Week of 1/19/09


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Retailers count on UWB RFID
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Retailers have struggled for years to capture an accurate count of the number of customers in their stores. They've had some success using video-based technology, but those systems couldn't distinguish between customers and employees.

Now, retailers are utilizing ultra-wideband (UWB) RFID technology to do just that. An auto parts retailer and a purveyor of specialty apparel items are now able to effectively isolate employee counts from customer counts, providing precise analysis of the impact of employee activity in the store. The system was unveiled by ShopperTrak at last week's annual National Retail Federation show in New York City. ShopperTrak, which calls the system FloorTrak, is relying on RFID technology from Time Domain Corp.

The system is being piloted at nine retail locations in Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit. About 45 associates at the apparel pilot are outfitted with thin, active PLUS real-time location system (RTLS) tags that are placed on lanyards or behind nametags. The auto parts store, which began its pilot in August and is expanding the project to about 20 percent of its stores, is tracking the movement and behavior of more than 125 employees.

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Amcom Software adds RFID
to call center capabilities

Time Domain’s precision ultra wideband (UWB) real-time location system (RTLS) tags, readers, antennas and software help Amcom to become the first provider of mission-critical call center software to offer precise, automated, staff location and management with RFID.

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I.D. Systems launches PowerFleet
Wireless VMS for forklifts

PowerFleet™ helps to manage the most critical safety and maintenance functions associated with industrial vehicles -- access control, electronic safety checklists and impact sensing – as well as other complex problems facing industrial fleets.

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M/A-COM Technology unveils
advanced sensor-based RFID forklift

Introduced at last week’s Pro-Mat show, the system automatically records an RFID tagged pallet's exact storage location during handling and slotting processes without requiring the operator to initiate traditional manual data collection methods.

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IBM tops RFID enterprise platform
BPM-SOA solutions vendor ranking

SAP and Microsoft claimed the second and third spots in ABI Research’s new evaluation of worldwide RFID enterprise platform BPM (Business Process Management) and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions vendors.

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GPI wins large RFID orders
from two new Asian casinos

New Macau and Philippine Casinos choose GPI's RFID technology for Casino Currency Control(R) security, tracking and verification at gaming tables; deal worth about $6.4M in RFID-enabled chips.

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Neonlite choses Infor to illuminate
manufacturing and logistics processes

WMS, RFID and ERP solutions from Infor will help lighting products manufacturer reduce waste and improve production capacity.

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AeroScout and University HealthSystem
Consortium announce 3-year deal

AeroScout, a provider of Unified Asset Visibility for healthcare, will offer UHC’s members in the U.S. a broad range of solutions for asset management, equipment maintenance, patient and staff safety, and more.

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Issue: 0209

John Johnson, Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to RFID 24-7, your source for news and trends from the RFID and auto-ID industry.

Savvy retailers continue to find unique ways to utilize RFID technology. This week we look at the use of ultra-wideband technology to track store associates. More

We welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think of the issue, and any topics you'd like to see covered in the future.

About the Editor

John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 15 years of experience covering RFID technology and supply chain topics, first as editor of Warehousing Management and most recently as editor of DC Velocity.
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