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Cornell University School of Hotel Administration gives students RFID experience; Burger King orders hundreds of RFID-enabled Freestyle beverage dispensers; Cadi Scientific integrates its RFID system with Intelligent InSites' software; Waldemar Winckel partners with UPM RFID to provide NFC tags through Touch2go netstore; Identification Systems Group and partners unveil smart-card printing and encoding solution; STMicroelectronics produces wafer employing fully contactless testing.
Dec 22, 2011—The following are news announcements made during the past week.
Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Gives Students RFID Experience
California uniform and linen efficiency technology firm InvoTech Systems has announced that The Statler Hotel, a full-service luxury property and educational facility located on Cornell University's campus, will install InvoTech's GIMS ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID uniform-tracking and inventory system, along with White Conveyors' automated U-Pick-It uniform-delivery system, to streamline operations. The Statler Hotel is Cornell's showcase property for students at the university's School of Hotel Administration. The U-Pick-It system automatically dispenses the proper uniform to an employee when he or she presents the appropriate credentials. InvoTech's GIMS solution, which employs EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags to help organizations track and manage linens, uniforms and other garments, includes Impinj's Speedway Revolution readers, AN720 and AN480 antennas from Motorola Solutions, and RFID tags provided by Fujitsu Frontech North America. InvoTech and White Conveyors announced the integration of their two systems in August 2011 (see Resort Uses RFID to Track Uniforms), as part of an implementation for Fallsview Casino Resort, located in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The RFID-enabled U-Pick-It system was also recently deployed at Rivers Casino, located in Des Plaines, Ill. (see New Chicago-area Casino Chips Its Uniforms). With the implementation at The Statler Hotel, students will gain hands-on practice with the RFID system. "The new systems will provide a dual advantage for us," said Richard Adie, The Statler Hotel's general manager, in a prepared statement. "We will be more efficient and cost-effective in our uniform-management operations. We also have the opportunity to give our students hands-on experience with some of the most innovative technologies in the hotel business." InvoTech Systems will provide the GIMS real-time tracking software, as well as professional installation, training and all related equipment; installation is scheduled to take place in January 2012.
Burger King Orders Hundreds of RFID-enabled Freestyle Beverage Dispensers
Guests at Burger King's company-owned restaurants will soon be able to choose from more than 100 different beverages—carbonated or not—from a single, freestanding beverage unit. The beverage dispenser, known as the Coca-Cola Freestyle, is touch-screen-operated and serves regular and low-calorie beverage brands, flavored waters, sports drinks, lemonades and other options, many exclusive to Coca-Cola Freestyle. The Freestyle system has RFID-tagged cartridges, with a built-in interrogator that captures the unique ID number and other data encoded to each cartridge's tag; tracking the tags helps to ensure that they are not incorrectly placed or depleted. The machine utilizes RFID technology to identify 30 or more cartridges to create the various flavors, verify that each cartridge is correctly placed, determine the quantity of flavoring within each and provide real-time business analytics regarding product consumption and preferences (see RFID to Revolutionize Coca-Cola's Dispensers). The dispenser employs EPC Gen 2 Monza tag chips and Indy reader chips from Impinj, which partnered with The Coca-Cola Co. in 2009 to provide the RFID technology for the Coca-Cola Freestyle system (see RFID News Roundup: Coca-Cola Selects Impinj's EPC Gen 2 Technology for RFID-enabled Drink Dispenser). For Burger King, the ability to customize beverages "further enhances our guests' experience when they visit Burger King restaurants," said Steve Wiborg, Burger King Corp.'s president for North America, in a prepared statement. "We're excited to be the largest franchise system in the U.S. to roll out the fountains in all company-owned restaurants and look forward to further growing our business with Coca-Cola as our partner."
Cadi Scientific Integrates Its RFID System With Intelligent InSites' Software
Intelligent InSites, a provider of enterprise real-time location system (RTLS) software designed to help hospitals improve patient care and operational performance, has announced a partnership with Cadi Scientific, a Singapore-based RTLS hardware and software provider. Through the partnership, Cadi Scientific has integrated its RFID-enabled SmartSense system with Intelligent InSites' software, which can collect real-time location and condition-sensing data from any type of RTLS technology, including active RFID, infrared/RF, passive RFID, ultrasound, Wi-Fi and ZigBee. Cadi Scientific's SmartSense solution utilizes both active ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags (to track patients and some assets) and passive high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz tags complying with the ISO 15693 standard (for certain other assets that may require frequent cleaning and sterilization, and thus might not be able to accommodate a battery-powered tag). SmartSense is being used at the Prince Court Medical Center (PCMC), located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to protect infants within its facility, as well as a combination of passive and active tags to track equipment and other medical assets (see Malaysia's Prince Court Medical Center Adopts RFID). The partnership with Intelligent InSites provides Cadi Scientific with a faster and more efficient way to access new markets and help new customers, according to Lim Soh Min, Cadi's chief marketing officer.
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