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This section includes articles about how companies and individuals can use RFID to improve recycling, become more environmentally responsible and reduce human impact on the environment.

Researchers Testing RFID for Protecting Endangered Plants

The University of Kent's conservation and electronics departments have completed in-house testing of a UHF RFID system to detect the presence of tagged cycads—and to send alerts if a tag stops transmitting, which could indicate a possible poacher.

Environment Case Studies

Reforestation Project Uses RFID Data for Forest Analytics

HLH provides RFID-based data to customers, as well as to partners such as Paradise Helicopters, and analyzes that information to better manage its forest of koa and sandalwood trees.

Environment Features

RFID Predicts Eruptions for Nicaraguan Volcano

The system, using Libelium wireless sensors and GE software, operated for just a few weeks, but provided exploration company Qwake with cloud-based data regarding conditions inside the Masaya volcano's active crater.

Environment Editor's Notes

Recognizing Kevin Ashton's Contributions to RFID Journal

The co-founder of the MIT Auto-ID Center and soon-to-be author wrote a column for 10 years that added greatly to the world's understanding of RFID's role in business and society.

Environment Expert Views

What Else Can You Do With an RFID Fashion Label?

Don't use RFID just for logistics and inventory management. Here are a few ways in which retailers can employ the technology to provide new services to their customers.

Environment Best Practices

Thinking Inside the Box

A new era of smart packaging—embedding RFID in boxes—is on the horizon. But first, technical challenges and cost concerns need to be overcome.

    Environment Videos

    Environment White Papers

    • New ZigBee PRO Feature: Green Power
      Published February 2013
      In this white paper, the ZigBee Alliance outlines the basics of ZigBee technology, sensor control networks, battery-free communication, efficient energy usage, energy harvesting and more. The report explains the new Green Power feature included in the ZigBee PRO 2012 specification, which facilitates the deployment of wireless sensors in large areas, such as shopping malls, hospitals and parking garages, in which thousands of devices would otherwise need to be powered by batteries, thereby substantially reducing building maintenance tasks, while remaining environmentally friendly. (9 pages)
    • How to Design a Low-Power Wireless Sensor Network
      Published August 2009
      GreenPeak's Wim de Kimpe discusses a "green" approach to wireless networks, using no network cables or power lines, and requiring little or no maintenance over the life of a device, for use in machine-to-machine networks, as well as for industrial, control, health, security and other applications. (4 pages)
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