Week of 01/18/10


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Airbus to embed high memory tags
on its A350 fleet starting next year
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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. By early next year, thousands of Tego’s high memory tags will find their way onto aircraft parts across the Airbus A350 XWB fleet. Approximately 1,500 tags will be included on each aircraft, with the possibility of many more in the future.

The combination of MAINtag’s manufacturing capabilities and Tego’s high-memory chip provides the first standards-compliant, high memory and fully-passive RFID tags that can achieve Airbus’ goal of value chain visibility. The technology will allow Airbus to include a PDF of a product manual on the tag, as well as the complete cradle to grave maintenance history of aircraft parts, allowing for new cutting edge MRO applications.

The deal represents a significant breakthrough for high memory tags that Airbus and the aviation industry has coveted for years, and could take asset tracking to new levels in other industries.

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Korean apparel company uses RFID
to gain supply chain visibility

The Basic House has implemented an RFID solution using UPM Raflatac DogBone RFID tags and has developed equipment in-house to directly resolve its logistic challenges.

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American Apparel continues to gain
from RFID during 10-store rollout

Retailer has increased sales per store, inventory accuracy, customer satisfaction and productivity by deploying the Xterprise Clarity Advanced Retail Solution (ARS) system across 10 stores.

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Federal Signal to acquire
Sirit for $48M (U.S.)

Federal Signal hopes that combining Sirit's RFID technology with its own detection and classification technology and PIPS automated license plate recognition technology will make it a leader in intelligent transport systems.

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ThingMagic tops ABI Research
passive UHF RFID reader matrix

ThingMagic has been ranked in the overall top position of the Embedded Passive UHF Reader Module Vendor Matrix released by ABI Research.

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Alien provides RFID solution
for reusable fish crates

Alien Technology and Prosign combine to deliver RFID tracking solution to Pack and Sea for environmentally challenging fish crate tracking application.

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Issue: 0210

John Johnson, Editor

From the Editor

This issue looks at how high memory RFID tags will make dramatic changes in the aerospace industry, as well as the medical and utility sectors. Don't forget to read the RFID 24-7 blog http://rfid24-7.com/rfidtalk/ for breaking news and analysis in between issues. Also, be sure to follow RFID 24-7 on Twitter @johnrfid247


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John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 20 years of experience covering RFID technology, smart grid and supply chain topics. He is the former editor of RFIDWatch Weekly and DC Velocity magazine.
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