Week of 06/20/11

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RFID makes strides in medical implant and
hospital supply chain/re-stocking programs

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Research is evolving rapidly when it comes to using RFID technology in the medical and healthcare community. This week, researchers from the University of Cincinnati unveiled the results of their research about using RFID in the internal hospital supply chain. The data shows that hospitals can save at least 18 percent in labor costs by utilizing RFID to simplify manual re-stocking tasks.

And researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have developed a system that will soon allow RFID tags to be embedded on prosthetics like replacement knees and hips to provide better tracking of product recalls, infections, and routine follow-up exams.

While item level tagging at the retail level is exploding, the opportunities on the horizon in healthcare could thrust the technology to ubiquitous status in the medical and hospital environments.

Click here to read about both research projects and growth projections for RFID in the medical industry.

Russian retailers pursue RFID;
to launch Store of the Future

According to Nanowek News, the groups behind the project will launch a Store of the Future supermarket in 2013.

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TagMaster unveils RFID-based traffic
control system on the Italian island of Capri

Long-range readers from TagMaster identify vehicles at various locations throughout the city and send data to a management system used to control traffic flow.

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Avery Dennison readies for NFC onslaught
by introducing NFC RFID inlays

The first products in the N-Zone line of NFC inlays utilize NXP's ICODE semiconductors and will support the proliferation of innovative NFC applications across the globe.

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Research study: RFID is the cure
for hospital supply chains

University of Cincinnati research shows that continuous resupply could save hospitals 18 percent in labor costs associated with re-stocking supplies.

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Terso Solutions awarded RFID patents
for storing, distributing high value goods

The innovations in these patents allow customers to store, track, distribute, and sell high value medical and scientific products while maintaining complete inventory visibility.

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Healthcare supplies specialist Bunzl
turns to RFID-enabled lift trucks

According to Materials Handling World, Bunzl will roll out the RFID-enabled Jungheinrich lift trucks at three other warehouse locations.

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John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 20 years of experience covering RFID technology, smart grid and supply chain topics. He is the former editor of RFIDWatch Weekly and DC Velocity magazine.

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