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Finalists Unveiled for 10th Annual RFID Journal Awards

Florida Hospital, Delta Air Lines and Target are among the finalists for 2016. The winners will be revealed at this year's LIVE! event, being held on May 3-5.
By RFID Journal

Best NFC Deployment
CBRE—for its use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in London's CityPoint office building to track keys, monitor security patrols, and secure entrances and exits to the building
Evenko—for its use of NFC to create a heightened, connected, interactive and social-media-worthy experience for patrons during Canada's largest music festival (see Osheaga Music Festival to Include New NFC-enabled Features)
Target—for its use of NFC at its Target Wonderland popup store to transform the in-store shopping experience (see RFID Helps Target Transform Holiday Shopping Experience)

Best IoT Deployment
Hospital de la Vega Lorenzo Guirao—for its use of Bluetooth Low Energy beacons and an Internet of Things platform to track the locations of patients, personnel and assets, and to share that data with hospital administrators and relatives
The Qinshan Nuclear Power Plant—for its use of passive UHF RFID to track more than 7,000 workers and ensure their safe evacuation in the event of an emergency (see Chinese Nuclear Plant Tracks Workers With RFID)
LAMSAC—for its use of RFID technology to track traffic congestion and share it in real time with drivers

The judges also selected 10 technology providers as finalists for the Best New Product exhibited at this year's LIVE! event:

EM Microelectronic—for is EM4423 Dual Frequency RFID Chip, which combines passive high-frequency (HF) and UHF technologies (see Inlay Companies Testing EM Micro's Dual NFC and EPC Chip)
Graphene Security—for its Graphene Security Light system, which includes passive UHF tags with printed antennas made of graphene ink, and reader antennas that can be printed on paper to fit any geometry, and be embedded into commercial LED light panels
MetraLabs—for its TORY fully automated mobile inventory robot, which can navigate a store and take inventory counts more reliably than store associates (see German Clothing Retailer Adler Gives RFID Robots a Spin)
MonsoonRF—for its Lantern RFID reader system, which aims to make reader installation as easy as replacing a light bulb (see MonsoonRF Shines a Light on RFID)
Phase IV Engineering—for it RFID Sensor Reader, which is designed to collect accurate data from passive UHF EPC Gen 2 RFID sensor tags
Smartrac—for its Sensor Tadpole, a passive UHF sensor that can detect the presence of moisture and send that information to an ordinary RFID reader (se RFID News Roundup: Smartrac's Sensor Tadpole Tag Can Detect Water Leaks in Cars, Ships, Planes)
SML—for its Clarity 3.x retail software platform, which is designed to be flexible and scalable, and to cover virtually all retail business processes (see SML Upgrades Clarity Retail Inventory-Management Software)
Tyco Retail Solutions—for its Sensormatic Synergy Series, an intelligent, modular, network-enabled loss-prevention system that combines acousto-magnetic (AM) and RFID detection with video (see Tyco Retail Solutions Announces Sensormatic Synergy Series of Security Pedestals)
View Technologies—for its View Echo Smart Antennas and Platform, which can read tags from up to 150 feet away and locate tagged items within a three-dimensional space
Zebra Technologies—for its RFD8500 Handheld Sled Reader, which can be linked to almost any smartphone, enabling quick and easy cycle counting (see Zebra's Sled Reader Enables UHF RFID Tag Reads Via Smartphone)

In addition, RFID Journal's editors will present the 2016 RFID Special Achievement Award to Pam Sweeney, Macy's senior VP of logistics systems, for her leadership of that company's RFID efforts and her tireless work to promote standard practices for the use of passive UHF RFID throughout the retail supply chain.

LIVE! 2016 will feature eight conference tracks, seven in-depth preconference seminars and workshops, four post-conference seminars, three co-located events (IEEE RFID 2016, the Internet of Things Conference and the Last Mile Consortia Forum), fast-track training presented by RFID4U, RFID Professional Institute certification and more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest RFID products and solutions.

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