Week of 10/26/09


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Metro pilots combined RFID/EAS tag;
Multi-use tag likely two years away
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There is a lot of excitement around the use of RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology, especially following the guidelines published this month by GS1 EPCglobal. And there is great potential for retailers to leverage the benefits of a combined RFID and EAS tag, which is why Metro Group – a pioneer in the RFID space – announced a pilot last week to test the technology.

However, it’s a good bet that the industry is at least a year – more likely two years – from a commercially viable product that combines the item-level security benefits of EAS technology with the supply chain visibility that item-level RFID tagging provides. For now, EAS is still a cheaper and more effective way to prevent theft at retail establishments, so there will likely be dual-tag solutions for the near term.

“This is an expected area of convergence,” says Drew Nathanson, director of research operations at VDC Research. “Everybody wants this. It’s a great way to bring RFID to the retail floor and to trigger additional value down the supply chain. Right now, EAS is performing better, is pretty low cost and very well established. RFID is still a little pricy, and so there remains a lot of development that has to happen.”

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U.S. State Department selects RFID
asset tracking solution from ODIN

The State Department is tagging 10,000 mission critical IT assets with passive RFID tags in an effort to save money, increase security and reduce administrative burden.

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RFID TagSource to distribute
Tracient RFID readers in N.A.

Exclusive agreement expands Tracient Technologies presence in North America for its line of HF and UHF wireless, handheld and mobile RFID readers.

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Retailer Messcalino deploys item-level
RFID solution to increase visibility

New multi-sensor approach to store inventory management provides security as well as real-time inventory visibility to help prevent out-of-stocks and cut POS transaction time.

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Intelligent InSites to host
RTLS healthcare summit

This week’s event will promote collaboration among healthcare providers, independent software vendors, VARs, and real-time location technology providers.

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Checkpoint expands apparel
labeling solutions capabilities

By expanding its global manufacturing footprint with the purchase of Brilliant Label, Checkpoint also increased capacity to 10B labels per year in response to greater global demand for fabric and woven tags and labels.

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GS1 US launches groundbreaking
foodservice standards initiative

Fifty-five foodservice manufacturers, distributors and operators have joined the GS1 US Standards Initiative, which recommends the adoption of a common timeline for voluntary company implementation of standards for company identification, item identification and product description.

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It’s a busy week in the RFID sector. Last week’s WINMEC RFID workshop at UCLA is followed by major events at MIT and the University of Arkansas this week. RFID 24-7 will recap each event in its next newsletter.


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