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Auto manufacturers consider high memory
tags for maintenance, warranty programs
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In an effort to capture new customers and increase sales, luxury automakers are tempting consumers with free maintenance programs. Volvo, for example, is pushing a feature that covers all maintenance costs for the first five years of new vehicle's life.

In an effort to manage these programs, manufacturers are investigating high memory RFID tags like those being embraced by the aerospace industry.

Aside from Volvo, automakers like Jaguar, BMW, Audi and Lexus could all be turning to high memory tags in the next several years. Tego, a provider of high memory RFID tagging solutions, expects that the auto industry will be one of its major markets in three to five years. Tego CEO Tim Butler says the auto industry could consume tens of millions of high memory tags as manufacturers target better efficiencies for process control, production control, supply chain management, car distribution and managing maintenance programs.

"Initially we've seen interest from some very high-end auto manufacturers who do a lot of maintenance for automobiles," says Butler. "Lately we're seeing interest from the larger automotive companies as well."

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Omni-ID and Extronics sign
RFID global partnership deal

Partnership is expected to accelerate the adoption of passive UHF RFID tags for hazardous environments.

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Syrma Technology intros custom
tag solutions at Euro ID 2011

Syrma's tags are custom designed and manufactured to meet specific customer requirements using ISO-standard ICs from Texas Instruments, NXP, Atmel, EM Microelectronic, Infineon, STMicroelectronics and other suppliers.

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TAGSYS and Neopost ID announce
alliance for traceability solutions

Partnership leverages TAGSYS' RFID expertise in item-level supply chain traceability and Neopost ID's experience in the deployment of RFID projects in the logistics and retail industry.

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Terso launches RFID refrigerator
for hospital and lab inventory control

Smart refrigerator uses RFID to lower inventory management costs and protect high value products such as reagents, cardiovascular products, tissue samples, and orthopedic supplies.

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Pilot in Norway will test RFID
for tracking plastic pallets and totes

Trial covers two food factories, Maaraud and Finsbraten, and two distribution centers for the Coop retail chain, with fixed RFID readers from Impinj, antennas from Intermec and tags from UPM.

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