Week of 02/22/10


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Impinj unveils Monza® 4 family of tags;
enhanced functionality to drive market
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As the Winter Olympics unfold, athletes have elevated their performances to new levels, nearly re-defining their sport in the process. Lindsey Vonn turned to men’s skis to win the women’s downhill. Shaun White re-invented snowboarding with his Double McTwist 1260 en route to winning gold.

Impinj hopes to similarly raise the bar in the RFID sector with today’s introduction of the Monza 4 line of premium tag chips. The Monza 4 family is expected to speed RFID adoption by delivering a faster return on investment and operational improvements. Impinj vice president of marketing Kerry Krause says the Monza 4 line should account for 10-20 percent of sales by the end of the year. The popular Monza 3 tag, targeted at cost-sensitive applications that require only basic UHF Gen 2 functionality, will remain a major force in the Impinj portfolio.

"We will be building and selling Monza 3 for several years to come," says Krause. "These new tag chips are premium products that represent incremental business for us and we believe they will also enable new applications."

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UPM Raflatac to move RFID pilot
sites closer to fastest growing markets

To streamline its RFID operations, the company will relocate new product piloting from Jyväskylä, Finland closer to its fastest growing markets in Guangzhou, China and Fletcher, N.C.

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Sirit announces increased buyout offer
from Federal Signal

Sirit has signed an agreement with Federal Signal, under which Federal Signal will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Sirit for $0.43 in cash, an increase of 13 cents per share.

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Fluensee launches AssetTrack solution
for the equipment financing market

The program combines Fluensee's real-time, comprehensive asset tracking software with hardware and professional services which allows bank, independent, vendor and global lessors to offer asset tracking services to customers across all asset classes.

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Data center tracking project represents
ODIN’s 300th successful install

Global data center tracking project for one of the world’s top banks follows a recent contract award by the U.S. Air Force to monitor and maintain its entire network of passive RFID readers deployed in the U.S.

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Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande
choses RFID-based security system

Aside from the Signature RFID by VingCard electronic locks, the hotel can adapt Signature RFID to its guest’s needs, employing contactless keycards and wristbands, and even cutting-edge Near Field Communication (NFC) cell phones to customize each guest’s experience.

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Hardin County Jail turns to RFID
for Defensible Regulatory Compliance

Interactions between jail detainees and correctional officers at Hardin County Jail in Eldora, Iowa are automatically tracked with Precision Dynamics’ Clincher® RFID wristbands.

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Issue: 0410

John Johnson, Editor

From the Editor

This week, we look at the new family of Monza 4 chips from Impinj, and what impact the advanced technology will have on the industry. Also, don't miss our new Guest Columnist feature below about maintaining your RFID systems.

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Bret Kinsella


Maintaining your RFID Systems

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. Two years ago, this type of award was rare. Now, it is a growing trend.

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About the Editor

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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