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  • Melbourne City Council Tracks Its Car Fleet

    By Dave Friedlos

    The council estimates that once fully deployed and integrated with its employee ID system, the EPC Gen 2 RFID vehicle-tracking system will reduce labor by at least 40 staff hours per month, resulting in an annual financial savings of up to $40,000.

  • Retailers See RFID's Potential to Fight Shrinkage

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    Store operators are beginning to explore new applications for radio frequency identification, including using it as a tool for preventing product theft—or for reducing its impact.

  • Jones Apparel Group Plans RFID Pilot in Nine West Stores

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    At two sites in New York, the company plans to test the ability of item-tagging to help improve stock availability, productivity and customer service.

  • Turkish Retailer Uses Hybrid EAS-RFID Tags to Stop Theft, Improve Inventory Management

    By Beth Bacheldor

    LC Waikiki plans to roll out the system—which combines EPC Gen 2 RFID and acousto-magnetic electronic article surveillance technology—at 50 stores within the next six months.

  • Read Range for Gen2 RFID in 2008? 40 Feet

    RFID solutions provider Simply RFiD posted an entry on its blog a few weeks ago reporting the great read ranges on Gen2 technology that its engineers have found consistently in recent months. Those ranges were long enough to prompt skepticism from some readers -- and to prompt RFID Update to interview the company president for more explanation.

  • RFID News Roundup

    Imation intros UHF RFID tape-tracking system; IDTronic unveils UHF interrogators in USB stick and Compact Flash forms; Arkansas public library implements RFID system; Michigan hospital uses RTLS to track patients; Alanco announces new $2.5 million financing.

  • IT Resellers, Systems Integrators Still Face RFID-Related Hurdles

    By Beth Bacheldor

    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.

  • Communities Turn to RFID to Boost Recycling

    By Claire Swedberg

    Three U.S. municipalities are using passive UHF tags to monitor whether their residents place recyclable bottles, cans and paper out at the curb.

  • Innovation to Drive Strong RTLS Adoption

    There will be $145 million worth of RTLS systems sold in 2008, and the market will top $1 billion within 10 years, according to a new research report from IDTechEx. Ultra wideband (UWB) is singled out as one of the fastest-growing RTLS technologies, although widespread growth for alternative technologies and application markets is expected as well.

  • Italian RFID Lab Gets Fashion-Forward

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    The University of Parma facility is working with a number of clothing and accessory manufactures and retailers to stitch together the business benefits of RFID technology.

  • NFC Research Lab Rolls Out Smart Posters

    By Rhea Wessel

    The Austrian lab has deployed posters embedded with RFID tags so passersby in the town of Hagenberg can use RFID-enabled mobile phones to download information about local tourist sites.

  • "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.

  • Outdoor Clothing and Equipment Retailer Tests RFID-EAS Tags

    By Mary Catherine O'Connor

    At one of Northland's stores in Graz, Austria, items are fitted with EPC Gen 2 tags that allow the company not only to manage its inventory but also to know if goods are leaving the store without being purchased.

  • Turkish Retailer Plans Big Item-Level RFID Expansion

    LCWaikiki, one of Turkey's leading apparel retailer, has been using item-level RFID tracking in one of its stores for about three months and plans to install systems at 50 to 60 more locations within six months. The company credits the system for reducing inventory tracking time by 60 and 70 percent for certain processes.

  • RFID Helps Car Wash Customers Cruise Through Lines

    By Claire Swedberg

    In Bakersfield, Calif., Cruz Thru Express uses RFID system in its stores to recognize prepaid members and provide automatic washes.

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