Week of 05/23/11

 
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DOD tests RFID to monitor food items
shipped to troops during combat
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The U.S. Department of Defense is testing RFID with the hope of using the technology to get more nutritious foods into the hands of U.S. troops involved in critical missions overseas.

Long an innovator when it comes to RFID, the DOD's latest use case involves tagging First Strike Rations, a compact, eat-on-the-move assault ration designed for use by soldiers during periods of highly intense and mobile combat operations, such as those in Afghanistan.

The DOD has enlisted a team of researchers at the University of South Florida Polytechnic's College of Technology and Innovation Lab to develop a system to predict the shelf life of packaged FSR meals and to monitor their quality during shipment and storage. Eventually, more than 5,000 pallets of FSRs could carry RFID tags. The DOD will also consider tagging more than a million pallets of MREs.

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WSJ: RFID will play a major role in
simplifying travel logistics at airports

An article in this week's Wall Street Journal examines some of the consumer facing benefits that RFID technology will bring to the airline industry.

Read the entire article here

Fashion Day event will showcase
benefits of RFID source tagging

Sponsored by Checkpoint Systems, attendees at the June 8th event will learn how RFID can improve efficiency from source-to-store and how new technologies can boost sales in apparel outlets.

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Item Level RFID Initiative considers
alliance with European retailers

Retailers like Gerry Weber and others have expressed an interest in joining the newly formed ILRI to share global best practices.

Read the entire blog post here

Boeing and Alaska Air launch
RFID-based maintenance program

The Component Management Optimization program will increase the efficiency of airline fleets by simplifying maintenance procedures.

Watch a video of the RFID program here

Baluff RFID unveils cloud-based
solution for RFID-based apps

Firm says that deploying RFID with a cloud-based IT infrastructure can save thousands of dollars each year, making the ROI from RFID more palatable.

Watch a video of the cloud solution

Identive and NXP sign multi-year
value added reseller agreement

The deal builds on an existing relationship that includes cooperation on secure ID apps like contactless readers for government and employee ID programs, NFC stickers for mobile phones and RFID tags for tracking assets.

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Identec Group closes $7.5M
Financing for U.S. business expansion

New financing will fuel further expansion in the U.S. RFID solutions market and fund organic growth at the four U.S.-based companies owned by Identec.

Read the full press release


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