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R-pac International helps Tesco's F&F fashion division deploy RFID at 525 stores ••• Kathrein RFID's automated vehicle ID system up and running at Munich Airport ••• Smartrac introduces BullsEye NFC tag with Sony FeliCa Lite-S chip ••• Times-7's new circular-polarized RFID antenna for large-scale operations ••• Invengo markets its anti-counterfeiting label to U.S. brand owners ••• SATO's PJM RFID technology integrated with diamond-managing software.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 23, 2015The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations:

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: R-pac International, Tesco; Kathrein RFID; Smartrac; Times-7; Invengo; and SATO.

R-pac International Helps Tesco's F&F Fashion Division Deploy RFID at 525 Stores

RFID, trim and packaging solutions provider R-pac International has announced that it has helped F&F, the fashion apparel division of British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer Tesco, deploy RFID technology at 525 stores throughout the United Kingdom. The deployment was executed under strict time constraints in order to meet delivery mandates, according to r-pac.

"The executive leadership from F&F and r-pac International were fully aligned on the resources needed from both organizations to successfully implement the RFID program within the constricted timeline," said Richard Collins, F&F's CEO, in a prepared statement. "The implementation teams continued to meet key objectives and milestones collaboratively to ensure no disruption to the flow of RFID product at source and throughout the supply chain."

According to r-pac, the project included the development and customization of a Web portal to guarantee data accuracy, as well as specialized equipment for label application. "In addition, the sampling and supply chain for the required raw materials were concurrently completed," added Michael Teitelbaum, r-pac's CEO, in the statement. "Once the ordering portal was completed, the F&F supplier community was trained via webinars and face-to-face meetings in key sourcing locations."

Each r-pac RFID tag can be monitored throughout the entire production and commissioning process to increase visibility and ensure quality and a timely schedule, r-pac reports. Quality checks on r-pac RFID tags are executed and recorded at each step of the process—from chip level to final case packing and shipping—according to the company.

Kathrein RFID's Automated Vehicle ID System Up and Running at Munich Airport

Munich Airport, which served close to 40 million travelers in 2014, is now using an RFID-enabled ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) automatic vehicle identification system provided by German RFID firm Kathrein RFID, in conjunction with a parking space management system from Skidata. The complete solution is designed to help manage the fleets of car-sharing service operators DriveNow, Car2Go and AlphaCity.

The Munich Airport parking system uses the latest generation of the Kathrein RFID's ARU4 readers.
The solution employs the latest generation of Kathrein RFID's ARU4 series of readers, which comply with the EPC Gen 2 standard and feature an integrated Kathrein 30° Wide Range antenna with three selectable beams. The ARU4's ability to alternate between three well-defined read zones, the company reports, makes the reader a good option for logistics, intralogistics and retail applications, including electronic article surveillance (EAS). Due to an integrated Linux-based intelligence module, applications and parameterization can be run directly on the reader.

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