Week of 06/14/10


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Can academic research alone sustain
future advances in RFID technology?
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In March, Patrick Sweeney joined two dozen small business executives at the White House to watch President Obama sign a job stimulation bill for small businesses.

As he stood in the Rose Garden, Sweeney, the CEO of ODIN technologies in Ashburn, Va., thought about how nice it would be if more government funding was directed toward RFID and other technologies with game-changing potential for industry. Government-backed research grants could provide a much-needed additional push for RFID technology.

But as the European Union and other countries continue to heavily fund RFID research and pilot programs, U.S.-based RFID providers are mostly on their own. Sure, there are isolated government backed initiatives through NIST and the Department of Defense, but that funding doesn’t come close to matching the support technology providers receive overseas.

"It's very disappointing," says Kathleen Carroll, director of government relations at HID Global. "It's interesting to me that Europe is ahead of us not only in looking at policy issues on RFID, but also in the implementation of RFID and in looking at different ways to deploy it."

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Cox Industries enhances distribution
and customer service through RFID

Motorola’s RFID readers, together with Stark RFID's work-in-process inventory management system, have improved operational efficiencies and enhanced customer service for Cox Industries resulting in 99 percent shipping order accuracy.

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Digital China to distribute Impinj
RFID reader products in China

The new relationship ensures that Chinese RFID solution providers have easy access to Impinj’s leading UHF Gen 2 technology for a wide variety of applications and markets.

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REHAU AG opts for RFID to optimize
auto parts production and logistics

After parts pass through an injection molding process, a paper-faced RFID tag with individual ID number, information text and barcode is attached to each part so it can be identified in the next production stages as well as outside the plant.

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Merrimack, MIT and UMass-Lowell
to host RFID conference in October

Merrimack College is collaborating with MIT Enterprise Forum RFID SIG and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to host a day-long event featuring world-renowned speakers on auto-ID sensing materials and processes.

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Omni-ID unveils Prox GS ON-metal
tag for IT Asset Tracking

The passive UHF RFID tag performs reliably across geographies and meets IT asset tracking compliance standards of the Financial Services Technology.

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Imation and RFID Global offer
tracking solution for IT Assets

Imation's solution for tracking data tapes will be complemented by RFID Global's Visi-Trac(TM) application, enabling users to deploy a single RFID-based security system to secure and track all of their IT assets, including data storage tape.

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CYBRA projects strong growth for
RFID in 2010 and beyond

The anticipated growth in key RFID markets, such as apparel and distribution, are expected to more than double CYBRA's RFID product and services revenues in 2010.

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GS1 US releases white paper
on business process visibility

Professionals reading the document will understand how they can "see" and act on information in the supply chain using the GS1 US Global Visibility Framework.

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