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08/22/11
The retail industry is embracing item level RFID for the enhanced visibility that the technology provides when it comes to monitoring product movement through the supply chain and on store shelves.
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08/08/11
Hawaiian produce pilot takes next step; will track pallets of produce from Taiwan
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07/25/11
Within a year, item level tagging is expected to be well on its way to becoming ubiquitous in the retail supply chain.
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07/11/11
RFID is well touted as a tool to increase supply chain visibility and provide real-time updates on the whereabouts of critical assets.
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06/20/11
Research is evolving rapidly when it comes to using RFID technology in the medical and healthcare community. This week, researchers from the University of Cincinnati unveiled the results of their research about using RFID in the internal hospital supply chain.
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06/06/11
Why are retailers so anxious to deploy item level RFID technology? For starters, out-of-stocks are robbing them of more than $430 billion in sales each year.
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05/23/11
The U.S. Department of Defense is testing RFID with the hope of using the technology to get more nutritious foods into the hands of U.S. troops involved in critical missions overseas.
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05/02/11
Gerry Weber has been a driving force behind item level retail tagging. The German retail chain has taken an aggressive stance on RFID and became the first overseas retailer to source-tag all of its products earlier this year when it began tagging all 28 million items that travel through its supply chain.
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04/25/11
Four years ago, Alien Technology created a buzz in the industry by filing for an IPO. Buzz quickly turned to bust because of poor market timing, a balance sheet that didn't please investors, and orders that never materialized.
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04/11/11
The annual RFID Live show concluded in Orlando yesterday, with an onslaught of new products, the unveiling of new applications and solutions, and unforeseen optimism for the industry moving forward.
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04/04/11
When Cynthia Dipietrantonio addressed the Item Level RFID Initiative during the National Retail Federation conference in January, the Jones Apparel COO noted how difficult it is to apply RFID tags to apparel destined for a limited amount of retailers.
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03/28/11
Butler expects Tego will ink at least one automotive deal -- possibly two -- within the next six months. He sees the automotive sector emerging as one of Tego's top five markets down the road.
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03/21/11
RFID usage is exploding in all industries. The technology has the ability to revolutionize the retail industry, manufacturers have real-time visibility into production facilities around the globe, and all kinds of social media apps are being developed that utilize RFID.
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02/21/11
There is major traction for item level RFID in the retail environment, but several other industries are also seeing rapid adoption. That's been evident by the RFID-enabled hygiene systems being unveiled at this week's annual conference hosted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
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02/07/11
Retailers stand to benefit greatly from item level tagging. By affixing RFID tags to apparel goods, footwear and other products with complicated SKU mixes, retailers like Walmart and Macy's gain from increased sales and customer loyalty by having products on store shelves when customers need them.
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01/24/11
Cloud computing continues to gain steam. A study from Saugatuck Technology predicts that almost two-thirds of all new business application/solution decisions will be cloud-based by 2015.
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01/10/11
Item level RFID technology is well on the road to mass adoption by apparel retailers and could become ubiquitous by the end of next year. That was the message coming out of Tuesday morning's meeting of the Item Level RFID Initiative held during NRF in New York City. The event was attended by more than 100 retailers, suppliers, technology providers and members of academia.
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12/13/10
The holiday shopping season is here, and long lines are a staple at stores everywhere. Imagine how nice it would be to breeze through the checkout counter with no delays, as store clerks scanned all of your items with a single swipe of their RFID reader, and you paid for them with a simple swipe of your mobile phone.
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11/08/10
Last week the industry was abuzz following the launch of the Item Level RFID Initiative, an alliance of major retailers that hope to accelerate the use of item level tagging in the retail arena.
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10/27/10
When ThingMagic got its start in a garage in Somerville, Mass., 10 years ago, the firm's co-founders probably never considered that the company would be scooped up a decade later by a billion-dollar buyer.
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09/27/10
School's back in session, and RFID technology is being used to monitor students and staff and to track equipment more than ever, from K-12 to the college level.
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09/13/10
RFID technology is playing a greater role in eliminating counterfeit products, from high-fashion apparel to costly pharmaceuticals. Chinese apparel maker Jossy Jo says an item-level solution has pulled the plug on counterfeits that formerly accounted for as much as three percent of sales.
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08/16/10
Police forces in the UK are unique in that they are among the few in the world that do not regularly carry firearms. However, police officers now carry Tasers, and law enforcement agencies in the UK are using RFID technology to trace and track the weapons.
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07/26/10
It's not often that RFID ends up on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. But it's not often that the world's largest retailer goes public with its technology plans either. Wal-Mart used to be quoted widely about its plans for RFID in the supply chain.
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07/05/10
As the benefits of RFID technology continue to expand, users of RFID have become more excited about the technology than RFID vendors themselves. That speaks volumes for the technology as it gains traction not only for single projects, but also for enterprise-wide applications.
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06/14/10
Government-backed research grants could provide a much-needed additional push for RFID technology.
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05/24/10
As more focus is placed on environmental issues following the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, several use cases are developing for RFID to track carbon usage, an ugly byproduct of the U.S.' addiction to fossil fuels. In addition, RFID is actually decreasing carbon emissions in some cases.
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05/03/10
RFID technology is helping to re-establish lush Koa forests in Hawaii, revitalizing one of the most diverse and valuable hardwoods in the world.
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04/19/10
Airbus is a leader in RFID innovation, and one of the firm's most exciting projects involves using active ultra wideband RFID technology to track work-in-progress at plants around the world.
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04/05/10
Remember the love affair that the pharmaceutical industry had with RFID technology several years ago? Well, pharmaceutical manufacturers are courting RFID once again.
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03/22/10
It's always a good sign when users of RFID technology are willing to share their success stories. That is starting to occur more regularly, as was evidenced at the Alien Technology User & Partner Conference held earlier this month.
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03/08/10
One of the hottest sectors for RFID technology in 2010 looks to be the tagging of IT assets at financial institutions and federal agencies, where close to a million assets could carry RFID tags by year end.
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GUEST COLUMN - BRET KINSELLA - ODIN
Last month the U.S. Air Force awarded ODIN a three-year contract to monitor and support its nearly 150 passive RFID readers located at seven Air Force Bases and one Naval Air Terminal.
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02/23/10
Impinj hopes to similarly raise the bar in the RFID sector with today’s introduction of the Monza 4 line of premium tag chips.
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02/08/10
In the wake of Sunday’s power plant explosion that killed five workers in Connecticut, legislators in that state have started to discuss new regulations overseeing power plant construction and safety.
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01/18/10
The aerospace industry has long been a pioneer when it comes to RFID research. Today, a pact between Airbus, MAINtag SAS and Tego will take that innovation to a new level.
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01/04/10
It looks like 2010 is shaping up as a busy year when it comes to RFID and privacy legislation. Six days into the New Year, the New Hampshire House voted 186-170 on Wednesday to limit the use of RFID technology.
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12/07/09
RFID technology could get a significant boost from the billions of dollars doled out in this year's stimulus package.
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11/16/09
Is Apple ready to embed RFID technology into the next version of the iPhone?
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11/02/09
As RFID becomes more ubiquitous, the supply chain gets closer and closer to total end-to-end visibility, a nirvana for retailers.
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11/02/09
There is a lot of excitement around the use of RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology, especially following the guidelines published last week by GS1 EPCglobal.
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10/09/09
Healthcare facilities continue to turn to RFID technology to increase efficiencies and improve patient care. But as the technology is rolled out aggressively at more and more hospitals, questions persist concerning the impact RFID might have on medical devices like pacemakers.
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9/25/09
When the Disney Family Cancer Center opens in California this February, doctors hope that patients benefit from the extremely high level of care that is typical of the Disney name. And since the hospital is a short distance from Disney studios, it makes sense that the Center will focus on the body, mind and spirit of its patients.
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8/31/09
Just how ubiquitous is RFID becoming? Consider that the technology now helps to manage the cradle-to-grave distribution process for Coca-Cola.
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8/13/09
Smart grid technology is taking the nation by storm. President Obama's stimulus package (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) includes about $4.4 billion intended to jump start investment in the smart grid sector.
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7/24/09
The annual July 4 Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular requires a significant outlay for security in order to pull off the event each year. This year, RFID technology played major role in assuring that the extravaganza went off without a hitch.
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2/9/09
Omni-ID pulls in $15M in VC funding; Targets new markets, Asian growth
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1/19/09
Retailers count on UWB RFID to track employees, customers
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1/5/09
Banking industry expects to receive pre-tagged IT assets by this spring
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12/01/08
Companies turn to RFID to prosper during economic slump
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11/17/08
Money continues to flow into RFID; ThingMagic latest to benefit
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11/03/08
RFID needs to fade away
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10/20/08
NASA expands RFID roll out at Kennedy Space Center
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09/30/08
New markets embrace RFID
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09/15/08
Walgreens unveils RFID at its DC in Anderson, S.C.
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09/02/08
RFID use exploding at HP
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08/18/08
M&A activity may increase following OAT, Impinj deals
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