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  • FDA Will Issue Drug-Pedigree Guidelines

    By Beth Bacheldor

    Associate FDA commissioner Randall Lutter says the pharmaceutical industry needs to move quickly toward adopting RFID for verifying a drug’s chain of custody.

  • IBM Markets RFID Suite for Tracking Drugs

    By Beth Bacheldor

    The company created its package of software and services to help firms across the pharma supply chain collect and share tag data.

  • New RFID Passport Scare -- Does it Matter?

    The technology press is awash in articles today proclaiming yet another RFID security vulnerabilty, this time with respect to electronic passports of the variety the US will begin issuing by the millions in October. The news appears, at first blush, to be damning. But as usual, upon even the slightest examination, it is revealed to be typical doomsday sensationalism.

  • Gen2 RFID Chips from STMicro Hit Market

    STMicroelectronics, the $9.5 billion semiconductor manufacturer, has very recently entered the market with Gen2 RFID chips that will compete against similar offerings from Impinj and, as of this week, Texas Instruments. RFID Update spoke with Francis Dell'ova, ST's RFID Business Unit Manager, about the new chips.

  • Alien Cancels IPO Plans

    By Mark Roberti

    Alien Technology has requested that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission withdraw its registration statement for an initial public offering.

  • Unilever Expects Big Gains From Its RFID Data-Sharing Trial

    By Beth Bacheldor

    The consumer products firm is applying Gen 2 EPC tags to thousands of cases of goods, and using a system based on EPCglobal's draft EPCIS standard to access tag data with retailers automatically.

  • Intermech Uses RFID to Slash Inventory and Manufacturing Costs

    By Beth Bacheldor

    The Singapore distributor and manufacturer of industrial automation components is using high-frequency passive tags to manage inventory and track production at its factory.

  • RFID News Roundup

    By Andrew Price

    TransCore acquires IntelliTrans; PanGo introduces PanOS Platform 4.0 and PanGo Locator 4.0; Gao RFID separates from Gao Tek; U.S. Department of State to begin issuing e-passports to the general public; Swedcom unveils new RFID antenna; ThingMagic, SATO America form partnership, offer RFID products; ABI Research reports 14 percent increase in RFID reader shipments; SkyeTek ships small, low-cost UHF RFID reader module.

  • Telstra Takes On Two RFID Trials

    By Jonathan Collins

    The Australian telecom provider is testing the technology to track items shipped to one of its stores, and to track tools in 10 of its service vans.

  • Prediction: 300m Gen2 RFID Tags Ship This Year

    Analysts and industry watchers have long considered the number of RFID tags sold to be a key metric of the overall industry's size. The question is, with the industry supposedly crawling out of the trough of disillusionment, how many tags are actually being manufactured now, half-way through 2006.

  • IBM Releases Free RFID Tools

    IBM yesterday announced the release of three new resources targeted at developers and students that the company hopes will alleviate the shortage of skilled RFID labor, thereby accelerating the adoption of RFID technology. The resources are being offered free of charge on IBM's alphaworks site.

  • Omron Announces New Gen 2 Interrogator

    By Jonathan Collins

    The V750 can adjust to tag density, vary the RF field of each of its four antenna outputs and optimize performance for item-level applications.

  • AWID Seeks to Move Beyond FCC Problems

    By Mark Roberti

    FCC gives consent decree as reader maker licenses technology to former employees and prepares to bounce back from its recent woes.

  • RFID Trial Down Under

    By Jonathan Collins

    The project, which included Proctor & Gamble, Gillette, pallet supplier CHEP and retailer Metcash, demonstrated the EPC Network’s benefits to companies throughout an Australian supply chain.

  • Unrealistic Expectations, Costs Curb Retailers’ Appetite for RFID

    By Claire Swedberg

    David Hogan, senior vice president and CIO of the National Retail Foundation, says demand for item-level tagging is poised for growth.

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