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Impinj enhances RFID distributed operating system ••• Identiv, NXP Semiconductors partner on NFC tag starter kit ••• STMicroelectronics NFC tags to be certified by NFC Forum ••• Ocean Tomo offers patent lot on sensor and RFID technologies ••• Malaysian highway to use RFID tags for toll payments ••• GS1 US accepting proposals for Connect 2018 event ••• Industrial Internet Consortium, EdgeX Foundry announce liaison.
By Rich Handley
Oct 12, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Impinj; Identiv, NXP Semiconductors; STMicroelectronics, the NFC Forum; the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway; GS1 US; Ocean Tomo; the Industrial Internet Consortium, and EdgeX Foundry.

Impinj Enhances RFID Distributed Operating System

Impinj, a provider of radio frequency identification solutions, has announced enhancements to its ItemSense distributed operating system for managing RFID readers and gateways. ItemSense is designed to transform item-level RFID data into actionable business information, the company reports, providing businesses with analytics and insights. New features enable shipment verification in supply chain and logistics operations.

ItemSense's capabilities include management and health monitoring of RFID deployments to simplify reader and gateway management, streamline system operation, and increase stability and uptime; software algorithms for inventory, location, and threshold detection to reduce the effort and investment for delivering actionable information to business and consumer applications; and application programming interfaces to enable application developers to quickly build solutions.

According to Impinj, what could previously be achieved using physical techniques such as RF shielding, canted antennas or multiple sensors can now be accomplished via ItemSense software algorithms. ItemSense is part of Impinj's platform comprising RAIN endpoints, connectivity and software, which provide an item's identity, location and authenticity to business and consumer applications.

"Logistics teams are looking to automate processes and provide real-time data about the movement of shipments with the systems that run shipping and receiving," said John Frederiksen, Impinj's VP of product management, in a prepared statement. "What's unique is that the Impinj platform, including ItemSense and our gateways and endpoint ICs, can determine a shipment's direction of travel without the need for cameras, lasers or motion sensors."

Impinj works with a network of experienced partners worldwide. "Our partners deliver essential expertise in RAIN technology and the design, installation and support of solutions built on the Impinj platform to solve business challenges," said Erica Beckstrom, Impinj's VP of global channel sales, in the prepared statement. "We have recently launched an enhanced portfolio of Impinj platform services, support and training to further equip our partners and support successful customer deployments."

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