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July/August 2009

Magazine ArchiveJuly/August 2009
JUL/AUG 2009

Features

  • VERTICAL FOCUS
  • Riding Herd: RFID Tracks Livestock
    From the United States to Europe, Australia and New Zealand, governments are encouraging—some even mandating—the use of RFID to track livestock, so animals can be identified quickly in the event of a food recall or disease outbreak. But even without mandates, some farmers are adopting the technology because it delivers internal business benefits.
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS
  • RFID-Enabled Electronic Seals
    Companies can employ these devices not only to secure their shipping containers but also to speed shipments through ports and gain business intelligence. Here's what you need to know to decide whether an RFID e-seal solution fits your enterprise's needs.
  • COVER STORY
  • Public-Sector RFID
    The technology promises to help national, regional and local governments around the world address an array of pressing concerns more intelligently and efficiently.

Departments

  • EDITOR'S NOTE
  • More Governments Vote for RFID
  • OUT IN FRONT
  • The Secret Life of Ants
    Researchers at the University of Bristol's School of Biological Sciences are using RFID to understand how simple animals make complex decisions.
  • OUT IN FRONT
  • A Chip With an Ear for RF
    MIT professor Rahul Sarpeshkar and graduate student Soumyajit Mandal have designed a chip that can mimic the human cochlea.
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • Will RFID Take Off in Aerospace?
    New standards for formatting data stored on tags, as well as tagging requirements from Airbus, could give the technology a lift.
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • RFID Baseline Data Could Spead Adoption
    It's time for researchers to shift their focus from proving whether the technology works to helping companies build a business case.

Columns

  • ASHTON'S VIEW
  • Rise of the RFID Robots
    These next-generation machines could lend a hand in your home or warehouse.
  • INSIDE THE LABS
  • Toward Better Asset Management
    RFID tools and solutions can automate asset-maintenance processes.
  • OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
  • A Consumer Approach to RFID
    Moving from pieces and parts systems to packaged solutions can help end users achieve a faster ROI—and accelerate RFID adoption.
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