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September/October 2006

Magazine ArchiveSeptember/October 2006
SEP/OCT 2006

Features

  • TRENDS
  • Getting a Return on (Strategic) Investments
    End-user companies are sinking tens of millions of dollars into RFID startups—and they're looking for more than a monetary payback.
  • COVER STORY
  • Europe Embraces EPC—Slowly
    The European retail supply chain is unique—and so are the challenges of deploying RFID in Europe. While that has hampered some RFID pilots, companies remain convinced that the technology will deliver business benefits.
  • CASE STUDY
  • Metro Is Back on Track
    The retailer planned a bold RFID deployment in 2004, which was derailed by a host of issues. But now the company is moving full-steam ahead to implement EPC Gen 2 technology in its supply chain.
  • 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.

Departments

  • Editor's Note
  • What Metro Knows
    Sometimes, I look at what's going on in a specific industry or market, or even within specific companies, and I just scratch my head.
  • Out in Front
  • An RFID Cure for Cold Feet
    Thermal Solutions has developed a low-cost, heat-holding solution for ski boots that could keep toes warm for up to four hours.
  • Perspective
  • Alien's Failed IPO Fallout
    The canceling of the company's plans to sell shares on the stock market isn't as bad for the RFID industry as some fear.
  • Perspective
  • RFID Funds Still Available
    Will Alien's failed IPO impact fundraising efforts?
  • Product Developments
  • Interrogators Designed for the European Set
    New ETSI-compliant firmware enables the listen-before-talk protocol.
  • Product Developments
  • Passive Aggressive
    Passive RFID tags are increasingly being used for asset tracking, which has traditionally been the domain of longer-range-but more expensive-active tags.

Columns

  • Inside the Labs
  • A Network for Everyone
    The Auto-ID Labs at MIT is working to create open standards that will facilitate the adoption of RFID.
  • EPCglobal Update
  • Getting Management Buy-In
    If your RFID initiative is stalled in the executive suite, peer-to-peer support can help you move forward.
  • Public Eye
  • Act Now!
    RFID providers and users can influence public policies that impact the RFID industry.
  • Ashton's View
  • The Fear Factor
    Implanting RFID tags in people is just a bad idea.
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