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Finalists Unveiled for Eighth Annual RFID Journal Awards

The winners will be revealed at this year's LIVE! event, being held in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 8-10.
By RFID Journal
Mar 06, 2014

RFID Journal has unveiled the finalists for its 2014 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2014, the company's 12th annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 8-10. All finalists will be invited to speak at the event, and the winners in each category, along with the finalists, will receive a prestigious crystal award.

"The scope of the deployments in this year's submissions was truly impressive, showing that RFID has matured to the point that some companies are using it on a large scale," said Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "In fact, the field of award entries for Best RFID Implementation was so strong this year that, for the first time in the award's eight-year history, we have decided to name four finalists. I have no doubt that attendees at LIVE! will benefit from hearing all of the finalists present their stories live on stage, and from viewing the new products featured in our Best in Show category."

End-user companies were nominated in several categories:

Best RFID Implementation
Marks & Spencer, for its use of item-level RFID to improve on-shelf availability at all of its stores (see Marks & Spencer Rolls Out RFID to All Its Stores)
Bechtel, for its use of thousands of active RFID tags to manage materials for the construction of three mega-size industrial projects off the coast of Western Australia (see Bechtel Added to Keynote Lineup at RFID Journal LIVE! 2014)
BP, for its use of passive RFID and hybrid GPS tags to track construction materials globally for a major capital project
Colcafé, for an RFID system that provides increased visibility—from raw materials through production and storage to shipping

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
Bombardier Transportation, for its PlatformSafe RFID solution that alerts personnel working near a railroad's platforms to oncoming trains
• The City of Dayton, Ohio, for its use of RFID to identify which utility companies dug up and replaced asphalt in the city's streets
Hy-Vee Supermarkets, for its RFID sensors that monitor all temperature-sensitive goods, enabling the retailer to deliver the highest-quality products to its customers

Most Innovative Use of RFID
Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory, for its system of authenticating pearls by embedding an RFID transponder in each gemstone's nucleus (see Pearl Company Creates Authentication Solution)
Skyview High School, for its use of a real-time location system and location-based messaging to improve the safety of school children in the event of an emergency (see Idaho School Installs RTLS to Make Students Safer)
Snapsportz, for its use of RFID to link images with individual zipline riders in harsh outdoor environments

RFID Green Award
Kentfa Advanced Technology, for an RFID system that enables scooter owners to exchange spent batteries for fully recharged ones (see Taiwan's Electric Scooter Riders Get a Charge From RFID)
Lassila & Tikanoja, for an RFID system that collects data about recycled glass volumes and enables it to be shared with stakeholders
• The Taiwan Fiscal Information Agency, for an RFID-based solution that eliminated more than 4 billion paper invoices in 2013 alone

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