Week of 8/31/09

 

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Just how ubiquitous is RFID becoming? Consider that the technology now helps to manage the cradle-to-grave distribution process for Coca-Cola. Last week the soft drink giant announced that RFID technology is being rolled out in its new state-of-the-art vending machines at restaurants to monitor, track and maintain dispenser operations, as well as to provide real-time business analytics about product consumption and preferences.

The technology is also proving ever useful in the trash hauling and recycling industry, where billions of empty soda cans are disposed of each year. Using RFID to track curbside trash pickups and recycling habits is becoming commonplace around the world, with RFID-enabled trash bins rolled out recently in Toronto and Las Vegas.

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SecureRF wins support from Nat’l Science Foundation to develop secure RFID tags

Firm will use $500,000 grant to develop a secure passive RFID tag that will help to address the $40B in counterfeiting and divergence issue that plagues the pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Panasonic Toughbook H1 receives GOBI certification On Verizon Wireless Network

With integrated RFID reader, a barcode reader, contactless smart card reader and fingerprint readers, the new Toughbook H1 MCA is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review.

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SATO printers support GS1 DataBar; Benefits expected to provide global impact

GS1 DataBar permits marking on small, hard to mark items like loose produce and can provide new barcode information such as weight, price, or data codes.

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New IBM software uses sensor & RFID data to trigger automated business processes

Software enables intelligent systems for highway traffic management, monitoring of water flow, air quality and the flow of energy across power grids.

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GlobalTrak offers chain-of-custody control feature for asset tracking and monitoring

The GlobalTrak system performs five supply chain functions on one integrated services platform: shipment security, cargo condition monitoring, in-transit cargo visibility, Auto-ID and mobile inventory management (RFID), and chain-of-custody security/driver authentication (RFID).

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Issue: 1309

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From the Editor

This week we look at how RFID is playing a role in dispensing products from Coca-Cola at food service venues, as well as how the technology is impacting the disposal of soda cans during the recycling process.

 

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