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RFID News Roundup
Jamison RFID introduces NeWave antenna portals; Smartrac announces plans for tags made with Impinj Monza R6 chip, partnership with Hanmi IT; Zebra names Working Bikes as winner of 'Imagine More' social-media contest; Xtreme RFID unveils Ideate Service for custom tag development; Infinx Services offers anti-counterfeiting and product-validation solution.
Apr 17, 2014—
The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Jamison RFID, NeWave; Smartrac, Impinj, Hanmi IT; Zebra Technologies, American Barcode and RFID Inc.; Xtreme RFID; and Infinx Services.
Jamison RFID Introduces NeWave Antenna Portals
Smartrac Announces Plans for Tags Made With Impinj Monza R6 Chip, Partnership With Hanmi IT
Zebra Names Working Bikes as Winner of 'Imagine More' Social-Media ContestZebra Technologies has announced the winner in its Imagine More social-media contest: Working Bikes, a Chicago-based nonprofit that rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life by redistributing them. Launched in late 2013, the "Imagine More" contest challenged the public to submit ideas on how RFID technology could be positively used to solve anything from a simple household problem to a global social issue (see Can RFID Change the World?). Zebra received more than 45 submissions from around the world. Working Bikes submitted an idea to employ radio frequency identification to better track and manage the organization's donated bikes that are refurbished and distributed in countries throughout Latin America and Africa to help mobilize impoverished communities. Zebra, in partnership with systems integrator American Barcode and RFID Inc. (AB&R), will now bring the solution to life. "Working Bikes has been 'imagining more' for 15 years through our approach to empowering communities, so we jumped at the chance to improve our technological efficiencies which will better enable us to achieve our mission," said Jim Lindsey, a member of Working Bikes' board of directors, in a prepared statement. "We could not be more excited to be selected as Zebra's 'Imagine More' grand prize winner and transform how we run our organization and better serve those in need by applying innovative RFID technologies." The organization's warehouse has thousands of bikes in it at any given time. According to Zebra, Working Bikes seeks to improve the tracking and management of its inventory throughout the process from donation to repair, which is what prompted its participation in the contest. A panel of six judges, consisting of Zebra RFID experts and external RFID professionals, selected Working Bikes as the grand-prize winner based on its submission's creativity, global reach, positive impact and RFID relevance. Zebra, AB&R and Working Bikes have already begun to collaborate and determine the most fitting RFID solution to meet Working Bikes' operational needs, and will be dedicating time and resources to building the solution throughout this year, Zebra reports. The company expects to document the process and share the experience with the public via its corporate social-media channels.
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