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Use of RFID expected to grow for
tracking and reducing carbon emissions
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As more focus is placed on environmental issues following the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, several use cases are developing for RFID to track carbon usage, an ugly byproduct of the U.S.' addiction to fossil fuels. In addition, RFID is actually decreasing carbon emissions in many cases.

RFID is being used to help commercial buildings attain important LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC). Home builders rely on RFID-tagged lumber to assure that wood used for flooring and other uses is from sustainable forests. And Wal-Mart sees RFID as a technology that can enable green stores.

But the transportation sector is emerging as the real sweet spot. The technology is credited with reducing carbon emissions by 25-30 percent when applied to idling cars waiting to exit parking lots and garages. The asset tracking market for vehicle fleets also carries excellent potential for monitoring and reducing carbon emissions.

"Over the next couple of years I think you'll see more and more of these green programs emerging around RFID technology," says Andrew Nathanson, director of research operations at VDC Research.

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Alien Technology enables "vein-to-vein"
blood bag tracking efficiency

Alien has partnered with Aifos Solutions to provide a complete UHF RFID visibility solution to increase security and improve efficiency of blood bags at the Blood and Tissue Bank of Balearic Islands in Mallorca.

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LaserCard supplies green cards
to Department of Homeland Security

Next-generation U.S. green cards feature advanced optical security media and -- for the first time – RFID tags for compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).

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NXP opens RFID application
and system center in China

The new facility in Tianjin provides real-life conditions for evaluating and optimizing RFID applications and is billed as the first of its kind in Asia.

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Sirit will supply RFID technology
for Thailand EVR project

The five-year agreement to supply tags for the electronic vehicle registration program will generate up to US$8-10M in revenue over the next three years, including $1M by the end of next month.

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New partnership will tackle RFID
Sensing and data logging challenges

The partnership between Phase IV and Melexis will increase opportunities to deploy passive sensing chip technology to create previously impossible sensing solutions.

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Toledo Ticket and TransCore launch
RFID-based "hand tickets"

RFID allows vehicles to enter and exit parking garages without stopping, keeping access smooth and significantly decreasing carbon emission output from idling vehicles.

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