Week of 10/20/08


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NASA expands RFID rollout at Kennedy Space Center

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is pushing forward with an important RFID initiative. NASA announced this week that a real-time location system at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is being elevated to a second phase. NASA launched the first part of the rollout earlier this year.

The second phase, being deployed by Eldersburg, Md.-based RFID Global Solutions, extends the real-time tracking system to more items, and also transitions the system to RFID Global’s new Visi-Trac™ asset tracking software. RFID Global Solutions was awarded the contract from Boeing, for which is has several other contracts.

Passive RFID tags allow Boeing to trace and track expensive adhesives and sealants in real time. Before RFID, workers tracked the adhesives manually.

"We're giving them the visibility needed to better manage the tools and assets used in Boeing’s support of the International Space Station and NASA operations," says Ron Rose, vice president of business development for RFID Global Solutions.

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Kovio launches printed silicon
RFID platform for item-level tags

The first products based on this patented platform technology are printed silicon HF integrated circuits (PICs) with 128 bits of printed read-only memory.

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CYBRA EdgeMagic solution
deployed by Shop-Vac

Shop-Vac, a Wal-Mart Top 600 vendor, has rolled out RFID at its Williamsport, Pa., manufacturing location. The system supports Alien fixed readers, Symbol mobile readers, and Zebra RFID printers

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Justice Department issues favorable
review letter to RFID Consortium

Department of Justice concludes that proposed arrangement appears pro-competitive, likely to yield efficiencies, and encourages innovation.

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AIM Global initiates
healthcare test protocols

RFID Experts Group (REG) will develop a definitive set of test protocols for testing of RF emitters to ensure a benign effect in a healthcare setting. Group will study RF emissions and clinical instrument susceptibility; and the effects of RF on pharmaceuticals, biologics, and other products.

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GlobeRanger launches track and trace
solution For Dutch Forensic Institute

Each year the Dutch Forensic Institute receives and tags approximately 100,000 pieces of evidence from crime scenes, resulting in over 800,000 process events being generated and stored.

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Mojix expands eNode family
for ubiquitous RFID coverage

New additions include a line of wireless Mojix eNodes for mobile, handheld and outdoor use cases, and a multiple port Mojix eNode for enabling more economical tag interrogation.

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Issue: 0508

John Johnson, Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to RFID 24-7, your source for news and trends from the RFID and auto-ID industry.

NASA is no stranger to RFID technology, but the group is stepping up its use of RFID at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA just unveiled phase two of an asset management rollout, with more to come.

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About the Editor

John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 15 years of experience covering RFID technology and supply chain topics, first as editor of Warehousing Management and most recently as editor of DC Velocity.
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