Week of 10/05/09

 

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Georgia Tech research to address
standards for RFID and medical supplies
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Healthcare facilities continue to turn to RFID technology to increase efficiencies and improve patient care. But as the technology is rolled out aggressively at more and more hospitals, questions persist concerning the impact RFID might have on medical devices like pacemakers.

To date, no standardized or repeatable methodology exists for manufacturers of RFID equipment or medical devices to use to assess potential issues with electromagnetic interference. Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) hope to solve that problem.

In August, GTRI started a project designed to develop testing protocols for RFID technology in hospital environments. Ralph Herkert, director of GTRI's Medical Device Test Center, hopes to have two sets of standardized protocols published by early next year.

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Major retailers to present results
from item-level RFID research study

Executives from Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and Jones Apparel Group will share pilot results at an industry forum to be held at the University of Arkansas on Oct. 27-28.

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NXP tags power pilot for TNT
Innight’s overnight delivery service

The Dutch arm of TNT Innight -- in collaboration with NXP and label manufacturer IPEX Group -- has embarked on a major field test to incorporate RFID into its overnight delivery service.

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Carnaval deploys one of the first
item-level tagging apps in Mexico

Manufacturer of textiles and childrens clothing will rely on RFID technology from UPM Raflatac and Digilogics to track and trace one million garments each year.

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Altair Eyewear selects MobileFrame RFID
for inventory management worldwide

Company will use RFID technology to simplify its sales process and to keep an accurate inventory of all eyewear frames on consignment at optician offices around the world.

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SMARTRAC launches research project
on biodegradable production materials

The manufacturer of RFID transponders, along with several technology institutes in Bangkok, will identify production materials that are suitable for high quality products and are also environmentally friendly.

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Electronic lockers boost security and
customer service at aquatic center

One of the newest attractions at a California water park isn’t a water ride but a dynamic locker system that provides keyless access when activated by guests’ RFID wristbands.

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TAGSYS and Cegid partner on RFID
solution for apparel and retail market

Companies claim the partnership will enable fashion and specialty retail companies to considerably reduce integration costs and implementation time when deploying RFID systems.

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From the Editor

As hospitals continue to deploy RFID for asset tracking and patient care uses, questions continue about possible interference with medical devices. A new research initiative at Georgia Tech hopes to solve that mystery.

 

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