- RFID Journal Issues Call for Submission for Awards, Adds New Category
The company is accepting entries for the 2011 RFID Journal Awards, including a new award for best use of RFID to protect the environment, improve recycling or enhance sustainability.
- To Reduce Waste, Smug Customers Use RFID Coffee Mugs
The reusable plastic mugs contain a passive high-frequency tag enabling consumers to pay for beverages and earn discounts, as well as avoid the consumption of disposable paper cups and plastic lids.
- BASF Subsidiary Develops Better Crops Through RFID
At its research greenhouse, CropDesign uses passive tags to automatically measure the health and yield of genetically modified rice plants.
- Chitale Dairy Uses RFID to Improve Milk Yields
The system, developed at Bombay Veterinary College, combines RFID and cell-phone technologies to track data related to cow and water buffalo health in small farms.
- Denver Rolls Along on RFID-Powered Bikes
The city's bicycle-sharing program, Denver B-cycle, employs passive tags to automate the dispensing and usage of 500 bikes available at dozens of sites, as well as analyze routes taken by the participants.
- RFID Helps Foresters Grow Koa Trees
Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods uses EPC Gen 2 tags to identify each tree it raises and then harvests for its investors.
- Tagged Tablets Memorialize the Deceased
The RosettaStone, containing a passive 13.56 MHz RFID tag, is designed to be either taken home as a keepsake or installed on a gravestone, to provide information regarding a departed loved one.
- Radioactive Waste Cleanup Project Becomes More Efficient, Greener
Bechtel Jacobs is now attaching EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to all trucks hauling hazardous waste for disposal at the East Tennessee Technology Park.
- New Mexico Scientists Use RFID to Explore Caves
University researchers are developing a wireless sensor system to track conditions within caverns and in other subterranean environments, following a test conducted at El Malpais National Monument Park.
- Eeliad Project Tracks Eels' Odyssey
Scientists are studying the migratory patterns of European eels in the North Atlantic, using transponders that detach from the fish in order to transmit a record of their journey.
- Malaysian Forestry Department Studies RFID
Seeking a system to help it satisfy EU regulations, the government agency recently completed a project using EPC Gen 2 tags to track the movement of logs through the supply chain.
- Smartrac Hopes to Release Green RFID Tags Within a Year
The Dutch firm indicates the new passive tags will be almost completely biodegradable after use, to reduce waste, while being priced similarly to current tags.
- Michigan Households Get RFID-enabled Rewards for Recycling
An RFID-based incentives system uses EPC Gen 2 tags attached to collection bins, in order to track participation and give out prizes and discounts.
- ClimateMinder Monitors Conditions at Farms, Greenhouses, Warehouses
The wireless sensor system, already in use in Turkey, is being introduced in the United States, where a strawberry grower will soon deploy it to monitor temperature and fertilizer levels.
- Australian Waste-collection Businesses Tag Trash Bins
The EPC Gen 2 RFID tags enable the firms to distribute the receptacles more efficiently to homes and businesses—and, eventually, to monitor the collection of trash and recyclables.