Week of 07/11/11

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RFID explosion in social media offers
firms supply chain and marketing visibility

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RFID is well touted as a tool to increase supply chain visibility and provide real-time updates on the whereabouts of critical assets.

In today's mobile world of smart phones and need-it-now access, RFID is quickly becoming known as a visibility tool of another sort - one that allows people to communicate instantaneously with each other, providing vacation updates from around the world, for example.

Those with hint of nostalgia might opt for writing a postcard that will arrive a week later, but those living in a highly connected mobile world are rapidly embracing the combination of RFID and Facebook to allow friends and family to view photos and news updates instantly.

Vail Resorts and Great Wolf Resorts are two entertainment venues that have deployed an RFID-based system to allow visitors to share information. Many more venues, from concerts to conventions, are planning similar deployments.

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Item Level RFID Initiative receives
$400K-plus industry sponsorship

The Item Level RFID Initiative received a major shot in the arm this month when Impinj, Motorola, Tyco, Avery-Dennison and Checkpoint Systems signed on as Platinum sponsors.

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University of Dayton RFID research
spawns temperature sensing solution

American Thermal Instruments has licensed University of Dayton Research Institute's SMART technology to develop monitors that will report unsafe temperature changes in products ranging from perishables to train wheels.

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SeD Logistiques deploys TAGSYS system
to optimize retail apparel supply chains

SeD Logistiques, third-party logistics supplier that provides storage and distribution support for a number of major apparel brands, is deploying the FiTS solution at the company's distribution center in Paris.

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RFID growth remains strong despite
slowdown in apparel rollouts

According to a new research study by ABI Research, the RFID market rebounded nicely in 2010, growing slightly more than 14 percent to reach roughly $5.3 billion.

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RFID is the cure for Texas Health;
hospital reaps savings of $30K/month

More than 7,000 items have been tagged, and by monitoring the usage of rental equipment and providing alerts when rental equipment is sitting idle, Texas Health Dallas has saved about $30,000 a month in rental savings.

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RFID delivers high speed-noise control
at Nürburgring Motorsport Complex

The race track selected Identec Solutions' SensorSMART Platform, an ecosystem of active RFID tags, sensors, readers and edgeware for the application's network.

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NXP MIFARE Plus contactless IC
powers AFC system in St. Petersburg

The unified transport card with integrated eWallet allows access to all public transportation systems in St. Petersburg, Russia and supports future integration for suburban trains, road tolling systems, parking lots and water transport.

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Clavis RFID-enabled system tracks assets
for Gaeseong Industrial Complex

The Ministry of Unification (MOU) will utilize RFID to track computer assets owned by 122 South Korean manufacturers in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (Gaeseong) in North Korea.

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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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