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January/February 2011

Magazine ArchiveJanuary/February 2011
JAN/FEB 2011

Features

  • COVER STORY
  • RFID: The Key to Knowledge
    Early adopters are learning that visibility—one of the main reasons companies adopt RFID—leads to the creation of actionable business information that can boost the bottom line.
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS
  • A Guide to Wireless Energy-Management Systems
    ZigBee-based solutions are affordable and easy to install, and can help businesses cut their energy bills.
  • VERTICAL FOCUS
  • RFID in the Forest
    Tagging trees could help preserve the world's forests while increasing timber yields and profits.

Departments

  • EDITOR'S NOTE
  • Knowing the Unknown
    RFID will provide the information you know you need. But the technology's bigger value may come in delivering data you don't yet even realize you require.
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • Focus Shifts to Item-Level Tracking
    Some clear trends in RFID deployment emerged in 2010—one of the biggest was the shift toward tracking individual items.
  • PERSPECTIVE
  • Top Trends in 2010
    Given the plethora of new RFID deployments and maturing technologies, we decided to do some trendspotting for 2010.
  • OUT IN FRONT
  • RF Sensors Could Optimize Crop Irrigation
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are creating wireless sensor networks that operate underground, providing precise information on soil conditions.

Columns

  • ASHTON'S VIEW
  • RFID's Next Decade
    Expect to see more skepticism, innovation, controversy, successes and miracles.
  • OVERCOMING OBSTACLES
  • The Value of Partnerships
    Hiring a systems integrator that is invested in your company's goals will help ensure the success of your RFID deployment.
  • INSIDE THE LABS
  • RFID's Untapped Potential
    Analyzing aggregated data can improve our understanding of processes.
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