides smart labels to Printronix and other customers.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup May 7, 2009
  Thursday May 7th, 2009
New market forecasts, the possibility that Alien will close its North Dakota manufacturing facility, and Zebra's quarterly results provided more clues about the health of the RFID industry this week, which also saw consolidation in the smart label sector and continued product and customer announcements.


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Mid South RFID Converts for Changing Market
  Wednesday May 6th, 2009
The UHF RFID industry today is much different than the one Mid South RFID abruptly entered six years ago by filling a rush order for 1.2 million baggage tags. This installment of our company profile series tracks the company's evolution and future outlook.


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EPCglobal Offers RFID Consulting Services, Lowers Fees
  Tuesday May 5th, 2009
EPCglobal US, the not-for-profit organization that is the US administrator for Electronic Product Code (EPC) and other RFID standards, now offers for-hire RFID implementation consulting services. The organization also lowered its membership fees as part of an initiative to make EPC technologies easier to implement.


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Progress and Perseverance on Exhibit at Last Week's RFID Show
  Monday May 4th, 2009
Last week the seventh annual RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition was held in Orlando, Florida. RFID Update was there, and judging by its own research and the many opinions shared by exhibitors and attendees at the event, this year's RFID Journal LIVE! was a fairly good show -- no small feat in this economy.


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Focus on Process Leads to Profits for Rush Tracking Systems
  Thursday April 30th, 2009
A tight focus on process has led to profits for RFID solution provider Rush Tracking Systems, as this vendor profile shows.


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Highlights from RFID Journal LIVE!, Part 2 of 2
  Wednesday April 29th, 2009
Today's story continues our coverage of this week's RFID Journal LIVE! event in Orlando. RFID Update will provide additional coverage in upcoming editions.


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Highlights from RFID Journal LIVE!, Part 1 of 2
  Tuesday April 28th, 2009
Today's story highlights news from the RFID Journal LIVE! event being held this week in Orlando. RFID Update will provide additional coverage in upcoming editions.


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Aerospace Supplier Boosts Efficiency with RFID
  Monday April 27th, 2009
American RFID Solutions has introduced a new real-time tracking system that incorporates RFID and IP video. Aerospace supplier Metal Finishing Co. has deployed the system at its facilities in Wichita.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup April 23, 2009
  Thursday April 23rd, 2009
There were several major product launches and project deployments announced this week, and a slew of smaller ones. The week's highlights also include new industry sales projections and outlooks for researchers and analysts and highlights of consumer-oriented marketing projects.


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Bottoms Up is Omnitrol's Vision for RFID
  Wednesday April 22nd, 2009
Omnitrol Networks is a leader in developing technology that processes RFID and sensor data at the edge of the network, and applies it to improve operations within manufacturers' four walls. Now Omnitrol has a supply chain angle to shop-floor automation, as this installment of our vendor profile series shows.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for April
  Tuesday April 21st, 2009
Baird has published the April edition of RFID Monthly. The 17-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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SandLinks Announces Combo Tag-Reader RTLS Chips
  Monday April 20th, 2009
SandLinks, an Israeli startup that previously kept a low profile, will soon announce its first product, which combines UWB sending and receiving capabilities on a single chip with 16 kilobits of memory. Each chip can serve as a tag and reader and will sell for $5 in volume, according to the company.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup April 16, 2009
  Thursday April 16th, 2009
This article highlights news and developments from the previous week, which was was a fairly slow news week in the RFID industry. RFID Update suspects companies are holding major product and customer announcements to try to create buzz just before the upcoming RFID Journal LIVE! event scheduled for April 27-29 in Orlando.


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Omni-ID Getting Comfortable in RF-Hostile Environments
  Wednesday April 15th, 2009
This installment on innovative RFID companies profiles Omni-ID, which in two years spun out from its parent company, struck major distribution, alliance and customer deals, plucked $15 million in venture funding from a barren environment and is helping dispel the notion that passive UHF doesn't work well around metal or liquid.


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Reva Systems Gets $5M Funding, New CEO
  Tuesday April 14th, 2009
Reva Systems today announced a $5 million round of funding and a new CEO. The funding was provided by original investors in the firm. The new CEO, Bruce Berger, comes to the company from optical fiber solutions provider Verrillon, Inc., where he was president and CEO. Berger takes over from co-founder Ashley Stephenson, who will continue in his role as executive chairman.


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RFID Baby Born from Checkpoint-OATSystems Marriage
  Monday April 13th, 2009
Checkpoint Systems introduced a comprehensive offering of RFID hardware, software and services so retailers can track goods from manufacturing through the store. The new Merchandise Visibility Solution is the first offering that integrates software functionality from OATSystems, which Checkpoint acquired last year.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup April 9, 2009
  Thursday April 9th, 2009
This article highlights RFID news and developments from the past week. RFID advances in the security, automotive, airline, retail, healthcare and livestock industries all made headlines this week.


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Tracient Moves Forward with Vision of RFID Convergence
  Wednesday April 8th, 2009
RFID Update's series of profiles of innovative RFID companies continues with this look at Tracient Technologies, which is positioning itself for applications where mobile computers and multiple RFID technologies converge.


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RFID Tags Survive Hospital Sterilization
  Tuesday April 7th, 2009
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center is using RTLS tags from Awarepoint to track surgical instrumentation throughout the sterilization process.


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Reva Launches RTLS Solution Based on Passive RFID
  Monday April 6th, 2009
Reva Systems is offering passive UHF-based item tracking to hospitals with its new Reva-4-Healthcare product, which integrates AeroScout's MobileView RTLS software. The passive system can be used for wristbands, IV bags and other items that can't conveniently carry an active tag, and can be used alongside WiFi RTLS technology.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup April 2, 2009
  Thursday April 2nd, 2009
This week's news roundup is heavy on product introductions, with a strong international flavor, plus announcements of unusual RFID and RTLS deployments.


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CSL Has Long Range Plans for RFID Market
  Wednesday April 1st, 2009
Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) received a lot of attention last year when it introduced a handheld passive UHF reader with more than 30 feet of range, but as this installment of RFID Update's series of company profiles shows, CSL's past and future extend well beyond that product.


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Grocer Uses RFID to Increase Customer Loyalty
  Tuesday March 31st, 2009
TOP Food & Drug, a grocery chain in Washington state with 18 locations, has implemented an innovative RFID-based payment and identification program that it believes will increase customer loyalty to its stores.


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Battery-assisted RFID Deal Extends Range, Markets
  Monday March 30th, 2009
The recent partnership between startup battery maker Blue Spark Technologies and leading RFID chip and inlay producer UPM Raflatac could be a catalyst for the commercialization of battery-assisted passive RFID technology.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup March 26, 2009
  Thursday March 26th, 2009
Deployments by high-profile end users highlight this week's RFID and RTLS news, which also includes an updated industry forecast and several product announcements.


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Time Domain Puts UWB on RTLS Users' Radar
  Wednesday March 25th, 2009
RFID Update's continuing series of profiles of industry companies looks at Time Domain, which pioneered UWB technology as a government contractor before setting its sites on the commercial RTLS market.


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DASH7 Alliance Forms to Advance Active RFID Standard
  Tuesday March 24th, 2009
The DASH7 Alliance is a new organization that formed to promote the use of active RFID technology that conforms to the ISO 18000-7 standard. The organization wants to further technical development, facilitate and certify interoperability, and promote new uses of the technology.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for March
  Monday March 23rd, 2009
Baird has published the March edition of RFID Monthly. The company is now publishing content on a rolling basis to the website rfid-monthly.com, so you can check there for updates over the course of the month. Today's article offers highlights.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup March 19, 2009
  Thursday March 19th, 2009
Product releases and technology innovations highlighted this week's news, including international standards and developments that link RFID with cell phones, sensor networks, medical devices, Zigbee, ultrasound tracking and more.


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WiFi Coverage Helps Ekahau Find RTLS Opportunity
  Wednesday March 18th, 2009
This installment of our coverage of innovative companies and people in the RFID industry spotlights Ekahau, whose singular focus on the WiFi market has created a spectrum of possibilities.


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RFID Software Provider GlobeRanger Raises $8.3M
  Tuesday March 17th, 2009
RFID infrastructure software provider GlobeRanger has raised $8.3 million in new funding, and announced 40 percent revenue growth over the past two years.


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Asian RFID Outlook Predicts Pockets of Opportunity
  Monday March 16th, 2009
Emerging application and vertical market opportunities, changing frequency preferences, and current challenging economic conditions highlighted a briefing on the Asian RFID market presented by industry research firm Frost & Sullivan.


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RFID Weekly News Roundup March 12, 2009
  Thursday March 12th, 2009
This week's RFID news roundup won't read like the recent issues of The Wall Street Journal -- it actually contains some good financial news. Two companies reported increased annual revenues and another received fresh capital while also attaining good growth, though not all the financial news was good.


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Newcomer Brings New RFID Cost Model to North America
  Wednesday March 11th, 2009
This is the first installment of a new periodic feature in RFID Update that profiles companies and people who are making news in the RFID industry. This article spotlights Invengo, a large Chinese RFID manufacturer and solution provider that recently entered the North American market.


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Leading RFID Brands Stronger Now Than Ever
  Tuesday March 10th, 2009
There is a growing gap between the "haves" and "have-nots" when it comes to brand recognition in the RFID industry. Two RFID firms contend for the top spot as the industry's most recognized company. Two others enjoy good brand recognition, then hundreds more fill in the pack with only negligible differences in their industry recognition.


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Cooler Heads Prevail with RFID-enabled Helmets
  Monday March 9th, 2009
HotHead Sports is introducing football helmets with integrated temperature sensors and active RFID tags that will alert trainers to possible heat stroke, which has killed 33 players since 2005. The firm is also developing RFID-enabled hardhats and helmets for firefighters and soldiers.


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Saudi Post Updates RFID System for Carriers
  Thursday March 5th, 2009
Saudi Post is updating its RFID mail tracking system to use handheld computers that have RFID reading and GPS functionality. Mail carriers use the handhelds to record pickups from RFID-enabled mailboxes, and sample letters with embedded RFID tags are tracked in processing centers.


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RFID a Treasure for Portuguese Trash Hauler
  Wednesday March 4th, 2009
The waste management authority for Portugal's second-largest city implemented an RFID-based system to identify its trash-hauling vehicles, authorize their access to the disposal facility and monitor activity there. The system saves up to 10 minutes for each of the 400 loads that are processed daily.


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Walgreens: RFID Promotions Tracking a "Game-Changer"
  Tuesday March 3rd, 2009
Walgreens is promoting the success of its RFID-enabled promotions tracking program. The drugstore chain and GOLIATH Solutions, which developed the RFID system, issued a joint press release in which Walgreens calls the system a "game-changer" for improving store operations and sales.


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What Do End Users Look For Most in an RFID Vendor?
  Monday March 2nd, 2009
Of all the things RFID companies can do to influence prospects and build a positive reputation, nothing is more powerful than promoting successful implementations. New research found that RFID users are most influenced by a vendor's implementations at firms similar to their own.


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Not Bitter, Better. RFID Improves Lemon Distribution
  Thursday February 26th, 2009
A lemon grower in Argentina uses wireless mobile computers, RFID wristbands on workers, and tags on bins to accurately credit workers for the produce they pick and to track the produce during processing. The system currently is used to process 3,500 bins per day and is being expanded.


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Impinj, Avery Dennison, Raflatac Surge in RFID Brand Rankings
  Wednesday February 25th, 2009
Chip and inlay providers gained the most recognition in RFID Update's research into industry brand leaders. Impinj, Avery Dennison and UPM Raflatac moved up the rankings more than any other firms, and inlay, tag and smart label providers made up nine of the 10 most-recognized RFID companies.


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New Legislation Could Criminalize RFID Security Testing
  Tuesday February 24th, 2009
Nevada legislators are considering Senate Bill 125 (SB 125), which would make unauthorized collection of personal information by RFID a felony. Critics say wording of the bill would criminalize legitimate forms of testing and research.


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Memorable Development: Tego Releases 32K RFID Tags
  Monday February 23rd, 2009
Tego has released passive UHF tags with up to 32 kilobytes of user memory. The startup says the tags can last 20 years and are compatible with EPCglobal Gen2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, so no propriety equipment is needed to read and encode them.


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Irish Factory Using Active RFID for 'e-Kanban'
  Thursday February 19th, 2009
A factory in Ireland leveraged its existing WiFi wireless LAN to support a new active RFID parts replenishment system. Workers at Thermo King, which manufactures temperature control systems used in logistics, use call buttons interfaced to active RFID tags to signal that parts are needed at workstations.


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RFID Leader P&G Steps Back from Promotions Tracking
  Wednesday February 18th, 2009
Procter & Gamble has discontinued its landmark RFID promotions-tracking program with Wal-Mart. The firms used RFID to determine if promotional displays were set up as scheduled, and to facilitate corrective action if not. Collaboration issues apparently scuttled the program, which was widely recognized for its innovation and value.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for February
  Tuesday February 17th, 2009
Baird has published the February edition of RFID Monthly. The company is now publishing content on a rolling basis to the website rfid-monthly.com, so you can check there for updates over the course of the month. Today's article offers highlights.


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RFID Tag Demand Helps Omni-ID Net $15M in Funding
  Thursday February 12th, 2009
Omni-ID, a one-year-old startup, received $15 million in Series C venture funding. The company said strong demand from the data center market for its tags that perform well on metal led it to seek additional funding so it could expand production and marketing.


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RTLS Offers Novel Approach to Dementia Research
  Wednesday February 11th, 2009
Researchers are analyzing links between how dementia patients move and the progression of the disease. RTLS patient wristbands and readers at assisted living facilities collect data researchers hope will lead to improved patient care and early detection.


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More Than Half of RFID Users Expect ROI Within 18 Months
  Tuesday February 10th, 2009
The expected return-on-investment period for RFID deployments is shrinking, according to an annual survey of end users conducted by ABI Research. ABI found that 36.7 percent of end users think RFID will provide ROI within 12 months, 51.7 percent expect it within 18 months, and 65 percent expect it within two years.


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New Distributor Forms with Exclusive RFID Focus
  Monday February 9th, 2009
Can/U.S. Enviro-RFID is a new company that formed to be a value-added distributor of RFID products. The Montreal-headquartered company is focused exclusively on RFID technology and software that supports it.


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Latest Anti-RFID Video is Actually Worth Watching
  Thursday February 5th, 2009
A video has been making the rounds on the web in which a hacker equips his car with off-the-shelf RFID gear then drives around downtown San Francisco scanning electronic passport IDs from the air. Unlike much of the anti-RFID propaganda that has been published to date, this video is actually effective in raising questions about secure adoption of the technology.


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Hawaii Expands Produce Supply Chain RFID Pilot
  Wednesday February 4th, 2009
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is adding temperature-sensing active RFID tags and ocean shipments from the mainland US to its ongoing food traceability pilot project. The initiative continues to track produce shipments within the state with passive RFID.


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Conflicting Messages Regarding Item-Level RFID in Retail
  Tuesday February 3rd, 2009
Several recent contradictory developments and reports about item-level RFID use in retail illustrate that activity is not the same as progress. This report summarizes these developments and provides some context.


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Passive UWB RTLS System Passes Key Test
  Monday February 2nd, 2009
Tagent successfully tested its first passive ultra-wideband real time location system (RTLS) chip and said it expects to release the technology late this summer. Tagent's system uses peripheral power nodes to eliminate the need for a battery on the chip and to increase the coverage of reader networks.


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TI: RFID Customers Should Expect 'Business as Usual'
  Thursday January 29th, 2009
The head of Texas Instruments' RFID operations is leaving the company as part of the 3,400 job cuts announced this week. TI said it will continue to support its RFID customers, product lines and distribution channels.


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New York May Regulate Retail RFID Use
  Wednesday January 28th, 2009
Draft legislation would require businesses in New York state to inform consumers if RFID-tagged merchandise is present and to deactivate tags at the point of sale. Businesses would also be banned from requiring RFID tags to accept returned merchandise, and from sharing data collected by RFID.


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EPCIS, RFID Effective in European Pharmaceutical Pilot
  Tuesday January 27th, 2009
RFID tags, two-dimensional bar code labels and the EPCIS data sharing standard successfully helped track more than 50,000 drug packages during a three-year pilot in Europe. Drugs made in Ireland and the Netherlands were tracked through manufacturers, packagers, distributors, wholesalers and logistics providers to a London hospital.


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Sam's Club Letter Outlines Changes to RFID Requirements
  Monday January 26th, 2009
Sam's Club informed suppliers about major changes to its RFID program. Pallet tagging is still required, but the deadline has been extended from January 30, 2009 to 2010, and non-compliance fees were sharply reduced. The sellable-unit tagging deadline has been postponed indefinitely, and case tagging is now optional.


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Invengo Drops Gen2 Inlay Price to 5.8 Cents
  Thursday January 22nd, 2009
Chinese RFID manufacturer Invengo is making an attention-getting entry into the US market by selling passive UHF Gen2-standard inlays for 5.8¢, which is about 25 percent less than current industry pricing. The 16-year-old-firm is offering a range of inlays, tags and readers.


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Highlights from Baird's RFID Monthly for January
  Wednesday January 21st, 2009
Baird has published the January edition of RFID Monthly. The company is now publishing its updates on a rolling basis to the new website, rfid-monthly.com. Check there for the full update. Today's article offers highlights.


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2008 China RFID Industry Annual Awards Announced
  Tuesday January 20th, 2009
RFID World China recently announced the winners of the 2008 China RFID Industry Annual Awards. The awards include companies, applications, events, and products, and are a window onto the Chinese RFID industry. Most useful to non-Chinese readers will be the awarded companies, which are not widely known outside China but could foreshadow major global competitors in the years ahead.


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BT Selects Omnitrol for RFID, Sensor Integration
  Thursday January 15th, 2009
Leading European technology integrator BT Supply Chain Solutions and Omnitrol Networks announced a strategic agreement that gives BT access to Omnitrol's network-based technology platform for collecting and integrating input from RFID, RTLS, bar code and other sensor and data capture technologies.


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System Uses RTLS to Help Track, Assign Retail Staff
  Wednesday January 14th, 2009
A new system features RTLS ID badges worn by retail store personnel so software can monitor their location, make recommendations on labor scheduling and deployment, and provide business intelligence about how employee locations impact sales and customers.


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Alien, Impinj, and Motorola Top RFID Update Rankings
  Tuesday January 13th, 2009
Research released today identifies the top 20 most recognized RFID companies, and the top 10 perceived to have the best technology and to be the best marketed, as identified by RFID users and providers worldwide. RFID marketing has lost some effectiveness since the previous study, but other sources of influence are growing.


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VDC: RFID Growth to Slow Sharply, But No Contraction
  Monday January 12th, 2009
Market research firm VDC Research Group sharply reduced its RFID industry growth forecasts. VDC predicts worldwide RFID sales will grow 9.2 percent this year to $4.04 billion, after previously forecasting 30.5 percent growth. A rebound isn't expected before 2011.


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RTLS Goes Mainstream with New Ekahau Deal
  Thursday January 8th, 2009
RTLS solution provider Ekahau yesterday announced its award of a three-year preferred provider agreement with University HealthSystem Consortium, a group purchasing organization representing almost 300 academic medical centers and affiliated hospitals. The agreement signals RTLS's move into the healthcare technology mainstream.


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Manufacturer Blends Kanban with RFID to Get Quick ROI
  Wednesday January 7th, 2009
Adding RFID to its kanban cards used to track materials and production enabled German fittings manufacturer Hansgrohe to reduce data entry labor requirements by one hour per worker per day. The RFID process complements the company's existing bar code and ERP systems.


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RFID World Rebrands as RF Edge, Adjusts Focus
  Tuesday January 6th, 2009
RFID World, the longtime leading exhibition and conference series in the RFID industry, announced plans to change its name to RF Edge. The new franchise is expanding its focus beyond RFID and RTLS technologies to include sensors, GPS and business intelligence, and plans to conduct more events.


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RFID News Roundup for the Last Two Weeks
  Monday January 5th, 2009
This article is a roundup of RFID-related news from the weeks of December 22 and December 29, 2008, when RFID Update did not publish in observance of the holidays.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for December
  Friday December 19th, 2008
Baird has released its December RFID Monthly report. The 17-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 3
  Thursday December 18th, 2008
This article concludes a three-part series that recaps the top RFID developments from 2008. This final installment highlights prominent security-related activity, updates ongoing trends and shares thoughts on how the overall economy may impact the RFID industry. Part 1 covered technology developments, and Part 2 documented merger, acquisition, startup and investment activity.


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9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 2
  Tuesday December 16th, 2008
This is the second installment of a three-part series recapping the top nine RFID developments from 2008. This article covers how the RFID vendor community was changed by mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, startups and venture funding. Yesterday's Part 1 covered technology developments, and tomorrow's conclusion will identify new trends and the 2009 outlook.


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9 Things RFID Will Be Remembered for in '08, Part 1
  Monday December 15th, 2008
This article is Part 1 of a three-part series that recaps the top RFID developments from 2008. This installment focuses on advances in UWB, passive UHF and NFC technologies. Tomorrow's Part 2 will examine startups, funding, and M&A in the RFID vendor landscape, and Part 3 will identify new trends and provide an outlook for 2009.


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Raflatac Positions Itself for NFC Adoption
  Thursday December 11th, 2008
UPM Raflatac recently announced the launch of a portfolio of RFID tags for use in near field communication (NFC) applications. The tags have already been deployed in some applications, but official availability begins this month. RFID Update spoke with Raflatac's business development director Mikko Nikkanen about the new chips and his company's view of NFC adoption.


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SecureRF to Develop Secure RFID for US Air Force
  Wednesday December 10th, 2008
The US Air Force wants active RFID tags it can use with sensors to monitor the location and status of assets but which can't be read by enemies. SecureRF received a grant to help develop the RFID system, which will also securely encode all data transmission.


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Japanese Publisher Manages Book Sales with RFID
  Tuesday December 9th, 2008
A Japanese publisher is tagging individual books as part of an innovative effort to reduce returns and waste. To encourage better demand planning and ordering, the publisher offers retailers flexible payment terms, which are encoded in a tag applied to each book in the order.


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Microsoft's Mobile RFID Software Now Available
  Monday December 8th, 2008
Microsoft announced general availability of BizTalk RFID Mobile software, which was released in beta form in April. The software simplifies connectivity between mobile RFID devices and back-end systems.


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Aberdeen on Achieving ROI from RFID
  Thursday December 4th, 2008
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled Where RFID Meets ROI: Beyond Supply Chains, the report is available free for a limited time. This article is the executive summary, contributed by report author Michael Dortch.


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Cabinet Maker's Efficiency Gains Hinge On RFID
  Wednesday December 3rd, 2008
Custom Cupboards is believed to be the first cabinet maker to use an RFID system to route materials through production and automatically direct assembly, inspection and packaging processes.


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DHS to Track Immigration Detainees with RFID
  Tuesday December 2nd, 2008
The US Department of Homeland Security is equipping 19 domestic facilities with active RFID technology to track immigration detainees. The project may mark the first use of RFID for prisoner tracking by a US federal government agency.


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RFID News Roundup for Last Week
  Monday December 1st, 2008
This article highlights announcements made during the week of November 24, 2008, when RFID Update did not publish in observance of the US Thanksgiving holiday.


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Think NFC is Just Ticketing and Payments? Think Again.
  Thursday November 20th, 2008
The NFC Forum held a webinar that described how near field communication (NFC) technology could be used outside of its core ticketing and contactless payment markets. NFC-enabled cell phones and other devices could be used to securely store and exchange records, provide access control to facilities, create smart appliances and more.


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15x More Efficient: Tracking Propane Containers with RFID
  Wednesday November 19th, 2008
A liquid propane (LP) gas provider in Malaysia is using RFID to track gas cylinders and automate filling and inspection processes. The system features custom-designed low frequency RFID readers that are certified for use in hazardous environments and are now available commercially.


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EPCglobal Plans Multi-technology RFID Pilot
  Tuesday November 18th, 2008
EPCglobal is planning an international logistics pilot that will use passive and active RFID technologies, the EPCIS RFID data communication protocol, and multiple standardized numbering systems to track and secure ocean-bound cargo shipments from Japan to the Netherlands.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for November
  Monday November 17th, 2008
Baird has released its November RFID Monthly report. The 17-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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New RFID Tag Extends Memory, Range in Tough Environments
  Thursday November 13th, 2008
Avery Dennison introduced the AD-902, a rugged Gen2 passive UHF tag with 512 bits of user memory. A refinery used the AD-902 to replace its active RFID employee ID tags that are used to track emergency response personnel.


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NASA Discovers RTLS Works Well in Small Spaces
  Wednesday November 12th, 2008
Boeing and NASA installed an ultra-wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) at the Kennedy Space Center to track thousands of assets used to support the International Space Station. One innovative feature is the use of vehicle-mounted readers to track items delivered to the launch pad.


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Healthcare, Pharma Industries to Increase RFID Spending
  Monday November 10th, 2008
Market research from Kalorama Information predicts the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries will significantly increase their investments in RFID technology in the next five years. RFID sales for 2008 are valued at $474 million in healthcare and $70 million in pharmaceutical.


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Tight Capital Could Squeeze Firms Out of RFID Industry
  Thursday November 6th, 2008
This conclusion of a two-part series on how economic conditions are affecting the RFID industry examines how tight capital and an extended bear market could impact the RFID vendor community. Part 1, Economic Meltdown Effect on RFID: Not Now, Not Ever?, analyzed how current economic conditions are impacting near-term RFID adoption prospects.


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Economic Meltdown Effect on RFID: Not Now, Not Ever?
  Wednesday November 5th, 2008
This is the first installment of a two-part series on how deteriorating economic conditions could impact the RFID industry. Part 1 focuses on the current adoption climate and short-term outlook. Tomorrow's conclusion examines whether conditions will trigger consolidation and reshape the RFID vendor community.


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ABI Predicts RFID Growth Despite Economic Slowdown
  Monday November 3rd, 2008
RFID revenues will reach $5.3 billion in 2008 and $9.8 billion in 2013 according to a forecast released today by ABI Research. It predicts growth rates of 25 percent or higher for the item-level tagging, contactless payment, asset tracking, RTLS and cargo tracking segments of the industry.


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Kit Lets Consumers Personalize Things with RFID
  Thursday October 30th, 2008
Mir:ror is a kit with a USB RFID read/write device, customizable tags and PC software that consumers can use to create personalized RFID tags for their things. The creators are focused on developing technologies that foster digital-personal connections.


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New RFID Handheld Provides Range, Price Breakthroughs
  Wednesday October 29th, 2008
Convergence Systems Limited (CSL) introduced a $2,500 handheld RFID reader with 25-foot read range for UHF tags. The price and range each represent significant improvements over other handheld UHF readers. The company thinks the product's price and performance could drive increased RFID adoption.


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RFID "Smart Boxes" Help Manufacturer Meet Mandate
  Tuesday October 28th, 2008
Pet product manufacturer Normerica has deployed RFID-embedded "smart boxes" and a mobile reader solution to meet Wal-Mart Canada's RFID requirements.


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RFID Patent Pool Approved by US Government
  Monday October 27th, 2008
The US Department of Justice last week issued a letter to the RFID Consortium, indicating its approval for the organization's intent to manage an industry patent pool that it hopes will facilitate licensing of intellectual property related to Gen2 RFID. The approval process clears the way for the Consortium to "open for business."


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Dutch Forensics Lab Tracks Evidence With RFID
  Thursday October 23rd, 2008
The Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) tracks crime scene evidence in real time using RFID, providing complete chain-of-custody documentation to authorities.


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Kovio Set to Commercialize Printed RFID Tags
  Wednesday October 22nd, 2008
Kovio, which is developing printed RFID tag technology, announced it will begin shipping test quantities by the end of the year and expects to go into full production by June, 2009. The 13.56 MHz read-only tags will initially be priced between five and ten cents.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for October
  Tuesday October 21st, 2008
Baird has released its October RFID Monthly report. The 18-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Trend Tracking: PCB Makers Show Interest in RFID
  Monday October 20th, 2008
This article examines the state of the RFID market for printed circuit board (PCB) tracking. RFID vendors say there haven't been any large-scale deployments, but interest has increased in the past few months for work-in-process, authentication and warranty tracking applications.


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Log House Maker Using RFID to Track Material
  Thursday October 16th, 2008
Honkarakenne, a Finnish firm that makes log houses that are sold throughout the world, is using passive RFID to manage materials and production processes. Logs receive a passive RFID tag that is encoded with order and processing instructions. The system helps ensure logs are properly processed, packaged and shipped.


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RFID Sensor Platform from GE Breaks New Ground
  Wednesday October 15th, 2008
GE Global Research has developed a new battery-less RFID sensing platform that can detect multiple chemical or biological substances using a single sensor.


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AIM to Clarify RFID Interference with Medical Devices
  Tuesday October 14th, 2008
AIM Global announced it is creating independent test protocols to determine the safety of using RFID systems in healthcare environments. The protocols will measure how RFID impacts medical devices, pharmaceuticals and human physiology. AIM hopes to have the protocols created and the first certifications issued within 12 months.


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Sensormatic Buys Vue for $43M
  Thursday October 9th, 2008
Sensormatic Electronics, best known for its EAS systems, acquired RFID item-level software provider Vue Technology for $43 million. The deal combines hardware and software providers who are both highly focused on in-store, item-level retail applications for RFID.


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US Army Signs $75M Contract for Passive RFID
  Wednesday October 8th, 2008
ODIN technologies this week announced its selection as a prime contractor for a new $75.5 million contract for passive RFID solutions from the US Army's Product Manager Joint-Automatic Identification Technology (PM J-AIT) Office. The selection is a nice win for ODIN and also a positive signal of ramping adoption by the US military.


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GE Healthcare Finds Opportunity, Acquires RTLS Firm
  Tuesday October 7th, 2008
GE Healthcare puts its stake into the growing healthcare market for RTLS systems by acquiring software provider Agility Healthcare Solutions. GE Healthcare, which has 46,000 employees and customers in more than 100 countries, said it will continue to work with other RTLS hardware providers.


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Alien Gets $38M in New Funding, Brings Total to $329M
  Monday October 6th, 2008
Alien Technology announced it received $38 million in new investments, bringing its total to $329 million. The privately held maker of passive UHF RFID inlays and readers said it expects this is its final round of private financing.


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Staples Achieves Great ROI, Expands RFID Deployment
  Thursday October 2nd, 2008
Staples Canada has announced success of the office supply retailer's five-store RFID pilot. Director of process engineering Joe Soares was extremely pleased by the pilot, which has yielded a "very, very satisfying return on investment." The company will now roll the pilot out to ten more stores in the hopes of achieving similarly positive results.


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NFC Kit Launched to Spur Application Development
  Wednesday October 1st, 2008
AIRTAG released a software development kit (SDK) for near field communication technology (NFC) that includes ISO-standard tags, a USB reader and a software library for the creation of contactless payment and other applications.


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Startup to Deliver Standards-Compliant UWB RTLS
  Tuesday September 30th, 2008
DecaWave, a startup in Dublin, announced ScenSor, an ultra-wideband (UWB) RTLS system based on the IEEE 802.15.4a standard. DecaWave claims the technology provides 10-centimeter accuracy and can locate 11,000 items in a 20-meter radius. Production is set to start in 2010, but prototypes will be delivered this December.


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Ándale! Spain's Postal Service Deploys RFID
  Monday September 29th, 2008
Correos, the Spanish national postal service, has outfitted 37 distribution centers with an RFID system that tracks mail samples to analyze the flow of mail through the system. Reva Systems, whose equipment was used in the project, says the postal industry is a growing RFID market.


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Industry Group Turns Attention to NFC & Mobile Payments
  Thursday September 25th, 2008
The Smart Card Alliance formed the Contactless and Mobile Payments Council to facilitate adoption of near field communication (NFC) contactless payment services. The council will focus on education and research. There are 120 inaugural members, including representatives from credit card companies, other financial institutions, technology developers and NFC users.


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Motorola Integrates RTLS, RFID with Wireless Platform
  Wednesday September 24th, 2008
Motorola announced its Wi-Fi Next Generation (Wi-NG) wireless LAN architecture now supports RTLS. RTLS functionality has been integrated into Motorola's wireless LAN switches, and the company developed location software that also supports passive UHF RFID technology.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for September
  Tuesday September 23rd, 2008
Baird has released its September RFID Monthly report. The 21-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Survey Finds Major Shifts in RFID Adoption Trends
  Monday September 22nd, 2008
Customer compliance requirements will not be the leading driver for RFID projects in 2009, according to a new survey by ABI Research that also found end users are planning to up their RFID spending an average of 28 percent. ABI found adoption support for a broad range of applications.


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RFID Driver's Licenses Gain Traction in the US
  Thursday September 18th, 2008
RFID-enabled driver's licenses saw a major adoption milestone Tuesday as the state of New York began issuing the so-called enhanced driver's licenses, or EDLs. The wireless identification documents are designed to be used in lieu of a passport at land and sea crossings with Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean islands.


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New tikitag Service to Use NFC to Connect Consumers
  Wednesday September 17th, 2008
tikitag is a new venture that will promote connecting consumers to web-based information, and is using near field communications (NFC) RFID technology to do it. The Alcatel-Lucent venture will soon release development kits and launch its service to support consumer and enterprise applications for NFC cell phones and other devices.


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Walgreens RFID Deployment Announced
  Tuesday September 16th, 2008
Walgreens is using RFID at its most advanced distribution center to make sure orders sent to stores are complete and loaded in the right truck in the right sequence. The largest drug store chain in the US is currently outfitting a second DC with the system, which will go online next year.


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RFID World '08: Now You See It...
  Monday September 15th, 2008
There are plenty of magic acts in Las Vegas, but at the RFID World '08 show held there last week, it was the exhibitors who seemed intent on making RFID disappear. Starting with the press conference that opened the event, exhibitors spoke of the need for RFID technology to "disappear" into complete solutions so adoption could grow.


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RFID World 2008 Announcement Wrap-Up, Part 2 of 2
  Thursday September 11th, 2008
This week's RFID World 2008 conference in Las Vegas saw a handful of announcements from the vendors at the show. This recap is the second of our two-part series wrapping up those announcements. See yesterday's RFID World 2008 Announcement Wrap-Up, Part 1 of 2 for the rest of the announcements.


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RFID World 2008 Announcement Wrap-Up, Part 1 of 2
  Wednesday September 10th, 2008
This week's RFID World 2008 conference in Las Vegas saw a handful of announcements from the vendors at the show. This recap is the first of our two-part series wrapping up those announcements. Tomorrow we'll publish the rest.


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2008 RFID Excellence in Business Awards Announced
  Tuesday September 9th, 2008
The 2008 RFID Excellence in Business Awards were presented at the RFID World conference on Monday night.


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RFID Benchmark Tests Prove Positive for IT Asset Tracking
  Monday September 8th, 2008
A new benchmark test report says passive UHF RFID tags and readers can perform very effectively to track IT assets in data centers and other environments. The tests also found major performance discrepancies among tags and readers, so good performance and system success cannot be taken for granted.


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New Association Highlights RFID Security Issues
  Thursday September 4th, 2008
The RFID Security Alliance (RFIDSA) is a new association that formed to promote better understanding about RFID security concerns and solutions. The organization says security is often overlooked during RFID system planning and implementation, but also many security threats have been misinterpreted and exaggerated.


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RFID Startup Offers Enhanced Security for Tag Chips
  Wednesday September 3rd, 2008
Verayo is a startup whose product creates a unique digital signature for RFID chips based on how current flows through them. The company is focusing on creating clone-resistant RFID tags to support authentication applications.


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Swiss Retailer Using RFID to Track Cases in Reusable Containers
  Tuesday September 2nd, 2008
Swiss retailer Manor is using RFID to track reusable transport containers at eight stores and two distribution centers, and plans to expand the system to all 82 of its retail locations. RFID applications automate shipping and receiving operations at stores and DCs.


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METRO Group Brings DHL Into Its RFID Fold
  Thursday August 28th, 2008
Logistics provider DHL will provide pallet tagging and tracking services to METRO Group to support the retailer's RFID rollout to 89 METRO Cash & Carry wholesale stores in France. The firms announced 1.3 million pallets will be tagged annually to facilitate shipment tracking and order verification.


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RedPrairie Adds RFID Support for Yard Management
  Wednesday August 27th, 2008
RedPrairie announced its core warehouse management system now supports RFID for yard management functions. The leading WMS and supply chain software provider said its customer base has shown strong interest in using RFID for asset management and yard management, but not for case and pallet tracking within distribution centers.


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ABI: Signs of NFC Payment System Convergence
  Tuesday August 26th, 2008
ABI Research's annual assessment of near field communication (NFC) reader vendors found increasing support for multiple payment systems, which could help adoption. ViVOtech, Cubic Transportation Systems and On Track Innovations (OTI) topped the vendor rating.


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Gartner: Case/Pallet RFID Still in "Trough of Disillusionment"
  Monday August 25th, 2008
About 24 percent of Tier 1 retailers are running extensive RFID case and pallet tagging pilots or systems, according to Gartner, which predicts mainstream adoption is five to 10 years away. The firm placed RFID in the "Trough of Disillusionment" in its recently released "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology, 2008" report.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for August
  Thursday August 21st, 2008
Baird has released its August RFID Monthly report. The 23-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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New RFID Solution Targets Sales Chain Automation
  Wednesday August 20th, 2008
SkyeTek is commercializing a managed service that uses smart cabinets and other unattended RFID readers to monitor inventory and notify field sales staff when customers require replenishment. Early users have reported rapid ROI from reduced out-of-stocks and time savings resulting from less inventory management time and paperwork.


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RFID Could Cure Concrete Tracking Woes
  Tuesday August 19th, 2008
International Coding Technologies announced TrackCon, a system for identifying and tracking pre-fabricated concrete products that features a plastic-encased passive RFID and bar code tag that is embedded during the production process. The developer says the system can be used for concrete products ranging from small tanks to pre-fabricated building walls.


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IDTechEx: RFID Apparel Market to Grow 70% Annually
  Monday August 18th, 2008
IDTechEx estimates that RFID spending on apparel will be $68 million this year, representing 38 percent of the total worldwide RFID spend for the retail sector. The research firm predicts that figure will rise to $988 million in 2013, an impressive 71 percent compound annual growth rate.


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Read Range for Gen2 RFID in 2008? 40 Feet
  Thursday August 14th, 2008
RFID solutions provider Simply RFiD posted an entry on its blog a few weeks ago reporting the great read ranges on Gen2 technology that its engineers have found consistently in recent months. Those ranges were long enough to prompt skepticism from some readers -- and to prompt RFID Update to interview the company president for more explanation.


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Innovation to Drive Strong RTLS Adoption
  Wednesday August 13th, 2008
There will be $145 million worth of RTLS systems sold in 2008, and the market will top $1 billion within 10 years, according to a new research report from IDTechEx. Ultra wideband (UWB) is singled out as one of the fastest-growing RTLS technologies, although widespread growth for alternative technologies and application markets is expected as well.


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"USB Stick" RFID Reader Debuts
  Tuesday August 12th, 2008
iDTRONIC announced a UHF RFID read/write device in a USB stick form factor. The USB Stick can be plugged into PCs, laptops and other devices with USB ports to give them RFID read/write ability. The device has significantly less range than most fixed-position UHF readers and has been envisioned for use in offices.


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Turkish Retailer Plans Big Item-Level RFID Expansion
  Monday August 11th, 2008
LCWaikiki, one of Turkey's leading apparel retailer, has been using item-level RFID tracking in one of its stores for about three months and plans to install systems at 50 to 60 more locations within six months. The company credits the system for reducing inventory tracking time by 60 and 70 percent for certain processes.


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RFID Helps Protect CT Patients from Medication Errors
  Thursday August 7th, 2008
Pre-filled syringes are being labeled with RFID tags and read by automatic injection machines to make sure patients about to have CT scans are injected with the correct solutions and to prevent use of expired product or reused syringes.


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RFID Study Evaluates Item-Level Retail Performance
  Wednesday August 6th, 2008
A test of RFID read rates for footwear and apparel items in simulated retail use-case environments found generally good performance but some large variations among tags and readers. Researchers at the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas concluded item-level tagging is feasible for the product category.


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Fluensee Acquires TrenStar's RFID Software Business
  Tuesday August 5th, 2008
RFID solutions provider Fluensee acquired TrenStar's asset management software. The deal expands Fluensee's software-as-a-service offerings and gives the company additional customers, markets and distribution channels. TrenStar is effectively exiting the RFID industry and will focus on its airline container management business.


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Report Supports UHF RFID for New Zealand Animal Tracking
  Monday August 4th, 2008
A pilot project in New Zealand generated strong evidence that ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID technology is better suited to livestock tagging in that country than low frequency (LF), which is the flavor of RFID deployed historically. The New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group conducted the pilot in April and May with groups of deer, sheep, and cattle.


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Device Maker Deploys Item-Level RFID Across Supply Chain
  Thursday July 31st, 2008
SonicWALL, a provider of network security devices, is using RFID to provide item-level visibility into its extended supply chain.


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New ThingMagic RFID Reader Cuts Cost, Size, and Power
  Wednesday July 30th, 2008
ThingMagic's new Astra RFID reader is a small form-factor device that utilizes Power over Ethernet technology to reduce the cost of deployment.


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RFID Pill Monitors Body Temperature at Walking Race
  Tuesday July 29th, 2008
Researchers at Radboud University used RFID-based sensors to monitor the core body temperatures of volunteers at the annual Four Days Marches of Nijmegen in The Netherlands.


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NFC RFID to Power $75+ Billion in Transactions in 2013
  Monday July 28th, 2008
By 2013 one in five mobile phones will ship with a near field communication (NFC) RFID chip for cashless payment transactions, according to the latest projection from Juniper Research. The firm cited standards developments as removing a barrier to adoption, though NFC use is expected to be light through 2009.


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Motorola Tops Newest RFID Reader Vendor Rankings
  Thursday July 24th, 2008
Analyst firm ABI Research produced its first ranking of passive UHF RFID reader vendors. Motorola was the overall highest-rated manufacturer, with Impinj leading in innovation and Alien Technology taking the top spot for implementations. ABI said it was impressed with the strength, depth and innovation evident in the product category.


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UWB RTLS Vendor Improves Sensitivity, Lowers Cost
  Wednesday July 23rd, 2008
Time Domain introduced version 2.0 of its PLUS ultra wideband (UWB) real time location system (RTLS). The company said this is the first time UWB has achieved cost parity with WiFi-based RTLS technology. PLUS 2.0 can track items to specific floors and has other new features.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for July
  Tuesday July 22nd, 2008
Baird has released its July RFID Monthly report. The 24-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Oil Industry Forms RFID Group to Aid Adoption
  Monday July 21st, 2008
The Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group announced it has formed to develop process and technology standards to support RFID adoption in the petroleum and natural gas industries. The organization is evaluating use cases and technology requirements for both internal and supply chain operations.


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ConocoPhillips Using RFID for Offshore Rig Worker Safety
  Thursday July 17th, 2008
ConocoPhillips installed an active RFID system from IDENTEC Solutions to provide real-time location data for employees working on oil drilling platforms off the coast of Norway. Location data is available on the rigs and at mainland locations to help rescue workers find employees in an emergency.


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Thousands of Auto Parts Verified with RFID and UWB
  Wednesday July 16th, 2008
Nearly 400,000 components were identified and tracked into the 15,000 vehicles where they were installed using a combination of ultra wideband (UWB) and passive UHF technologies. During the six-week production trial the RFID system tracked vehicles through the final assembly process to ensure they received the correct parts.


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ThingMagic Receives $9.8 Million from Current Investors
  Tuesday July 15th, 2008
RFID reader and module developer ThingMagic received $9.8 million in new venture capital, all from previous investors. The company said it will not seek additional investment and that this is only the second time it has taken venture capital. It also received $21 million in 2005-06.


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Banking Interest Climbs for RFID, Spurs Standards
  Monday July 14th, 2008
A financial services industry association announced an initiative to develop standards so industry companies can use RFID more easily. The Financial Services Technology Consortium (FSTC) will first focus on IT asset management, file tracking and courier operations, and hopes to develop its first draft standard by year end.


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Impinj Buys Intel's RFID Business, Cements Leadership
  Thursday July 10th, 2008
RFID chip and reader manufacturer Impinj today announced its acquisition of the UHF RFID reader chip operation from semiconductor manufacturer Intel. The bold strategic move could elevate the company from its current status as one of a small handful of industry leaders, to a new level that is unique in the RFID space.


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'Myth Busted' -- Tests Find RFID Works Well on Metals
  Wednesday July 9th, 2008
Passive UHF tags designed specifically for use on metal objects work very reliably, according to new test results released by ODIN technologies. ODIN cautions that not all metal-mount tags work well, and found some do not perform as well as general-purpose RFID tags when used on metal. The benchmark report is ODIN's first on specialty tags.


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RFID Industry Reaction to Checkpoint-OAT Deal, Part 2
  Tuesday July 8th, 2008
In the two weeks since Checkpoint's $37 million acquistion of OATSystems was announced, there has been a flurry of commentary about what it means for the players involved and the RFID industry at large. Today is the second of a two-part series featuring the best of that commentary.


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RFID Industry Reaction to Checkpoint-OAT Deal, Part 1
  Monday July 7th, 2008
In the two weeks since Checkpoint's $37 million acquistion of OATSystems was announced, there has been a flurry of commentary about what it means for the players involved and the RFID industry at large. Today and tomorrow we recap in a two-part series the best of that commentary.


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Aberdeen on Maximizing Value Between RFID and IT
  Thursday July 3rd, 2008
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled RFID and IT Infrastructures: Maximizing Business Value, the report is available free until August 29th. This article is the executive summary, contributed by report author Michael Dortch.


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New System Puts RFID at Core of Paper Handling
  Wednesday July 2nd, 2008
A new RFID system designed for the paper industry uses combination 125 KHz/6.8 MHz tags to identify industrial-sized paper rolls in production and supply chain environments. The complete system from IPICO and Sonoco includes application software to support end-to-end product tracking.


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Impinj Sells Non-RFID Assets, Moves Ahead as Pure Play
  Tuesday July 1st, 2008
RFID tag and reader producer Impinj sold intellectual property and assets related to non-volatile memory to IC designer Virage Logic for $5.2 million. The sale is positioned as strategic, and privately-held Impinj will go forward as a a pure-play RFID company.


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Wireless Sensors to Set Routes for Water Delivery
  Monday June 30th, 2008
Sensors integrated with GPS/GPRS wireless communications devices will provide the data to automatically dispatch water delivery drivers to customer locations that need to be replenished. Spring Water on Tap, a startup water delivery firm, created the system to gain a competitive advantage.


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NACDS Study Puts Price Tag on Pharmacy RFID Systems
  Thursday June 26th, 2008
It would cost pharmacies between $84,000 and $110,000 to comply with proposed RFID and 2D bar code requirements for tracking prescription drugs, according to a new study from Accenture and the Coalition for Community Pharmacy Action. The study did not break out costs for specific technologies and didn't look at potential benefits.


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Study Finds RFID Interferes With Medical Equipment
  Wednesday June 25th, 2008
The prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in today's online edition that documents how 125 KHz and 868 MHz RFID systems interfered with medical equipment. The study by Amsterdam-based researchers recommends site interference tests be performed before any potential RFID installation.


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Checkpoint Buys OAT to Become One-Stop RFID Shop
  Tuesday June 24th, 2008
Checkpoint Systems announced yesterday that it would acquire OATSystems to become a "one-stop shop" for retail RFID deployment. Checkpoint is a leading provider of electronic article surveillance (EAS) to retailers, while OAT is a provider of various application-specific RFID software solutions.


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Alien Adds Major Capabilities to Gen2 RFID Readers
  Monday June 23rd, 2008
Alien Technology introduced software that gives its readers the ability to determine the location, speed, and movement direction of RFID tags. The software also improves the ability to isolate individual tags in dense or fast-moving environments, which can improve airline baggage handling and other sortation applications.


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Report Reveals RFID Performance on Different Surfaces
  Thursday June 19th, 2008
Comprehensive test results that show how Gen2 inlays perform when used in different common RFID tag materials are now available from the European EPC Competence Center (EECC). The tests revealed significant performance differences based on vendor, material, and geographic region.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for June
  Wednesday June 18th, 2008
Baird has released its June RFID Monthly report. The 21-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Data Sharing Passes Test in Successful EPCIS Trial
  Tuesday June 17th, 2008
The EPCIS RFID data sharing standard passed what may have been its largest test to date. EPCglobal announced more than two dozen firms participated in a pilot project that used passive and active RFID technologies and EPCIS-standard communication to track ocean shipments from China to the US.


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Ambitious RFID Pilot Launches With a Single Reader
  Monday June 16th, 2008
Spanish children's apparel producer Bóboli installed an RFID reader at its distribution center to track about 200,000 individual pieces of clothing. The installation is the first phase of a project the company expects will eventually cover all of its inventory and extend to store-level RFID tracking.


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RFID Market on Target to Reach $5.3B in 2008
  Thursday June 12th, 2008
IDTechEx said the RFID market is on pace to reach its previously-predicted level of $5.3 billion in sales in 2008, the firm recently announced. Large transportation ticketing projects, continued growth in ID card programs, and a surge of activity in the apparel industry are the main growth drivers.


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Goliath Offers an RTLS Solution Priced for David
  Wednesday June 11th, 2008
Goliath Solutions, the provider of RFID-based promotion-tracking solutions, will soon offer an RTLS solution based on the technology it has developed as part of its core offering. The company believes it can offer the solution at a very competitive price point, and address what has been an underserved segment of the RTLS market.


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Item-Level RFID Prevents Meat Spoilage for METRO
  Tuesday June 10th, 2008
METRO Group installed an RFID system at its new real,- Future Store to track individual packages of meat to ensure no spoiled products leave the store. RFID data also provides a real-time view of demand that's used to direct meat cutting and packaging operations.


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HP Launches RFID Service for IT Assets
  Monday June 9th, 2008
Hewlett-Packard announced it will install RFID reader systems at customer sites to track HP servers and other IT gear that ship with pre-installed Gen2 tags. HP previously provided these services on a project basis, but has now formalized them under the HP Factory Express Service banner.


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RFID for All of New Zealand's Cattle and Deer by 2011
  Thursday June 5th, 2008
New Zealand's Stuff has reported that by 2011 all cattle and deer on the island nation of four million people are likely to be RFID tagged. The initiative is part of a multimillion dollar allocation by the New Zealand government to strengthen biosecurity protections.


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RFID Helps Manufacturer Sock Away 40% Productivity Gains
  Wednesday June 4th, 2008
Gelal, the leading sock manufacturer in Europe, attributed a 40% improvement in factory productivity to a passive RFID system that replaced bar code scanning to track work-in-process. The company may expand RFID tracking to its packages to support warehouse and distribution operations.


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Appliance Developed to Support Large RFID Deployments
  Tuesday June 3rd, 2008
GlobeRanger has created a network appliance-based version of its RFID infrastructure software as an alternative to its legacy, server-based solutions. The new SNAP appliance is intended to enable consistent RFID rollouts to multiple locations, and was developed as a response to end user graduation from pilot to production.


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Ekahau Supports 802.11n in RTLS, Awaits Market
  Monday June 2nd, 2008
WiFi real-time locating system (RTLS) technology provider Ekahau announced its products can work on 2.4 GHz 802.11n draft-standard networks. Some wireless market analysts predict the 802.11n protocol will surpass Ethernet in enterprise network use. Ekahau is the first RTLS vendor to announce 802.11n support.


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New RFID Line Optimized for Textile Rental, Laundry
  Thursday May 29th, 2008
TAGSYS announced a new line of high frequency tags and readers optimized for textile applications, including commercial laundry and uniform rentals.


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New System Marries RFID Location Data With Item Info
  Wednesday May 28th, 2008
Cisco announced its new Cisco Motion vision to simplify integration of mobility technologies. The centerpiece is the Mobility Services Engine, which can supplement RTLS location data with sensor information about an item's status and condition. RTLS, RFID, and enterprise IT companies are supporting the initiative with software development.


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In Finland, Your (RFID) Chip's in the Mail
  Tuesday May 27th, 2008
Itella, which operates the postal system in Finland, is implementing passive RFID readers at its 11 postal distribution systems to track, time, and analyze the flow of 7,000 to 8,000 sample pieces of mail with embedded RFID tags that will be placed into the system monthly.


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ABI Research Finds Widespread RFID Market Growth
  Thursday May 22nd, 2008
The latest quarterly RFID market forecast from ABI Research predicts strong growth for most technology and application segments. The study predicts 15% compound annual revenue growth from 2007 to 2013, with slowing growth in mature segments and falling prices masking stronger advances in unit sales and emerging sectors.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for May
  Wednesday May 21st, 2008
Baird has released its May RFID Monthly report. The 23-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Implantable RFID Business 'Not Self-Sustainable'
  Tuesday May 20th, 2008
A VeriChip executive warned that the business is currently too small to be sustainable after the company reorganized last week. VeriChip now lacks revenue streams to fund its development and marketing of human-implantable RFID chips to support medical care, leading to questions about the company's very viability.


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VeriChip Sells an RFID Business, More Change May Come
  Monday May 19th, 2008
VeriChip, maker of controversial human-implantable RFID tags by the same name, sold a subsidiary that provides patient protection solutions and said the entire company could be available for sale. It also announced former chairman and CEO Scott Silverman will no longer serve as an officer of the company.


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RFID World Sees Return of Its Founder
  Thursday May 15th, 2008
TechInsights, the integrated media company that hosts the annual RFID World, announced that it has hired Timothy Downs as an adviser for this year's event in September. Downs was founder of the show, and his participation could represent an injection of the vision that originally made RFID World one the industry's leading events.


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RFID, Sensors Could Help Army Keep Guns On Target
  Wednesday May 14th, 2008
The US Army is testing RFID tags integrated with sensors mounted on the heavy gun barrels of tanks to record each time the weapon is fired. The data will be used for maintenance planning and to determine when each weapon should be retired.


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Startup Says System Can Detect, Block Cloned RFID Tags
  Tuesday May 13th, 2008
NeoCatena Networks is a startup that plans to soon release RF-Wall, a firewall for networked RFID systems that promises to block malware from entering enterprise systems through RFID readers and to detect tags that have been cloned or tampered with.


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SAP & XML Helps Wilson Easily Integrate RFID Labeling
  Monday May 12th, 2008
Wilson Sporting Goods produces RFID compliance shipping labels by using printer/encoders that support direct connectivity to its SAP and IBM AS/400 enterprise systems. The system architecture helped the company simplify implementation during a time of IT transition.


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New Method Promises Cheaper RFID Tag Development
  Thursday May 8th, 2008
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology this week announced the development of what they call an "RFID testbed," which will allow the testing of new tag prototypes more cheaply and effectively than existing tag design processes.


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Army RFID Contracts to Create Market Boost, Not Boom
  Wednesday May 7th, 2008
The US Army's current efforts to contract for thousands of passive RFID readers and related software and services may not provide a windfall for RFID vendors, but will play a more important role in validating the technology, according to industry observers.


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US Army Issues RFP for Large RFID Purchase
  Tuesday May 6th, 2008
The US Army issued a request for proposals (RFP) to supply more than 8,000 fixed position and handheld RFID readers, 53,000 tags, 600 printer/encoders, 3,800 software licenses plus personnel, services, and maintenance during the next three years.


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Firms Want to Take Out the Garbage With RFID
  Monday May 5th, 2008
Routeware and Texas Instruments partnered to integrate RFID reading capabilities into waste removal systems. Garbage cans and dumpsters receive low frequency passive RFID tags that are read by antennas integrated into garbage truck arm lifts to record the pickup in an on-board computer.


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Airbus Sheds Light on Its Ambitious RFID Program
  Thursday May 1st, 2008
Airbus was the featured presenter during a webinar yesterday that provided an inside look at the aircraft manufacturer's RFID deployment, which has become one of Europe's most high-profile. A wide variety of topics were covered, but this article provides the key takeaways.


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RFID Gives a Lift to Crane Accuracy
  Wednesday April 30th, 2008
A passive UHF reader integrated into the hook of an industrial crane helps operators identify bulky, look-alike goods such as steel coils and paper rolls. SPEDE Technologies recently debuted its RFID Crane Locator Solution, which also features a laser range finder to pinpoint item locations.


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Newest Drug Pedigree Proposal Highlights RFID
  Tuesday April 29th, 2008
A bill introduced in the US House of Representatives calls for the establishment of drug pedigree and identification standards, and directs federal officials to assess RFID's suitability for meeting them. The new legislation, however, appears to duplicate requirements set forth in the PDMA and the FDA Amendments Act of 2007.


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New Eco-friendly Thin Batteries Introduced for RFID
  Monday April 28th, 2008
Thin Battery Technologies released two new batteries that are thin and flexible enough to be used with passive RFID tags in cards, tickets, and smart labels. The batteries boost the read range and sensitivity of RFID tags and significantly expand the startup company's product line.


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RFID Electronic Vehicle Registration Spreads
  Friday April 25th, 2008
More evidence that electronic vehicle registration is growing as a niche RFID application came this week as the Philippines Land Transportation Office (LTO) announced its intention to deploy RFID stickers for vehicles across the country.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for April
  Thursday April 24th, 2008
Baird has released its April RFID Monthly report. The 29-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Startup Adapting MEMS Technology for RFID Authentication
  Wednesday April 23rd, 2008
Veratag is a startup that is using MEMS resonator technology to create RFID tags with unique "voiceprints" that make them virtually unclonable. The company plans to pursue authentication and transaction security applications.


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Study: Consumers Misunderstand RFID and Its Security
  Tuesday April 22nd, 2008
Consumers don't realize RFID cards and documents can be read without their knowledge or from more than a few inches away, according to a small study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The study suggests consumers can't adequately assess the risks associated with RFID.


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RFID Journal LIVE a Signpost of RFID Market Maturity
  Monday April 21st, 2008
RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 showed signs the RFID industry is maturing. Many vendors emphasized their partnerships and ease of integration rather than touting proprietary technology and hard-to-verify performance claims.


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News Wrap-Up from RFID Journal LIVE 2008, Part 2 of 2
  Friday April 18th, 2008
Our second day of coverage from the RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 event in Las Vegas includes a number of major contract announcements, in addition to more product and partnership news. This is the second part of our two-day coverage of the event. Yesterday's Part 1 includes other announcements.


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News Wrap-Up from RFID Journal LIVE 2008, Part 1 of 2
  Thursday April 17th, 2008
The ongoing RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 conference in Las Vegas has generated a number of new product, partnership, and pilot news. Relevant announcements are listed in this article, the first part of our two-day coverage of the event.


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American Apparel Going to Item-Level RFID in Stores
  Wednesday April 16th, 2008
Fashion retailer American Apparel announced plans to implement item-level RFID management systems at its 120 North American retail stores. The chain is currently installing systems at 16 New York City area locations following a trial that significantly reduced the time needed to take inventory.


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FDA, EC Considering RFID for Drug Pedigrees
  Tuesday April 15th, 2008
The FDA and the European Commission are each seeking input on technologies and methods for pharmaceutical serialization and tracking. The FDA is required to develop track-and-trace identification and technology standards, while the EC is broadly reviewing options to improve the drug supply chain.


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Startup Touts 600-foot Read Range for Passive RFID
  Monday April 14th, 2008
Mojix is a startup led by former NASA deep space scientists who used their digital signal processing expertise to develop passive RFID technology with 600-foot read range. Mojix says its STAR system can identify individual Gen2 tags within a 250,000 square foot area.


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IBM and OAT Land Multi-Million Dollar RFID Contract
  Friday April 11th, 2008
Airbus has selected IBM and OATSystems to deliver a software platform upon which the aircraft manufacturer's ambitious RFID deployment will run. While financial specifics were not disclosed in the announcement, the companies did characterize it as "the manufacturing industry's single largest RFID software transaction to date."


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Washington RFID Law Could Pave Way For More
  Thursday April 10th, 2008
Some RFID industry observers think RFID regulations recently enacted in the state of Washington will lead to a bevy of similar laws around the country. At least 28 states are believed to have pending RFID legislation, and there are federal-level efforts underway around the world.


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ABI Research Ranks Top RFID Tag Producers
  Wednesday April 9th, 2008
ABI Research has publicly announced what it deems the top three manufacturers of both UHF and HF RFID inlays. The rankings are in the form of ABI's new "Vendor Matrices" for each of the two categories. A Vendor Matrix indicates where vendors are positioned in the market based on selected criteria. This article lists the winners.


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California Not Ready for Drug Pedigrees -- Is RFID?
  Tuesday April 8th, 2008
California delayed implementation of its pedigree law for pharmaceuticals by two years, to January, 2011. In its ruling, the California Board of Pharmacy said companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain were not ready to meet the complex new requirements, and also called into question RFID technology maturity.


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New Alien RFID Chip Adds Memory, Security, Performance
  Monday April 7th, 2008
Alien Technology introduced a Gen2-compliant RFID chip with 512 bits of user-programmable memory. Alien's new H3 Higgs chip also offers password protection for reading and writing. The company claims the chip is 25 percent more sensitive than previous-generation products, providing improved performance and read range.


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Aberdeen on Best-in-Class RFID Adoption in Retail
  Friday April 4th, 2008
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled RFID in Retail: The Truth Behind the Hype, the report is available free for a limited time. This article is the executive summary, contributed by report author Michael Dortch.


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Avery Dennison Sues Alien for RFID Patent Infringement
  Thursday April 3rd, 2008
Avery Dennison sued Alien Technology for infringement of three patents related to RFID tag production and testing. Avery previously sued chip production equipment maker Toray International for infringing one of the same patents, in a suit that is still pending.


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RFID Promotions Tracking Provider Gets $27M Funding
  Wednesday April 2nd, 2008
GOLIATH Solutions, a pioneer of RFID-based promotions tracking solutions, has announced $27 million in funding. The company's solutions are deployed in retail establishments to enable the real-time tracking of in-store promotion pieces (like point-of-sale or end-of-aisle displays), and the product sales that result from those promotions.


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DSD Study Finds Skepticism About RFID Value
  Tuesday April 1st, 2008
A new study from the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) found considerable skepticism about the value of RFID technology for direct store delivery (DSD) operations. DSD suppliers and retailers see possible benefits from RFID, but reported other options have more value potential and conditions for RFID adoption won't be favorable for years.


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Nox System Uses RFID to Catch a Thief
  Monday March 31st, 2008
The Nox system integrates RFID readers with surveillance cameras to automatically create video records when monitored items are moved. The system was originally developed for the FBI and is now available commercially.


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Lockheed Martin Uses RFID to Help Track Stealth Fighter
  Friday March 28th, 2008
Lockheed Martin asked suppliers to its Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program to apply RFID labels to shipments by the end of 2008 and suggested RFID tagging requirements could be expanded to other suppliers. The Joint Strike Fighter features cutting-edge stealth and avionics technologies that also features innovation in the procurement process.


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New RFID Chip Promises Major Performance Gains
  Thursday March 27th, 2008
RFID chip and reader manufacturer Impinj today announced version 3 of Monza, the RFID chip that powers the majority of Gen2 tags deployed in the market today. RFID Update spoke with Dimitri Desmons, Impinj's vice president of RFID marketing, about the new product and its enhanced performance.


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Highlights from RFID Smart Labels USA 2008
  Wednesday March 26th, 2008
Research firm IDTechEx has published highlights from the annual IDTechEx RFID Smart Labels USA conference held last month in Boston. This article recaps.


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Washington RFID Bill Expected to Become Law Today
  Tuesday March 25th, 2008
A new law in the State of Washington makes it a felony to skim personal information encoded in RFID tags. The law applies to Washington's new RFID-enabled Enhanced Driver Licenses, federal PASS Cards used in the state, and also to access control cards, loyalty cards, and any other RFID card or document that holds personal information.


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Printed RFID Nearing Commercialization, Study Says
  Monday March 24th, 2008
By 2010 manufacturers will be able to produce reliable printed RFID tags in quantities sufficient for commercial tracking and product authentication applications, according to a new report from NanoMarkets. The research firm predicts printed RFID sales will grow from $21.8 million in 2008 to $3.6 billion in 2015.


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RFID Puts New World Trade Center on Solid Foundation
  Thursday March 20th, 2008
Thousands of active RFID tags with temperature sensors are embedded in the concrete of the new Freedom Tower, which is being built in New York City on the site of the original Twin Towers. Construction workers monitor the concrete curing process using handheld readers to get tag temperature data.


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RFID Saves Contractor $12,000 in First Month
  Wednesday March 19th, 2008
An internal RFID materials management system helps Vulcan Painters keep track of its inventory and reduce paint that must be discarded because it has spoiled. The large commercial painting firm reported it saved more than $12,000 in materials the first month the system was used.


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RFID Yields 13% Reduction in Understated Inventory
  Tuesday March 18th, 2008
Case-level RFID tracking reduced undercounted inventory at retail stores by 13 percent in a new study conducted by the Information Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and sponsored by Wal-Mart. RFID processes also improved the inventory adjustment processes while reducing required labor.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for March
  Monday March 17th, 2008
Baird has released its March RFID Monthly report. The 21-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Yet Another RFID Hack Could Affect Up To 1 Billion Cards
  Friday March 14th, 2008
The Dutch government this week issued a warning that MIFARE Classic RFID chips from NXP can be hacked relatively easily. MIFARE is a family of chips that are used in contactless public transport tickets and building access cards. There are an estimated one billion MIFARE chip-equipped cards in worldwide circulation.


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METRO Expands RFID to 200 More Locations
  Thursday March 13th, 2008
METRO Group announced plans to equip 200 of its Real stores with RFID readers to identify incoming goods, and to expand RFID receiving applications to its Metro Cash & Carry stores in France.


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Printable RFID Research Gets $23M Investment
  Wednesday March 12th, 2008
A public-private partnership in Germany is investing €15 million (about $23 million) for research to develop improved materials and production techniques for printable RFID. The MaDriX project is scheduled to run for three years and is led by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.


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AMR Research: RFID Adoption's Tipping Point is Here
  Tuesday March 11th, 2008
AMR Research analyst John Fontanella issued a briefing this past weekend proclaiming that RFID adoption has quietly crossed a threshold that many industry observers have been anticipating for the last couple years: the tipping point.


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RFID Helps Kids Take Dora the Explorer on Road Trips
  Monday March 10th, 2008
Nick on the Go is an optional service from Hertz that allows customers to rent media players pre-loaded with more than 40 hours of Nickelodeon programming. An active RFID system automatically tracks asset movements to help ensure there are enough units on hand at each Hertz location.


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Sirit to Acquire RSI ID Technologies
  Friday March 7th, 2008
This week RFID hardware and solutions provider Sirit announced the acquisition of RSI ID Technologies, a vertically integrated manufacturer of RFID antennas, tags, and inlays. RSI will receive 10 million Sirit common shares initially, whose total value at the time of publication is approximately US$2.4 million.


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DLA to Expand RFID Labeling with $8.5M Order
  Thursday March 6th, 2008
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the US military's distribution arm, is taking delivery of more than 1,800 smart label printer/encoders to help it apply passive UHF RFID labels to inventory and shipments. The printer/encoders will be installed at 21 worldwide Defense Distribution Centers, which already have RFID readers in place.


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The List of Sam's Club RFID Compliance Solutions
  Wednesday March 5th, 2008
This article provides a listing of packaged solutions and services offered specifically to help suppliers to Sam's Club meet RFID shipment tagging requirements that the warehouse-club retailer announced in January, 2008.


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RFID Holds Promise for Blood Supply Chain
  Tuesday March 4th, 2008
Widespread RFID use could prevent 40,000 to 45,000 blood donations in the US from being wasted every year and save more than $9 million, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin RFID lab. Three blood centers are spearheading research into how RFID can improve blood handling processes.


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VDC: NFC Adoption Will Be Slower Than Expected
  Monday March 3rd, 2008
Venture Development Corporation has released a report on the emerging market for near field communication, or NFC. The research firm has also published a research note that highlights a few of the key findings, recapped in this article.


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Raflatac Looks to Chinese RFID Market for Growth
  Friday February 29th, 2008
UPM Raflatac this week announced its plans to open a tag factory in China later this year, providing evidence to support recent bullishness on the Chinese RFID market by a handful of industry analysts. RFID Update interviewed Raflatac's senior vice president of RFID for his perspective on the Chinese market and his company's plans there.


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EU Drafting New RFID-Oriented Privacy Protections
  Thursday February 28th, 2008
The European Union has made its draft policy recommendations for RFID deployments available for review. The EU is enhancing its existing Data Protection Directive to cover specific concerns arising from RFID use, and hopes to have the new policy in place later this summer.


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A First Look at Sam's Club RFID Compliance Solutions
  Wednesday February 27th, 2008
The latest Sam's Club supplier RFID tagging requirements has spawned a new round of product and service developments intended to help companies comply. This article outlines what is available and the general climate suppliers face.


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RFID Yields Quick ROI for Orthopedic Products Maker
  Tuesday February 26th, 2008
DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson that manufacturers replacement joints and other orthopedic products, reported positive ROI within months of using RFID to track the individual items packed within its surgical kits. Kits are now processed in less than a minute, compared to the 10 to 30 minutes it took with bar coding.


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Gartner Pegs Global RFID Market at $1.2B in 2008
  Monday February 25th, 2008
Gartner today announced new data on the RFID market, the first time the research firm has done so in over two years. Worldwide RFID revenues will reach $1.2 billion in 2008, up 31 percent from last year's $917.3 million. This article highlights other key findings.


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University Launches RFID People Tracking Experiment
  Friday February 22nd, 2008
Volunteers at the University of Washington are using RFID to track themselves and their personal belongings within a computer science research building. Location data is used to help people find each other, locate lost items, and track how time is spent.


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STMicroelectronics Announces Single-Chip NFC System
  Thursday February 21st, 2008
STMicroelectronics introduced a system-on-chip for near field communications (NFC). The new product combines standardized NFC reading capability, controller functions, software, and memory into a single chip for integration with electronic devices. It is scheduled to go into production in Q4 2008.


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Startup Offers "Universal Tag" for Metals and Liquids
  Wednesday February 20th, 2008
Silicon Valley-based Omni-ID officially launched at the end of last month and appointed a new CEO in Thomas Pavela to lead it from nascent startup to aggressive competitor in the RFID market. RFID Update spoke with Pavela about the company's high-performance RFID tags and its plans for the near term.


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Sam's Club RFID Mandate No Big Deal?
  Tuesday February 19th, 2008
Suppliers affected by Sam's Club's newest RFID tagging requirements aren't rushing to put systems in place and are carefully considering how they could benefit internally from RFID. Solution providers say there is strong interest in compliance solutions, but not the same urgency as previous programs produced.


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Intercontinental RFID Baggage Tagging Trial Launches
  Friday February 15th, 2008
Emirates Airline will simultaneously test RFID baggage tracking systems at airports in Dubai, London, and Hong Kong. The six-month trial is expected to include 500,000 passenger bags and is viewed as a catalyst for airport adoption.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for February
  Thursday February 14th, 2008
Baird has released its February RFID Monthly report. The 22-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Startup Brings Locationing to Passive RFID
  Wednesday February 13th, 2008
A startup called Wirama has announced proprietary technology that it claims allows precise locationing using Gen2 passive RFID. It is an unusual application for passive RFID, which has historically been used to simply determine if a tagged object is present and what its tag data contains, but not the object's exact location.


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Land Rover Embraces RTLS, RFID for Supply Chain and WIP
  Tuesday February 12th, 2008
Land Rover is using two separate RTLS systems at its large production facility in Solihull, UK. A pilot system used by Land Rover and 18 of its suppliers provides real-time visibility of specialized shipping containers used to deliver parts to the automaker. The second system tracks finished vehicles until they are shipped.


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RFID Tattoos to Make a Mark on Cattle Tagging
  Monday February 11th, 2008
SOMARK International announced it has successfully field tested its chipless RFID system that uses dielectric inks to identify livestock. The company is not ready to release a commercial version of the technology, which it promotes as an alternative to RFID ear tags.


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Ford Builds RFID into Pickups and Vans to Track Cargo
  Friday February 8th, 2008
RFID readers are now available as an option in Ford vans and pickup trucks as part of the Ford Work Solutions program. Embedded readers work with an in-dash computer to alert operators if tagged items, such as tools, supplies, or personal items, are missing from the vehicle.


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RFID Chip Market to Grow 63% Annually Through 2011
  Thursday February 7th, 2008
IC Insights has published a report that makes predictions for the worldwide market for RFID chips, which the research firm projects will grow at an impressive annual rate of 63 percent through 2011, when revenues reach $2.3 billion and units 26.1 billion.


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Class in Session: A List of College-Level RFID Courses
  Wednesday February 6th, 2008
This article concludes a two-part series on how RFID is taught at colleges and universities. It includes a list of known courses and programs, with a brief profile and contact information.


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IDTechEx Releases RFID Market Predictions for 2008
  Tuesday February 5th, 2008
Research firm IDTechEx of Cambridge this week released the 2008 update to its annual ten-year forecast on the RFID market. The company has published some of its key predictions for 2008, highlighted in this article.


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New RTLS Solution Combines WiFi, UWB, and RFID
  Monday February 4th, 2008
AeroScout's new software and partnerships with Reva Systems and Time Domain enable real-time location systems (RTLS) that can combine WiFi, UWB, and passive RFID technologies in a single system.


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RFID World China Releases National Top 10 Lists
  Friday February 1st, 2008
RFID World China has released four top-10 lists for Chinese RFID adoption in 2007: the top ten RFID industry vendors in China, the top ten applications, the top ten events, and the top ten products. For those unfamiliar with the Chinese market, the rankings provide a snapshot of some of the most important players, developments, and deployments.


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An Overview of RFID Education at the College Level
  Thursday January 31st, 2008
Colleges are increasingly including RFID education in their curricula at all levels to help engineering, business, and IT students apply the technology. This articles describes the types of RFID programs colleges offer. Part 2 will provide details and contact information for more than a dozen programs.


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Large Swiss Library System Implementing RFID
  Wednesday January 30th, 2008
A library system in Geneva, Switzerland, is installing high frequency RFID systems to manage 700,000 circulating items at 11 branches. Bibliothèques Municipales de Genève is installing more than 100 RFID readers plus management software from TAGSYS as part of the project, and will also tag 80,000 patron ID cards.


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ABI Warns RFID Integrators to Adapt to Tech Maturation
  Tuesday January 29th, 2008
ABI Research observes that RFID technology has matured enough that the role of system integrators in the technology ecosystem is shifting, according to a recent release issued by the Oyster Bay, New York-based research firm. RFID Update spoke with ABI analyst Pete Poorman about the observation and how SIs will have to adapt.


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Greek 3PL Sees Major Benefits at All-RFID Warehouse
  Monday January 28th, 2008
Greek 3PL Diakinisis has elected to tag all pallets at a major distribution center to facilitate shipment handling. RFID-enabled putaway, picking, and shipment verification operations have reportedly reduced shipping errors and related costs by 80 percent, reduced overtime expenses 20 percent, and provided other benefits.


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50+ RFID Labs and Test Centers Identified Worldwide
  Friday January 25th, 2008
RFID Update has identified over 50 facilities worldwide that offer RFID lab or testing services. Part 1 of this series described the general categories of facilities and typical services offered. This article includes a listing of contact information for more than 30 organizations that manage 50 centers available to outside users for RFID testing.


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Highlights from IDTechEx's Review of RFID in 2007
  Thursday January 24th, 2008
IDTechEx recently published a list of observations about RFID market development in 2007. Many of the statistics are based on the number of projects added last year to the company's RFID Knowledgebase, a collection of RFID deployment case studies from around the world. This article provides highlights.


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RFID Centers Offer a Chance to Try Before You Buy
  Wednesday January 23rd, 2008
There are numerous laboratories and test centers to serve end users that want to learn about RFID without purchasing their own equipment. Users may get their own hands-on lab time or contract with the facility to provide testing or other services. This article provides an overview of the types of facilities and services.


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Hotel Finds RFID Just Ducky for Drinks Management
  Tuesday January 22nd, 2008
The famous Peabody Memphis hotel uses RFID tags integrated with flow sensors to record and report alcohol poured at its lobby bar and banquet facilities. Managers use the system to see how consistently drinks are mixed, train bartenders, monitor unbilled pours, and monitor liquor inventory.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for January
  Friday January 18th, 2008
Baird has released its January RFID Monthly report. The 19-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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NFC Projections Revised Down (Again)
  Thursday January 17th, 2008
Persistent hurdles to NFC adoption have caused ABI Research to revise down earlier projections for the market's growth. The research firm had originally pegged the number of shipped NFC devices for 2007 at 1.1 million, and 9.81 million for 2008. The new numbers stand at 0.65 million for 2007 and 6.52 million for 2008.


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Daisy Brand Expands RFID Use, Asserts ROI
  Wednesday January 16th, 2008
Dairy food producer Daisy Brand began using RFID to comply with Wal-Mart's requirements, but now applies RFID labels to every pallet because multiple enterprise systems depend on RFID data. The company says expanded RFID use has provided positive return on investment and many business benefits.


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World's Largest Item-Level RFID Application Launches
  Tuesday January 15th, 2008
Portuguese book retailer Byblos Amoreiras is operating what it believes is the world's largest single item-level retail application. Byblos has applied Gen2 tags to 150,000 items and can track them to more than 2,000 locations within its 35,000-square-foot Lisbon-based store.


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Sam's Club Wants Item-Level RFID Tagging by 2010
  Monday January 14th, 2008
More details have emerged about the RFID requirements letter Sam's Club sent to its suppliers on January 7, 2008. The warehouse-format retail chain wants all merchandise to carry RFID tags at the sellable unit (item) level by the end of October 2010 and on all cases a year earlier.


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Sam's Club Suppliers May Face RFID Fines from Wal-Mart
  Friday January 11th, 2008
Sam's Club told suppliers it will begin assessing fines for failing to apply RFID labels to shipments as requested, RFID Update has learned. The warehouse-club format retailer, which is owned by Wal-Mart, also gave suppliers to a Texas distribution center a tight deadline for new pallet- and case-tagging requirements.


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Fujitsu Announces Roomy 64KB Gen2 RFID Tag
  Thursday January 10th, 2008
Fujitsu announced a Gen2-standard RFID chip with 64 kilobytes of user memory, which it claims is a world first for UHF RFID memory. Fujitsu is initially marketing the FRAM-based chip for aircraft maintenance applications. The product is expected to be available in the spring.


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Aberdeen Announces "Winning RFID Strategies for 2008"
  Wednesday January 9th, 2008
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled Winning RFID Strategies for 2008, the report is available free for a limited time. This article highlights key data from the end-user survey Aberdeen conducted to prepare the report.


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US Gov Sets Controversial RFID Passport Card Specs
  Tuesday January 8th, 2008
This article examines the controversial PASS Card program, which will give US citizens an RFID alternative to traditional passports for land and sea travel between the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda starting in late 2008. Critics say the RFID chips in the PASS Cards are insecure and pose a privacy risk, while the government says these concerns are misguided.


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ABI Research: 419 Million NFC Chipsets to Ship in 2012
  Monday January 7th, 2008
ABI Research has published its most recent prediction for the NFC market. The Oyster Bay, New York-based research firm predicts "steady growth" for NFC chipsets over the next five years, culminating in shipments numbering 419 million by 2012.


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New Pricing Model Offers Rent-to-Own RTLS Systems
  Friday January 4th, 2008
Parco Merged Media announced its "Pennies Per Day Tag System Bundles," which lets organization rent RTLS systems -- complete with tags, readers and application software -- for one to five years. The program reduces the initial cost required to implement RTLS, and credits rental payments toward system purchases if customers decide to buy.


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Texas Turns to RFID for Emergency Evacuation System
  Thursday January 3rd, 2008
Texas has a new emergency evacuation system that features RFID wristbands to identify evacuees when they arrive at secure shelters. Mobile computers, bar code scanners, GPS, and wide-area wireless network technology also help track evacuees.


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RFID May Help Get a Read on Magazine Browsing Habits
  Wednesday January 2nd, 2008
A media research firm plans to trial RFID readers built into magazine covers to monitor how much time people spend browsing publications in waiting rooms. The trials are expected to start this quarter and could eventually be expanded to monitor specific ads, articles, or pages.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for December
  Friday December 21st, 2007
Baird has released its December RFID Monthly report. The 19-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Top 10 RFID Developments of 2007, Part 3
  Thursday December 20th, 2007
This article is the last of a three-part series looking at the top ten trends in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 3, 2, and 1, those that RFID Update considers the three most important trends of the year. Be sure to see Part 1 for trends 10 through 7, and Part 2 for 6 through 4.


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Top 10 RFID Developments of 2007, Part 2
  Wednesday December 19th, 2007
This article is the second of a three-part series looking at the top ten trends in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 6 through 4. Be sure to see Part 1 for trends 10 through 7.


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Top 10 RFID Developments of 2007, Part 1
  Tuesday December 18th, 2007
This article is the first of a three-part series looking at the top ten developments in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 10 through 7.


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Motorola Invests in Semi-passive RFID
  Monday December 17th, 2007
Last week battery-assisted passive RFID provider Intelleflex announced $15.5 in Series C funding, co-led by Motorola. The two companies will collaborate on the development of future products, which both will sell. Intelleflex's total funding now tops $42 million.


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AT&T Steps into RFID Student-Tracking Minefield
  Friday December 14th, 2007
AT&T has announced an asset tracking solution that targets the K - 12 education market. Combining RFID and GPS, it is designed to enable standard asset- and person-visibility on school premises, as well as the more novel ability to track and monitor school buses and the student passengers therein.


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RFID Investors Pour Millions Into Segments Old and New
  Thursday December 13th, 2007
This article examines private equity investments made in various segments of the RFID industry over the last 18 months. It is the conclusion of a two-part series. The first part listed publicly announced financing deals and analyzed why active RFID and RTLS companies attracted the most investment during the year.


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RFID & RTLS Sees $433M Invested Over Last 18 Months
  Wednesday December 12th, 2007
RFID Update identified more than $433 million in private investment placed in RFID and RTLS companies over the last 18 months. This first installment of a two-part series provides a guide to 28 publicly announced deals and analyzes why the active RFID and RTLS segment attracted the most investment.


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Disagreement Awaits Imminent HF Gen2 RFID Standard
  Tuesday December 11th, 2007
A key member of the EPCglobal committee that is developing the 13.56 MHz Gen2 HF standard has serious doubts as to whether the standard will represent a significant improvement over what is already available in the market, and if it can meet pharmaceutical industry needs for high-speed item-level identification.


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Industry Group Launches Test of RFID Reusable Containers
  Monday December 10th, 2007
A group of Reusable Pallet & Container Coalition (RPCC) member companies are conducting a far-reaching field test of RFID-enabled reusable plastic containers. The goal is to test the durability and reliability of the technology, as well as to demonstrate a business case.


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Germany Sees Another Item-Level RFID Apparel Program
  Friday December 7th, 2007
Another German retailer has launched an ambitious item-level RFID tagging program, announced yesterday by ADT Security Services. Karstadt, which has 86 department stores and 32 sporting goods stores, is tagging selected items of men's apparel in a six-month pilot that launched in September.


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Tracking Lab Rats with RFID
  Thursday December 6th, 2007
Building a better mousetrap has long been called the key to success in business. RFID is enabling a better way to track mice, which has led to business success but is also helping medical researchers find cures, as this article explains.


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UWB Finding a Place in the RTLS Market
  Wednesday December 5th, 2007
UWB-based systems account for a small segment of the RTLS market, but vendors and analysts say awareness and implementations are growing. UWB RTLS is also attracting venture funding, which has led to new product releases and growing enthusiasm.


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Time Domain to Release UWB-based RTLS Products
  Tuesday December 4th, 2007
RTLS developer Time Domain will announce tomorrow that it has commercialized its products and is now capable of mass production. Time Domains RTLS systems use ultra-wideband (UWB) technology, a small-but-growing segment of the market that provides greater precision than the more common 433 MHz and WiFi-based RTLS technologies.


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RFID Patent Pool Officially Formed
  Monday December 3rd, 2007
Last week saw the official announcement of the RFID Consortium LLC, with seven inaugural members. The purpose of the organization is to provide "one-stop licensing" of intellectual property essential to compliance with EPCglobal Gen2 and related ISO/IEC standards.


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Solar Power Helps RFID Track Anywhere Under the Sun
  Friday November 30th, 2007
Dozens of RFID readers in remote locations use solar panels as their only power source. The U.S. Army and Emprevi, a Colombian logistics provider, are each using solar-powered roadside readers from Savi Technology to track vehicles and cargo that pass by and report the data to distant software applications.


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RFID File Tracking is Heating Up
  Thursday November 29th, 2007
This article examines the state of RFID file tracking, which is considered a solid, established market with strong growth potential. Solution providers are confident in the market because they say it is well served by existing technology, isn't driven by mandates or other external requirements, and has a proven record for providing ROI.


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RFID Solution Tracks 100,000 Individual Documents
  Wednesday November 28th, 2007
Magellan Technology has developed a document management system using an uncommon type of standardized high frequency RFID technology -- PJM -- that can simultaneously monitor and identify 100,000 individual documents in a cabinet or shelf. Inbox/outbox readers and a tunnel reader are also available.


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RFID Just Icing for Imperial Sugar's New Pallet Program
  Tuesday November 27th, 2007
Imperial Sugar is joining the iGPS pallet pool, which features all RFID-tagged plastic pallets instead of traditional wooden units. Imperial Sugar is making the switch mostly for the environmental and hygienic benefits, but is studying how it can take advantage of RFID data gathered from its facilities and retail customer sites.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for November
  Monday November 26th, 2007
Baird has released its November RFID Monthly report. The 19-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Finnish Retailer Gets Quick ROI on Item-Level RFID
  Friday November 16th, 2007
Finnish apparel firm NP Collection reports that it expects full ROI in less than six months for its 80,000-item garment tagging program. The payback comes from reduced out-of-stocks and improved replenishment at retail, and streamlined operations in the supply chain. The company plans major system expansion in 2008.


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Impinj Demos New Approach for Pharma RFID Tagging
  Thursday November 15th, 2007
Impinj demonstrated a new tag commissioning station that pharmaceutical manufacturers can use to simultaneously encode EPC numbers on dozens of individual products packed in a case. The system lets encoding be done away from a high-speed production line and is marketed as a solution for meeting serialization requirements.


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Taking AIM at RFID Awareness
  Wednesday November 14th, 2007
AIM Global, a trade association representing RFID and other industries, announced its new RFID: Making the World a Better Place campaign, a PR and outreach campaign to raise public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of RFID.


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TAGSYS Announces Pre-Standard HF Gen2 Suite
  Tuesday November 13th, 2007
TAGSYS introduced a new 13.56 MHz high frequency RFID reader and related services based on the EPCglobal HF Gen2 draft specification. TAGSYS says the products can be easily upgraded to support the forthcoming standard, which is expected to be finalized in early 2008.


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Active RFID Tag Supports Multiple Frequencies
  Friday November 9th, 2007
Axcess International announced its frequency-agile Dot tag, which can support multiple RFID frequencies ranging from low frequency 125 KHz to Gen2-standard UHF. The active tag also has an I/O port so users can add external memory.


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New Software Streamlines Site Surveys for RTLS Rollouts
  Thursday November 8th, 2007
RTLS provider Ekahau announced new software that collects all the data needed for wireless LAN design and RTLS system planning in a single site survey. It can be used for new deployments or when adding an RTLS system to an existing wireless LAN.


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SkyeTek RFID Selected for Visually Impaired Device
  Wednesday November 7th, 2007
RFID reader module manufacturer SkyeTek today announced that its product has been selected by Singapore-based GaiShan Technology for use in that company's TellMate product for the visually impaired.


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$6M Funding for Aerospace RFID Tag Maker
  Tuesday November 6th, 2007
Last week the relatively unknown Tego announced $6 million in Series A funding. The company, which was founded in April of 2005, develops high-memory passive RFID tags and systems. It will use the funding to commercialize its technology, planning to bring a solution to market over the next year.


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Impinj Claims RFID Tag Direction Victory
  Monday November 5th, 2007
RFID chip and reader manufacturer Impinj a few weeks ago announced an upgrade to the firmware that runs atop its Speedway RFID reader line. Among a number of enhancements and added features, one in particular has reportedly roused the enthusiasm of Speedway end users: tag direction detection.


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UK Organizations Seek RFID Pilot Partners
  Friday November 2nd, 2007
GS1 UK, which represents RFID standards body EPCglobal in the United Kingdom, and technology services provider BT Auto-ID Services are seeking UK companies to participate in a pilot of the EPCIS RFID data sharing standard.


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RFID is the Future for Thin-film & Printable Batteries
  Thursday November 1st, 2007
Printable and thin-film batteries are emerging technologies that could replace watch-style "button" batteries and other traditional batteries used to power active and semi-active RFID tags, sensors, smart cards and other electronic devices. NanoMarkets predicts $4.6 billion worth of printable and thin-film batteries will power RFID tags by 2015.


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Dallas Cowboys Kick Off New Infrastructure with RFID
  Wednesday October 31st, 2007
eWeek reports on the new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system being planned for US football team the Dallas Cowboys. The ERP will be an overhaul of the existing technology infrastructure, and what else but RFID will play a leading role in the way the sporting franchise leverages technology to do business.


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How the New 802.11n WiFi Standard Will Impact RTLS
  Tuesday October 30th, 2007
IEEE 802.11n is a forthcoming high-speed wireless networking standard being developed as the next generation of Wi-Fi technology. 802.11n is supposed to be backward compatible with legacy 802.11a/b/g products, but features new in 802.11n access points could impact how legacy WiFi-based RTLS systems perform.


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Baird Sees a Turning Tide in the RFID Market
  Monday October 29th, 2007
October's RFID Monthly, the publication from wealth and asset management firm Baird, was refreshingly optimistic about signs that the tide might finally be turning in the RFID market. The cautiousness of the report's language notwithstanding, its tone suggested one of the more positive market assessments in recent memory.


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Outlook Strong for RFID Printers, Bucking Doubts
  Friday October 26th, 2007
Market research and analysts recently affirmed strong growth prospects for RFID smart label printer/encoders, which were called into question in light of tepid supply chain adoption and strategic moves by two leading product manufacturers.


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TheStreet.com on Investing in RFID
  Thursday October 25th, 2007
Investor site TheStreet.com published an article yesterday about investing in RFID stocks. While the key takeaway is the same as ever -- there are currently no obvious publicly-traded stocks to use as an RFID investment vehicle -- the article offers a handful of points worth highlighting.


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When Will RFID Packaging Get Smart? (Part 2 of 2)
  Wednesday October 24th, 2007
This is the second article of a two-part series examining the state of "smart packaging" -- those corrugated boxes, pill bottles, and other containers in which RFID is embedded in the packaging itself. Today RFID Update considers how and when smart packaging could be adopted, and how it might impact the traditional RFID smart label market.


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Getting a Read on RFID Smart Packaging (Part 1 of 2)
  Tuesday October 23rd, 2007
This is the first article of a two-part series examining the disconnect between the potential and the actual utilization of "smart packaging" -- those corrugated boxes, pill bottles, and other containers in which RFID is embedded in the packaging itself. Today RFID Update considers if different smart packaging technologies are actually ready to market.


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New Smart Boxes Provide Alternative to RFID Labels
  Monday October 22nd, 2007
Domino Integrated Solutions Group and startup HIDE-Pack announced new smart packaging products that feature RFID inlays embedded into cardboard box material. The new packaging material eliminates the need to apply an RFID smart label to the box, and its developers say there are no RFID performance losses.


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Islands of Automation: Hawaii Sponsors RFID Trial
  Friday October 19th, 2007
Farmers in Hawaii will apply RFID tags to lettuce, strawberries, and tomatoes in a pilot project to provide visibility from the farm to the supermarket. The state- and USDA-sponsored pilot could expand to include all 5,000 farms in Hawaii.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for October
  Thursday October 18th, 2007
Baird has released its October RFID Monthly report. The 21-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Printer Maker Zebra Makes Two Acquisitions
  Wednesday October 17th, 2007
RFID printer manufacturer Zebra has agreed to pay $145 million for Navis, a logistics solutions provider to marine terminals and other operations managing supply chain cargo. Zebra also announced the $16.3 million acquisition of all outstanding shares of proveo, an RTLS company that serves the airport ground-handling operations.


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Alien Races Into RFID Runner Tracking
  Tuesday October 16th, 2007
Alien Technology has announced that its tags and readers will by deployed by Sweden's Racetimer, which organizes and times large running and racing events. Specifically, Racetimer will use UHF Gen2 tags from Alien at the Blodomloppet race, Scandinavia's second largest cross-country race which includes more than 40,000 runners.


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Wal-Mart's RFID Refresh
  Monday October 15th, 2007
PC World reports on comments made by Ron Moser, RFID strategy leader at Wal-Mart, at the Taiwan International RFID Applications Show last week in Taipei. This article has highlghts of Moser's comments.


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RFID Solution Announced for California e-Pedigree Reqs
  Friday October 12th, 2007
HP, Nosco, SupplyScape, and Systech jointly announced a collaborative solution for meeting pharmaceutical product serialization and electronic pedigree requirements that go into effect in California in 2009. The solution supports RFID and 2D bar code technologies, as well as EPCglobal RFID and electronic pedigree standards.


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Research: RFID in China Growing 23% Quarterly
  Thursday October 11th, 2007
Chinese research firm Analysys International just released findings on the RFID market in China, which appears to be growing at an enviable rate. According to Analysys, the market grew 23.4 percent in just the second quarter alone, when it reached RMB 1.076 billion, or roughly US$143 million.


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Active RFID Seals Not a Sure Thing, Despite Standard
  Wednesday October 10th, 2007
Research firm ABI Research issued a brief this week with an update to its ongoing coverage of the market from RFID shipping container security. The firm believes that despite the recent ratification of a standard for active RFID-based container security, the market for such technology is not guaranteed to take off.


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Carolinas HealthCare Launches Huge RTLS System
  Tuesday October 9th, 2007
Carolinas HealthCare System is applying WiFi tags to more than 5,000 assets in what technology provider Ekahau calls one of the largest healthcare implementations of RTLS technology in the US. It is installing RTLS systems at multiple facilities to help centrally track assets as they are shared across 15 hospitals.


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Dillard's Announces Item-Level RFID Pilot
  Friday October 5th, 2007
US retailer Dillard's this week announced the initiation of an item-level RFID pilot program at a number of its stores, which will see individual garments tagged. The tags will only contain each item's EPC and are designed to be removed at checkout. The company's goal is fewer out-of-stocks by enabling more frequent inventory counts.


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Wrap-Up from This Week's EPC RFID Event
  Thursday October 4th, 2007
EPCglobal held its annual conference this week in Chicago. While no major deployments or end user initiatives were unveiled at this year's event, a number of new products, certifications, and capabilities were announced which collectively speak to the steady progress of EPC-based RFID adoption.


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RFID Printer Maker Printronix Acquired for $108M
  Wednesday October 3rd, 2007
Leading RFID printer/encoder manufacturer announced a deal to be acquired by Vector Capital, a private equity firm. Printronix also said its senior management will remain in place after the deal closes and the company will continue to follow its existing strategy, despite disappointing RFID sales.


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Wave of New Gen2 RFID Tags Opens EPCglobal Show
  Tuesday October 2nd, 2007
EPCglobal opened its annual event EPC Connection today in Chicago. As vendor announcements have streamed out of the show this morning, there are new tag products galore, an encouraging sign of a rapidly maturing ecosystem. Those new tag announcements are summarized in this article.


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Dayton, Ohio Investing $1.4M to Support RFID Firms
  Monday October 1st, 2007
The city of Dayton, Ohio, is investing $1.4 million in the new Dayton RFID Incubator Corp. (DRIC), an economic development project for RFID-related businesses. Dayton was central to many important early developments in bar coding and is home to many leading bar code and RFID organizations.


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Organic Growth: Conference Tries Printed RFID Tags
  Friday September 28th, 2007
New printed RFID products made their debut on event tickets as part of a trial system at an organic electronics coverage. Printed RFID developer PolyIC said progress is continuing with the technology and it now offers two product lines in pilot quantities.


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DVD Movies to Star in Retail RFID Pilot
  Thursday September 27th, 2007
Major movie studios, distributors, and retailers will conduct an eight-week pilot project to track individual DVDs with Gen2 RFID tags. The pilot was designed as a proof of concept for item-level supply chain tracking and will involve reading tags at manufacturing and at retail to assist inventory management.


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Microsoft's RFID Offering a "Watershed Moment"
  Wednesday September 26th, 2007
Microsoft's recently released BizTalk Server 2006 R2 includes an eagerly anticipated component that tightly integrates RFID functionality, marking a forceful foray into the RFID market by the software giant. While roughly a year overdue, BizTalk RFID does not disappoint, according to a number of sources familiar with the offering.


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NXP Doubles Memory on Gen2 RFID Chips
  Tuesday September 25th, 2007
Semiconductor manufacturer NXP announced two new UHF RFID chips, including a 512-bit model that is believed to be the highest-memory EPCglobal Gen2-compliant chip available. Smart labels containing the new chips are expected to be available near the end of October.


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Why METRO's Item-Level RFID Deployment Matters
  Monday September 24th, 2007
German retailer METRO last week unveiled an item-level deployment for men's apparel at its high-end Galeria Kaufhof retail store in Essen, Germany. For more on the details, see Friday's METRO Unveils Warehouse-to-Checkout RFID System. Today's article highlights reasons why the deployment matters.


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METRO Unveils Warehouse-to-Checkout RFID System
  Friday September 21st, 2007
German retailer METRO launched an RFID system at a high-end retail store in Essen, Germany, that fully integrates the most talked about retail RFID applications, including supply chain visibility, smart shelves and mirrors, and point-of-sale. It is truly an end-to-end retail deployment, all based on Gen2 and related EPCglobal standards.


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RFID Forum at MIT Discusses the Future of NFC
  Thursday September 20th, 2007
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge's RFID Special Interest Group held a forum Tuesday on NFC entitled The Near Field RFID Revolution for Your Phone. The three-hour event included four presentations covering a range of topics, then closed with a lively question Q&A session.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for September
  Wednesday September 19th, 2007
Baird has released its September RFID Monthly report. The 19-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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New RFID Medical Cabinets Deployed at 50 Hospitals
  Tuesday September 18th, 2007
ASD Healthcare and Blue Vector announced RFID-based drug cabinets they developed have been installed in more than 50 hospitals. Active RFID tags are applied to individual drug doses so an in-cabinet reader can monitor inventory levels for automated replenishment. Other integrated sensors monitor storage conditions and issue alerts.


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OATSystems Tags RFID Sweet Spots, WIP and Retail
  Monday September 17th, 2007
RFID software framework provider OATSystems today announced its Asset Tracking and Work-in-Process Solution which is designed to handle two of the most popular RFID applications, work in process (WIP) tracking and supply chain visibility.


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New Mobile Active RFID Reader Goes Anywhere
  Friday September 14th, 2007
RF Code's new Bluetooth-enabled mobile reader lets any Bluetooth device -- including smart phones, handheld computers and notebooks -- run active RFID applications. The reader also works without a computer and can store tag reads for later processing. The reader is being promoted for IT asset management and other applications.


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McDonald's Pilots RFID Self-Ordering System in Korea
  Thursday September 13th, 2007
The Korea Times reports that McDonald's, the world's largest fast food chain, and telecommunications technology manufacturer SK Telecom of South Korea have teamed on a pilot that allows consumers to order food from their tables using RFID. The system debuted today at a McDonald's in western Seoul.


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RFID Medical Cabinets Evaluated in New Benchmark
  Wednesday September 12th, 2007
RFID solutions provider ODIN technologies today released the tenth in its series of RFID hardware benchmarks. Entitled The RFID Medical Smart-Cabinet Benchmark, this one addresses the burgeoning market for RFID medical cabinets and shares the results of performance analysis ODIN conducted on three particular products.


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Microsoft Announces Availability of its RFID Software
  Tuesday September 11th, 2007
Microsoft officially announced the availability of BizTalk Server 2006 R2, the software solution designed to seamlessly connect an enterprise's processes and applications. One of the new features most touted by the software giant is its enhanced support for RFID.


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Animal RFID Chip Implants Linked to Cancer
  Monday September 10th, 2007
This weekend the Associated Press broke a story suggesting a link between VeriChip's implantable chip technology in animals and the formation of cancerous tumors. The story has been picked up widely, from the mainstream media to pet publications to tech blogs. Following is what the RFID industry needs to know.


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RFID Keeps WIP Well-Oiled for Oilfield Products Maker
  Friday September 7th, 2007
Tejas Tubular Products uses EPCglobal Gen2 UHF RFID labels to track work in process on the pipes and other oilfield equipment it produces. The RFID system interfaces with its MRP applications and automated CNC machines to prevent production errors and to check accuracy of customer shipments.


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Blu Pharmaceuticals Deploys SupplyScape E-Pedigree
  Thursday September 6th, 2007
Electronic pedigree solution provider SupplyScape today announced that generic pharmaceuticals distributor Blu Pharmaceuticals has deployed the company's software. RFID Update spoke with SupplyScape's director of product marketing Brian Daleiden about the deployment and the state of electronic pedigrees generally.


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Med Distributor Converts to Gen2 RFID for Item Tracking
  Wednesday September 5th, 2007
MBA Grupo, a leading Spanish medical products distributor, is converting its warehouse facilities to track all items with Gen2 RFID. The company is capturing product serial numbers and expiration dates during shipping and receiving, and plans to extend RFID reading to its hospital customers for stock management.


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Motorola on Aviation Adoption of RFID
  Tuesday September 4th, 2007
The aviation industry has long been considered a prime candidate for RFID adoption. RFID Update spoke with Pankaj Shukla, director of RFID business development in aviation for Motorola, about the industry's RFID adoption and where the most popular applications of the technology exist today.


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RFID to Cure Detroit Hospital Device-Tracking Ailments
  Friday August 31st, 2007
The DMC Harper University Hospital, part of the Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, will install an RFID deployment to track the institution's growing number of medical devices. The chosen solution is called iRISupply from Mobile Aspects of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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Apparel Tags Provide Unlikely Solution for Pipe RFID
  Thursday August 30th, 2007
Perseverance and a novel approach led integrator Barcoding Inc. to find a UHF RFID tag its customer could use to accurately identify metal pipes. Gen2 labels designed to identify garments succeeded where tags developed for use on metal didn't work and other frequencies failed.


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Semiconductor Maker Cuts Production Time with RTLS
  Wednesday August 29th, 2007
Multibillion dollar semiconductor manufacturer Freescale Semiconductor is using RTLS technology to track wafers through the fabrication process. The system from AeroScout has been installed at one facility in Texas and reportedly saves several minutes at multiple steps in the production process.


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NFC Phones on Shelves Later This Year
  Tuesday August 28th, 2007
When RFID Update spoke with NFC Forum board member David Turner a few weeks ago, he predicted that commercially available NFC-enabled handsets would debut before year-end. Sure enough, today $6 billion Taiwanese device manufacturer BenQ announced that it will have a new NFC phone on shelves in just that timeframe.


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IDTechEx: China is Largest RFID Market in 2007
  Monday August 27th, 2007
Thanks to its multi-billion dollar national ID contactless card program, China now has the largest RFID market in the world. This according to research firm IDTechEx, which has just released a new report on the market. This article includes additional findings from the research.


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METRO to Penalize RFID Non-compliance
  Friday August 24th, 2007
Earlier this summer METRO Group announced that it will take its existing RFID pilot activity into full-scale deployment, and that it will expect 650 of its top suppliers to begin shipping RFID-tagged product by early next year. In contrast to other major deployments, METRO will impose a penalty on suppliers for each untagged pallet.


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New RFID Module Aimed at Growing OEM Opportunity
  Thursday August 23rd, 2007
RFID reader module manufacturer SkyeTek announced new professional services to help OEMs design and integrate RFID readers into their products, and a new high-security 13.56 MHz reader module that can be optimized for product authentication, cashless payment or access control applications.


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Kids Clothes Firm Outgrows HF, Puts on Gen2 RFID
  Wednesday August 22nd, 2007
RFID infrastructure provider Reva Systems has announced that children's fashion apparel manufacturer Lemmi Fashion of Germany is converting its existing intercontinental RFID deployment from high frequency (HF) to ultrahigh frequency (UHF) technology, and using Reva's solution to unify and manage it.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for August
  Tuesday August 21st, 2007
Baird has released its August RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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TAGSYS Announces Two Apparel RFID Deployments
  Monday August 20th, 2007
RFID solutions provider TAGSYS today announced two deployments in the apparel and retailing space. The first is for Portuguese fashion house Throttleman, the second for jeans giant Levi Strauss. The deployments bode well for the growing adoption of Gen2 RFID for item-level tagging in the apparel and retail industries.


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RFID Solution Fights Counterfeit Tires
  Friday August 17th, 2007
Advanced ID has enhanced its solutions for authenticating and managing tires with a new RFID reader module from SkyeTek that supports industry standards and is optimized for the range and conditions common in tire-tracking applications.


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Intel & Siemens Launch RFID Blood Bank in Malaysia
  Thursday August 16th, 2007
Semiconductor giant Intel, engineering conglomerate Siemens, and the Malaysian government have announced the roll-out of an RFID blood bank management system in the country. Three medical institutions are already trialling the system, but the aim is to eventually equip more than 300 others across Malaysia.


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ODIN Announces Patent for RFID SMART Containers
  Wednesday August 15th, 2007
RFID solutions provider ODIN technologies announced its award of a patent for what the company calls S.M.A.R.T. container technology. The goal of S.M.A.R.T., or Secure Material Accounted in Real Time, is to enhance the automation and accuracy of visbility into containerized assets.


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VeriChip Parent Buys Out Animal Chipping Subsidiary
  Tuesday August 14th, 2007
The corporate structure and relationship among Applied Digital, Digital Angel, and VeriChip has historically been confusing, but a merger between Applied Digital and Digital Angel announced last week may change that.


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Refueling Firm Sees 6-Month Payback from RFID
  Monday August 13th, 2007
A New Zealand company called Mini-Tankers has published a compelling case study about how it deployed RFID to streamline its core business process of refuelling industrial equipment located in remote and constantly changing settings around the country. The solution reportedly yielded a payback in just six months.


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University of Maryland Offers Free RFID Assessments
  Friday August 10th, 2007
The University of Maryland has announced an initiative to offer free RFID assessments to manufacturing companies in the state that are considering deployment. The idea is to spur the adoption of RFID among Maryland companies by working with them to understand how the technology can yield better productivity.


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Alien Earns Protection Under SAFETY Act
  Thursday August 9th, 2007
Alien Technology this week announced that their solutions related to baggage and cargo tracking have been granted protection under the SAFETY Act in the event of an act of terrorism. RFID Update spoke with Alien's Ronny Haraldsvik about the SAFETY Act and what it offers both Alien and other RFID vendors.


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NFC Commercialization Reaches Key Milestone
  Wednesday August 8th, 2007
NFC Forum last week published four tag type specifications that address the manner in which NFC tags and readers should communicate. Their publication is an important milestone in the commercialization of NFC and could result in commercial products with built-in NFC being available by year-end.


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CISC Launches RFID Tag Evaluation System
  Tuesday August 7th, 2007
CISC Semiconductor has announced a new RFID tag evaluation tool combining hardware and software from National Instruments. It is targeted at everyone from tag manufacturers to end users to RFID test labs as a solution for robust, scientific testing and measurement of RFID tags.


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Savi Announces Six RFID E-Seal IP Licensees
  Monday August 6th, 2007
Savi Technology announced that six firms have licensed its electronic container seal intellectual property, which was incorporated earlier this year as part of the ISO 18185 standard for e-seals. The company intends for its licensing program to accelerate adoption of the ISO 18185 standard and active RFID e-seal solutions overall.


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New RTLS Tag Combines RFID and Infrared
  Friday August 3rd, 2007
RF Code introduced a combination radio frequency and infrared RTLS tag that it says provides more location precision and is more cost effective to deploy than traditional RTLS. The tag is indicative of new technology and business strategies the company recently put in place.


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RFID Ensures Surgeons Have No Bones to Pick with Supplier
  Thursday August 2nd, 2007
Artificial knee joints and other replacement orthopedic products come in kits that contain dozens of components, many of which go unused during the surgery. Orthopedic manufacturer Zimmer is using RFID to ensure the right components are included in kits, and that they are identified and sorted correctly when returned.


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Hospital Manages Thousands of Patient Files with RFID
  Wednesday August 1st, 2007
Capital Health System, an acute-care and teaching hospital located in Trenton, New Jersey, today announced its implementation of a patient record management solution from Infolinx Systems Solutions based on Gen2 RFID tags and readers from hardware manufacturer Intermec.


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RFID World Announces Date Change, New Strategy
  Tuesday July 31st, 2007
CMP Technology, the media company that owns the annual RFID World event, today announced a three-year plan for its RFID business. In 2008, RFID World will be moved from its originally scheduled spring slot to mid-September. Then in 2009 and 2010, the show will return to the spring and be co-located with the business technology event Interop.


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Textile Manufacturer Gets Quick 30% ROI from RFID
  Monday July 30th, 2007
RFID products and services provider Alien Technology announced today the successful deployment of a work-in-process RFID application for Griva, a textile manufacturer in Italy. In just over nine months since the deployment went live, Griva has reported a 30% return on investment.


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Digimarc Selected to Produce RFID Driver's Licenses
  Friday July 27th, 2007
Secure identity and media management solutions provider Digimarc has been selected by the state of Washington to produce the new RFID-enabled Enhanced Driver License (EDL), which can be used as a travel document to re-enter the US by sea or land, the company announced this week.


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Analyst on the Growing Market for WiFi-based RTLS
  Thursday July 26th, 2007
ABI Research a few days ago released findings that the market for RTLS based on WiFi technology is positioned for an impressive annual growth rate of more than 70 percent over the next few years. RFID Update spoke with ABI analyst Stan Schatt, who shared additional trends affecting the market and what to expect going forward.


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RFID Reader Interoperability Takes a Step Forward
  Wednesday July 25th, 2007
Seven RFID organizations announced an open-source software development initiative to promote and simplify the integration of the EPCglobal Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) standard. LLRP is a standard interface for integrating RFID equipment from multiple vendors in a single system, and for controlling reader functions from software.


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Analyst: Strong Growth Ahead for WiFi-based RTLS
  Tuesday July 24th, 2007
ABI Research today announced findings from recent reseach it conducted on the WiFi-based real-time location systems (RTLS) market. Partly due to the already large and continually growing footprint of WiFi infrastructure, ABI predicts that the WiFi-based RTLS market will see phenomenal 70 percent-plus growth over the next five years.


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VeriChip Sees Attention from Mainstream Media
  Monday July 23rd, 2007
The Associated Press yesterday published a lengthy and balanced article on VeriChip, which serves as a worthwhile overview of the primary developments and debate surrounding the controversial technology. For your convenience, this article has highlights.


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New Battery Could Drive Semi-active RFID Growth
  Friday July 20th, 2007
A venture-backed startup called Infinite Power Solutions is developing a cutting edge battery chemistry that it believes could be incorporated into semi-active RFID tags, thereby widening the potential applications for the technology.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for July
  Thursday July 19th, 2007
Baird has released its July RFID Monthly report. The 14-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Blooms for Dutch Flower Tracking
  Wednesday July 18th, 2007
European RFID and automation specialists announced that several commercial greenhouses in the Netherlands are using RFID to track, monitor, and route individual potted flowers throughout the 30-week growing process. RFID suppliers say more than three million flowers have been tracked in what they claim is a first-of-its-kind application.


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RFID Enables Innovation in Water Jug Distribution
  Tuesday July 17th, 2007
Custom RFID solutions provider Northern Apex has announced its work with S2C Global Systems to add core RFID capabilities to S2C's forthcoming Aquaduct water jug dispensing and return system. RFID capabilities were a necessary feature of the Aquaduct, which S2C hopes to roll out by the thousands around North America.


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EPC RFID Competence Center Established in Germany
  Monday July 16th, 2007
GS1 Germany, along with a number of key RFID end users, has officially established the EPC Competence Center in Neuss, Germany. The center, dubbed EECC, is meant to foster the adoption of EPC-based RFID technology throughout Germany by offering technology testing and training services.


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New RFID Tags Help 'Call Before You Dig'
  Friday July 13th, 2007
3M introduced new RFID tags designed to be buried for identifying underground assets. The new tags use the same frequencies as traditional marker detection systems, but allow users to identify, rather than detect, underground objects and to update data on the tag.


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Think Tank Makes Case Against RFID Regulation
  Thursday July 12th, 2007
California-based think tank PRI this week released a primer on RFID, privacy, and government efforts at legislation of the technology. The 11-page report is a worthy and concise wrap-up of the issues surrounding privacy and RFID. This article provides a recap.


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Aberdeen on Managing Work-in-Process with RFID
  Wednesday July 11th, 2007
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled Managing Work-in-Process with RFID, the report is available free for a limited time. Report author Russ Klein herein summarizes the key findings of best-in-class enterprises and makes recommendations for others to follow.


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Active RFID's Growing Role in Overall Market
  Tuesday July 10th, 2007
Research firm IDTechEx of Cambridge has released an update to its annual report on the current and future state of the active RFID industry, with projections out to 2017. This article highlights the key findings.


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RFID Security Solutions Provider Acquired for $5.1m
  Monday July 9th, 2007
Israel's VUANCE today announced the planned $5.1 million acquisition of Security Holding Corp, whose two subsidiaries SecurityInc and AAID provide RFID solutions for access control, asset tracking, and vehicle identification, among other security-related applications.


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How the SAFETY Act Could Protect RFID Vendors
  Friday July 6th, 2007
AIM Global recently held an interview with Raymond Biagini of national law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. The interview was about the SAFETY Act and how it pertains to US RFID vendors that might be wise to protect themselves against liability stemming from terrorist acts involving their technology.


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RFID Baggage Tagging Taking Off in the UK
  Thursday July 5th, 2007
London's Heathrow Airport, one of the world's largest and busiest, is set to begin an RFID baggage tracking trial later this year. The trial will see RFID printers deployed at check-in desks, where bags will be tagged before being scanned as they enter into the handling system.


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Investor Analysis of Intermec RFID Deal with METRO
  Monday July 2nd, 2007
Intermec last week announced the deployment of its products as part of the major RFID deployment ramp-up by German retailer METRO Group. Investment advisory firm Raymond James has published a report on these developments and how they might affect the company in the near and medium term.


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ODIN Releases RFID Reader Benchmark for Europe
  Friday June 29th, 2007
RFID solutions provider ODIN technologies this week released a benchmark of RFID readers designed for deployments in Europe. The benchmark features seven RFID readers compliant with ETSI regulations, each of which was subjected to six scientific tests and three common deployment use cases.


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3PL Offers RFID Tagging and Tracking Services
  Thursday June 28th, 2007
Megatrux, a California-based 3PL, implemented an RFID structure in one warehouse to provide Wal-Mart compliance tagging services for a customer. Megatrux hopes to expand the project to include additional services and applications.


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Sweet Spot for RFID Emerges in Yard Management
  Wednesday June 27th, 2007
The management of trailer yards appears to be emerging as an attractive niche for RFID and RTLS. Two startups this week, one with $4.5 million in funding, announced RFID-based yard management solutions. Both are hoping that yard managers will adopt RFID-enabled visibility as a solution to their problems.


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METRO Moves RFID Pilot to Production, Taps Reva
  Tuesday June 26th, 2007
Reva Systems announced today that its Tag Acquisition Processor technology (TAP) has been selected by METRO Group as part of the giant German retailer's recent decision to go from pilot to production with its RFID deployment.


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Milestone Australian RFID Pilot Heralded a Success
  Monday June 25th, 2007
GS1 Australia last week announced the successful completion of an RFID pilot that saw broad collaboration from participants in the government, academia, and vendor communities. The pilot demonstrated clear productivity gains over existing processes and was characterized as "the most important EPC/RFID pilot done in Australia yet."


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for June
  Friday June 22nd, 2007
Baird has released its June RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Identec Introduces Active RFID/GPS Combo Tag
  Thursday June 21st, 2007
RTLS provider Identec Solutions introduced a new tag that combines GPS and active UHF RFID technologies. Identec is promoting the tag for asset management, personnel tracking, container tracking and port applications.


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Airbus Taps ODIN, Signals Aerospace RFID Adoption
  Wednesday June 20th, 2007
ODIN technologies yesterday announced that European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has selected it as the exclusive RFID hardware integration partner for an aggressive phase of deployment across its value chain. RFID Update spoke with ODIN's Bret Kinsella about the Airbus program and what it means for the adoption of RFID broadly.


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As Part of Lockheed, Savi Spreads RFID Around NATO
  Tuesday June 19th, 2007
Active RFID solutions provider Savi Technology announced a new contract with NATO that could bolster the company's market position among the 26 NATO nations as well as non-NATO countries that are part of the Partnership for Peace initiative. The company was also featured in a recent Forbes article, recapped herein.


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RFID Triggers Video Surveillance for Freight Tracking
  Monday June 18th, 2007
A German freight forwarder found an innovation solution to its regulatory documentation needs. Every time the bar code label on freight is scanned in the warehouse, an active RFID tag embedded in the bar code reader signals the host application. System software calculates the location and directs a surveillance camera to record the transaction.


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Converter Licenses Innovative RFID Antenna Technology
  Friday June 15th, 2007
Label converter Nashua signed an exclusive license to use patented, non-traditional RFID antennas from Fractal Antenna Systems. Fractal designs feature repeating geometric patterns to produce compact antennas that reportedly have more range and precision than traditional designs. Nashua intends to include Fractal's antennas in Gen2 tags.


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DoD Awards Unisys Multimillion Dollar RFID Contract
  Thursday June 14th, 2007
Technology services and solutions giant Unisys today announced it has been awarded a follow-on contract by the US Department of Defense to continue working on RFID-enabled visibility across the military's supply chain. The contract represents an extension to the RFID work Unisys has done for the DoD for 13 years.


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RFID Umbrella Sharing Launches in Philadelphia
  Wednesday June 13th, 2007
A startup in Philadelphia has launched an innovative application that blends RFID, umbrella sharing, and mobile advertising. The company, Dutch Umbrella, places RFID-tagged umbrellas at sponsor locations around the city which the umbrella-less, rain-drenched public can borrow for free.


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Pfizer Manager Discusses the Viagra RFID Pilot
  Tuesday June 12th, 2007
A few weeks ago RFID Update published a contributed article from Pfizer that revealed key data and findings from the giant drug maker's RFID pilot to tag all bottles of Viagra sold in the US. This follow-up article discusses what Pfizer manager Tim Marsh thinks the pilot indicates about RFID and the pharmaceutical supply chain.


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TAGSYS Targets Library and Textile Adoption of RFID
  Monday June 11th, 2007
TAGSYS today made two product announcements that evidence the company's commitment to the library and textile management niches. The first is an RFID infrastructure solution for libraries based on new chip technology from NXP, the second a smart shelf for garment issuance at medical and laundry facilities.


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Ports in China, U.S. to Pilot RFID Tracking Trade Lane
  Friday June 8th, 2007
Cargo containers shipped from the Port of Shanghai, the world's busiest port, to the Port of Savannah in the U.S. will be tagged and tracked with active RFID technology in a trial this summer. The electronic cargo seal tags conform to the new ISO 18185 standard and will be tracked with RFID infrastructure from Savi Networks.


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Alien Looks to Channel, Non-Mandate RFID Adoption
  Thursday June 7th, 2007
Alien this week announced two RFID deployments that vice president of marketing and industry relations Ronny Haraldsvik believes testify to positive trends for the company and RFID industry overall. RFID Update spoke with Haraldsvik about the deployments, Alien's channel partners, and the growth in non-mandate adoption of RFID.


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ThyssenKrupp to Expand RFID Steel Tracking
  Wednesday June 6th, 2007
German-based steel producer ThyssenKrupp successfully piloted an RFID system to track slabs produced in Brazil and shipped to a facility in Germany. The company announced it will continue the RFID tracking and expand it to a new mill currently under construction in Brazil.


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New Material Launched to Protect RFID Credit Cards
  Tuesday June 5th, 2007
Chase Corporation, a 61-year-old, hundred-million-dollar protective materials manufacturer, has turned its sights to RFID. The company's PaperTyger division, which produces tear and water resistant laminated papers, has just announced RFID Shield, a new material aimed at the contactless credit card market.


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Tulsa to Deploy RFID Automated Bike Rental Racks
  Monday June 4th, 2007
QI Systems, a Canadian provider of contactless solutions, last week introduced an innovative RFID-based bicycle rental automation system that will allow the public to check out and return rental bikes from unattended bike racks. Dubbed Cyclestation, the system will be initially deployed in the Tulsa, Oklahoma metropolitan area.


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Hopes and Hurdles for RFID Adoption in India
  Friday June 1st, 2007
India is considerably behind its North American and European counterparts in adoption of RFID technology. With its burgeoning domestic economy and increasing role as a supplier of goods abroad, however, eventual RFID adoption is almost certain. Indeed, a number of initiatives are already underway.


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RFID Invention to Detect Esophageal Reflux
  Thursday May 31st, 2007
Doctors in Texas have developed innovative RFID-based medical technology to track esophageal reflux disease, a condition that is estimated to affect as many as 19 million people. The new solution combines RFID with sensor technology to measure and transmit data from within a patient's body.


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RFID Labor Pool Still Insufficient, But Less So
  Wednesday May 30th, 2007
CompTIA has released an update to its annual report on the state of RFID labor supply and demand. The key finding is that more than two-thirds of those surveyed characterize the RFID talent pool as insufficient. While this figure is large, it is actually down from last year's 75 percent, which in turn was down from 2005's 80 percent.


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IDTechEx on RFID Adoption in Retail
  Tuesday May 29th, 2007
UK-based research firm IDTechEx has published an update on the retail market for RFID. All in all, the market continues to be a challenging one for vendors, with relatively soft demand exacerbated by imperfect read rates. This article includes the highlights from IDTechEx's update.


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WiFi Tag Market to Grow 100% Per Year Through 2010
  Friday May 25th, 2007
Research firm In-Stat has released the 2007 update to its annual report on the market for WiFi-based real-time location systems (RTLS) of the sort used to track medical assets in hospitals, heavy equipment in mines, and parcels for express delivery services. This article highlights the report's key findings.


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New RTLS Tag Supports Both ISO and WiFi Standards
  Thursday May 24th, 2007
WhereNet announced an active RTLS tag that supports ISO 24730 and WiFi technology. The company says its new WhereTag IV is the first dual-mode RTLS tag, which will enable customers to create RTLS systems that integrate multiple technologies to provide the best performance in different environments.


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Viagra RFID: One Year Later
  Wednesday May 23rd, 2007
It's been more than 14 months since Pfizer went live with its pilot to tag all of Viagra trade items with RFID technology for the U.S. market. This article is a contribution from Pfizer itself discussing findings and data revealed by more than one year of piloting RFID at the item-, case-, and pallet-level.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for May
  Tuesday May 22nd, 2007
Baird has released its May RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Pharma Cold Chain Monitoring Solution Launches
  Monday May 21st, 2007
Logistics giant DHL, RTLS firm AeroScout, and vehicle tracking and fleet asset management solutions provider Microlise have together developed a cold chain solution to track and ensure regulatory compliance of pharmaceuticals as they travel through the supply chain.


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Toshiba Boasts Strong ROI for Large RFID System
  Friday May 18th, 2007
TOSHIBA TEC Europe has implemented an RFID system to track notebook computers at its facility in Regensburg, Germany. The company claims it is the largest RFID implementation in Europe, with 2 million tags processed after seven months. Toshiba reports it has reduced handling time by 75 percent and cut associated costs by 40 percent.


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Sushi Restaurant is Swimming in Benefits from RFID
  Thursday May 17th, 2007
Intermec has deployed RFID at the Blue C Sushi restaurant in Seattle, Washington, to improve both inventory management and customer service. The system uses Microsoft BizTalk RFID and an inventory management software solution from integrator Kikata.


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New Law Serves as Warning to RFID Industry
  Wednesday May 16th, 2007
The US Senate last week passed FDA legislation that included a provision of interest to the RFID industry. The provision mandates that internet-based pharmacies include visual anti-counterfeiting technology on all pharmaceuticals sold to US customers. The provision specifically excludes technology like RFID or barcodes.


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Cardinal Health to Outfit California DC with RFID
  Tuesday May 15th, 2007
Cardinal Health recently announced that it will outfit its Sacramento, California, pharmaceutical distribution center with RFID technology by fall of this year. It is a move to prepare the company for California's legislation that will require the tracking and tracing of drugs distributed in the state.


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Frost's Findings on the North American RFID Market
  Monday May 14th, 2007
Frost & Sullivan last week released new research on the North American RFID market as part of its Automatic Identification & Security Growth Partnership Service. This article highlights a few of the key findings.


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RFID Being Deployed to Fight Exam Cheaters
  Friday May 11th, 2007
Edexcel, one of the UK's five leading examination boards, has turned to RFID to combat cheating, counterfeiting, and other misuse of its examination materials. The company announced today that it will tag packages of exam materials due to ship this summer to schools and institutions around the country.


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NXP and Kestrel Partner on RFID Antitheft for DVDs
  Thursday May 10th, 2007
NXP and Kestrel Wireless have teamed to provide an elegant RFID-based solution to combat the theft of optical media products like DVDs. Using RFID chips, the solution allows optical media manufacturers to disable their products at the point of manufacture, then re-enable them at the moment of purchase.


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RFID Journal Live 2007 Bodes Well for Industry
  Wednesday May 9th, 2007
Last week one of the major RFID industry events of the year was held in Orlando, Florida. From Monday April 30th to Wednesday May 2nd, RFID end users, vendors, and analysts gathered at RFID Journal LIVE! 2007 for education, networking, and product demonstrations. By most accounts, the event was a successful one.


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The Kennedy Group Acquires Assets of NCR RFID
  Tuesday May 8th, 2007
The Kennedy Group, a provider of RFID, label, packaging, and promotional response products, has acquired the RFID assets of transaction giant NCR's Systemedia Division. The acquisition includes all customers, contracts, intellectual property, and equipment. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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Paxar Showcases RFID Smart Mirror for Retailers
  Monday May 7th, 2007
Paxar Corporation is showcasing the magicmirror at this week's Material World show. The RFID reader-equipped smart mirror displays rich, user-centric information when a tagged piece of apparel is brought within range. Paxar aims for the magicmirror to enhance customer service and drive demand for item-level tagging.


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News Wrap-Up from RFID Journal Live, Part 2 of 2
  Friday May 4th, 2007
This week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2007 saw a flurry of announcements from a slew of RFID vendors and stakeholders. This article is the second of a convenient, two-part rundown of selected announcements. Also see yesterday's Part 1 for more.


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News Wrap-Up from RFID Journal Live, Part 1 of 2
  Thursday May 3rd, 2007
This week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2007 saw a flurry of announcements from a slew of RFID vendors and stakeholders. This article is the first of a convenient, two-part rundown of selected announcements. Also be sure to watch for tomorrow's Part 2.


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AMR Analyzes Three Years of RFID Adoption in Retail
  Wednesday May 2nd, 2007
Research firm AMR Research has published an article entitled What We Have Learned From Three Years of Retail RFID Pilots that provides valuable observations based on the past three years of RFID adoption by retailers and in the retail supply chain. This article highlights some of the key points from this highly recommended read.


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Motorola Taps Avery Dennison for RFID Tags
  Tuesday May 1st, 2007
Avery Dennison and Motorola have announced a strategic relationship whereby Avery Dennison will supply RFID tags to Motorola. The deal represents a shift in focus by Motorola away from tag production, while also strengthening Avery Dennison's position as one of the industry's leading RFID inlay manufacturers.


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RFID to Enable Outside-In Supply Chain Management
  Monday April 30th, 2007
AMR Research analyst John Fontanella argues in this guest column that RFID will enable enterprises to orient processes around the objects which they produce. This will result in more accommodating, flexible processes, and a departure from the current practice of doggedly striving for fixed, standardized processes.


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Survey Suggests RFID Could Aid Clinical Trials
  Friday April 27th, 2007
A new survey-based report identified areas where RFID could help track materials and drugs in pharmaceutical clinical trials. The ChainLink Research survey also found positive attitudes within the life sciences industry regarding RFID's potential value in clinical trials, but there are no known reference implementations.


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Software Simplifies RFID Input for Pharma Applications
  Thursday April 26th, 2007
Blue Vector announced a new version of its RFID automation platform that includes specific features to help pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors and retailers combine multiple RFID and sensor technologies for track-and-trace, shipment automation, inventory management, and product authentication applications.


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US Gov Hints at Major Passenger Tracking System
  Wednesday April 25th, 2007
The US Transportation Security Administration has issued a public request for information to learn about methods and technologies that could be used to build a comprehensive airline passenger- and luggage-tracking system based on RFID, biometrics, smart cards, and other technologies.


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RFID-Based Asset Tracking in Manufacturing
  Tuesday April 24th, 2007
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti gives a number of examples of the well-documented benefits manufacturers are realizing from RFID-based asset tracking solutions. She also highlights important caveats and considerations manufacturers must weigh before moving forward with deployment.


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RFID Sensor System Promoted for Highway Safety
  Monday April 23rd, 2007
A new crash detection system features RFID tags and sensors that can sense impact, determine its severity, and report the incident to monitoring units up to 250 meters away. The monitoring units automatically report serious crashes to authorities using either wireless mesh networks, CDMA, GSM, or other wireless communication.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for April
  Friday April 20th, 2007
Baird has released its April RFID Monthly report. The 16-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Analyst Outlines Hurdles to Pharma RFID Adoption
  Thursday April 19th, 2007
IDC-owned research company Health Industry Insights has released a report analyzing the adoption of RFID item-level tagging by the pharmaceutical industry. Based on a survey of 143 life sciences companies, the report reveals a number of findings about one of the key markets for RFID adoption.


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Analyst Update on RFID Adoption and Drivers
  Wednesday April 18th, 2007
Asset tracking is emerging as a breakout RFID application, but other mainstream application candidates are not clear, according to a briefing from industry research and analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. The company predicted 20 to 25 percent overall growth for RFID in the next two years, but said rates may very widely by technology type.


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RFID Yard Management Provider Lands $4.5m
  Tuesday April 17th, 2007
PINC Solutions, a provider of RFID yard management solutions based in Berkeley, California, has received $4.5 million in Series C funding. PINC's flagship offering is Yard Hound, an asset visibility solution for distribution center yards based on passive RFID.


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RFID Data Sharing Standard EPCIS is Ratified
  Monday April 16th, 2007
EPCglobal today announced the ratification of Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS), a secure, real-time standard for data sharing among trusted organizations. The ratification marks a key milestone in the effort to enable RFID-based supply chain visibility across trading partners and across continents.


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Aberdeen on RFID Adoption in Retail
  Friday April 13th, 2007
Aberdeen Group has released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled RFID: Roadmap for Retail, the report is available free for a limited time. Report author Russ Klein herein summarizes the key findings of best-in-class retailer end users and makes recommendations for other retailers to follow.


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UK's Manchester Airport to Track Travelers with RFID
  Thursday April 12th, 2007
Manchester Airport has just wrapped a six-month traveler tracking trial. The airport used RFID tags to track 50,000 volunteers as they moved throughout the facility with the goal of measuring and improving the efficiency of airport operations.


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Research Firm Increasingly Bearish on NFC
  Wednesday April 11th, 2007
ABI Research today announced a key forecast on the market for near field communication (NFC), the RFID-based technology that will enable a wide variety of contactless commerce via consumer cell phones. By 2012, just under 300 million phones will be equipped with NFC, or about 20 percent of the global market.


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US Considers EU Decision on RFID a "Big Victory"
  Tuesday April 10th, 2007
The U.S. Commerce Department undersecretary for technology Robert Cresanti was interviewed by Government Computer News about his reaction to the recent decision by the EU against regulating RFID technology in the near term. This article offers a recap.


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DoD RFID Summit Shows Steady Commitment to RFID
  Monday April 9th, 2007
The 4th U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) RFID Summit took place in Washington, D.C., on April 3rd and 4th. RFID Update attended the two-day event to provide a few high-level observations about the show and to gather feedback on the current state of DoD RFID.


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Goliath Unlocks Retail Secrets with RFID
  Thursday April 5th, 2007
In December 2005, we reported on a contract that Goliath Solutions had secured with Walgreens to equip all 5,000+ of the drugstore chain's locations with an RFID-based promotions tracking system. Today RFID Update interviewed Goliath for an update on how the company's business has progressed since the Walgreens deal put it on the map.


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EU's Decision Not to Legislate RFID is Conditional
  Wednesday April 4th, 2007
On Monday law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge hosted a luncheon in Washington, DC, whose aim was to discuss implications of the recent decision by the EU not to formally legislate RFID technology for the time being. Among other highlights, an EU representative noted that the decision is effectively a conditional one.


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Sirit Lands $2m RFID Contract for California Toll Roads
  Tuesday April 3rd, 2007
RFID hardware and solutions provider Sirit announced today that it has been awarded a $2 million contract from the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Beginning in the second quarter of this year the Toronto-based company will deliver RFID transponders to the OCTA over the course of three years.


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Open Source RFID Projects to Integrate
  Monday April 2nd, 2007
RFID applications company Pramari has teamed with the University of Arkansas to offer what the two are calling "a comprehensive open source offering for RFID".


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RFID World Reveals Opportunity Outside Mandates
  Friday March 30th, 2007
This year's RFID World demonstrated that vendor and end-user focus has shifted away from compliance, to the point that asset tracking and closed loop implementions have established themselves as the applications de jour for the RFID industry.


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RFID World 2007 Announcement Wrap-Up
  Thursday March 29th, 2007
The RFID World exhibition and conference was held this week in Dallas, and the RFID Update team was on site to cover this leading industry event. Today's dispatch focuses on the announcements that were made at the show.


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Analyst Viewpoint: Take Appropriate RFID Precautions
  Wednesday March 28th, 2007
Manufacturing Insights analyst Bob Parker discusses safety and health issues that pertain to RFID deployment. While the level of electromagnetic exposure caused by RFID is minor, there are still some best practices Parker recommends end users adopt for added precaution.


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Awards Honor RFID Innovators
  Tuesday March 27th, 2007
At the RFID World conference today in Dallas, Texas, five organizations and individuals were announced as winners of the first annual RFID Excellence in Business Awards. This article lists the winners, as well as key trends that emerged from the 96 entrants.


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Avery Dennison to Acquire Paxar for $1.3b
  Monday March 26th, 2007
Late last week $5.5 billion labeling giant Avery Dennison announced a definitive agreement to acquire Paxar, a provider of identification solutions to the worldwide retail and apparel industry. Both companies are active in the retail and manufacturing market for RFID. The purchase price is approximately $1.34 billion.


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RTLS Providers InnerWireless, PanGo Networks Merge
  Friday March 23rd, 2007
Motivated by a shared vision of providing complete asset tracking solutions that can support a variety of RFID, RTLS, and other wireless technologies, InnerWireless and PanGo Networks merged in a deal that was announced this week.


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Sony Europe Finds ROI with RFID Deployment
  Thursday March 22nd, 2007
Sony Europe has gone live with an RFID system that combines real-time tracking and closed-circuit video surveillance at its Tilburg distribution facility in the Netherlands. Sony expects to achieve a return on investment in less than a year by increasing shipment accuracy, reducing shrink, and improving customer reconciliation.


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TAGSYS Guarantees Six Sigma RFID Performance
  Wednesday March 21st, 2007
TAGSYS is offering what it calls a first-of-its-kind guarantee: Six Sigma read accuracy for high frequency RFID technology used for item-level pharmaceutical tagging. TAGSYS intends for the program to give pharmaceutical companies confidence in RFID for track-and-trace applications.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for March
  Tuesday March 20th, 2007
Baird has released its March RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Major Roll-out Sees 15k Active RFID Tags Deployed
  Monday March 19th, 2007
AeroScout, a provider of real-time location systems (RTLS) using WiFi-based active RFID technology, today announced a major deployment for City Link, a U.K.-based express delivery provider. The deployment will see 15,000 tags distributed across 70 geographically dispersed locations.


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EU Opts for Hands-Off Approach to RFID Regulation
  Friday March 16th, 2007
The European Commission yesterday used CeBIT as a platform to publicly deliver its decision regarding the near-term regulation of RFID technology. In what will surely come as a very welcome development to the industry, the executive body of the EU declared that it would seek to minimize regulating the technology.


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Shaw Industries Rolls Out the Red Carpet for RFID
  Thursday March 15th, 2007
Rug manufacturer Shaw Industries is going well beyond its Wal-Mart compliance requirements with a 37-facility expansion of its existing RFID pilot. Shaw says the system will provide strong ROI by increasing shipment accuracy, enabling better customer service, improving supply chain visibility, and shortening lead times.


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Starport Announces RFID Chip for Mobile Devices
  Wednesday March 14th, 2007
Fabless semiconductor startup Starport Systems last week announced the SP7001, a Gen2 RFID reader chip whose reduced price and small form factor the company hopes will enable the incorporation of RFID into far more devices than is possible today, eventually resulting in the emergence of a new class of RFID applications.


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ABI Reaffirms Retail Supply Chain RFID Opportunity
  Tuesday March 13th, 2007
In reaction to recent high-profile articles in the mainstream business press that offered pessimistic slants on RFID adoption in the retail supply chain, ABI Research today released a statement asserting that the long-term retail supply chain opportunity for passive UHF RFID does in fact exist.


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RFID Tag Provider Confidex Lands EUR 5m
  Monday March 12th, 2007
Specialty RFID tag manufacturer Confidex today announced its first round of institutional funding in the form of €5 million. Lead investor Logispring, a Swiss venture capital firm focused on opportunities in industrial processes, logistics, and manufacturing, was joined by Finland's Aura Capital.


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Apple Patent Uses RFID for Home Networking
  Friday March 9th, 2007
Apple Computer has filed a patent which uses RFID to greatly simplify the process of setting up and configuring a wireless home network.


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Impinj Secures $19m to Pursue Item-Level RFID
  Thursday March 8th, 2007
Semiconductor and RFID hardware manufacturer Impinj announced yesterday that it had raised $19 million in a private funding round, bringing total venture and strategic investment in the seven-year-old company to $98 million. The company will use the funds to pursue opportunities in item-level tagging.


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RFID Reader Vendors Rally Around Intel's New Chip
  Wednesday March 7th, 2007
RFID reader companies Alien, CAEN, and ThingMagic made a point yesterday to announce their planned integration of Intel's new Gen2 reader chip into their reader products. That chip, the R1000, was itself announced yesterday by Intel, and is expected to herald the introduction of cheaper and smaller Gen2 RFID reader technology.


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Intel Announces Gen2 RFID Reader Chip
  Tuesday March 6th, 2007
Intel today announced the release of a fully integrated Gen2 RFID reader chip, the R1000. The new chip, which is slated for volume production within weeks, may represent a major technological milestone for RFID as it preciptates a dramatic reduction in the cost and form factor of reader technology.


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Wall Street Journal Assesses RFID Risks and Rewards
  Monday March 5th, 2007
The Wall Street Journal has published another story about RFID adoption. Appearing in Saturday's edition, the full-page piece is likely to be perceived as more balanced than the damning Wal-Mart's Radio-Tracked Inventory Hits Static, which ran a few weeks ago and elicited major pushback from the RFID industry.


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Hospital Using RTLS to Monitor Patients' Conditions
  Friday March 2nd, 2007
A new system co-developed by AeroScout, Cisco Systems, and Emergin at the University Hospital of Ghent lets nurses use IP phones and the hospital’s WiFi network to receive RTLS location data plus patient blood pressure, electrocardiogram images, and other medical data collected by patient monitoring equipment.


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The Role of RFID in the Search for Perfect Logistics
  Thursday March 1st, 2007
AMR Research analyst John Fontanella notes how many manufacturing processes can already achieve near perfection through Six Sigma principles, while logistics processes have much greater room for improvement. RFID, asserts Fontanella, will help change that, improving logistics by offering much higher levels of accuracy.


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Recall Uses RFID to Make Records Auditing Possible
  Wednesday February 28th, 2007
Document and records management company Recall Corp. says its new RFID-based audit system is an industry first. It not only makes complete audits of millions of records practical, it can help firms meet a variety of documentation requirements mandated by regulations like SOX, HIPAA, GLBA, and FACTA.


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RFID in Force at Asset Management Expo
  Tuesday February 27th, 2007
Attendees at the inaugural Asset Management Conference & Expo in San Diego heard first-hand accounts of how RFID and other technologies can improve asset utilization and maintenance applications.


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RTLS Innovation Continues with New Card-Size Tags
  Monday February 26th, 2007
AeroScout and Ekahau separately introduced new RTLS tags in the approximate size and shape of cards that can be used for ID badges and other applications. The new tags include several other innovations: Ekahau's has a 60-character LCD screen, and AeroScout's has two programmable call buttons.


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Changes in Industrial RFID Demand Data Integration
  Friday February 23rd, 2007
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti discusses how RFID applications in industrial environments are moving away from the custom frequencies used previously toward more standardized high frequency (13.56 MHz) technology, thus creating a need to better integrate the RFID data with the larger automation architecture.


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Schiff Puts a New Spin on RFID Compliance
  Thursday February 22nd, 2007
Vitamin manufacturer Schiff Nutrition International reads RFID smart labels on cases as they spin on a shrinkwrap machine, then uses the data to build EPC Gen 2 pallet labels to comply with Wal-Mart's RFID tagging requirement. Schiff Nutrition shared its experience, including implementation cost data and ROI prospects.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for February
  Wednesday February 21st, 2007
Baird has released its February RFID Monthly report. The 16-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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RFID Border Tracking Plagued By Low Read Rates
  Tuesday February 20th, 2007
The US Department of Homeland Security has decided to cease using RFID in its US Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program after the technology's read rates proved inadequate.


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How RFID Adoption Varies By Region
  Friday February 16th, 2007
Manufacturing Insights has released some findings from the first installment of its 2nd Annual Global RFID Report. In addition to the high-level finding -- manufacturing end users are only cautiously adoption RFID, but "prospects are encouraging" -- the company has shed light on the differences in adoption across geographies.


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Financial Press Considers RFID's Potential
  Thursday February 15th, 2007
RFID received attention from the mainstream financial press today in the form of three articles, one in the Wall Street Journal, the other two on investor site The Motley Fool. Highlights of the articles are recapped in this article.


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Kodak Files Patent for Edible RFID Tag
  Wednesday February 14th, 2007
NewScientist.com has uncovered a recently filed patent application from camera and imaging technology giant Kodak that outlines a compelling new application of RFID: ingestible tags that act as monitors for health characteristics within the human body.


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Flexible, Cheaper RFID Converting Machine Released
  Tuesday February 13th, 2007
Label converting company Worldlabel is now selling an RFID smart label converting machine for the first time. Worldlabel and TÜV SÜD PSB Group co-developed the new Infinity V1 smart label converting machine, which can accommodate a wide range of inlay types and sizes and label media up to 21 inches wide.


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Purdue Pharma Ramps Up RFID Pilot with Gen2
  Monday February 12th, 2007
Purdue today announced *increased development* to its two-year old RFID pilot for tagging the widely-counterfeited painkiller OxyContin. Vendors involved in the pilot include Gen2 equipment manufacturer Impinj, packaging performance management solutions provider SYSTECH International, and value-added systems integrator ADT.


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RFID E-Pedigree's Potential to Improve Pharma
  Friday February 9th, 2007
This article recaps a recent webinar on how the electronic pedigree solutions based on EPCglobal's new Drug Pedigree Standard could help pharmaceutical companies improve patient safety, speed recalls, and improve inventory management.


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RFID Cures Medical Record Access
  Thursday February 8th, 2007
MedicAlert, a provider of medical information services and personal health record management, has tapped RFID technology to streamline and facilitate access to personal health information. Teaming with chip manufacturer AMD and Siemens, MedicAlert will launch aimed at enhancing university student access to their medical records.


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Xterprise Makes Multimillion RFID Tag Purchase
  Wednesday February 7th, 2007
RFID solutions provider Xterprise today released the latest update on the RFID deployment it is managing for pallet pool iGPS, the all-plastic pallet pool startup. Xterprise has placed an order for 4.5 million RFID tags, which the company says represents one of the industry's single largest tag orders in recent history.


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Compact, Cheap RFID Reader Chip Developed
  Tuesday February 6th, 2007
Last week the Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore announced the development of a single reader chip for ultrahigh frequency (UHF) RFID which has the potential to dramatically reduce both the price and form factor of portable RFID readers.


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Aberdeen on RFID Adoption in Manufacturing
  Monday February 5th, 2007
Research firm Aberdeen Group last week released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption by manufacturers. Entitled Can RFID Deliver the Goods?, the report is available free. In this guest contribution, report author Russ Klein summarizes the key findings and recommendations for action.


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Cisco, AeroScout Team to Market WiFi RFID
  Friday February 2nd, 2007
Cisco Systems continues to fill out its RFID portfolio by releasing a new asset tracking system that uses WiFi wireless LANs and Cisco's Wireless Location Appliance with active RFID tags and software provided by AeroScout.


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IDTechEx Releases RFID Market Predictions for 2007
  Thursday February 1st, 2007
Research firm IDTechEx of Cambridge this week released the 2007 update to its annual ten-year forecast on the RFID market. The company has published some of its key predictions for 2007, highlighted in this article.


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RFID Enables Personalized Billboard Displays
  Wednesday January 31st, 2007
MINI USA, the US division of the company that manufactures the MINI COOPER automobile, this week launched an innovative marketing initiative that relies on active RFID technology. The company will install roadside billboards that display personalized messages to MINI owners passing in their cars or on foot.


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Human RFID Tag Provider VeriChip Announces IPO
  Tuesday January 30th, 2007
Applied Digital Solutions announced yesterday that it will take VeriChip public. Applied Digital manufacturers security and identification products based on a number of technologies, including RFID. A subsidiary of Applied Digital, VeriChip manufacturers the controversial human-implantable RFID tag of the same name.


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VDC on RFID Adoption in 2006
  Monday January 29th, 2007
Market research firm Venture Development Corporation of Natick, Massachusetts, recently released a number of findings on the RFID market in 2006. This article highlights the key points.


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Threat to RFID in Manufacturing May Come from Within
  Friday January 26th, 2007
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti discusses how RFID and other automatic identification technologies will increasingly compete with one another for the same applications, forcing vendors to demonstrate value not only over competitors offering the same technology, but also over alternative technologies that are appropriate for the application.


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Manufacturing Insights on RFID Adoption
  Thursday January 25th, 2007
Kim Knickle, analyst with research firm Manufacturing Insights, takes a high-level look at RFID adoption in industries across the board and asserts that industry-specific expertise is a key competitive advantage RFID vendors should offer to win business.


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Motorola Could Sell Symbol's RFID Tag Business
  Wednesday January 24th, 2007
There is an industry rumor that Motorola, which recently acquired Symbol Technologies for $3.9 billion, is considering a sale of the RFID tag component of Symbol's RFID business. RFID Update spoke with Reik Read, leading RFID industry financial analyst and author of RFID Monthly, about Motorola's possible divestiture.


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Active RFID Tracks Alaskan Cargo
  Tuesday January 23rd, 2007
Shipping firm Horizon Lines has gained total visibility over all its cargo shipments to Alaska with an active RFID system that tracks shipping containers in terminals, on ships, in DCs, and as they travel on highways. Grocer Safeway uses data from the system to track incoming goods to its Alaskan supermarkets.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for January
  Monday January 22nd, 2007
Baird has released its January RFID Monthly report. The 13-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Social Security Expects 70% Savings from RFID
  Friday January 19th, 2007
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) installed Gen2 RFID technology to support its automated warehouse management system (WMS) at a document distribution facility in Woodlawn, Maryland. SSA expects the RFID to produce labor savings of 70 percent at the facility, which already saved $1 million annually after implementing the bar code-based WMS.


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IDTechEx Identifies "Booming" Areas for RFID
  Thursday January 18th, 2007
Research firm IDTechEx has published an article in which it identifies four sectors of the RFID market it characterizes as booming: public transportation, label converters, retail, and active RFID.


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Checkpoint RFID Embarks on New Strategic Path
  Wednesday January 17th, 2007
Checkpoint Systems yesterday announced its involvement in the 36-dock door trial of Gen2 RFID conducted by giant German retailer METRO Group at one of its operational distribution centers, significant because it represents the first public move in the company's new strategic direction for RFID.


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E-Pedigree Standard Ratified, Supports RFID
  Tuesday January 16th, 2007
The new Electronic Pedigree Documentation standard from EPCglobal supports the use of RFID, bar code, and other methods to create electronic pedigrees. Organizations at all points in the supply chain can use the standard to satisfy pharmaceutical pedigree requirements currently in effect in several states.


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Zebra Acquires Active RFID Provider WhereNet
  Friday January 12th, 2007
Specialty printer solution provider Zebra Technologies has entered the active RFID market by acquiring real-time locating systems (RTLS) technology provider WhereNet for $126 million in a deal announced yesterday.


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TI Releases Tiny Multiprotocol HF RFID Reader Chip
  Thursday January 11th, 2007
Texas Instruments today introduced a high frequency (13.56 MHz) RFID integrated circuit (IC) reader that processes multiple protocols including ISO 14443A/B, ISO 15693, ISO 18000-3, plus TI's own Tag-It portfolio. TI's smallest HF reader, the IC measures 5 by 5 millimeters and is designed for OEMs.


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Pliant and IBM Harness RFID for Tamper Detection
  Wednesday January 10th, 2007
Packaging materials manufacturer Pliant announced the successful trial of a new technology co-developed with IBM that combines Gen2 RFID tags with printable electronics to automatically record if pallet shrink wrap material has been tampered.


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Athens Garbage Collection Cleans Up with RFID
  Tuesday January 9th, 2007
The Aspropyrgos Municipality, part of the greater Athens metropolitan area, has deployed an RFID-based trial to better control and manage its public garbage collection system. The system represents a classic example of a closed-loop RFID deployment designed to wring new efficiencies from existing processes.


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Two New Developments in RFID Reader Technology
  Monday January 8th, 2007
There were two vendor announcements today signalling the ever-advancing state of RFID reader technology. The first came from Gen2 reader manufacturer ThingMagic, the second from semiconductor giant Atmel and embedded RFID reader provider SkyeTek.


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Futuristic RFID Trial in Tokyo Shopping District
  Friday January 5th, 2007
RFID technology will figure prominently into one of the most ambitious "city of the future" projects to date. In Tokyo's famed Ginza shopping district, 10,000 RFID tags and similar wireless beacons will be embedded in public fixtures like walls and street lamps, according to Computerworld.


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RFID Patient ID System Yields Immediate Benefit
  Thursday January 4th, 2007
HP and Precision Dynamics Corporation today announed the deployment of a comprehensive RFID-based patient management system at the Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. The system offers the facility a raft of benefits and has already realized positive results in terms of patient identification.


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3M Deploys RFID Specimen Tracking at Mayo Clinic
  Wednesday January 3rd, 2007
3M today announced the successful pilot of an RFID-based track-and-trace solution for Mayo Clinic, the well-known medical practice with diagnosis and treatment facilities scattered across the US. The RFID system will allow medical practitioners to better manage the specimens of patient tissue.


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More Manufacturers Use RFID to Improve Than Comply
  Friday December 22nd, 2006
A new study from ChainLink Research produced some surprising results about RFID implementations: manufacturers are more likely to install RFID for internal process improvements than because of compliance requirements, and small companies are enthusiastic adopters.


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Top 10 RFID Trends of 2006, Part 3
  Thursday December 21st, 2006
This article is the last of a three-part series looking at the top ten trends in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 3, 2, and 1, those that RFID Update considers the three most important trends of the year.


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Top 10 RFID Trends of 2006, Part 2
  Wednesday December 20th, 2006
This article is the second of a three-part series looking at the top ten trends in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 6 through 4.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for December
  Tuesday December 19th, 2006
Baird has released its December RFID Monthly report. The 13-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Top 10 RFID Trends of 2006, Part 1
  Monday December 18th, 2006
This article is the first of a three-part series looking at the top ten trends in RFID over the past year. Today's article looks at trends 10 through 7.


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IBM's New RFID Software Supports EPCIS
  Friday December 15th, 2006
Today IBM announced WebSphere RFID Information Center, a middleware product created to provide a building block for multiple-company RFID supply chain applications. It is built on specifications for the forthcoming EPCglobal EPC Information Services (EPCIS) standard.


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Aberdeen on Supply Chain Visibility with RFID
  Thursday December 14th, 2006
Research firm Aberdeen Group this week released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled Total Supply Chain Visibility with RFID, the report is available free. In this guest contribution, report author Russ Klein summarizes the key findings and recommendations for action.


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New RFID Tag Withstands Industrial Sterilization
  Wednesday December 13th, 2006
A company called AdvantaPure that specializes in ultra-clean products for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, food, and cosmetic industries, has released the GammaTag, which it claims is the first and only RFID tag that can withstand sterilization by gamma radiation.


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Injunction May Slow Momentum for RFID E-Pedigrees
  Tuesday December 12th, 2006
Efforts to document the transfer of drugs in the pharmaceutical supply chain using RFID-enabled electronic pedigrees have suffered a blow with a federal court judge's issuance of an injunction that blocks the FDA's pedigree requirement.


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Frost: Major Growth Ahead for RFID Printer Market
  Monday December 11th, 2006
Research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a report with rosy demand predictions for RFID printer-encoders. Pegged at $10.7 million in 2005, the market for RFID printer-encoders will surge in value to $209.3 million in 2012 for a compounded annual growth rate of 53%.


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Dutch Casino Operator Bets on RFID Chips
  Friday December 8th, 2006
Casino supplies manufacturer Gaming Partners International (GPI) today announced a major order for its RFID gaming chips. The company will sell 950,000 chips to Holland Casino in a transaction valued at 1,850,000 euros, or approximately US $2.45 million.


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De Facto Global Standard for Active RFID is Emerging
  Thursday December 7th, 2006
The ISO standard for active RFID, ISO-18000-7, has been gaining traction in recent months, and industry analysts think it will likely become the de facto global standard for tracking shipping containers as they are transported around the world.


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Smart Card Firms Challenge US on RFID
  Wednesday December 6th, 2006
The Smart Card Alliance has come out against a decision by the US goverment to use Gen2 technology in its passport card initiative. The SCA issued an official statement earlier this week laying out an argument for why RFID technology based on an existing smart card standard, and not Gen2, is preferable for the program.


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Imminent ISO Standardization a Boon for RTLS
  Tuesday December 5th, 2006
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti discusses how the imminent standardization of the air interface portion of the ISO standard for RTLS will likely bring down the cost of RTLS hardware as well as attract market entrants offering niche applications.


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RFID Privacy Concerns Wane as Knowledge Grows
  Monday December 4th, 2006
Privacy issues are often attention-getting in the RFID industry, but are not always influential. RFID Update research has identified major differences on the influence of privacy in shaping opinions toward RFID vendors, and which segments of the market are most likely to be influenced.


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Nissan Deploys Active RFID at Mississippi Plant
  Friday December 1st, 2006
Nissan North America is deploying an active RFID tracking system from WhereNet at its Canton, Mississippi, facility to improve vehicle tracking, quality control, and production velocity. The system will track finished vehicles, as well as trucks moving in and out of the complex.


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ODIN Releases Global RFID Tag Benchmark
  Thursday November 30th, 2006
RFID solutions and deployment provider ODIN technologies today announced the release of the Global RFID Tag Benchmark, the latest in the company's RFID hardware benchmark series. The report presents the results and conclusions of labratory tests that ODIN ran on 18 commercially available Gen2 tags from seven different vendors.


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Metro and Savi Launch Container-Tracking RFID Pilot
  Wednesday November 29th, 2006
German retailing giant and RFID early adopter METRO Group today announced a pilot with Savi Networks that will see real-time RFID-based tracking of containers originating in Asia and bound for METRO's European distribution centers.


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Users Tell RFID Vendors: "Show Us the References"
  Tuesday November 28th, 2006
RFID Update research highlights what influences prospective RFID end users and shapes their attitudes toward vendors. The results show nothing is more influential than reference accounts -- which are often scarce.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for November
  Monday November 27th, 2006
Baird has released its November RFID Monthly report. The 16-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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New Security-Laden RFID Tag Targets Pharma
  Friday November 17th, 2006
These days, the word 'security' is key when discussing pharmaceutical supply chains - an emerging market for RFID entrepreneurs. And so the stage is set for SecureRF, whose new tag keeps data under wraps except for authorized readers.


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Marks & Spencer to Expand RFID Item Tagging
  Thursday November 16th, 2006
UK retailer Marks & Spencer is expanding its successful RFID garment-tracking system from 42 to 120 stores starting in the spring of 2007. The company is using the technology to improve stock accuracy and forecasting.


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Pharmaceutical RFID Pilot Finds Promise, Problems
  Wednesday November 15th, 2006
Cardinal Health released results of an extensive pilot project to evaluate UHF RFID technology for item-level pharmaceutical tracking. Despite extremely low read rates for some operations, Cardinal viewed the pilot as positive, especially for the ability of Gen2 RFID to support item-level applications.


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Major RFID Innovation for Pharma Item-Level Tagging
  Tuesday November 14th, 2006
Packaging giant O-I has devised a method of embedding RFID inlays into pharmaceutical packaging for each of the four typical pharmaceutical dosage forms: solids, gelcaps, powders, and liquids. In addition, the solution works with either HF or UHF, enabling O-I clients to elect whichever technology best suits their needs.


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Vue Brings UHF Item-Level RFID to Pharmacies
  Monday November 13th, 2006
Vue Technology today announced a solution for item-level tagging in retail pharmacies that uses UHF RFID. Based on the existing TrueVUE RFID platform, the solution represents what the company claims is the first UHF item-level tagging solution for pharmacies.


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Aberdeen on Getting ROI from RFID
  Friday November 10th, 2006
Research firm Aberdeen Group this week released the latest installment in a series of reports on RFID adoption. Entitled ROI in RFID, the report is available free. In this guest contribution, report author Russ Klein summarizes the key findings and recommendations for action.


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Inability to Measure Process Performance Hides RFID Value
  Thursday November 9th, 2006
AMR Research analyst John Fontanella argues in this guest article that it is far easier to measure the costs of RFID than it is the benefits, and it is for this reason that determining ROI has been so challenging. But just because measuring the benefits is difficult does not mean they don't exist, especially when trading partners collaborate.


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Pro-Privacy Tearable RFID Tag Becomes a Reality
  Wednesday November 8th, 2006
IBM has licensed its innovative Clipped Tag technology to label converter Marnlen RFiD, who has already started shipping samples to select end users. According to what Marnlen's vice president of business development Andris Lauris told RFID Update, the tags are ready for immediate production, and the company is taking orders.


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RFID Laptop Tracking Sees Adoption
  Tuesday November 7th, 2006
The cost of stolen laptops is going up, and the market is looking to RFID for help. Vector Networks this week announced the addition of an RFID-based asset tracking application to its suite of offerings. The solution allows enterprises to quickly locate and track valuable assets such as laptops that are constantly moved from one location to another.


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Smart Dust Innovator Targets RFID
  Monday November 6th, 2006
A key innovator of so-called smart dust has returned to the lab to extend the technology's capabilities into the RFID realm. UC Berkeley professor Kristofer Pister believes potential enhancements in meshed sensor networks could fulfill RFID's promise of asset visibility.


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Bookstore Item-Level RFID Tagging Boosts Sales
  Friday November 3rd, 2006
CIO Insight provides an update on the item-level tagging deployment by the Dutch book retailer Boekhandels Groep Nederland (BGN). According to the article, the deployment is generating major benefit, so much so that BGN plans to expand it across 16 more stores before the end of next year.


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MRO is Major RFID Opportunity for Aero and Defense
  Thursday November 2nd, 2006
ABI Research predicts that the market for RFID from the aerospace and defense industries will reach $2 billion in 2011. Drilling down into this figure, one of the key opportunities for RFID that ABI Research identifies is that of MRO, or maintanence, repair, and overhaul.


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Symbol Unveils Switch to Bridge RFID and WiFi
  Wednesday November 1st, 2006
Symbol Technologies today announced the release of the RFS7000 RF Switch, which it is calling the industry's first RF switch. It represents a key component of the Wireless Next Generation architecture, or Wi-NG, which the company announced in May would be a new strategic direction in its furtherance of enterprise mobility.


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RTLS Provider Ekahau Secures $16m to Fund Growth
  Tuesday October 31st, 2006
RTLS Ekahau today announced $16 million in additional funding, $12 million of which represents a Series B round of venture capital, and $4 million of which is loans and government grants. Ekahau is one of the leading providers of WiFi-based RTLS solutions, which allow locationing functionality to be installed over existing WiFi networks.


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EPCglobal Launches Major RFID Pilot in Asia
  Monday October 30th, 2006
EPCglobal today announced the launch of a pilot to assess RFID usage on containers and cartons being shipped by sea between Japan and Hong Kong. It is the first of a two-phase initiative that will drive progress on EPCIS, continued standardization, and the use of RFID for automated customs clearance.


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CHEP Begins RFID Deployment for Its Container Fleet
  Friday October 27th, 2006
Systems integrator Infosys has deployed an RFID solution based on software from SAP for CHEP, a leading provider of pallet and container pooling services. The deployment will allow CHEP to offer track-and-trace asset visibility solutions to its customers.


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Sirit Trims Staff Amid Rough Supply Chain RFID Market
  Thursday October 26th, 2006
RFID reader manufacturer Sirit has announced plans to achieve cash flow neutrality by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. It will layoff over 25% of its staff, close two locations, and focus its product development efforts on those opportunities that promise near-term revenue.


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Active RFID Duals WiFi for Healthcare RTLS Supremacy
  Wednesday October 25th, 2006
ABI Research says that neither of the leading real-time location systems (RTLS) technologies -- WiFi and active RFID -- has a clear lead in the US healthcare sector market. According to the ABI, only 5% of healthcare facilities have deployed RTLS systems for asset tracking, so the market remains "up for grabs."


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for October
  Tuesday October 24th, 2006
Baird has released its October RFID Monthly report. The 16-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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European 3PL Turns to RFID for Container Tracking
  Monday October 23rd, 2006
RTLS provider WhereNet today announced a closed-loop active RFID deployment for Austrian third-party logistics provider Jobstl. Jobstl distributes clothing and fashion merchandise for Vogele, a clothes retailer with more than 750 locations across Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.


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Wrap-Up of EPCglobal US Conference RFID News
  Friday October 20th, 2006
This week's EPCglobal US Conference in Los Angeles provided a forum for the debut of a number of new products and new industry partnerships. This article lists the relevant announcements to come out of the show.


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Vendors to Drive RFID Job Growth
  Thursday October 19th, 2006
Why does it pay to get ahead now by mastering RFID concepts and practicing real-life implementations in specific markets? Not just because the job market demands business-savvy technicians with big skills and bigger plans. Companies also want employees who know how RFID can scale to specific industry needs, whether it’s automotive supply chains or pharmaceutical pedigree tracking.


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RFID Visionaries Open EPCglobal Conference
  Wednesday October 18th, 2006
The EPCglobal US Conference officially kicked off today at the city convention center in Los Angeles with a round of speeches from some of the industry's more influential individuals. This article provides some of the takeaways.


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RFID Industry Hungry for Pros with Experience
  Tuesday October 17th, 2006
Only handfuls of technicians are equipped to handle the high-level RFID deployments that an increasing number of companies are demanding. In a February 2006 survey of 80 companies working with RFID technology conducted by CompTIA, 75 percent of respondents said they don't believe there's a sufficient pool of talent in RFID to hire from.


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European RFID Test Sees Near-Perfect Read Rates
  Monday October 16th, 2006
Reva Systems and Impinj today announced what they are calling a performance breakthrough for RFID deployments in Europe, where adoption in the supply chain has been hindered by poor performance owing to restrictions on radio frequency allocations.


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BEA Releases 2.0 of RFID Enterprise Software
  Friday October 13th, 2006
Enterprise infrastructure software provider BEA this week announced the 2.0 release of its WebLogic RFID Enterprise Server. The software solution is aimed at providing centralized visibility and management of the increasingly distributed nature of RFID deployments.


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VDC: Pharma Item-Level RFID to Set Precedent
  Thursday October 12th, 2006
Research firm Venture Development Corporation of Natick, Massachusetts, just released a bulletin on item-level tagging in the pharmaceutical industry. This article highlights the key points.


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Alien Opens RFID Tag Plant, Releases Gen2 Chip
  Wednesday October 11th, 2006
Alien Technology this week made four announcements that together represent the company's most assertive public move since it came out of the legally-mandated quiet period triggered by the IPO attempt earlier this year. The two major announcements were the opening of its North Dakota tag manufacturing facility and the introduction of its Gen2 chip product.


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Pharma RFID Adoption Still Seeking Shot in the Arm
  Tuesday October 10th, 2006
Florida passed another technological milestone in its drug pedigree program by designating the first company (SupplyScape) to provide digital signatures for electronic pedigree authentication. Pedigree requirements of the FDA's Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA) will soon take effect. How soon will RFID for pharma e-pedigrees follow?


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Years Before RFID Baggage Tracking Takes Off
  Friday October 6th, 2006
ABI Research yesterday announced that the market for RFID baggage tagging will be worth $11.8 million this year. It will grow at a CAGR of 18.49% through 2011, when the market value reaches $27.5 million. While RFID baggage tagging has received quite a bit of press, these figures indicate that in fact the market opportunity is small.


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California RFID Restrictions Get Governor's Veto
  Thursday October 5th, 2006
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 768, which would have placed unprecedented restrictions on RFID technology. The bill is temporarily stopped, but RFID remains surrounded with legislative and privacy issues, leaving the industry to wonder what's next.


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RFID Deployment at DoD Completes First Phase
  Wednesday October 4th, 2006
In the next few days, RFID solutions provider ODIN technologies will announce the completion of the first of two phases in its RFID infrastructure deployment for the US Department of Defense.


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Recap of the RFID Investor Conference, Part 2
  Tuesday October 3rd, 2006
Last week RFID Update attended the 2006 RFID Conference, hosted by investment firm Robert W. Baird & Co. The one-day event catered to the investor community, which was reflected by presentations that tackled high-level topics like Gen2 performance, return on investment, and the "HF vs. UHF" debate.


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Recap of the RFID Investor Conference, Part 1
  Monday October 2nd, 2006
Last week RFID Update attended the 2006 RFID Conference, hosted by investment firm Robert W. Baird & Co. The one-day event catered to the investor community, which was reflected by presentations that tackled higher-level topics than those typically covered at more broadly focused industry conferences. This article has highlights.


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Honda Next Automaker to Get On Track with RFID
  Friday September 29th, 2006
A Honda UK manufacturing facility is spearheading what solution provider Intellident calls the automotive industry's largest RFID tracking application of its kind in the world. Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) is applying EPCglobal Gen2-standard RFID tags to 350,000 reusable logistics containers.


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PolyIC Announces Printable RFID Prototypes
  Thursday September 28th, 2006
PolyIC claimed a breakthrough in the development of printable RFID tags with the announcement that its printing process has successfully produced miles of prototype rolls of 13.56 MHz integrated circuits.


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RFID Analysts Smile on Motorola-Symbol Deal
  Wednesday September 27th, 2006
Early reactions to Motorola's acquisition of Symbol from the general business and technology press were favorable when the deal was announced last Tuesday. Since then, analysts with a closer view of the AIDC and RFID space have digested the news and issued their own comprehensive analysis of what it means, the highlights of which are discussed in this article.


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RFID Continues to Take Back Seat in Automotive
  Tuesday September 26th, 2006
This guest article from AMR Research's Kevin Reale considers reasons for the automotive industry's lagging adoption of RFID, while making the argument that once adoption finally takes off, auto manufacturers will need to deploy the technology to remain competitive.


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Zebra Buys $10m in RFID Intellectual Property
  Monday September 25th, 2006
Zebra Technologies broadened its RFID intellectual property portfolio by acquiring IP and patents from BTG, a technology transfer company. BTG, which has been involved in RFID for years and previously helped commercialize the Supertag for retail item tagging, is now fully divested of RFID technology.


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RFID Industry Weighs In On California Bill
  Friday September 22nd, 2006
The AeA, AIM Global and Secure ID Coalition all advised California on proposed California Senate Bill 768 (SB 768), which places controversial new restrictions on RFID systems used by government agencies in the state. Representatives of those organizations share their concerns about the bill and point out its positives.


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Jaguar Signs On as Savi Extends RFID Network to UK
  Thursday September 21st, 2006
Savi Networks has announced that the Port of Felixstowe became the first UK port outfitted with the SaviTrak RFID container tracking infrastructure, and Jaguar will track parts shipments from Felixstowe to the US. Now 50 percent of all cargo that enters the US originates from ports equipped with Savi tracking technology.


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What the Motorola-Symbol Deal Means for RFID
  Wednesday September 20th, 2006
Cell phone giant Motorola yesterday announced that it would buy Symbol Technologies for $3.9 billion, at a per-share price of $15. The purchase price represents roughly a 20% premium over Symbol's closing stock price Friday afternoon, before rumors of the acquisition drove it up over the weekend.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for September
  Tuesday September 19th, 2006
Baird has released its September RFID Monthly report. The 14-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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Transatlantic Consortium to Research RFID
  Monday September 18th, 2006
The US and UK today announced the launch of a far-reaching defense technology research program that will span military, industry, and academic institutions. It will be composed of 25 organizations and led by IBM. Called the International Technology Alliance, it could last up to ten years and reach a value of $135.8 million.


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Interoperability is Key to RFID Market Maturity
  Friday September 15th, 2006
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti discusses the need for multi-vendor interoperability as a key step in the maturity and adoption of RFID technology. Fortunately, she notes, interoperability efforts are underway, and the industry is moving in the right direction.


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Interoperability Certified for 12 Gen2 RFID Products
  Thursday September 14th, 2006
EPCglobal announced the first products that have earned its new Gen2 hardware interoperability certification. Interoperability is the second of three types of certification EPCglobal plans to offer, which includes the standard conformance certification announced one year ago and the forthcoming performance specifications, which are in development.


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Wal-Mart to Expand RFID Rollout by 500 Locations
  Wednesday September 13th, 2006
Wal-Mart yesterday issued a formal announcement of its plans to "aggressively" move forward with the deployment of RFID. The giant retailer will implement the technology at an additional 500 stores and clubs before the end of its fiscal year (January 31, 2007), bringing the total number of RFID-equipped locations to over 1,000.


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Avery RFID Launches Tech Transfer, Buys Startup
  Tuesday September 12th, 2006
Yesterday at the Labelexpo Americas show in Chicago, labeling giant Avery Dennison announced two new developments related to the company's RFID business. The first is the launch of a technology transfer program for its label converter customers. The second is the acquisition of startup RFID tag manufacturer RF IDentics.


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Robust Demand for RFID from Heavy Manufacturers
  Monday September 11th, 2006
Research firm Frost & Sullivan recently evaluated the RFID market in the North American aerospace, automotive, and industial manufacturing verticals. The firms pegs the collective market value at $71.3 million last year, and predicts that it will grow at a rate of 17.9% through 2012, when it reaches $225.7 million.


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RFID Reader Market Worth $1.18b in 2010
  Friday September 8th, 2006
Venture Development Corporation yesterday released findings on last year's market for RFID readers, which the firm pegs at $320 million. Over the next five years, VDC expects the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate of almost 30%, reaching $1.18 billion in 2010.


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California RFID Bill One Step Away from Law
  Thursday September 7th, 2006
The RFID Law Blog has published an article on the latest development in the California legislation concerning RFID technology. Last Thursday, the California Senate approved the bill in question by a wide margin of 30 to seven. There is now one remaining step for it to become law: the governor must sign it.


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RFID Patent Pool Selects Third-Party Administrator
  Wednesday September 6th, 2006
Yesterday the RFID Consortium announced the selection of Via Licensing to administer its patent pool of essential ultrahigh frequency RFID technology. The selection marks the first major, public development from the consortium since it formed more than a year ago.


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The Potential for RFID in Pharmaceutical Packaging
  Tuesday September 5th, 2006
Research firm IDTechEx recently released an assessment of the potential market for RFID in the pharmaceutical industry. This article summarizes the key findings on compliance improvement, tamper recording, and the combination of RFID with sensors.


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Xterprise Provides RFID for Plastic Pallet Pool
  Friday September 1st, 2006
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), a startup that plans to offer an RFID-tagged all-plastic pallet pool, has selected Xterprise as its RFID solution provider. Xterprise will work with iGPS' manufacturing partners to embed RFID tags in the pallets, and will help design business applications for the company's pallet tracking system.


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Weyerhaeuser Snaps Up Printed RFID Startup
  Thursday August 31st, 2006
Weyerhaeuser, the $22.6 billion conglomerate known to most as a timber company, today announced that it has acquired OrganicID, a developer of printed RFID. Financial terms were not disclosed.


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IDTechEx on RFID Adoption in China
  Wednesday August 30th, 2006
Research firm IDTechEx today released an assessment of RFID adoption in China. This article summarizes the key findings on standardization, impediments to adoption, the goverment's role, and the scale of Chinese deployments.


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HF RFID Market Sees High Growth and 125m Order
  Tuesday August 29th, 2006
While UHF RFID technology will eventually see enormous volumes from the supply chain and retail environments, those volumes have yet to materialize. In the interim it appears that the oft-neglected high frequency (HF) RFID is an exciting source of growth and demand.


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RFID Middleware Change is Certain, Direction is Not
  Monday August 28th, 2006
This is the final part of a three-part series that examines middleware and other RFID integration options and the issues surrounding them. This third installment questions whether RFID middleware has a place in a maturing RFID market and what role it might play.


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RFID: Maturing at a Natural Pace in the Supply Chain
  Friday August 25th, 2006
AMR Research's Greg Aimi argues in this guest contribution that despite recent doubts about RFID in light of its slower-than-predicted uptake throughout the supply chain, the technology is in fact following a very predictable, natural lifecycle of adoption.


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IBM to Host RFID Cattle Tracking Solution
  Thursday August 24th, 2006
TekVet LLC, a Utah-based developer of agricultural technology, has selected IBM to host and manage the data centers for its RFID-based cattle tracking and temperature monitoring system. The livestock tracking system allows cattle producers and investors to remotely monitor animal location via the Internet in real time.


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Chinese RFID Standard Increasingly Unlikely
  Wednesday August 23rd, 2006
ABI Research last week announced findings from a newly released study on the Chinese RFID market. The findings indicate strong momentum for Gen2 is afoot that would be hard to curb if the Chinese government went forward with a separate, national standard.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for August
  Tuesday August 22nd, 2006
Baird has released its August RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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An Interview with RFID Trailblazer H. D. Smith
  Monday August 21st, 2006
In this guest contribution, Leslie Downey of RFID Revolution interviews Robert Kashmer, the VP of information technology at H. D. Smith, the fourth largest pharmaceutical wholesale company in the US and widely-recognized pioneer in RFID adoption. Kashmer has guided the company's RFID trials and implementations since 1995.


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Philips Enters Gen2 RFID Chip Fray
  Friday August 18th, 2006
Philips Semiconductors has long been expected to enter the Gen2 silicon market, competing with the likes of Impinj, Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, and others to sell the microchips that power Gen2 RFID tags. It appears that the company's time has come.


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ERP Support Squeezes RFID Middleware
  Thursday August 17th, 2006
This is part two of a three-part series that examines middleware and other RFID integration options and the issues surrounding them. This second installment analyzes how forthcoming software standards from EPCglobal plus developments from mainstream IT, ERP and other application software providers may impact future RFID integration.


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New Coalition Will Confront RFID Security Hype
  Wednesday August 16th, 2006
A handful of chip makers and smart card producers have come together and formed the Secure ID Coalition with the goal of promoting smart card technology while simultaneously ensuring consumer privacy and data security.


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IPOs in RFID: If Not Alien, Then Who?
  Tuesday August 15th, 2006
The cancellation of Alien Technology's initial public offering has been greeted by the RFID industry with disappointment. While not altogether surprising given the company's challenging economic fundamentals, industry watchers remained hopeful, excited by the prospect of a publicly-traded RFID company. The question now is: If not Alien, then who?


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Active RFID Provider RF Code Nails $30m Deal
  Monday August 14th, 2006
Real-time location systems provider RF Code of Mesa, Arizona, today announced an enormous $30 million contract win in the healthcare space that the company says validates its new solutions-oriented business model, also being announced today. RFID Update spoke with president and CEO Joe Dugan about the news.


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Impinj Expands Gen2 RFID Chip Portfolio
  Friday August 11th, 2006
Gen2 chip supplier Impinj has expanded its portfolio of offerings with the addition of two new chip products. The fabless semiconductor firm will now complement its flagship Monza chip with the Monza/ID and Monaco/64 chips that feature, respectively, factory-programmed production identification and user-programmable memory.


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4 Trends in the RFID Software and Services Market
  Thursday August 10th, 2006
ABI Research today announced that it has revised down its forecasts for the RFID software and services market in 2007 by 15%. This smaller figure does not indicate bearishness on the part of ABI. On the contrary, the firm believes four particular trends in RFID software and services are responsible, and that they represent positive signs of market maturation.


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What Is RFID Middleware and Where Is It Needed?
  Wednesday August 9th, 2006
This is part one of a three-part series that examines middleware and other RFID integration options and the issues surrounding them. This first installment segments different types of specific software and hardware offerings that are commonly grouped together as "RFID middleware."


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A Primer on Types of RFID Middleware
  Wednesday August 9th, 2006
This essential article defines three broadly-understood categories of RFID middleware and the vendors that participate in each category.


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IBM Launches End-to-End RFID Solution for Pharma
  Tuesday August 8th, 2006
IBM today announced what it calls an end-to-end solution RFID track-and-trace solution for the pharmaceutical industry to help combat the growing problem of counterfeit drugs. The blended offering includes hardware, a middleware stack, use cases, and services.


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New RFID Passport Scare -- Does it Matter?
  Monday August 7th, 2006
The technology press is awash in articles today proclaiming yet another RFID security vulnerabilty, this time with respect to electronic passports of the variety the US will begin issuing by the millions in October. The news appears, at first blush, to be damning. But as usual, upon even the slightest examination, it is revealed to be typical doomsday sensationalism.


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Gen2 RFID Chips from STMicro Hit Market
  Friday August 4th, 2006
STMicroelectronics, the $9.5 billion semiconductor manufacturer, has very recently entered the market with Gen2 RFID chips that will compete against similar offerings from Impinj and, as of this week, Texas Instruments. RFID Update spoke with Francis Dell'ova, ST's RFID Business Unit Manager, about the new chips.


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Prediction: 300m Gen2 RFID Tags Ship This Year
  Thursday August 3rd, 2006
Analysts and industry watchers have long considered the number of RFID tags sold to be a key metric of the overall industry's size. The question is, with the industry supposedly crawling out of the trough of disillusionment, how many tags are actually being manufactured now, half-way through 2006.


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IBM Releases Free RFID Tools
  Wednesday August 2nd, 2006
IBM yesterday announced the release of three new resources targeted at developers and students that the company hopes will alleviate the shortage of skilled RFID labor, thereby accelerating the adoption of RFID technology. The resources are being offered free of charge on IBM's alphaworks site.


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Is Location Tracking in Your WiFi's Future?
  Tuesday August 1st, 2006
ARC Advisory Group's Chantal Polsonetti discusses the burgeoning interest from manufacturers in WiFi-based real-time locationing systems, which offer rapid time to benefit of 12 to 18 months and can be overlaid on enterprises' existing wireless LANs.


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Texas Instruments Announces Gen2 RFID Chips
  Monday July 31st, 2006
Texas Instruments today announced the release and general availability of its new Gen2 silicon, becoming one of only two companies to offer the integral chips which constitute the "brains" of Gen2-compliant RFID tags. The company says the chips offer increased performance and functionality over the competition.


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Investment Firm Focuses on RFID
  Friday July 28th, 2006
An investment firm focused specifically on RFID technology is becoming increasingly active, intending to expand its holdings portfolio with investments in Europe and North America. Called RFID Invest AG, the Liechtenstein-based firm was formally established in June of last year and currently holds stakes in four companies.


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RFID Provider Intelleflex Lands $15.5m
  Thursday July 27th, 2006
Intelleflex, the Silicon Valley-based provider of battery-assisted RFID platform solutions, today announced $15.5 million in a Series B round of equity funding. Led by Morgenthaler Ventures, the round was over-subscribed.


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Summary of Baird RFID Monthly for July
  Wednesday July 26th, 2006
Baird has released its July RFID Monthly report. The 15-page document is a worthwhile read for anyone requiring an overview of the industry's last 30 days. For those without time to do so, we have reprinted here the report's summary.


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New RFID Chip Product Launch Imminent
  Tuesday July 25th, 2006
The official launch of a Gen2 chip product is expected very soon. While no one would go on record with respect to the development, a number of sources have confirmed that in the coming weeks at least one silicon manufacturer will be announcing the availability of Gen2 chips in production quantities.


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Demand-Driven Supply Networks Give RFID Momentum
  Monday July 24th, 2006
AMR Research data collected from over 450 retailers and manufacturers suggests that DDSN leaders are turning to RFID to instrument and accelerate their sensor networks. Analyst Colin Masson discusses how RFID is gaining momentum as demand-driven supply chains become a reality.


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Global RFID Industry Trends from IDTechEx
  Friday July 21st, 2006
IDTechEx has identified multiple industry trends based on the number of case studies that exist in its RFID Knowledgebase for the varying applications, vertical industries, and geographies where RFID is being applied. This article summarizes those trends.


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Intermec and Symbol Settle RFID Lawsuits
  Thursday July 20th, 2006
After 15 months of legal wrangling, industry leaders Intermec and Symbol Technologies have announced an official agreement to lay down their arms -- that is, lawyers. While specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed, it is described broadly as having settled "all outstanding intellectual property disputes between the two companies."


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Gen2 RFID Versus the New Hewlett-Packard Chip
  Wednesday July 19th, 2006
Hewlett Packard made headlines this week with its announcement of a tiny, wireless microchip capable of relatively high storage and data transfer rates. It seems like a Gen2 tag on steroids, and indeed some articles about the chip are calling it a competitor to RFID. Not likely.


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Analyst RFID Viewpoint: 1984 All Over Again?
  Tuesday July 18th, 2006
Guest columnist Joe Barkai argues that ignorance regarding the actual capabilities of RFID and the potential risk to consumer privacy will lead to unfounded fears and resistance from consumers and privacy advocates, which, in turn, will slow the adoption and further development of effective and secure technology.


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Semi-Passive RFID Deployed at Global 3PL
  Monday July 17th, 2006
Power Paper of Israel, together with value-added reseller NBG ID of France, have announced two large-scale RFID deployments at the French distribution centers of a leading global logistics company. The projects have utilized tens of thousands of battery-assisted passive UHF RFID tags from Power Paper's PowerID division.


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Europe Launches Initiative to Drive RFID Adoption
  Friday July 14th, 2006
A European initiative to mature and expand the use of EPCglobal applications launched this week in Brussels. Called the Building Radio frequency IDentification solutions for the Global Environment, or "BRIDGE", project, it has European Commission support, 7.5 million euros in funding, and a three-year timeline.


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SkyeTek Adds Encryption to Embedded RFID
  Thursday July 13th, 2006
SkyeTek, the Westminster, Colorado-based provider of embedded RFID readers, this week announced security enhancements to its product line that the company says represent a key development in the widening adoption of item-level RFID tagging.


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ISO Incorporates Gen2 into RFID Standard
  Wednesday July 12th, 2006
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has amended its existing passive UHF RFID standard to include the EPCglobal Gen2 standard. The inclusion now means that Gen2-compliant RFID hardware will also be considered compliant by ISO standards.


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RFID Industry Implications of the FDA Update
  Tuesday July 11th, 2006
The pharmaceutical industry eagerly anticipated an update to the FDA's 2004 Combating Counterfeit Drugs report. The update, released June 9th, clarifies the FDA's plans regarding the Prescription Drug Marketing Act and RFID adoption. ABI Research's Sara Shah discusses its implications for the future of RFID-based track and trace.


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