- Researchers Seek Challenging Sites for Multibeam Antenna Pilot
The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits has developed an antenna with four elements and nine different beams fed to those elements that can detect the precise location and direction of tags in challenging environments.
- Audio Chip Leverages NFC, BLE for IoT-Enabled Speakers
Manufacturers of speakers and other devices are building NFC-enabled products to allow automated Wi-Fi connections or Bluetooth pairing, and are employing BLE mesh functionality to use the devices as part of an Internet of Things network in a user's home or other facility.
- More than 60 Percent of Manufacturers to Use RTLS, RFID or Bar-Code Tracking By 2022, Says Zebra Technologies
The company's "2017 Manufacturing Vision Study" found that more than half of all manufacturers plan to implement automated location-tracking systems during the next five years, and that the use of passive RFID will reach nearly half.
- RFID News Roundup
Zebra Technologies intros two industrial RFID printers ••• Thyngs, Cellotape Smart Products partner on NFC-enabled marketing ••• Mist announces channel program for wireless managed service providers ••• Tottenham Hotspur Football Club teams up with HP Enterprise on new stadium using IoT technology ••• Silicon Labs unveils software, hardware supporting new Bluetooth mesh specification ••• SURE Universal offers software-defined IoT platform based on OCF standard.
- New UHF RFID Tag Can Be Read On and Around Metal
Securitag Assembly Group's Overmolded Uni Metal Tag is designed to bring on-metal reading to users that had been unable to make RFID technology work in the past.
- Boeing Deploys RFID In-House for Assembly Management
The company is using Fujitsu's new RFID Integrated Label to track up to 7,000 different components built into aircraft at four Boeing factory sites.
- Powercast Aims RF-based Charging Kit at Consumer Goods
The company is selling an evaluation kit to manufacturers of mobile phones, gaming remotes and other wireless devices to test technology that enables the charging of those devices without wires.
- RFID News Roundup
CISC announces new testing features for RAIN RFID, EPC Gen2V2 tags, readers ••• Skyworks releases multi-standard IoT front-end module ••• SALTO Systems to introduce BLE-enabled reader ••• Ayla Networks adds IoT platform enhancements for manufacturers ••• Fujitsu intros sensor-based IoT system-development platform ••• Telit offers BLE module with integrated MEMS motion and environmental sensors.
- RFID Journal to Hold 13th Annual LIVE! Europe Conference in London
The one-day event, being held on Nov. 16, will include a conference track focused on the retail and apparel sectors, with RFID certification training on Nov. 15.
- Auto Manufacturer Deploys Cyborg RFID-Reading Car, RFID Gates
The technology that Honda Manufacturing uses at its Indiana plant enables the company to track each assembled vehicle, thereby reducing labor and storage costs.
- Active RFID Tracks Kit Carts Through Assembly
The system links each loaded cart as the kit is assembled, then is staged for shipping, shipped to the assembly plant and received, thereby reducing the amount of time workers previously spent searching for missing carts required for assembly.
- RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its 11th Annual RFID Journal Awards
Lululemon Athletica, Honda and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are among the winners for 2017, and were announced at RFID Journal's 15th annual RFID Journal LIVE! conference, held in Phoenix, Ariz.
- ShelfAware RFID System Brings Visibility to Industrial Components
O-ring's newly patented system allows the supplier and its customers to track which components are onsite at any given time, via an RFID tag on each part, as well as readers at the storage area to identify when parts arrive at and leave the area.
- Company Boosts Sensitivity and Shortens Length of Its RFID Yarn
Primo1D's E-Thread is being tested by industrial and textile companies to track parts and products that do not lend themselves well to an affixed RFID tag.
- HID Global Offers BLE Solution for People-Locating
The system enables companies to better manage their workforce, contractors or visitors via a beacon receiver and a Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled ID badge, with a cloud-based server tracking the locations of individuals and providing alerts and analytics to company management.