- PinnacleHealth Extends Asset Tracking to Community Hospital
Already one of the largest active RFID deployments in health care, the system will let the staff at either site locate as many as 10,000 devices, from defibrillators to vacuum cleaners.
- Researchers Finish Work on Needle-free Glucose Tester
Developed by Gentag, Georgetown University and SAIC, the system uses a non-invasive skin patch to measure a patient's glucose level, and an RFID-enabled cell phone to receive that data.
- RFID Motivates Schoolkids to Bike It
An RFID-enabled Freikometer measures the number of times students pedal to school.
- University Students Create a Virtual RFID-enabled Hospital
The group has created the facility in Second Life, a 3-D online world. The goal is to provide a way for health-care organizations to test RFID implementations prior to physical deployment.
- Walgreens Opens RFID-Enabled Distribution Center
The drugstore chain's DC in Anderson, S.C., has tagged 170,000 totes used to supply merchandise to 700 stores throughout the Southeast, enabling the company to prevent errors and streamline its shipping processes.
- Indian Mine Monitors Workers and Toxic Gases
PervCom's active 2.4 GHz RFID tags, attached to cap lamps, track miners' locations and contain sensors for measuring temperature, humidity and air quality.
- Tamper-Resistant RFID Infant-Tracking System Improves Security
Waukesha Hospital switched to RF Technologies' SafePlace system to ensure identify bracelets can't be removed, and to identify which patient sounded the alarm.
- Terso Offers EPC-Enabled Medical Cabinets
The company is providing a version of its enclosures that uses EPC Gen 2 technology to secure medications and medical devices, as well as to monitor inventory levels.
- Rehab Center Monitors Patients With Ultra-wide Band
The Nesconset Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation will use hardware from Time Domain Corp. and software from Sysgen to monitor individual dementia patients based on their needs.
- SkyeTek Offers Web-based RFID Software Platform
The company's MetaFi suite of hosted applications allows manufacturers to track high-value products in retail establishments and perform business analytics from remote locations.
- IT Resellers, Systems Integrators Still Face RFID-Related Hurdles
A CompTIA survey finds that 75 percent of IT companies say they will or might offer RFID products and services in the next three years—a drop of 14 percentage points.
- "USB Stick" RFID Reader Debuts
iDTRONIC announced a UHF RFID read/write device in a USB stick form factor. The USB Stick can be plugged into PCs, laptops and other devices with USB ports to give them RFID read/write ability. The device has significantly less range than most fixed-position UHF readers and has been envisioned for use in offices.
- RFID Helps Protect CT Patients from Medication Errors
Pre-filled syringes are being labeled with RFID tags and read by automatic injection machines to make sure patients about to have CT scans are injected with the correct solutions and to prevent use of expired product or reused syringes.
- Tracking Temperatures From the Inside Out
Organizers of the Netherlands' Four Day Marches are using RFID-enabled sensor pills to monitor the risk of heat sickness, with help from a firm that is developing an application for analyzing athletes' temperature and location in real time.
- New ThingMagic RFID Reader Cuts Cost, Size, and Power
ThingMagic's new Astra RFID reader is a small form-factor device that utilizes Power over Ethernet technology to reduce the cost of deployment.