Week of 02/08/10

 

 
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RFID could have aided rescuers
at Conn. power plant tragedy
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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.

Maybe lawmakers, who so often try to limit the use of RFID technology, should consider writing mandatory RFID usage for dangerous construction sites into any new regs that emerge as a result of the Middletown, Conn. accident. RFID could have helped emergency personnel to realize almost immediately whether or not any workers remained in the rubble, and prevented rescue personnel from attempting dangerous rescue missions.

The mining industry has embraced the technology after a series of accidents in recent years resulted in rescue workers not knowing where miners were trapped. The technology is a natural for big construction sites and utilities as well.

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Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel
turns to RFID to track assets

Cost-effective and reusable RFID tags enable hotel to accurately track more than 35,000 uniforms and linens while reducing operational costs.

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Imec and Holst Centre
unveil ultra-low power ADC

This world-class figure of merit ADC is especially suited for upcoming low energy radios in the industrial, scientific and medical radio bands such as low-energy Bluetooth or IEEE 802.15.6 for body-area networks.

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Mobile in Retail white paper
sets stage for in-store innovation

White paper produced by GS1 MobileCom group explores role mobile phones can play in retail environments in the future.

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Psion and Tecsys bring visual
logistics to the supply chain

Mobile computing manufacturer offers first handheld certified on TECSYS software, designed to remove barriers to execution and improve supply chain.

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Emerson & Cuming unveils web site
for MetalTag™ product line

MetalTag™ utilizes expertly engineered materials to solve the common problems associated with UHF & HF tagging in harsh metal and liquid environments.

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Ekahau offers zero-risk
RTLS installation

New money back guarantee program enables customers to discover benefits of enterprise-grade, Wi-Fi-based location tracking solution.

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Issue: 0310

 
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RFID technology could have played a major role at the recent power plant accident in Connecticut by helping first responders to know which workers were at the construction site that day.

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