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RFID aids in revitalizing valuable
and rare Koa tree crops in Hawaii
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RFID technology is helping to re-establish lush Koa forests in Hawaii, revitalizing one of the most diverse and valuable hardwoods in the world. In a first-of-its kind application and one of the most unique RFID use cases ever, RFID tags are being placed on young Koa trees to track growth patterns, maintenance history, and to provide a way for investors to own a piece of a Koa forest.

The RFID tree tracking database being developed by Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods (HLH) will allow investors in the HLH Koa reforestation project to track and monitor the progress of their investment in real time. The company embedded about 20,000 RFID tags into its new crop of trees this year, and looks to increase that to 100,000 trees during the next growing season. Within two years HLH will tag at least 250,000 new trees as it moves toward planting 1.3 million Koa trees.

"To our knowledge, there is nobody else doing this on the planet," says Jeff Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods.

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European Union funds RFID
research project for small firms

The research kicks off this month and will test RFID at small and mid-sized enterprises in eight industries across six countries.

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AIAG continues to study use
of RFID and bar code technologies

AIAG is conducting a data identifier use survey to find out what data identifiers are used, and why. The results will be used to continue to pave the way for bar codes and RFID to work cooperatively together.

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North Carolina selects TransCore
for its first electronic tolling system

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has selected TransCore to provide RFID technology for the state’s wireless toll collection systems. The first installation will be on Triangle Expressway, North Carolina’s new all electronic toll road. The contract value is an estimated $5.9 million.

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HID Global announces range of RFID
tag solutions at Waste Expo

RFID lets communities and waste operators track waste volume, playing a critical role in “pay-as-you-throw” recycling-incentives and waste-reduction programs.

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Plano libraries embrace RFID for
advanced material flow management

The library in Texas will roll out RFID at each of its five branches, starting this month. The project will conclude in the fourth quarter with 1.5 million books and items tagged, allowing for improved asset tracking and customer checkout.

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