- IBM and OAT Land Multi-Million Dollar RFID Contract
Airbus has selected IBM and OATSystems to deliver a software platform upon which the aircraft manufacturer's ambitious RFID deployment will run. While financial specifics were not disclosed in the announcement, the companies did characterize it as "the manufacturing industry's single largest RFID software transaction to date."
- New Alien RFID Chip Adds Memory, Security, Performance
Alien Technology introduced a Gen2-compliant RFID chip with 512 bits of user-programmable memory. Alien's new H3 Higgs chip also offers password protection for reading and writing. The company claims the chip is 25 percent more sensitive than previous-generation products, providing improved performance and read range.
- Lockheed Martin Uses RFID to Help Track Stealth Fighter
Lockheed Martin asked suppliers to its Joint Strike Fighter aircraft program to apply RFID labels to shipments by the end of 2008 and suggested RFID tagging requirements could be expanded to other suppliers. The Joint Strike Fighter features cutting-edge stealth and avionics technologies that also features innovation in the procurement process.
- RFID Journal Announces Winners of Second Annual RFID Journal Awards
Airbus, Agence Métropolitaine de Transport, Interface receive top honors; 10 finalists selected for Best in Show award; winner to be selected at RFID Journal LIVE! 2008.
- Tyco Electronics Uses Wi-Fi for Trailer Tracking
The electronic products manufacturer is using OATSystems software and its existing Wi-Fi access points to track truck trailers with active tags at its distribution center.
- Emirates RFID Bag-Tracking Pilot Takes Off
The airline is using EPC RFID tags to track luggage on flights to and from airports in Dubai, London and Hong Kong, which recently RFID-enabled all its check-in counters.
- Intercontinental RFID Baggage Tagging Trial Launches
Emirates Airline will simultaneously test RFID baggage tracking systems at airports in Dubai, London, and Hong Kong. The six-month trial is expected to include 500,000 passenger bags and is viewed as a catalyst for airport adoption.
- GE-Aviation Moves Tote-Tracking Pilot to Production
The company has streamlined its shipping and receiving process for parts kits used in the production of commercial aircraft engines.
- Orbit One Launches Satellite-Based RFID Service
The company's battery-powered RFID tags transmit GPS and sensor data via a constellation of low earth orbit satellites, enabling users to know an asset's exact location and status at all times.
- Florida Guards Against Leaks in Hydrogen-powered Vehicles
In cooperation with the state's government, University of Florida researchers installed wireless sensors where the vehicles are stored. The system measures any hydrogen gas escaping from fuel cells, then transmits that data in real time.
- Boeing Approves Intelleflex Chip, Weighs Higher-Memory Fujitsu Tag
With the silicon needed for a 64-kilobit parts tag finally ready, the company is getting closer to achieving its vision for a parts-tagged plane.
- Fujitsu Announces Roomy 64KB Gen2 RFID Tag
Fujitsu announced a Gen2-standard RFID chip with 64 kilobytes of user memory, which it claims is a world first for UHF RFID memory. Fujitsu is initially marketing the FRAM-based chip for aircraft maintenance applications. The product is expected to be available in the spring.
- Lufthansa Technik Uses RFID to Expedite Aircraft Repair
At its German facilities, the aircraft-maintenance service provider is attaching EPC UHF tags to documents that accompany airplane parts, reducing the need for manual data entry.
- Motorola Invests in Semi-passive RFID
Last week battery-assisted passive RFID provider Intelleflex announced $15.5 in Series C funding, co-led by Motorola. The two companies will collaborate on the development of future products, which both will sell. Intelleflex's total funding now tops $42 million.
- Raflatac Releases RFID Tags With Built-In EAS
Optimized for retail applications, the EPC Gen 2 tags are designed to be read equally well from all directions—even on densely stacked garments—and have an electronic article surveillance function that can be switched on and off.