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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

This year, RFID Journal introduced a new award for the Best NFC Deployment, recognizing companies that are taking advantage of the unique characteristics of Near Field Communication (NFC), a short-range form of RFID. The finalists for 2014 are:

The GunBox, from RPH Engineering, for a system of locking firearms for safety and allowing owners to open the box using an NFC tag (see RFID News Roundup: RPH Engineering Unveils RFID-Enabled Gun Safe)
Post Foods, for its use of NFC cards to engage customers and generate brand loyalty at a summer concert series (see At Miami Concert, NFC RFID Helps Post Foods Market Its Products)
Zebra Technologies, for a solution that employs NFC technology to enable printer buyers to quickly access technical support documents

The judges also selected 10 technology providers that were nominated for the Best in Show award, which will be given to the best new product being exhibited at this year's LIVE! event. The finalists are:

HID Global, for its HID Trusted Tag platform, which can be embedded into a mobile phone, enabling authentication for "proof of presence" (see HID Global Offers Security for NFC)
Farsens, for its Pyros ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) battery-free sensor that can record the temperatures of tagged products or assets
• The Hewlett-Packard Center of Excellence, for its automated rotating RFID portal that uploads data to the cloud
Information Mediary Corp., for its Med-ic Smart Label, which addresses the problem of patient non-compliance with prescription medication, via the use of NFC technology
Kathrein RFID, for its Kathrein Reader Antenna Interface (KRAI) technology and Smart Shelf system that can link 32 antennas to a single KRAI reader without a multiplexer (see RFID News Roundup: Kathrein RFID Unveils UHF Reader System With Dynamically Adjustable Antenna Polarization)
Mojix, for its OmniSenseRF wide-area fixed RFID infrastructure for retail inventory tracking and management
NXP Semiconductors, for its NTAG I2C (NFC Connected Tag), which offers both an NFC interface and an I2C connected interface, allowing the tag to communicate with the microcontrollers of other electronic devices
Omni-ID, for its View 10 visual RFID tag, which stores a manufacturer's build books and uses RFID location data to trigger instructions
ThingMagic, for its Mercury xPRESS Platform, a complete hardware, software and reference design platform for the rapid development of low-cost, high-performance application-specific UHF RFID readers and embedded solutions
Zebra Technologies, for its ZD500R compact UHF RFID printing and encoding solution (see Zebra Releases Small, Low-Cost RFID Printer-Encoder)

In addition, RFID Journal's editors will present the 2014 Special Achievement Award to Joe Andraski, the former president and CEO of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS)—which merged with GS1 US in 2012 (see GS1 and VICS to Merge)—for his support for and commitment to promoting RFID adoption at the item level in retail (see The RFID Industry Owes a Big Thanks to Joe Andraski).

LIVE! 2014 will also feature eight industry-specific and how-to conference tracks, eight in-depth preconference seminars and workshops, four post-conference seminars, a co-located event, fast-track training presented by RFID4U, and more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest RFID products and solutions. For additional information, please visit www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/.

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