Week of 12/07/09


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Stimulus funds could accelerate
use of RFID at U.S. airports
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RFID technology could get a significant boost from the billions of dollars doled out in this year’s stimulus package. Specifically, growth could occur in the airport baggage-handling sector, where misplaced and lost bags cost the airline industry billions each year.

It’s a problem that has plagued travelers and airlines for years, impacting 42 million passengers annually. RFID technology isn’t a new solution on this front, as baggage tracking represented one of the first RFID applications with a legitimate return on investment.

However, the use of the technology hasn’t taken flight as fast as some would like. About a dozen airports worldwide use the technology to track baggage, the most well known being Hong Kong and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Airports in Milan, Lisbon and Copenhagen rolled out RFID baggage tracking solutions recently.

“We've had airports contact us about using stimulus money to modernize baggage systems in an effort to make their airports more attractive to international carriers and cut costs at the same time,” says Patrick Sweeney, founder of ODIN technologies.

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Motorola expands reader line with
ergonomic, high-performance handheld

New MC3090-Z dramatically improves item-level RFID operations, asset management and tracking in scan-intensive environments.

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Rush Tracking Systems chooses Impinj
reader for RFID lift truck solution

Rush’s VisiblEdge RFID-enabled lift truck solution is ideally suited for industrial manufacturing and warehouses supporting business processes such as WIP tracking, automated shipping and receiving, returnable container tracking, waste management and other hands-off asset tracking applications.

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Dole Fresh Fruit signs on with iGPS;
agreement will strengthen supply chain

World's largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit will begin shipping products in North America on iGPS' all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags.

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Newport Digital prepares for launch
of RFID and wireless signage line

Company announces strategic adjustments in its senior management team as it prepares to unveil its RFID and wireless digital signage solutions.

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Xterprise partnership with Zebra expands
offerings to new and existing customers

By joining the ZES partner program, Xterprise is able to include active RFID and UWB technologies in its solutions, providing customers with real-time visibility customized to fit their needs.

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Intelligent InSites' RTLS solution
Implemented at senior living facility

By pressing a button on their wearable pendant, residents at the Saint Therese at Oxbow Lake facility can ask for assistance from anywhere on the campus, and staff can respond immediately to their request at their exact location.

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Federal stimulus funds and more affordable tags could jump-start the use of RFID in the baggage tracking sector.


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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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