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Finalists Unveiled for the Fifth Annual RFID Journal Awards

RFID Journal has announced the finalists for the 2011 RFID Journal Awards, including Best RFID Implementation, Most Innovative Use of RFID, Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service, Best in Show, Special Achievement and the new RFID Green Award. The winners will be revealed next month at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011.
Mar 03, 2011RFID Journal has unveiled the finalists for the 2011 RFID Journal Awards. The winners will be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, the company's ninth annual conference and exhibition, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 12-14, 2011. Each winner will be invited to present its case study at the event.

"We had more than 100 submissions this year, and the judging was closer than ever before, indicating the quality of the submissions was consistently high," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "Attendees at RFID Journal LIVE! will be in for a real treat when they hear the winners present their stories live on stage, and see some of the new products that will be featured in our Best in Show category."

End-user companies and organizations were nominated in four categories.

Best RFID Implementation
Gerry Weber International, for a solution that integrates RFID tags into its product-care labels so clothing items can be tracked from factories to multiple warehouses and on to 200 stores
Steinmetz Diamonds, for an RFID system that securely tracks and traces stones as they move among various manufacturing departments, personnel and locations in real time
John Deere, for an RFID system that provides visibility of work-in-process and finished goods inventory

Most Innovative Use of RFID
• The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, for its use of RFID to modernize the management of nuclear materials
Heritage Valley Health System, for an RFID solution that integrates mobile and desktop computers, offering physicians and clinicians an easy method for entering and accessing patient data
Rochester General Hospital, for a cost-efficient RFID system that monitors hand-washing compliance in all rooms of its facility

Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service
Container Centralen, for an RFID system that can track the more than 2 million metal trolleys used to transport its horticulture products
Hach Lange, for a solution that enables chemical-testing devices to automatically import calibration data from a cartridge via RFID
Royal Caribbean Cruises, for a solution that allows guests to prepay for unlimited soft drinks, and to then serve themselves fountain beverages without having to wait on a service bar line

A Special Achievement award, introduced at last year's conference, will be given to an individual who has made an impact on the RFID industry. This year's finalists are:

Roger Blazek, VP of shortage control at Bloomingdale's, for his visionary work in expanding the use of RFID at Bloomingdales and Macy's
Chris Diorio, Impinj's chairman, co-founder and CTO, for his leadership in the development of EPCglobal's ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID standard
Bill Hardgrave, founder of the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center, for his pioneering research on the real-world impact that RFID can have on retailing

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