Week of 12/01/08


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Lead Story

Companies turn to RFID to
prosper during economic slump

The general feeling around the RFID industry is that 2008 will go down as the year that the technology finally gained its footing and started on the path to becoming ubiquitous. The fact that the technology reached this level during a worldwide economic slowdown speaks volumes for the future of RFID.

In the process of going live with item level tagging, American Apparel reported a sales gain of
15 percent.

Many analysts believe that the technology is poised to take off once the economy recovers and IT budgets are somewhat restored. While some projects have been put on hold because of the poor economy and the financial crisis, many have moved forward. And as venture capitalists show a continued willingness to pour money into RFID, some enterprises see RFID as a tool to help them increase margins and sales during these lean economic times.

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RFID technology in action:
The retail sector 2008

A new research brief from AIM Global addresses the technology's benefits to the retail sector, including its ability to bolster retail sales during a slow economy.

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RFID to track inmates at 19
immigration detention facilities

Alanco Technologies claims that the world’s largest RFID tracking system deployment will eventually monitor over 20,000 immigration detainees.

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Awarepoint raises $13.3M;
Cardinal Partners leads Series D round

Investors are betting that hospitals will continue to invest in RFID-enabled real-time locating systems to track valuable assets.

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Signagelive retail RFID app results
in 800 impressions in first two days

By utilizing RFID at the House of Fraser store in London, videos are played on digital signs above the fixture when customers pick up different products.

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UPM Raflatac launches broad
portfolio of NFC communication RFID tags

UPM Raflatac says the products are already in use in several projects, including multifunctional media badges for music, data and movie discs and electronics pairing.

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AIM Global seeks nominations for
annual Auto ID and mobility awards

The awards, including the prestigious Dilling Award, will be presented at the 2009 AIM Technology Leadership Summit on April 21, 2009 in Chicago.

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WaveMark and LUMEDX to provide
integrated RFID healthcare solution

Florida hospital is first to deploy integrated solution to fully automate charge capture and billing, while streamlining clinical workflow and ensuring accurate inventory.

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Issue: 0808

John Johnson, Editor

From the Editor

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

As we count down the days to 2009, RFID appears to be in a strong position, despite the worldwide economic slowdown. This marks our final issue of 2008. RFID 24-7 will be back with our first issue of 2009 the week of Jan. 5. Until then, be sure to check my blog for breaking news and updates. Happy Holidays. More

We welcome your feedback. Let us know what you think of the issue, and any topics you'd like to see covered in the future.

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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